How to check ‘League of Legends’ server status if you can’t connect to the game

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If “League of Legends” isn’t working properly, it may be an issue with Riot Games’ servers.

  • You can check “League of Legends'” server status through Riot Games’ website or Twitter account.
  • If there aren’t issues on with “League’s” servers, you should troubleshoot your own internet connection.
  • For example, try resetting your router and then opening “League of Legends” again.,
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Multiplayer online games like “League of Legends” can be fun, except when you run into server issues and are dropped from your game without warning. When that happens, you can troubleshoot to fix the problem, but first you should check to see if the problems are coming from Riot Games’ own “League of Legends” servers.

How to check the ‘League of Legends’ server status

There are two ways to check “League’s” server status:

1. Check the Riot Games service status website. If there’s an issue, you should see a notice under “Current Messages.”

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You’ll be notified of any server issues under “Current Messages.”

2. Check the Riot Games support Twitter account. The developer may post a tweet before it can update the website (though it posts to both areas when something goes wrong), so it’s worth checking both.

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The @RiotSupport Twitter account may tweet out any server issues.

How to troubleshoot ‘League of Legends’ internet issues

There are a few options for troubleshooting: restarting the game, resetting your router, and exiting out of other internet tasks or downloads. Here’s how to do the first two methods:

Restart the game:

  • On a PC, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete/Esc to force-quit. Next, select “Task Manager” and then select the “League of Legends” app and hit “End Task,” then relaunch the game as usual.
  • On a Mac, press Option+Command+Esc to force-quit the application, then select the “League of Legends” app in the window and hit “Force Quit.”
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On a Mac, try force quitting the League of Legends application.

Reset your router:

  • Unplug your router from the power supply and wait for 30 seconds before plugging it back in. Once you’ve done this, restart “League.”

For more tips on how to fix a faulty internet connection, check out our article, “10 ways to troubleshoot and fix any Wi-Fi problems you’re encountering.”

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What is a DNS server? How Domain Name System servers connect you to the internet

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A DNS server helps your web browser connect to websites.

  • A DNS server – short for Domain Name System server – converts web addresses into IP addresses. 
  • Without a DNS server, you won’t be able to connect to any websites.
  • If you’re having issues with your default DNS server, you can change it.
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A Domain Name System (DNS) server is a fundamental part of the backbone of the internet – without it, it would be impossible to use a web browser to find websites.

You can think of the DNS server as a phone book. When you ask your computer to load a website, the DNS server matches the website’s name with the right IP address. This lets your computer find and load it properly.

How does a DNS server work?

When you enter a URL, what you’re really doing is asking your computer to find and connect to another IP address. To do this, it uses a set of related servers, all of which form the DNS server:

  • The DNS recursive resolver
  • The root nameservers
  • The TLD nameservers
  • The authoritative nameservers

Here’s how it works.

All this happens in a matter of seconds – if your internet is very fast, or you’ve visited the website recently (see below for more information), it can happen in milliseconds.

Caching can avoid calling the DNS server

If you’re visiting a new website, your browser will go through the entire process outlined above. But if it did this for every single website, things could get slow – that’s why websites you’ve visited recently are stored in your web browser’s cache.

When you try to load a website, the DNS server will first check your cache to see if the IP address is already saved there. If it is, it’ll retrieve the IP address directly from the cache, which saves time. 

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Every browser has a cache, which stores files and images.

Each entry in the cache has a time limit associated with it, referred to as the TTL (time-to-live). The TTL for any IP address is generally about 48 hours, and once that passes, the IP address will disappear from your cache. This means that the DNS server will have to go through the whole recursive search process again.

Changing your DNS server

As a general rule, your web browser uses a standard, public DNS server, usually configured and maintained by your internet service provider.

Some advanced users manually change their DNS server, though. This can boost your internet speed and protect your privacy.

Changing your DNS can be done via your computer’s “Network” menu, in the Settings app. If you’re looking for a new DNS, you can try the Google Public DNS or any number of other custom DNS servers.

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Google operates its own DNS server, which you can connect your computer to for free.

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