In this article, we are going to discuss possible solutions to fix Apex Legends Mouse Lag issues on Windows 11/10. Mouse lag, also called mouse latency, is the delay in mouse actions. In simple words, when you move your mouse or click with your mouse, the computer shows the output a few seconds later. Due to this mouse input delay, gamers are not able to play the game. The most common cause of input delay in video games is unsupported hardware. Therefore, it is always suggested to read the hardware requirements before purchasing a game.
How to fix Mouse Lag in Apex Legends on Windows 11/10
To fix the Mouse lag in Apex Legends on Windows 11/10, follow these suggestions:
- Check your GPU temperature
- Turn off mouse acceleration
- Limit your FPS
- Turn off In-game Overlay
- Change your mouse polling rate
- Turn off the Gaming Mode in MSI Dragon Center
- Change your mouse sensitivity (DPI)
- Configure Logitech Gaming Software settings
Let’s see all these fixes in detail.
1] Check your GPU temperature
The GPU temperature rises while playing video games. If it goes beyond a certain level, it can damage your graphics card. Also, you may face some issues while playing video games due to increased temperature. Therefore, it is recommended to keep an eye on your GPU temperature.
There are many reasons for an increased GPU temperature. For example, if you do not clean your graphics card, dust will accumulate. The accumulated dust acts as a barrier to the cold air. To decrease heat, you can:
- Clean your GPU.
- Replace the thermal paste. If the thermal paste is dried out, it will also result in an increased GPU temperature.
- Increase the speed of the fan. But you should not run the fans at 100% for a long time as it may reduce your graphics card’s life.
An increased GPU temperature is one of the causes of mouse lag in video games.
2] Turn off mouse acceleration
Mouse acceleration is a feature that increases the distance and speed of the cursor in response to the physical movement of your mouse. When this feature is enabled, the cursor on the screen travels from one side of the screen to another when you move your physical mouse quickly. However, the cursor shows a slower movement when you move your physical mouse at a much slower speed.
By default, mouse acceleration is enabled on all Windows devices. If you are a gamer, you may face issues with this feature, especially in shooting games. Some gamers have found this feature the culprit of the mouse lag issue in Apex Legends. Disable Mouse Acceleration on your Windows 11/10 PC and see if it helps.
3] Limit your FPS
The FPS limiting technique has worked for some users. You can also try it. Limit the frame rate and see if it fixes the issue. First, set the FPS equal to your screen refresh rate. If this does not work, you have to follow the hit and trial method. For some users, limiting the FPS to 80 fixed the issue, whereas, for some, locking the FPS to 62 worked.
Rivatuner Statistics Server is a popular FPS limiter software. If you have an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card you can directly lock FPS for your games in the NVIDIA Control Panel and AMD settings.
How to limit Frame rate in NVIDIA
To limit FPS using NVIDIA Control Panel, follow the steps listed below:
- Open NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Expand the 3D Settings category on the left side.
- Click Manage 3D Settings.
- Select the Global Settings tab on the right side and set the maximum FPS for your games.
The above steps will limit the FPS for all the games. If you want to lock FPS only in Apex Legends, select the Program Settings tab on the Manage 3D Settings page. After that, click on the Add button and add your game. Now, set the maximum FPS for your game.
How to limit FPS in AMD
To limit FPS in AMD, follow the steps written below:
- Open the Radeon software and select the Gaming tab.
- Click on the three dots on the top right side and select Add a game.
- Now, select the added game and enable the Radeon Chill option.
- Move the sliders to define the maximum and minimum frame rates.
4] Turn off In-game Overlay
Sometimes, the In-game overlay causes issues in video games. Disabling it can fix issues like potential crashes. Disable the In-game Overlay in Steam, Discord, and any other platform that you are using to play Apex Legends, and see if it helps.
The steps to disable the In-game Overlay in Origin are as follows:
- Open Origin and go to your Game Library.
- Right-click on Apex Legends and select Game Properties.
- Under the General tab, deselect the “Enable Origin in Game for Apex Legends” checkbox.
- Click Save.
5] Change your mouse polling rate
The number of times your mouse sends a signal to your CPU in one second to indicate its position on the screen is termed mouse polling rate. It is measured in Hz. If your mouse frequency is 125 Hz, it reports its position to the CPU 25 times every second or we can say that it reports its position to the CPU every 8 milliseconds. This means that there is a delay of 8 milliseconds. If your mouse frequency is 250 Hz, it reports its position on the screen to the CPU every 4 milliseconds. Here, the delay is 4 milliseconds. A higher polling rate decreases the input delay.
If you are experiencing mouse delay in Apex Legends, change your mouse polling rate and see if it helps. Some users have reported that the delay was fixed at 1000 Hz, whereas, for some, 250 Hz did the trick. You have to follow the hit and trial method to see at which frequency the issue gets fixed.
Some gaming mice have buttons to change the polling rates. Check if your gaming mouse has such buttons. You can also change the mouse polling rate by installing the gaming mouse software. For example, Razer gaming mouse users can change their mice polling rate via the Razer Synapse software. The option is available under the Performance tab in Razer Synapse software.
6] Turn off the Gaming Mode in MSI Dragon Center
For some users, disabling the Gaming Mode in MSI Dragon Center did the trick. The MSI Gaming Mode optimizes your PC sources like graphics cards, cooling systems, etc., and gives you the best gaming performance. If you have enabled the gaming mode in MSI Dragon Center, disable it and see if it helps.
7] Change your mouse sensitivity (DPI)
DPI or Dots Per Linear Inch is a standard used to measure mouse sensitivity. Mouse sensitivity is how much your cursor responds when you move your mouse. A higher mouse sensitivity results in an increase in cursor speed. To fix mouse lag in Apex Legends on Windows 11/10, you can increase mouse DPI. Gaming mice have buttons to change the DPI.
8] Configure Logitech Gaming Software settings
This solution is for the Logitech Gaming mice users. Change the Game Integration settings in Logitech Gaming Software and see if it helps. The following instructions will guide you on this.
- Open Logitech Gaming Software.
- Open its Settings.
- Select the General tab.
- Uncheck the “Allow games to control illumination” checkbox.
- Click OK to save the changes.
This should help.
How do I fix my lagging mouse?
There are many reasons why your mouse lags on Windows. Some of these causes are dirty mouse and mouse pad, faulty USB port, low batteries (in case of Bluetooth mouse), corrupted or outdated mouse driver, etc. When you face a mouse lag issue on your Windows computer, the first thing that you should try is to plug it into another USB port. If you are using a wireless mouse, replace its batteries and check if it helps.
If the issue persists, you can try some general troubleshooting methods, like running the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter, updating your mouse driver, updating your graphics card driver, configuring your mouse settings, etc.
Why does Apex Legends feel so laggy?
The most common reason why Apex Legends and other video games lag on PC is not having the minimum hardware requirements. You should check whether your system has the minimum hardware requirements for the game before purchasing it. Other causes for Apex Legends lag are corrupted GPU driver, incorrect in-game settings, a Game DVR conflict, etc.
I hope the solutions listed in this post helped you fix the issue.
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