- 1 6 Best Ways to Fix Slow Download Speed in Epic Games Launcher on Windows 11
6 Best Ways to Fix Slow Download Speed in Epic Games Launcher on Windows 11
Epic Games Launcher offers a wide range of games, both free and paid, for download and play on your computer. However, downloading games through the launcher can be frustrating when you encounter sudden drops in the download speed, especially with modern gaming titles that can be as large as hundreds of GBs.
One can fix slow download speeds by restarting their computer, router, or the Epic Games Launcher. However, these solutions are only temporary fixes that may only help sometimes. In this post, we will look at the most common factors that might slow down your downloads and the solutions to fix them.
If you’re experiencing slow download speeds even when all servers are running, try closing background apps that might be hogging your internet. If that doesn’t help, try the other solutions listed below.
2. Disable VPN and Proxy Servers
VPN and proxy servers are useful for masking your identity and information from websites. However, using these tools can slow down your network by introducing unnecessary latency.
If you’re experiencing slow download speeds in Epic Games Launcher, turn off the VPN and proxy servers to speed things up. Here’s how to do it on Windows 11.
Step 1: Open the VPN client on your PC and check if it’s disconnected. If not, click Disconnect.
In this example, we used Proton VPN. The location of the disconnect button may vary depending on your VPN client.
Meanwhile, if you’ve configured your VPN manually, disable the VPN toggle in the Action Center. Once that’s done, move on to the next steps to ensure that you’re not connected to a proxy server. Step 2: Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings app on your computer.
Step 3: Click on Network & internet, then select Proxy.
Step 4: Under Proxy settings, ensure that ‘Use a proxy server’ is off.
If the proxy server is turned on, the Set up button will say Edit, click on it and move on to the next step.
Step 5: In the Edit proxy server dialog, click the ‘Use a proxy server’ toggle to turn it off. Then, save the changes.
3. Ensure Download Throttling Is Disabled Inside Epic Games Launcher
The Epic Games Launcher offers a download throttling feature to limit game download speeds. This feature is useful when sharing network bandwidth for other tasks. To download games as quickly as possible, make sure this toggle is turned off. Here’s how to check if download throttling is disabled in the Epic Games Launcher:
Step 1: Click the Search button on the Taskbar and type “Epic Games Launcher.” Then, click Open from the results.
Step 2: Click on the profile icon in the upper-right corner.
Step 3: Click on the Settings option from the menu.
Step 4: Scroll down and disable Throttle Downloads if enabled by clicking the checkbox beside it.
4. Try Using Different DNS Servers
A slow DNS server can hinder game downloads from the Epic Games Launcher. Try different public DNS servers to improve download speed. Here’s how to change your PC’s DNS server:
Step 1: Click the Search button on the Taskbar and type “View Network Connections”. Then, click on Open.
Step 2: In the Control Panel window, right-click on Ethernet or Wi-Fi (depending on which one you use) and select Properties.
Step 3: On the Wi-Fi Properties window, select the ‘Internet Protocol Version 4’ option and click the Properties button.
Step 4: Click on ‘Use the following DNS server address’ and enter the details for the ‘Preferred DNS server’ and ‘Alternate DNS server’. Then, click OK.
5. Update or Reinstall the Network Drivers
Often outdated or corrupt network drivers on your PC can cause network issues, including slow download speeds on Windows 11. Therefore, updating or reinstalling the network drivers on your computer is a good idea to ensure a stable connection. Here’s how to easily update or reinstall network drivers on your computer to fix related issues:
Step 1: Right-click the Start button and select Device Manager.
Step 2: In Device Manager, locate Network adapters and double-click to expand.
Step 3: Under Network adapters, right-click on your PC’s Wireless adapter (Qualcomm Atheros) and select Update driver. Meanwhile, you will need to update your PC’s Ethernet or LAN adapter (Realtek PCIe GbE Family) for issues with wired connection.
Step 4: Update Drivers window, click ‘Search automatically for drivers.’
Step 5: Search and install the latest network drivers compatible with your PC.
If you see a message stating that your computer has the best drivers installed, scan for drivers through the Windows Update. Otherwise, close the message and proceed with the next step.
If you are unable to find new network drivers, right-click on the network adapter and select Uninstall device.
Step 7: When the Uninstall Device dialog appears, click Uninstall.
Step 8: Restart your PC.
After restarting your PC, Windows 11 will automatically search for and install the necessary network drivers.
6. Reinstall Epic Games Launcher
If none of the solutions work, wait a few hours and recheck the download speeds to ensure it wasn’t caused by your ISP. If that doesn’t help, the only remaining solution is to remove and reinstall Epic Games Launcher on your PC. Here’s how you can do that:
Note: Uninstalling Epic Games Launcher will also remove your games, DLCs, and save files. Consider learning how to backup and restore your games in Epic Games Launcher before proceeding.
Step 1: Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
Step 2: Open the Settings app and click on Apps in the left sidebar.
Step 3: On the Apps page, click on the option that says Installed apps.
Step 4: Type “Epic Games Launcher” in the search box at the top.
Step 5: From the search results, click the horizontal three dots menu next to the Epic Games Launcher result. Select Uninstall.
Step 6: Click the download button below to download the Epic installer on your PC. Step 7: After the download completes, click on the EpicInstaller.msi file, choose your install location and follow the on-screen instructions to install the Epic Games Launcher on your PC.
Launch the app and log in to your profile. If you’re having trouble, refer to our troubleshooting guide for fixing the installation error in Epic Games Launcher.
Fix Slow Download Speeds in Epic Games Launcher
The solutions above will help you troubleshoot and fix issues with slow download speeds in Epic Games Launcher on Windows 11. This will ensure that you don’t need to wait for the downloads to finish before starting to enjoy your new game.
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