How To Stop Lag In Minecraft

There's nothing worse than trying to play your favorite game, only to be met with horrible lag.
How To Stop Lag In Minecraft

Stopping Lag In Singleplayer For Java

Stopping lag in Minecraft in singleplayer can be easier to do than in multiplayer.

High video settings can cause huge lag in Minecraft due to the strain on the operating system.

Image of the start screen in Minecraft

Changing the video settings and graphics settings is usually all players have to do when looking to stop lag as this should make a noticeable difference, so try following the steps below:

  1. Open Minecraft
  2. Go to the main menu
  3. Navigate to options
  4. Click on video settings
  5. Change the following settings:
Graphics Fast
Render Distance10 chunks
Max Framerate30-60 frames per second (FPS) maximum (this depends on the severity of the lag you’re experiencing)
View BobbingOff
GUI ScaleNormal/Medium

Once settings are changed, its worth restarting your computer.

Giving Java Priority To Stop Lag In Minecraft

Another option players have to try and stop Minecraft lag is by setting Java as a priority on their system using the task manager

This means that other processes on the computer will give way to Java, helping the game to run smoother.

Picture of the Mojang loading screen

There are a few simple steps to follow when giving Java priority on your system:

  1. Press ctrl, shift and esc on your keyboard while Minecraft is running to open Task Manager
  2.  In the task manager, navigate to the Details tab
  3. Right click on Java in the details list
  4. Choose “set priority” and change it to “high”
  5. Exit the task manager and restart

This helps to give the platform on which Minecraft is built (Java) more resources to run and reduce lag spikes.

Allocate More RAM To Minecraft To Reduce Lag

RAM is essentially “power” that can be used for different processes in a computer, in this case playing Minecraft.

A non-modded game needs about 2GB of RAM to run smoothly without lag, a heavily modded one needs more RAM: around 4GB.

If theres not enough RAM given to Minecraft, it may cause lag. 

Theren is a way to allocate more RAM to Minecraft to reduce Minecraft lag, using the game’s launcher:

  1. Open the Minecraft launcher
  2. Click the Installations tab
  3. Click the three white dots on the most recent installation
  4. Click “more options
  5. Scroll down to the JVM Arguments box
  6. Inside the box will be a line of code. The first part - Xmx2G is the part we need
Picture of the JVM arguments screen in Minecraft
  1. Change the “2” in that line to however much RAM you want to allocate, e.g. 4 to give Minecraft more RAM
  2. Save and run Minecraft!

Knowing how much RAM your system has before doing this step is advised.

Close Unnecessary Apps To Reduce Lag

Excess apps in the background can cause Minecraft lag spikes due to the strain put on the operating system. 

Closing unnecessary apps (such as internet browsers or Discord) can help give a small performance boost and reduce fps lag.

Update Graphics Card Drivers To Reduce Lag

Updating your computer’s graphics drivers can also give a small boost to your game in singleplayer, helping to reduce lag.

To update the drivers, go to the manufacturer of the card’s website (e.g. Nvidia) and search for the latest updated graphics drivers.

It's usually a simple download and install to update drivers manually, however there are programs that can help you do this, particularly if you aren't sure which graphics card is being used in your system.

Stopping Lag In Singleplayer For Bedrock Edition 

Changing to optimal settings in the Bedrock edition of Minecraft to reduce Minecraft lag spikes is slightly different. The settings available can also depend on what system you’re playing Minecraft on, for example if you’re playing the game on a PC or a Switch.

Picture showing the settings screen in Minecraft

Similar to the Java edition, changing video settings is the first port of call when experiencing lag issues in the Bedrock edition.

To change the video settings in Bedrock edition to reduce lag:

  1. Open Minecraft
  2. Go to settings
  3. Navigate to video under the General heading

Apply these different settings to your game to reduce lag:

  1. View bobbing: Off
  2. Camera shake: Off
  3. Fancy leaves & fancy bubbles: Off
  4. Render clouds: Off
  5. Beautiful Skies: Off
  6. Smooth lighting: Off
  7. Scaling & ray tracing: Off
  8. Fancy Graphics: Off

The last option to change in the video settings in Bedrock edition is the render distance. This is the amount of chunks the game renders in when playing, and is a big contributor to lag in singleplayer.

Picture showing the video settings in Minecraft

The default (recommended) setting is 12 chunks, however reducing this can help in reducing lag drastically.

If you’re playing the game on a computer, there are a few more options to try when trying to reduce lag in your game.

Stopping Lag In Multiplayer

How to fix Minecraft lag in multiplayer mode for both Java and Bedrock editions of Minecraft is the same.

Picture of the home screen in Minecraft showing multiplayer button

This is because while singleplayer lag can have different reasons, multiplayer mode lag is usually down to problems with internet connection or serverside issues in online gameplay.

Checking And Improving Internet Speed To Stop Lag

Internet connection is the biggest reason for lag when playing online in Minecraft. Online gaming relies heavily on the speed in which your system connects to the internet; the slower the internet connection the more laggy Minecraft will be.

Image showing a connection timed out screen in Minecraft

To check your internet speed you can go on websites such as 

Once you know your speed, try using a wired internet connection such as an ethernet cable rather than wifi to reduce internet lag.

This can help provide a more stable online gaming experience, helping to fix Minecraft lag.

Trying Another Server To Stop Lag

Server traffic congestion is the main cause of lag in the online game.

Switching to other Minecraft servers is one of the only things you can do if its a server issue causing Minecraft lag.

Image showing a server search screen in Minecraft

For Bedrock, there are only 3 servers available to play online: 

  • Mineplex
  • InPVP
  • Lifeboat

Switching between these three, and selecting a server on Java are done the following way:

  1. Open Minecraft
  2. Click Multiplayer
  3. Click on the servers tab
  4. Either select a server to join, or type in the name of one if you know which one you’d like to join.

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