How to Unlock Camera in League of Legends

While playing League of Legends with a locked camera is fine for players just starting out, if you wish to actually get good at LoL, unlocking it is a must.
How to Unlock Camera in League of Legends

Map awareness and positional awareness are one of the most important things in League of Legends, as explained by high elo players, and they can't be achieved without an unlocked camera. So, here is how to unlock camera League of Legends needs to be played well.

How to Unlock the Camera in LoL?

A locked camera in League of Legends is the default state of the game. It's also one that a lot of new players don't even realize needs to be changed, to fully experience the game.

There are a few ways to have your camera unlocked in League of Legends:

  • Press z or y in-game, which is the default key for unlocking your camera
  • Click on the small camera icon in the bottom right corner next to the mini-map
  • Toggle Camera Lock Mode into Per-side Offset

The last way will ensure you start all of your games off with an unlocked camera from the very beginning, making it your new default mode.

League of Legends - Camera Settings

Is it Bad to Play LoL With a Locked Camera?

There is a reason all new League of Legends accounts start off with their camera locked. It's simply easier to find your bearings and learn how to play League of Legends.

However, while the skill floor for a locked screen is lower, so is the skill ceiling, and you will never get to high-elo with a locked camera. This means that you must learn camera control to be able to have a better overview of fights, especially team fights, in the game.

How else will you use global abilities and spells like Teleport, if your camera is locked anyway?

League of Legends - Teleporting Across the Map

How to Learn to Play With Unlocked Camera in LoL?

There are a few ways to learn how to play with your camera unlocked. One of those is just throwing yourself into the deep end, and learning the hard way, but there are far better options than that.

Toggle Camera Lock Mode When Safe

Starting off small is the easiest way to learn this skill. So, we recommend you to start off by unlocking the camera when you are absolutely safe, for example, while in lane farming, to get a feel for playing the game this way.

Only Lock the Camera When in a Team Fight

Unless you are playing in the bot lane, where fights are mostly 2v2, the next step is to keep our camera unlocked while fighting in lane 1v1 against an enemy champion. This way, it's harder to lose your bearings, and even if you do, you can always use the space bar to get your camera back onto your champion.

Use Semi locked Camera Mode

The Semi Locked camera mode is the final step before learning to play with it unlocked. This makes it so that your camera is always unlocked, but must always keep your champion in your field of vision, but not exclusively the center.

Luckily, Riot Games have given us plenty of ways to learn the various in-game mechanics such as these ones, without having to brute-force our way through them. Now, if only they would go about fixing their tutorial, and teach their own players these things that would be great. Until then though, check out our other guides for all of your League of Legends needs.

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