Apex Legends

Apex Legends: How to manually choose servers to reduce lag on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

by Paul Cotton


If your connection to Apex Legends on PC, PS4 or Xbox One is being affected by lag, then what we have for you is, quite simply, a game changer.

Apex Legends Connection and Server Issues

There is nothing worse than playing a game, especially a multiplayer title, and being affected by lag. All gamers have been run into the frustrating issue at some point in their life and have no doubt been on the receiving end of deaths because of it too. 

Respawn Entertainment had plenty of strides to try and limit the effect of lag - including the addition of on-screen indicators to show when you are suffering from a bad connection.  Fortunately, this simple server trick may alleviate the bulk of these issues within Apex Legends, even though it might take a little bit of effort to get things set up.

Selecting a Datacenter

Thanks to an update from June, the game should really automatically connect to your closest data center - reducing the need to manually select your closest. However, if for some reason you're not able to connect to your nearest location, don't fret.

Reddit user, u/SuperWeeble, found a method of actually manually selecting your datacenters. Below are the steps for how to do this on a console - and they aren't wholly complicated either. 

PS4 and Xbox One

  1. Wait two minutes on the title screen
  2. Enter accessibility settings
  3. Exit and press the Right thumb stick in

The Apex Legends datacenter screen...

Following these steps will bring up all the available in-game data centers. The list will show the locations, ping and packet loss as a percentage - which will help you determine which datacentre is the best for you in a bid to avoid lag. 

For those who don't know what these mean, they basically refer to response time. For example, a ping of 109ms means that there is a 109 milli-second lag.

Consequently, it is best to select the datacenter with the lowest ping and packet loss - which, thanks to that June update, should be listed at the top for ease. Realistically, this should be your closest in terms of location but it can change for a number of different reasons. 

PSA: Console users you can select your datacenter to reduce lag. Wait 2 mins at title screen, enter accessibility settings then exit and press R3. Lowest value pings and packet loss are best. from r/apexlegends


If you're struggling with lag on PC, these are even easier steps to follow. Just wait for 60 seconds upon startup, then hit escape and cancel. The data centers should appear at the bottom of your screen.

Follow the same steps as above to choose the right data center for you - if the game hasn't automatically connected you to the best possible location. 

Apex Legends Server Status

Players who understand IP addresses and ping can test the servers themselves at this Apex Legends server status page. Reddit user Placenta_Polenta suggests identifying the IP addresses using this page, and then using command prompt to test their response times.

This could give you a more accurate representation of the best data center for you, but the in-game list should be pretty spot on regardless. 

Following these steps, for your respective platform, should go some way into helping you achieve success within Kings Canyon - especially if you can give yourself a good starting foundation. 

Not every player can blame bad internet or ping for their shortcomings, but those that can, now have an easy way to get the issue rectified. 

This article was last updated on Tuesday July 9 at 07:16 am Eastern Time.