Fortnite’s building and editing systems are among its best aspects. The game allows you to create structures and edit them to gain an advantage over your enemies and advance your play. This is why fast edits determine your progress in the game.

Mastering the art of editing in Fortnite gives you a significant advantage over opponents, especially when you’re in a box fight. You can easily outplay opponents, protect yourself as you tunnel into different zones, and take damaging shots at enemies.

However, things don’t augur well when your computer or network gets in the way and causes edit delays. Whether you’re a pro or not, edit delays can turn the tide against you, and if you’re facing a highly skilled player, things could get worse.

Some players have complained that they notice slight delays when trying to edit structures. Since a one-second delay is enough to make you vulnerable, you don’t want to keep experiencing such a problem.

In this article, we’ll show you how to fix the Fortnite edit lag in Windows 10. You’ll also find out how to prevent the delay in the future and hone your editing skills.

How to Fix Edit Delay in Fortnite in 2021

Edit lags are results of different underlying problems. For example, your computer’s general performance will affect the game, and other glitches affecting the game itself could delay edits.

Everything from improving the game’s performance and resolving bad tick rates to getting rid of elements that slow down your system will go a long way in helping you eliminate edit delays for good.

So, to help you resolve the edit delay problem, we’ll show you how to fix Fortnite lag in 2021 and how to get rid of glitches in Fortnite.

Other workarounds can also help you get rid of the delays for good. Keep reading to find out.

Make sure your game files are intact

Game files are the core components of any game. Sometimes, installation corruption causes all kinds of problems, including edit lags. If some of the files related to your game’s structures are damaged in one way or the other, you’ll notice significant delays whenever your computer tries to process them.

So, make sure your game’s installation isn’t the cause of the problem. To do that, you have to verify your game files using the Epic Games Launcher. The launcher will scan your local game files and replace those that are missing or corrupt.

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Epic Games Launcher.
  2. Head to your Library once the launcher shows up.
  3. Go to Fortnite and click on the three dots.
  4. Select Verify from the menu.
  5. The launcher will now search for missing and broken Fortnite files and replace them.
  6. The size of the files being replaced, your internet connection, and your computer’s speed will determine how long it will take for the launcher to complete the process.

Change Fortnite’s launch options to fix high ping

One of the main reasons for the edit lag is high network ping. You can increase your tick rate by entering specific launch commands for Fortnite.

The first is the “LANPLAY” command. It prevents the engine from capping client bandwidth when it establishes connections with servers. This doubles server updates. You should use this command when you’re sure you have a strong internet connection.

The “limitclientticks” command helps throttle server updates and reduce packet loss significantly.

Follow these steps:

  1. Start the Epic Games Launcher.
  2. After the app shows up, click on Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Manage Games section once the Settings interface appears and click on Fortnite.
  4. Check the box for Additional Command Line Arguments.
  5. After the box appears, enter the following line:

-LANPLAY -LIMITCLIENTTICKS

  1. Launch Fortnite and check for the edit delay.

Note: You can give the commands a go one after the other and check which resolves the problem if using both together doesn’t work.

Flush your DNS cache

Whenever your computer uses a DNS server to match a server’s IP address, it saves the information to a cache. This way, it doesn’t have to use the DNS server again for the same purpose. Unfortunately, over time, the DNS cache might accumulate the wrong information for servers whose IP addresses have been changed. This could lead to DNS problems and affect your game’s tick rate.

Flushing the DNS allows your computer to rebuild the cache with updated information. These steps will show you how to flush the cache:

  1. Go to your taskbar, right-click the Start button, and click on Run. Pressing Win + R will also launch the Run dialog box.
  2. After Run shows up, type “CMD” and tap Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
  3. Click on Yes once the UAC dialog window pops up.
  4. After the Command Prompt window shows up, type “ipconfig /flushdns” (without the quotes) and tap the Enter key.

Use a public DNS

Your computer depends on a DNS server to match domain names to their IP addresses. It’s an essential aspect of your internet connection, and the default server provided by your ISP might not be fast enough to meet Fortnite’s needs. This could be the reason you keep experiencing the edit delay.

Going for a faster DNS server, like Cloudflare’s or Google’s, will reduce your ping and also boost your system’s security.

