If your connection to Apex Legends on PC, PS4 or Xbox One is being affected by lag or other connection issues, manually changing the server you're connecting to may improve your experience.
There is nothing worse than playing a game, especially a multiplayer title, and being affected by lag. All gamers have likely run into this frustrating issue at some point in their life and have no doubt been on the receiving end of deaths because of it too.
At the turn of the new year, many players have reported encountering more connection issues than before, with speculation that the game's servers have been having issues. While Respawn and EA have not commented on the status of the game's servers, if there are problems on the publisher's end, the options for players to fix their connection are limited. One thing they can try, however, is manually changing the server that they're connecting to.
Though there's no guarantee that selecting a new server will fix all connection issues, if you're experiencing consistent lag or outright disconnection from games, it's certainly worth trying out another server, as some may be more stable than others.
How to change Apex Legends servers
Thanks to an update from June, the game should automatically connect to your closest data center - reducing the need to manually select your closest. However, if you are experiencing connection issues with your nearest center, it is possible to change it yourself.
While selecting a data center that is further away from you may result in a higher ping, it could be a worthwhile price to pay to find a server which you will not be disconnected from in the middle of a game.
Below are the steps you need to follow in order to see which data center you're connected to, and select a different one if you so choose.
PS4 and Xbox One
- Wait two minutes on the title screen
- Enter accessibility settings
- Exit and press the Right thumb stick in
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 data center is the best for you in a bid to avoid lag.
Generally speaking, it is best to select the data center with the lowest ping and packet loss - which, thanks to that June update, should be listed at the top for ease. However, if you are already connected to that data center and experiencing connection issues, it may be worth choosing a different location in order to find a more stable server.
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.