How to improve your FPS in Apex Legends in a few clicks [Solved]
If you have played any shooter before, you know the importance of gaming performance, especially in a competitive shooter like Apex Legends. If you have been facing these issues while playing, we'll show you everything you need to know about how to improve your FPS in Apex Legends. But before that, you must also know how to show your FPS in Apex Legends.
Method #1: Increase FPS by Optimizing the Graphics Settings in Apex Legends
The Apex Legends settings are divided into two main sections that can be found in the game bar. The Display Settings related to your monitor's general settings, and the Graphics Settings related more to the game's performance and visual quality. Here is a complete list of the best settings for Apex Legends:
Recommended Video Settings:
By far the best display mode when it comes to system performance. Use Borderless Window only if you have two monitors, and you must navigate between them as many streamers do. But if it's not your case, go for the Full-Screen resolution. It's the best of all the settings.
This setting isn't relevant and cannot boost FPS. We recommend you just avoid this option as a whole.
Keep it at the native monitor resolution. In most cases, that's 1920x1080. It's the standard full HD 1080p. There's no point in going above your monitor's native resolution. If you set it below that, the visual fidelity of your gameplay will be unbearable.
Field of View (FOV)
If you increase this number, you will also increase the amount of information your computer has to render. But in a competitive game like Apex Legends, being to see more is a huge advantage. If your FPS cap is still low, you can decrease your FOV to 95, but we don't recommend you go below that threshold.
FOV Ability Scaling
This option has no effect on increasing your FPS cap. You can just set it as disabled and move on.
Sprint View Shake
You don't want your screen shaking at any moment during your gameplay. It's great for immersion but annoying when pursuing an enemy on the map.
Recommended Advanced Settings:
Vertical Sync controls the trade-off between screen tearing and the time it takes for your actions to appear on screen, also called input lag. Turning it off will increase tearing but reduce the input lag while setting Double Buffered will eliminate tearing but increase input lag. In a competitive shooter, it's always preferred to minimize the input lag as much as possible.
Enabled + Boost.
This option increases your PC's responsiveness by reducing the system latency. It also does this without hitting your framerate performance.
Adaptive Resolution FPS Target
This option dynamically lowers rendering resolution trying to maintain a specified framerate. Setting it to 0 eliminates the FPS cap, making the game run at the maximum FPS possible.
This option is good for defining lines, smoothing the image, and minimizing visual distortions. But it also increases GPU load, so just turn it off.
Texture Streaming Budget
This option controls the amount of memory reserved for texture streaming. It`s the option that brings more visual fidelity but the more costly. At Low, you will have a good-looking game running at high performance. You can change for Very Low if you are dealing with FPS drops during your matches.
This setting controls the sharpness of surface details but also consumes a good amount of GPU load. Set at the lowest texture filtering possible.
Ambient Occlusion Quality
Ambient occlusion is like a soft version of shadow quality, so just turn it off for better gaming performance.
Sun Shadow Coverage
This option allows the system to control the coverage of shadows from the sun. But it also consumes a good amount of GPU, so always choose a low sun shadow detail to have a performance boost.
Sun Shadow Detail
This option controls how detailed shadows are from the sun.
Spot Shadow Detail
This setting controls how detailed shadows are from lights in the environment. Keep this option at low spot shadow detail for better gaming performance.
This option controls whether sunbeams are enabled to simulate light scattering in the air.
Dynamic Spot Shadows
This setting allows the system to control the movement of the lights in the environment. It's always better to opt for disabled dynamic spot shadows if your intention is purely game performance.
This setting allows the system to control the number of details in objects like guns or items and character models. It's always better to keep this option as low as possible for having an Apex Legends FPS boost.
This option controls how detailed are the visual effects like grenade explosions and the character's active skills.
This option just causes visual pollution and tarnishes your gameplay experience.
This option controls how physically accurate the dead body animations are. It's not that heavy on your GPU but also irrelevant for gameplay. Just set it as low and move on.
Method #2: Update your Graphic Drivers
Another way to improve your overall performance is to update your graphics card drivers. Sometimes these updates don't happen automatically, so be sure to download the latest graphics driver if you have been dealing with low FPS during your Apex Legends matches. Just follow this simple guide to learn how to update your graphic drivers:
Go to the Windows search bar, search for Device Manager, and hit Enter.
Click on Display adapters to collapse the list, and right-click on the first option. It should be your graphics card name.
Click on Update driver, and choose the Search Automatically for drivers option.
The system will see if you are using the latest drivers of your Network driver. If not, it will automatically download and install the new drivers.
Launch and play Apex Legends as usual.
Method #3: Close Background Apps
A simple way of increasing your frame rate is to close all the background apps you are not currently using. This method also improves your connection with the game's server by eliminating bandwidth usage from other apps. You can learn more about reducing your game latency by reading our how to fix high ping in Apex Legends article. And make sure to also read our how to show your ping in Apex Legends article to monitor your connection stability. Now follow this step-by-step guide to know how to close these unnecessary apps:
Right-click on the Taskbar, and click on Task Manager.
Click on the Memory column. It will show the apps in descending order, with the ones with more memory usage appearing first. Select the apps that you want to dismiss and click on End task.
Go back to play Apex Legends.
Method #4: Optimize your Steam Settings
If you are playing Apex Legends on your Steam game library, then a good alternative for improving your frame rate performance is changing the game's advanced launch options in the game properties. By doing this, you will make the game system remove FPS cap and enable it to run at its maximum performance. Sadly, this method won't work with Origin launcher users for obvious reasons. Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how you can apply these changes:
Open your Steam game library and search for the Apex Legends game.
Click on the gear icon on the right, close to your achievements list, and click on game Properties.
In the General tab, uncheck the Enable Steam Overlay while in-game.
Now in the advanced Launch Options tab, write the following command line arguments: -high +fps_max 0
The -high command sets the Apex Legends game to high priority, so the system will use more memory for this application than the others, improving the game frame rate.
And the +fps_max 0 command allows you to run Apex Legends with an unlimited FPS cap.
Launch Apex Legends as usual.
Now, if you want more tips about improving your FPS in any game, check out one of our related articles on how you can improve your FPS in Dying Light 2.