If you’re finding you have unusually high ping when playing Epic Games’ Fortnite on your platform of choice, then the problem might stem from the fact that you’re not connecting to the nearest server. When playing a game online, massive amounts of data are transmitted and received, with any delay in this process manifesting in-game and on-screen as lag. Little will get you killed more quickly, which has led many to ponder “can you change server locations in Fortnite?” Thankfully, yes, you can — here’s everything you need to know.
Can you change Fortnite server locations?
Epic Games have Fortnite servers running all over the world. There are Fortnite server locations in the UK, US, and many more places beyond those, so there should always be a server in relatively close proximity to your home. Identifying and selecting the ideal location can help to minimize online performance issues when you’re playing Fortnite.
Here’s what you need to do in order to swap Fortnite server locations:
- Boot up Fortnite on your chosen platform and select “Battle Royale”
- From the lobby screen, select “Menu” and then “Settings”
- Navigate to the “Game” tab
- Locate the “Language and Region” section, then the “Matchmaking Region” option
- Toggle between the available servers to see which has the lowest amount of latency, displayed as “MS”
- Select the region with the lowest value, or select “Auto” to have Fortnite automatically detect the best server
- Select “Apply” to save your new settings
Hopefully, by switching server region you’ve addressed any issues that you might be having with lag. If not, it’s a good idea to check the Fortnite status page and if no issues are noted there to reset your home internet router in case the issue lies on your end.