These steps will show you how to use Cloudflare’s DNS server:

  1. Go to your taskbar, right-click the Start button, and click on Run. Pressing Win + R will also launch the Run dialog box.
  2. After Run shows up, type “control panel” and hit Enter.
  3. When you see the home screen of the Control Panel, click on “View Network Status and Tasks” under Network and Internet.
  4. Go to the left side of the Network and Sharing Center window and click on “Change adapter settings.”
  5. On the next page, right-click on your active connection and select Properties.
  6. After the Properties dialog window opens, go to the list of connections, click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and click on Properties.
  7. In the next dialog window that pops up, go to the second box and select the radio button for “Use the following DNS server address.”
  8. Now, enter the following values:

For Preferred DNS Server: 1.1.1.1

For Alternate DNS Server: 1.0.0.1

  1. Click on the OK buttons in both dialog windows.

Delete temporary files

Getting rid of temporary files is one way to improve your game’s speed. These files are created by third-party and system programs for short-term purposes.

Temporary files can take up a sizable amount of space on your hard drive, causing processing slow-downs. They could also become corrupt and affect Fortnite’s performance. Deleting your temporary files is one way to resolve performance issues that cause edit delays.

You can delete them manually, use the Disk Cleanup tool, or go through the Settings application. We’ll show you each process.

Here is how to manually get rid of temp files:

  1. Go to your taskbar, right-click the Start button, and click on Run. Pressing Win + R will also launch the Run dialog box.
  2. After Run shows up, type “%temp%” (no quotes) and press Enter.
  3. Press the CTRL + A keyboard combo to select every file in the Temp folder.
  4. Press the Shift + Delete combo to delete the files permanently.
  5. Click on Yes in the confirmation prompt.

Note: If a dialog window shows up and tells you that another program is using a file, check the “Do this for all current items” checkbox and click on the Skip button.

You can use the Disk Cleanup tool to remove temporary files from your PC:

  1. Use the Windows logo + E keyboard shortcut to summon a File Explorer window or right-click the Start button and click on File Explorer.
  2. Go to the left side of the File Explorer window and click on This PC.
  3. Right-click on your main hard drive and select Properties after the context menu opens.
  4. Once you see the Properties dialog window, stay in the General tab and click on the Disk Cleanup button under the Capacity section.
  5. The Disk Cleanup tool will now scan your drive and display different categories of temporary files.
  6. Click on the “Clean up system files” button to add temporary system files to the list.
  7. Now, select the temporary files you want to remove by clicking on each category’s checkbox.
  8. Click on the OK button.
  9. Select Delete Files in the pop-up.

Go through the Settings app and get rid of temporary files:

  1. Use the Win + I keyboard combo to open the Windows Settings application.
  2. After the application’s home page shows up, click on System.
  3. Go to the left side of the System interface and click on Storage.
  4. Go to the Storage page and click on Temporary Files under Local Disk.
  5. Windows will now display different categories of temporary files once the Temporary Files page opens.
  6. Tick the boxes beside the categories you want to remove and click on Remove Files.

Change the game’s DisplayGamma value

Fortnite’s DisplayGamma setting is used to adjust the contrast degree of each frame in the game. It determines how well you can see certain angles and structures and directly impacts things like shadows.

An unfavorable setting could also cause edit lags. These steps will show you how to change your DisplayGamma value to improve edit speeds in the game:

  1. Exit Fortnite.
  2. Go to your taskbar, right-click the Start button, and click on Run. Pressing Win + R will also launch the Run dialog box.
  3. After Run shows up, type “%localappdata%” (no quotes) and press Enter.
  4. Once you see the Local folder, scroll down and double-click on the FortniteGame folder.
  5. Double-click the Saved folder once the FortniteGame folder shows up.
  6. Next, open the Config folder.
  7. After the Config folder shows up, double-click the WindowsClient folder.
  8. Now, right-click on the GameUserSettings.ini file.
  9. Click on Properties after the context menu shows up.
  10. Uncheck the Read-Only box and click OK after the Properties dialog shows up.
  11. Now that the file is no longer read-only, right-click it, select Open With, and click on Notepad.
  12. Once the text file opens, scroll down to the DisplayGamma line. You can press Ctrl + F to summon the Find utility, type “DisplayGamma,” and click on Find Next.
  13. Change the DisplayGamma value to 1.000000.
  14. Press CTRL + S or click on File in the top-left corner and select Save.
  15. Close Notepad and launch Fortnite to check for the problem.

Run Fortnite on all your CPU cores

One way to improve Fortnite’s performance is by allocating more CPU resources to the game. You can do that by pinning the game to all your CPU cores. Sometimes, the operating system shares resources between different apps, and it saves power by limiting how programs use the CPU. But you can override the policy and force the processor to handle Fortnite with its total capacity.

