How to fix low FPS in Minecraft: Increase your frames per second and fix frame drops

If you've been hit by frame drops in Minecraft that are ruining your experience, or in some cases, leading to you being killed, we've got the answers you seek right here!

Even if you're playing on a great gaming laptop or running the 8K version of Minecraft, there's still a chance that something will go wrong and frame drops will hit you hard.

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To find out how to fix Minecraft frame drops and increase your FPS, keep reading...

Lower your graphics settings

Now you may be perplexed at why you might need to lower your graphics settings given the blocky/pixelated nature of Minecraft's design, but given it is now 4K supported with ray-tracing graphics, it can take some serious power to run Minecraft with the highest settings.

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Consistent frame drops may be a result of your graphics setting being too high, and so adjusting them downwards could ease some of the issues.

If you select the Video Settings in the Options Menu, here are some changes you should make to lower your graphics:

  • Graphics: Fast
  • Render Distance: 8 Chunks or lower
  • Clouds: Off
  • Particles: Minimal
  • Smooth Lighting: Off

Cap your framerate

As a PC player, it may be tempting to set your Minecraft frame rate to unlimited, but this often causes problems if your setup can't handle such high frame rates.

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By capping the FPS depending on your monitor, you can still maintain a high frame rate (especially compared to console and mobile players) without suffering from frame drops.

If you go back to the Video Settings, you can change to FPS to your chosen level. If you have a 240Hz monitor, I'd recommend capping the FPS at 240. If your monitor is 144Hz or 60Hz, capping the FPS at 144 or 60 respectively should do the trick.

Close all other background applications

Even with a decent amount of RAM, keeping lots of tabs or applications open will take up unnecessary memory while playing Minecraft, leading to more frame drops. Closing these down should ease some of the problems, or you might want to consider upgrading your RAM, especially if it's under 8GB.

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