Like most battle royale games, Apex Legends has its fair share of bugs and glitches. These are understandable to a degree, but it gets frustrating when it crashes on your Windows 11 PC every time you start it.
Here are some things you can do to fix Apex Legends crashing issue on Windows 11.
Make sure your computer meets the game’s minimum requirements
Before making any major changes, make sure your computer can run Apex Legends. Here are the minimum requirements to run Apex Legends on a Windows PC.
- Windows 8 64-bit operating system
- Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2GHz quad-core processor
- At least 6 GB RAM and 1 GB GPU RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 or Radeon HD 7730 GPU
- At least 22 GB available disk space.
If your computer does not meet any of the above requirements, you can only update your computer to fix the crashing problem. Check out our guide on which upgrades will improve your computer’s performance the most to get some ideas.
However, if Apex Legends is crashing on a compatible computer, here are the fixes that might help you.
1. Close unnecessary applications running in the background
When you look at the taskbar, you may feel like you have no applications open on your computer, but there may be many running in the background. Google Chrome, Microsoft Teams, and your graphics card software are some of the many programs that run as soon as you boot up your computer.
Having many such applications running in the background makes your system prone to connection and crashing issues. The solution here is simple – close as many background apps as possible before launching Apex Legends.
To do this, open Task Manager, right-click on all unnecessary background applications and select end task. You can also prevent these programs from starting at boot into Windows 11.
2. Is your CPU overclocked?
Overclocking your CPU is one of the many things you can do to get better gaming performance on your computer. CPU overclocking can work wonders provided you provide good ventilation and cooling.
However, overclocking does not affect all games equally. In some cases it can get great results but in others it can be the root cause of serious problems like constant crashes.
To fix Apex Legends crashing issue, consider disabling CPU overclocking, which will reset your processor to its default settings.
3. Change the EasyAntiCheat priority
EasyAntiCheat is an anti-cheat service that ensures your multiplayer game is free from hacking and cheating. But sometimes this service can consider your computer’s background processes as malicious and cause various problems including a complete game crash.
The solution in this case is to lower EasyAntiCheat’s priority while Apex Legends is running in the background. To do this, open the task manager and select the details Option in the left sidebar. Then locate EasyAntiCheat service and right click on it. Click on set priority and then choose Low from the context menu.
Next, go to Apex Legends and see if the crash still occurs.
4. Optimize in-game settings
Apex Legends comes with a plethora of graphics-related options that you can enable to improve the look of the game. Some of these options are only compatible with high-spec devices.
If you manage to enable these options on a low spec device, the game will somehow tend to crash. So if you have a low-end computer, make sure the game is running in low resolution and all optional features are disabled.
Here are some changes you need to make when playing Apex Legends on a low-end device:
- display mode – Window
- resolution – native
- v sync – Disabled people
- anti-aliasing – Disabled people
- Texture streaming budget – Low
- Adaptive Supersampling – Disabled people
- Ambient occlusion quality – Low
- Sun shade cover and detail – Low
- volumetric lighting – Disabled people
- Dynamic point shadows – Disabled people
- effect details – Middle
- impact marks – Low
- ragdolls – Middle
These settings work well on most low-end devices. Still, you can play around with these settings until you get the best combination for your computer.
5. Check the Apex Legends files for corruption
Apex Legends is likely to crash on your computer if its files are corrupted. In order to detect corruption and remove it, you need to check the integrity of the game files.
Here’s how it works in the EA app:
- Launch the EA App and choose My collection from the left sidebar.
- press the three points on Apex Legends and choose Repair.
The EA App will now search and remove any corruption in the Apex Legends files.
If you’re using Steam or Origin, see our guide to checking a game’s file integrity on Steam and Origin.
6. Update your graphics driver
Sometimes the graphics driver you are using may not be compatible with Apex Legends and it will cause it to crash. You can always fix graphics driver issues by updating it to the latest version. Here’s how:
- Press the Victory + X Hotkeys to open the power user menu.
- Choose device manager from the displayed list.
- Double-click the display adapter node to expand it.
- Right-click on the installed graphics driver and select update drivers.
- Choose Search for drivers automatically Possibility.
Device Manager checks for available graphics driver updates on your computer and downloads them.
Unfortunately, sometimes Windows has trouble finding the latest drivers for your system. If Windows doesn’t find anything, follow our guide to updating your graphics driver in Windows for advice on Nvidia and AMD graphics cards.
7. Allow Apex Legends Launcher through Windows Firewall
Windows Defender Firewall can interfere and crash Apex Legends Launcher. To prevent this, you need to allow the launcher to go through the Windows Defender Firewall. Here’s how:
- open that Windows search by pressing the victory + S hot keys.
- kind Allow an app through Windows Firewall and choose Open minded.
- press the Change settings Possibility.
- Check both Private and Public Boxes of all EA App Services.
- click OK.
Similarly, if you are using Steam or Origin, check the Private and Public boxes for those launchers and save the changes.
Fixed Apex Legends crashing issue
Multiplayer games like Apex Legends are always prone to crashing. These crashes often result from corrupted game files or misconfigured in-game settings. Luckily, you can use the above solutions to fix the crashing issue quickly and permanently.