While modern gaming engines run games on all CPU cores by default, it’s best to make sure it happens by applying specific settings. You’ll be going through the Task Manager using the CPU affinity method. You can also change the game’s launch options to force it to run on all your CPU cores.

Follow these steps to go through the Task Manager:

  1. Launch Fortnite.
  2. Right-click on the taskbar.
  3. Select Task Manager from the menu.
  4. You can also tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
  5. Click on More Details if you don’t see the Processes tab once the Task Manager opens.
  6. Right-click on Fortnite and click on “Go to Details” in the context menu.
  7. Under the Details tab, right-click on Fortnite’s entry and click on CPU Affinity.
  8. Check the All Processors box and click on OK.

Follow these steps to go through the Epic Games Launcher:

  1. Go to the Start menu and open the Epic Games Launcher.
  2. After the client opens, click on Settings.
  3. Once the Settings options appear, scroll down to “Manage Games” and click on Fortnite.
  4. Check the box for “Additional Command Line Arguments”.
  5. Now, type this:

-USEALLAVAILABLECORES

  1. You can now launch Fortnite and check for the edit delay.

You can also add the -PREFERREDPROCESSOR command, but this requires you to add the exact number of cores your CPU has. For example, the command should look like this if your processor has eight cores:

-USEALLAVAILABLECORES -PREFERREDPROCESSOR 8

You can check the number of cores your CPU has by following these steps:

  1. Tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
  2. Click on More Details if you don’t see any Task Manager tabs.
  3. Switch to the Processes tab.
  4. Click on CPU under the Processes tab, then check for your CPU cores under the graph.

Update your drivers

Outdated device drivers don’t do your system any good. They can cause performance drawbacks, affect how the operating system communicates with devices, and even cause unexpected crashes. Your graphics card and mouse drivers are among the essential pieces of software that can affect Fortnite’s performance.

Your video card is responsible for processing most of your computer’s graphics tasks, and games like Fortnite rely on the device to render heavy images, including the structures that you edit. So a driver that isn’t enhanced to interpret the game’s needs to the GPU correctly will undoubtedly cause edit delays.

To begin with, you should remove your current display driver. This way, you’ll be making sure it doesn’t affect the updated version. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Power User menu by right-clicking Start or using the Win + X keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click on Device Manager after the menu appears.
  3. Expand the Display Adapters category once you see the Device Manager.
  4. Right-click on your graphics card and click on Uninstall Device.
  5. Check the box next to “Delete the driver software for this device” and click on Uninstall.
  6. Restart your computer.

There are different ways to update your graphics card and mouse drivers. You can go to the website of your device’s manufacturer to download its latest driver, use the device’s dedicated software program, or go for a specialized driver-updating tool that automates the process.

When you go through the device manufacturer’s website, you have to make sure you go for the right driver software for your device’s make and model and operating system’s 64-bit or 32-bit architecture. After downloading the software package, go through the Device Manager to install it. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Power User menu by right-clicking Start or using the Win + X keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click on Device Manager after the menu appears.
  3. Expand the Display Adapters category once you see the Device Manager.
  4. Right-click on the graphics card and click on Update Driver.
  5. Click on “Search automatically for drivers” once you see the Update Drivers window. Your computer will search for the driver’s updated version on your hard drive and automatically install it.
  6. If you want to point your system to where you downloaded the updated driver, click on “Browse my computer for drivers.”
  7. Restart your computer after Windows installs the driver.

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Using the device’s dedicated program

You can use the NVIDIA Control Panel or AMD Radeon Settings to download and install your GPU’s latest driver, depending on the graphics card you use.

Here’s how to use the NVIDIA Control Panel:

  1. Launch the NVIDIA Control Panel by right-clicking the desktop and selecting the program from the context menu.
  2. Once the application shows up, go to the top of the window and click on Help >> Updates.
  3. Click on the “Check for Updates” button under the Updates tab of the NVIDIA Update dialog.
  4. You’ll be redirected to a web page where you can download the driver.
  5. Run the installer once the download is complete and follow the prompts in the wizard to complete the process.

Here’s how to use AMD Radeon Settings:

  1. Right-click on your desktop and click on AMD Radeon Settings.
  2. Once the application opens, click on the Updates button in the lower-left corner of the window.
  3. On the next page, you’ll see the “Currently Installed” and “Check for Updates” buttons. Click on the latter.
  4. If updates are available for your driver, you’ll see the “New Recommended” and “New Optional” buttons. We advise that you install the recommended driver.
  5. Once you click on the “New Recommended” button, a drop-down will appear.
  6. Next, click on either “Custom Upgrade” or “Express Upgrade”.

