How To Check Ping/Latency In Apex Legends & Change Server

Unless you’ve been on an internet cleanse of late, you must already be aware of the storm of praise Apex Legends has been brewing. Only a couple weeks have passed since it was launched and EA’s class-based battle royale title is already eyeing the top spot in the genre, having already broken Fortnite‘s record for single-day Twitch viewing and amassed two million concurrent players in the two days after its release as well as 25 million total logins during its first weekend.

The screaming evidence of the game’s popularity and the fact that it is free to play is likely to continue raking in more players, even those who aren’t the biggest fans of battle royale titles. If you too are considering trying your hand at the game, the first thing you may want to do is ensure you get the best experience possible going into your first online bout. If you’ve already played through (and been mercilessly mowed down) in your first few matches, you may be looking for a way to ensure you’re getting the best possible latency (or ping) in game for a delay-free experience. Here’s how to do just that on PC.

The game doesn’t, unfortunately, put the option to check latency or change servers in its settings menu, as it automatically selects the best possible server for you. Even so, it’s always nice to know for sure what latency you’re getting, so the next time you miss that crucial headshot, you know who to blame.

Update: Updated method. You no longer have to press Esc to invoke the Data Center option.

1. Launch Apex Legends.

2. On the welcome screen, instead of left-clicking to continue, wait 40 seconds, then hit the Esc key to bring up the exit dialogue, and again to return to the welcome screen.

3. You should now see an extra option at the bottom labeled Data Center. Click it to view all available regions and your latency for each one.

4. Click on the region of your choice (preferably the one with the lowest latency) to set it as your default server.

That’s all there is to it!

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