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How to Make Apex Legends Run Smoother On PC [Solved]

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How to Make Apex Legends Run Smoother On PC?

In 2019, when the clout of PUBG and Fortnite is on its highest peak, another Battle Royale game came to fore named “Apex Legends”. It was developed by Respawn Entertainment and released by EA Sports without any marketing and announcement. But in a very short interval of time, it makes a huge user base and becomes very popular among gaming community. Meanwhile, a lot of gamers reported some issues regarding Apex Legends FPS and Lagging. If you are also facing the same issues then follow along this article and get to know How to make Apex Legends Run Smoother on PC. Here we are going to show you extra optimization setting which will make your experience better. That is to say, it will covering all the aspects which cause such issues.

How to Make Apex Legends Run Smoother On PC?

Apex Legends developed on Source Engine, a mod-able, flexible and artist-driven engine for 3D game development. That brings the optimization of Apex Legends on another level. In starting, it was only released for Microsoft Windows, Play Station 4 and XBOX One. But now Nintendo Switch version of Apex Legends is expecting to be release in 2021.

Firstly, your hardware must fulfil the bear minimum hardware requirements for running Apex Legends smoother. For best experience follow recommended configuration. Otherwise you continue facing issues. Because our optimized setting can do nothing until we don’t have proper hardware. So have a look on minimum hardware requirements:

Minimum System Requirements for Apex LegendsRecommended System Requirements for Apex Legends
• Operating System: Windows 10
• RAM: 6GB
• Hard Drive Space: 30GB space required
• Processor (CPU): Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core
• Graphic Card (GPU): NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7700
• Operating System: Windows 10
• RAM: 8GB
• Hard Drive Space: 30GB space required
• Processor (CPU): Intel i5 3570K or equivalent
• Graphic Card (GPU): Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290

Best PC Settings for Making Apex Legends Run Smoother

Now you are going to check how you can make Apex Legends run smoother. Firstly, have a look on minor checks of your system whether these are set properly or not.


  1. If you play Apex Legends on laptop then you should set your battery mode to “High Performance” instead of “Battery Saver”. Reason is that while on “Battery Saver” mode, Operating System restrict some advance graphics rendering features of GPU.
  2. Check your system driver status to clarify that they are updated. If not then update them immediately. Because before release of any major game, AMD and NVIDIA start providing driver updates for their GPUs for the purpose of best optimization.

Now at this stage, we are moving towards major checks to make Apex Legends run smoother. Firstly, we perform best setting to optimize our PC for running the game and in further steps we optimize the Apex Legends setting as well. Now you will see Apex Legends NVIDIA settings. NVIDIA user recommended to perform following optimizations:

  1. Go to NVIDIA Control Panel and click on Manage 3D Settings.
  2. Select Program Settings Tab & search for Apex Legends. If it is not showing Apex Legends, click on Add & try to locate it here.
  3. In the dropdown menu named Select the preferred graphics processor for this program and select a High-performance NVIDIA processor. It restricts the use of your integrated GPU while playing Apex Legends.
  4. Set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1.
  5. Make Monitor Technology to G-SYNC.
  6. Adjust Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration to Single display performance mode.
  7. Set Power Management Mode to Prefer maximum performance.
  8. Make Texture filtering – Quality to Performance.
  9. Disable Vertical Sync.
  10. Enable Threaded Optimization.
  11. Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest rate available.
  12. Apply the changes and go to Adjust desktop size and position.
  13. Check the checkbox Override the scaling mode set by games and programs and click on Apply.

Optimization Settings for Making Apex Legends Run Smoother

As we already have optimized our PC for game. Now you are going to see what are the best settings for Apex legends. These settings will optimize Apex Legends as well. The combination of both, optimized PC and optimized game setting, ensure you the seamless experience while playing. These setting include following steps:

  1. Launch Apex Legends.
  2. Navigate to Settings Page by clicking on given icon on the bottom right corner of screen.
  3. Navigate to the Video tab.
  4. Make sure Display Mode is set to Full Screen.
  5. Set Resolution to your monitor’s native resolution.
  6. Disable the V-Sync.
  7. Set Anti-aliasing to TSAA.
  8. Set Texture Streaming Budget to High.
  9. Adjust Texture Filtering to Anisotropic 4X.
  10. Set Ambient Occlusion Quality to Low. This option directly affects the performance and your experience.
  11. Set Sun Shadow Coverage to Low.
  12. Adjust Sun Shadow Detail to Low.
  13. Set Spot Shadow Detail to Low.
  14. Disable the Volumetric Lighting.
  15. Disable the Dynamic Spot Shadows.
  16. Model Detail should be at Medium.
  17. Effects Detail should be at Medium.
  18. Set Impact Marks to Low.
  19. Change Ragdolls to Medium.

These settings are not any hard and fast rule rather you can be deviate a little bit from these settings. For your reference, we are going to add screenshot of these settings as well.

Turn Off Windows Updates

Windows utilize massive amount of resources while downloading and installation of updates. In this situation if you play game, it will run short of resources. Which has negative impact on performance. So, its good decision to turn off the windows updates.

Here is the step by step guide to manually turn off windows updates. Just follow along these instructions:

  1. Click in search box on windows taskbar and type “Windows Update settings” and click on the search result for it.
  2. Then click on Advanced Options.
  3. Now click on Delivery Optimization.
  4. Make sure that the “Allow downloads from other PCs setting” is turned off.

Disable Cloud Data Synchronization

In our system, we use many cloud services which continuously upload your data to cloud storage for the purpose of synchronization. These services include Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox etc. This is also a cause of poor performance of games. So, its recommended to turn off these services if you are not using them.
To turn them off, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Icon Tray from taskbar.
  2. In icon tray, Right Click on the service you want you off.
  3. A menu will appear, click on Exit and that’s it.

Optimizing Your Chrome Browser

Google Chrome Browser is a resource hog which use maximum available resources of your main processor as well as of your GPU if available. If you want a smooth experience while playing Apex Legends or other games, it is recommended to turn off the hardware acceleration of Google Chrome. Therefore, it will restrict the Chrome to utilize your GPU resources. As a result, it will ultimately improve your experience.

To turn them off, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Click on Three Vertical Dots present on top right corner and select Settings.
  3. Scroll down until you see Advance tab & click it.
  4. Again scroll down and search for Use hardware acceleration when available and make sure it is disabled.
  5. Relaunch Chrome and close it again.

Clean Your Temp Files Directory

Temporary files which are generated during run time of different programs and software are the extra burden on your HDD, SSD and processor. Therefore, you have to take an account of them. You can free up some resources by deleting these garbage files. To do so, follow these simple steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R
  2. A small window will appear, type %temp% and hit Enter
  3. A folder will open in File Explorer containing these temporary files.
  4. Press Ctrl + A and the press Shift + Del keys to delete them permanently.
  5. If some files cannot be deleted, skip them.

You can also do the same by using dedicated software available out there like CCleaner, CleanMyPC, Glary Utilities Pro etc.


In conclusion, all the above-mentioned optimization setting will significantly improve your gaming experience and make your Apex Legends run smooth. But in end it is also recommended to upgrade your existing hardware for ultimate best experience.