How to Fix Packet Loss in Valorant

Find your packets!

Like most online games, Valorant is no stranger to connectivity issues that can greatly affect the outcome of a match. If there’s a hiccup in the transferring of data between you, your ISP, and the Valorant game servers, you’re probably experiencing packet loss. This can result in moments of lag, causing “rubber banding” in games, or can sometimes outright disconnect you from servers altogether. Either way, it’s an issue you definitely don’t want to be experiencing. Here’s how to fix packet loss in Valorant.

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How to Fix Packet Loss in Valorant

Unfortunately, there’s a wide variety of reasons you could be experiencing packet loss in Valorant. However, there are several ways to test and possibly remedy the problem from happening. Let’s go over them below.

Use Valorant’s Built-In Packet Loss Detection

You can actually display the percentage of packet loss you’re having in Valorant itself. Follow these steps to turn it on:

  • Launch Valorant
  • Enter the Settings menu
  • Select Video options, then select Stats
  • Choose ‘text’, ‘graph’, or ‘both’ for the Packet Loss option

Next time you’re in-game, you’ll see an indication that you’re losing packets. If you’re experiencing packet loss, try these methods out to possibly stop it from happening:

Check your Internet Connection

If you’re having packet loss in Valorant, your internet connection may be the issue itself. Try using an online packet loss test to see if there’s a greater problem at hand.

Restart your PC and Router/Modem

It’s a repeated method because it works. Sometimes, your PC and/or router just needs a nice refresh. When restarting your router/modem, make sure to keep it unplugged for at least 30 seconds before turning it back on.

Use a Wired Connection

Using a LAN cable will normally give you much more reliable connectivity and faster internet speeds compared to a Wi-Fi connection. If possible, always use a wired connection for online gaming.

Update your Network Drivers

It’s important to make sure all your hardware drivers are up to date. Use Windows Device Manager and locate your network drivers to see if there’s an updated version to download.

Contact your ISP

When all else fails, get in touch with your ISP and ask them to run a few tests on your internet connection. We all know how unhelpful ISPs can be, but it’s worth a shot when nothing else works.

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Matt Vatankhah
Matt's writing career began when he joined Prima Games in 2022. As Managing Editor, he tries to make sure everything you read looks as pretty as possible. He's had a passion for video games all of his life and really loves Final Fantasy, retro FPS, roguelikes, and metroidvanias. He will absolutely stomp you in Tetris.