Valorant Freezing Issues: Potential Causes and Possible Fixes

Vignesh Raghuram
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Valorant Freezing Issues


One of the most frustrating experiences in Valorant is when you're on the verge of landing a perfect headshot on your opponent, only to have the game suddenly freeze, potentially causing you to miss the shot and put yourself at risk of being killed. In fact, Freezing issues can be potentially game-ruining for you and your teammates since you are just a sitting duck and an easy kill for your opponents.

While most freezing issues that Valorant players experience can be traced back to dated hardware, some freezing issues are caused by software bugs or issues with the game itself. Here are all the possible fixes for these issues.

How to Fix Valorant Freezing Issues

Here are all some possible solutions available for fixing the Valorant Freezing Issues

Solution 1: Restart all Riot processes

You may attempt to close all Riot Games processes, including Riot Vanguard, the Riot client, and Valorant itself, and then restart them.

  • Right-click on your Taskbar

  • Click on Task Manager

  • Find all processes with the Riot Games or Valorant logo.

  • Right-click on each of the programs and click on End Task.

  • Restart the game as Administrator

Solution 2: Disable startup on boot for all non-essential applications including Discord, Spotify, Steam, etc.

Valorant does not do well with Discord for some reason. Some players have been able to virtually remove all freezes by disabling Discord.

  • Open Taskbar (Easiest way is to press Ctrl+Alt+Del)

  • Navigate to the Startup menu

  • Disable non-essential processes to free up some bandwidth for Valorant.

Solution 3: Disable hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling.

  • Open the "Settings" menu on your PC.

  • Navigate to the "System" option.

  • Select the "Display" tab.

  • Click on the "Graphics settings" right at the bottom

  • Toggle the hardware-accelerated GPU setting to the "Off" position

Solution 4: Disable Windows Fastboot

For some reason, Riot’s Vanguard anti-cheat does not launch correctly in some instances when booting through Fastboot. Some users have found success by disabling Windows Fastboot. 

  • Go to Windows “Settings" menu on your device, and navigate to System>Power & sleep>Additional power settings>Choose what the power buttons do>Change settings that are currently unavailable" to access advanced power settings.

  • Uncheck the box next to "Turn on fast startup (recommended)"  to disable Windows Fast Boot.

Once you’ve gone through these processes the frequency of Valorant freezes may decrease.

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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.