How to Turn Off VSync in League of Legends? (And Why?)

How to Turn VSync Off in League of Legends

VSync can play a critical role in your game performance – more specifically your FPS. Frame rates in League of Legends are directly controlled with VSync, but you have the power to enable or disable this feature. And in this post, I’ll talk about how to turn VSync off and on in LoL.

When players experience FPS drops or low FPS on good PCs in League, chances are that VSync is one of the culprits. And because of that, it’s crucial to know how to turn off VSync in your game to solve this and similar problems.

However, VSync can also be a helpful feature and that’s the reason it was put into the game in the first place. But VSync can only be beneficial with players with certain PC systems. 

But let’s talk about turning VSync on and off in League first and I’ll explain the rest later.

How to Turn Off and On VSync in League of Legends?

If you want to turn VSync on or off in LoL, follow these steps.

  1. Enter a match in League of Legends.
  2. Go to your video settings and scroll down.
  3. Check “Wait for Vertical Sync” to turn VSync on. Or uncheck it to turn it off.
  4. Click “Okay” to save.

That’s how you change the status of the VSync in League of Legends. 

For some players, VSync will automatically be enabled when they install the game. And for others, it won’t. However, depending on whether VSync is on or off, by clicking the little box next to the “Wait for Vertical Sync” text you’ll change its status. And always make sure to click “Okay” and not “ESC” when closing the video settings window.

Turning VSync off in League of Legends

What Does VSync Mean in League of Legends?

Before I explain why you should or shouldn’t turn off your VSync in LoL, let me explain how VSync actually works.

VSync, or Vertical Synchronization, is a feature that improves FPS stability in video games. It does it by locking your Frame Rates at a certain number, usually 60 or 144 FPS. So instead of playing the game at 100 FPS that sometimes goes to 30 FPS (in team fights), VSync will try to keep it at 60 FPS at all times.

In other words, VSync matches your Frame Rate with the Refresh Rate of your Monitor. Some players use 60 Hz monitors, so VSync will lock their FPS at 60 FPS. But some players use 144 Hz monitors, so their VSync will set the minimum FPS to be 144 Hz. 

This, obviously, has a couple of great benefits. But the most important of all is that it will improve your FPS stability so you can perform better in key moments such as team fighting in LoL.

However, if your PC is powerful enough to run League at high FPS without dropping it below 60, VSync completely loses its value for you. In that case, should you turn VSync off in League?

Should You Disable VSync in League of Legends?

Even though every PC runs League differently, there’s a rule that everybody follows. Here it is.

If your PC can run League of Legends at 100+ FPS without FPS drops below 60, you should TURN OFF your VSync.

And if your PC can run League of Legends at 60+ FPS but it sometimes drops it to 30 or 40 FPS (in team fights), you should TURN ON your VSync.

Obviously, the older your PC is the lower your average Frame Rate will be. And VSync may help you solve your FPS problem. 

When I was playing LoL on my laptop back in season 4, VSync was a great feature for me. Instead of experiencing frequent FPS drops, VSync kept my FPS at 60 even in team fights.

However, I now own a high-end gaming PC that runs League at 250+ FPS. And if I were to turn on VSync, my FPS would stay at 144 at all times. So, follow my example depending on what kind of system you currently use.

120 FPS in Team Fights
120 FPS in Team Fights

Does Disabling VSync Increase FPS?

VSync puts a limit on your FPS to 60 or 144, depending on the monitor you’re using (60 or 144 Hz). It does this to prevent screen tearing and FPS drops. However, if your PC is powerful enough to run the game, turning VSync off will increase your maximum FPS. But you may also experience less stability in FPS. 

This is how VSync works in League of Legends too.

Conclusion

To conclude, I recommend you turn VSync off if you have a good enough PC for LoL. But if your system struggles to keep up with League, maybe keeping VSync on is a better choice for you. After all, your performance in LoL depends on the fact whether your game’s running smoothly or not.

That’s all on how to turn off and on the VSync setting in League of Legends.