How To Speed Up Fortnite On Mac

When the Battle Royale genre took over video gaming in 2017, it was a race to the top to see which one would survive the hype. The winner was Fortnite, which quickly made its way across almost every device, including Macs and smartphones. With its popularity came competitive play, including esports and heated team battles among friends. 

When death is permanent, every shot counts and every wall matters. That’s why even a hint of lag or slow Fortnite performance can be a game-breaker for you and your team. If you’re looking to speed up Fortnite, you may be in luck, as experts have figured out a way to improve performance with a few simple fixes.

Why Is Fortnite Slow On My Mac?

Fortnite was built by Epic Games, one of the masters of graphic processing engines, including the Unreal Engine which powers many of the best-looking games on the market. However, those visuals come at a cost — the power of your hardware. Combine this with having to process 100 players on the map at any given time, and you have a recipe for a potentially taxing game that can start to slow down.

Unfortunately, the power of your Mac is only one part of the puzzle — the other is the strength of your internet connection, which needs to constantly send and receive information from the server to ensure smooth gameplay. Here are a few ways you can speed up Fortnite.

1. Turn video quality settings to low

If your slow Fortnite game is becoming a problem, the easiest place to start is by lowering the video graphics settings. The game may not look as good, but it will perform much faster. In some cases, lowering your graphics can actually make it easier to spot enemies on the map, thanks to less detail in the visuals. To do this:

  1. Open Fortnite
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Under the Video tab, find Quality
  4. Click on Low 

This will automatically set the advanced graphics settings to low, which means less stress on your Mac’s hardware and a better chance for speeding up a slow Fortnite. 

2. Set audio quality to low

It might appear strange to try and speed up Fortnite by lowering the quality of audio, but there’s a reason it can help. The audio is processed by the CPU, which is already busy trying to render everything you can see on the screen, let alone hear. By setting the audio quality to low, you’re allowing the CPU and hard drive more bandwidth to figure out everything else. Changing audio is easy:

  1. Open Fortnite
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Under the Audio tab, find Quality
  4. Select Low 

You shouldn’t notice a big difference in the real-world quality of audio, unless you happen to be using high-performance headphones or speakers. It can’t hurt to give it a test run anyway.

3. Play in fullscreen mode

Many Fortnite players prefer to play in windowed mode so they can carry on with other tasks while they’re waiting for the map to load, for the next match to find 100 players, or for their friends to finish without them. However, running the game in windowed mode can sometimes trip macOS into distributing its hardware resources more evenly across other applications, instead of dedicating that power to Fortnite. If your Fortnite slowness bugs you, follow these steps to make it fullscreen mode:

  1. Open Fortnite
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Under the Video tab, find Window Mode
  4. Click the right arrow until you find Fullscreen

4. Free up RAM and other purgeable space

Fortnite has plenty of options in the Settings menu to help you optimize FPS and performance. However, there are many tips, tweaks, and fixes outside of the game in macOS which can help speed up Fortnite and your other favorite games and apps too.

For example, when your Mac has been on for a while, your RAM might get full, making all new actions take longer than they should. Similarly, your operating system keeps a large amount of purgeable space occupied, which means Fortnite can’t use it to accelerate the gameplay. 

Luckily, you only need one tool to fix both — CleanMyMac X. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Download CleanMyMac X (a link to download free edition)
  2. Under Speed, find Maintenance and click View All Tasks
  3. Check Free Up RAM and Free Up Purgeable Space ➙ Run
Free up purgeable space on Mac with CMMX

CleanMyMac X will then run through the backend of your macOS and clear memory and storage taken up by useless processes. Surprisingly, my own Mac just had over 13 GB of purgeable space — 5% of my total hard drive that could be leveraged by apps that actually matter. So don’t forget to repeat the process every few weeks or so, or whenever slow Fortnite game is getting in the way of playing with friends.

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