How to Fix High Ping on Windows 10

Stop this piercing sound from interrupting your gaming

The ability of your computer to send and receive signals over the internet is known as the ping rate. If your online games aren't responding quickly to your commands, or web pages aren't loading, you could be experiencing the dreaded high ping. To have a smooth and reactive gaming experience, you should know how to fix high ping and get your system working.

The instructions in this article are intended to help Windows 10 users fix the issue of high ping.

How to Reduce Ping by Addressing Common Router Issues

Your computer’s ping can be impacted if there isn't a reliable connection to your router. These steps will show you how to fix high ping and resolve the issue:

  1. Move your PC closer to the router or connect your device to it with an Ethernet cable.

  2. Switch off other devices that are using the internet.

  3. Restart your router.

How to Lower Ping Using Task Manager

Windows 10 Task Manager lets you know what programs are eating up the most bandwidth. By using the Task Manager to identify and close these programs, you can significantly lower your ping rate.

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, then select Task Manager.

    Task Manager

    You can also press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager directly.

  2. Select More Details to expand the Task Manager.

    Task manager > More details
  3. The Network column of the Task Manager shows applications’ bandwidth usage in descending order from most to least. Right-click an application, then select End Task to close any unneeded applications using a lot of bandwidth.

    End task in Task manager

    Make sure not to close any processes that are identified as system processes.

Change Windows' Automatic Updates Settings to Reduce Ping Rate

Windows downloads and updates can slow your system’s ping rate. As automatic Windows updates can’t be paused once they've begun, you could easily find your gaming experience spoiled. Thankfully, you can change your Windows 10 settings and decide how much of your bandwidth is dedicated to downloads.

  1. Select Settings > Update & Security.

    Settings > Update & Security
  2. Select Advanced Options.

    Advanced Options
  3. Select Delivery Optimization.

    Delivery Optimization
  4. Select Advanced Options.

    Delivery Optimization > Advanced options
  5. Using the first slider, lower the bandwidth percentage for downloading updates to 10%. This setting should allow you to game without interruption while making sure your system is updated.

    Download settings

Look for Problems With Your ISP

Consider using a free bandwidth testing tool to test your internet connection. This will let you know whether you're receiving the bandwidth you deserve. Should you find that your internet connection is subpar, you should contact your internet service provider so they can address the issue.

You can also potentially upgrade your bandwidth—different ISPs offer different tiers of service at different prices. You may even want to consider switching providers. The higher your connection speed, the lower your ping, and the faster your computer can send and receive data.

Plugging your PC into a wired internet connection could help as well, as ethernet cables allow for better data flow, leading to better gameplay and lower ping. You can also ensure no other PCs are eating into your bandwidth and lowering your PC’s performance.

Reset Windows Connection Settings

If all else fails, consider resetting your Windows 10 network. Doing so will re-install the software and drivers that determine how your network connection functions.

Performing a network reset should help resolve several network connection issues, including high ping. You'll have to re-enter your network information after the reboot, but it can be worth the trouble.

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