“Custom Upgrade” allows you to choose the components of the driver that you wish to install, while “Express Upgrade” automatically installs the standard components of the driver.

  1. Allow the tool to download the driver by clicking on the Proceed option.
  2. Reboot your system once the update process is done and check for the issue.

Run Fortnite on your dedicated graphics card

If your computer has an integrated and dedicated video card, you might notice the edit delay whenever you’re playing the game on battery power. This is because your computer switches to the integrated GPU to save power whenever it runs on battery power. To resolve this problem, you have to force the game to run on the dedicated GPU no matter your laptop’s power source.

There are different ways to force Fortnite to run on your dedicated GPU, and we’ll be showing you each method.

Follow these steps if you use an NVIDIA card:

  1. Launch the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. Once the application opens, go to the left pane and click on “Adjust Image Settings” under 3D Settings.
  3. Go to the right pane and select the radio button for “Use my preference emphasizing: Performance.” Make sure the slide is at Performance.
  4. Click on the Apply button.
  5. Next, go to the window’s left pane and click on “Manage 3D Settings” under 3D Settings.
  6. Navigate to the right pane, and under the Global Settings tab, choose High-performance NVIDIA Processor from the “Preferred graphics processor” drop-down.
  7. Switch to the Program Settings tab.
  8. In the “Select a program to customize” drop-down, choose Fortnite. If you don’t see the game, click on the Add button, navigate to its installation folder, and double-click the EXE file.
  9. In the “Select the preferred graphics processor for this program” drop-down, choose High-Performance NVIDIA Processor.
  10. Click on the OK button.

Follow these steps if you use an AMD card:

  1. Right-click on your desktop.
  2. Once the context menu appears, click on AMD Radeon Settings.
  3. Once AMD Radeon Settings opens, click on System at the top of the window.
  4. Go to the top-left corner of the app and click on Switchable Graphics.
  5. By default, you’ll see the Running Applications view once the Switchable Graphics menu appears. If Fortnite is running, click on its arrow and select High Performance.
  6. If the game is currently closed, go to the top-right corner of the window, click on “Running Applications”, then click on “Installed Profiled Applications”.
  7. Navigate to Fortnite and change its Switchable Graphics option to “High Performance”.
  8. If you still can’t find the game in the window, go to the top-right corner, click on the Browse option, browse to the game’s installation folder, and add it to the list.
  9. After you change Fortnite’s option to “High Performance”, you’ll see a user icon in its label.

Note: Choosing the “Power Saving” option will make the game run on the integrated GPU. The “Based on Power Source” option will run the game on the integrated GPU when your PC saves power and the dedicated card when your laptop is plugged into a power source.

Go through Settings:

  1. Tap the Windows and I buttons on your keyboard together to open Settings.
  2. Click on the System label after the home screen of the app shows up.
  3. Once the System interface appears, scroll down to the bottom of the Display tab and click on Graphics Settings.
  4. After the Graphics Settings screen opens, click on the Browse button in the “Choose an app to set preference” drop-down menu.
  5. Once you see the Open dialog window, navigate to Fortnite’s installation folder.
  6. Locate the game’s EXE file, click on it, and then click on the Add button.
  7. Once you’re back at the Graphics Settings screen, you should see the game; click on it, then click on the Options button.
  8. After you see the Graphics Specifications dialog, click on the radio button for High Performance, and then click Save.
  9. The game will now be forced to run on your dedicated display card whenever you launch it.

What Are the Best Fortnite Controller Settings in 2021 for Editing?

You have to master your controller and use favorable settings to make fast edits. If your current controller is no longer functioning well, you should get a new one as an old and glitchy controller will put you at a disadvantage.

Adjusting your controls this way should improve your editing skills:

LB: Unbound

LT: Unbound

RB: Unbound

RT: Select

Direction Pad Right: Unbound

Direction Pad Left: Unbound

Direction Pad Up: Inventory

Direction Pad Down: Push to talk

X/Square Button: Unbound

Y/Triangle Button: Toggle pickaxe

A/Cross Button: Jump

B/ Circle Button: Confirm

R3: Reset

L3: Sprint/auto sprint

TouchPad: Map

Options Button: Game menu

Make sure to practice these controls and get used to them before using them in matches.

Conclusion

That’s how to get rid of edit delays in Fortnite. Of course, you can apply other measures, such as using an Ethernet cable or a powerline adapter to improve your network connection speed and reduce ping. Let us know how you resolved the edit delay issue in the comments section below!