How to disable auto weapon switch in CS:GO?

This is a simple guide on how to disable auto weapon switch in CS:GO.

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You know that feeling when you have an opportunity for the easiest frag ever, but in the middle of shooting, you stood on a dropped gun, which caused a weapon switch? It's a straightforward way to have an easy death instead of an easy kill, and it's one of the unpleasant ways to die in CS:GO. But don't worry, we've got you covered! 

Disabling auto weapon switch in CS:GO step-by-step guide

There are two ways to disable the auto weapon switch in CS:GO — from within the game settings and with a single command in the Developer Console. Below you will find a detailed explanation of how to perform this process using both of these methods.

Game settings

  1. Launch CS:GO
  2. Click on the gear wheel on the left side of the screen (Settings menu)
  3. On the top bar of settings menu (the one to the left of the search bar) select Game
  4. From all available options, select Item
  5. Find “Switch Weapon on Pick Up” (second from top) and change its setting from “Yes” to “No”


Before using this method, make sure that you’ve enabled your Developer Console in your Game settings.

  1. Launch CS:GO
  2. Press the tilde (~) to open up a Developer Console
  3. Type "cl_autowepswitch 0" in your Developer Console
  4. Confirm by pressing Enter

Why you shouldn’t use auto weapon switch in CS:GO?

Anyone who has played CS:GO even a little knows how annoying auto weapon switch can be. Imagine tripping over a gun lying on the ground while exchanging fire with an enemy — that’s more or less what it looks like. Stupid way to die, right? 

It may seem that an auto weapon switch can save us a few seconds when changing weapons. Sure, but we don't always want to change that weapon. The timing of weapon switching in CS:GO requires us to do it at the appropriate moment, and every so often, we'll even have to adjust our movement accordingly. 

Other CS:GO settings that you might want to change

If you are reading this article, there is a good chance that you are new to CS:GO. Taking the opportunity that you're already here, we've put together some settings that may help you find your way around the game.

CSGO Crosshair Settings

Set your crosshair. The default crosshair is not among the best. Searching for better crosshairs, we recommend checking out the Workshop Map by crashz, with a collection of crosshairs from top CS:GO players. 

4:3 Ration CSGO Settings

Try playing in the 4:3 aspect ratio instead of 16:9. At the 4:3 setting, all in-game models are bigger, making it easier to see your enemies. Moreover, your eye has a smaller path to travel from radar/HP total to crosshair, making it easier to focus on the game. 

Global Shadow Quality

Change your Global Shadow Quality settings to high. The visibility of shadows in CS:GO is an essential aspect; some people call it “legal wallhacking.” Even if the enemy is hiding behind some object, seeing his shadow, you can jump out with a pre-fire and pick up an easy frag.

By disabling the auto weapon switch setting, you can save yourself from dying unnecessarily. That said, you just saved yourself a few dozen lives for the future and maybe even guaranteed some frags by just checking out our article. Be sure to check out our other CS:GO guides, where we take a closer look at the game from every angle.