Getting Really Low FPS In Apex Legends On PC

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Apex Legends fix low FPS

Apex Legends is a fun battle royale first-person shooter, which is free to play. It has been around for a while now and in fact, it was first released in February 2019 through Origin then released the following year on Steam. So there are not as many problems like crashing, freezing, etc, but when it comes to the frame rate within a game if you have not optimized your Windows computer properly then you could experience a bad frame rate in Apex Legends.

If you have a really powerful system with decent hardware and a beefy graphics card, but for some strange reason you are experiencing really low FPS when playing the game regardless of if you set the graphics settings to low, then hopefully one of the methods below will help fix low FPS in Apex Legends on your Windows 10 PC or laptop.

Why Am I Getting Low FPS in Apex Legends?

There can be many reasons why you are experiencing low FPS in the Apex Legends game. Even if a system with your hardware should be achieving well over 100FPS your graphics card could be overheating, your system is struggling with the display resolution or perhaps you don’t have the latest graphics drivers installed.

Will A New Graphics Card Help?

Yes and No, A faster graphics card than the one that is currently within your system will help increase the FPS in Apex Legends. But if your system is still lacking a decent processor, memory, etc then a faster GPU is not going to make too much of a difference and in fact, you run the risk of your system bottlenecking.

Will The Methods Work For Both Origin & Steam?

Yes, the methods below for increasing the frame rate in Apex Legends will work for both versions of the game it does not matter which client you have used to install the game.

How To FIX Low FPS In Apex Legends

Try out each of the methods below and after each one, try launching the game and see if it has helped with your frame rate issues in the game.

Fix 1: Ensure Windows is up to date

Update your graphics card drivers. If you have the latest drivers ensure there are no known bugs with the latest driver causing low FPS:

  • Right-click start menu icon > Settings > Update & Security > Check for updates
Windows 10 check for updates button.

Fix 2: Scan for viruses or malware

If your system has become infected this could cause massive problems and especially impact your FPS in Apex Legends so scan your PC using your antivirus software.

Fix 3: Install the latest DirectX version:

  • Download the DirectX web installer from the following link here > Follow the on screen steps
DirectX setup window saying installation complete.

Fix 4: Adjust the in-game graphic settings

Launch the game and lower your graphics settings and see how your FPS is, then slowly increase the settings:

Launch the game > Click on Settings cog > Settings

  • Anti-aliasing will have a big impact on your FPS so try setting it to None

Fix 5: Try turning the graphics settings up

This will make the graphics card work harder and it could increase the FPS as the game will rely more on the GPU instead of the CPU

Fix 6: Lower the resolution in Apex Legends

It might be struggling to handle the higher resolution depending on what graphics card you have:

  • Click on the settings cog on the main screen on Apex Legends > Click on Settings
  • Select Video
  • Change Resolution

Fix 7: Turn off V-Sync

  • Launch Apex > Settings cog in bottom right-hand corner > Settings > Video
  • Scroll down to Advanced > Change V-Sync to Disabled

Fix 8: Run the game in borderless:

  • Launch Apex > Settings cog in bottom right-hand corner > Settings > Video
  • Change Display Mode to Borderless Window

Fix 9: Check for other programs using GPU

Open Task Manager while the game is running and make sure no other programs are using the GPU:

  • Open Apex Legends and Alt+ Tab > Right-click on the Taskbar > Open Task manager
  • Click on the “Processes” tab then look at the GPU column to see if anything is hogging it

That’s about all you can do. The only other cause of your FPS being low could be that a system file has become corrupted and you need to reset Windows 10. Also, do some research and check that there are no known issues with your graphics card having low FPS.

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