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Age Of Empires 4 Lag, Stuttering, FPS Drop Fix To Improve Performance

This is how to improve the performance of Age of Empires IV and fix lagging, stutter, low FPS issues.

If you have a PC that supports the minimum system requirements for AoE 4, you won’t face crashes, and lag issues. But, if that’s still happening despite a good PC, here’s everything you can do to fix Age Of Empires 4 lag, stutter and low FPS problem.

Age Of Empires 4 Lag, Stuttering and Low FPS Fix


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Try these troubleshooting tips to fix the AoE 4 lagging, stuttering and FPS drop problems.

Lower your Graphics Settings in the game.

  • Do a fresh launch of AoE 4.
  • Head to Settings.
  • Choose the Graphics tab.
  • Lower the settings of Image Quality, Geometry Detail, Lighting Quality and Texture Detail.
  • Click on Save.
  • Close the game and restart it to see these changes in effect.

Close Background Applications or Programs

Sometimes, these apps can hamper Age Of Empires IV from running smoothly. Close them all and see it it fixes the lag, stuttering and FPS drop issues.


Pause Syncing with OneDrive

If you have the setting of syncing items to your OneDrive on, it could slow down your game. Follow these steps to pause syncing.

  • Click on the OneDrive icon which is indicated by a blue cloud symbol.
  • Click on Help & Settings.
  • Select Pause Syncing.
  • And after that, launch the game and check the performance.

Adjust your GPU Settings


If you have multiple GPUs, then ensure that the game is running with the graphics card which will give you the best performance.

Here’s how to do it for Steam and Microsoft store.


  • Launch Steam and find AoE IV in your library.
  • Right-click on it and click on Manage > Browse Local Files.
  • In the File Explorer that opens, select the file pathway and copy it by pressing CTRL + C.
  • Now, head to your Windows Start menu and search for Graphics Settings
  • Open Graphics Settings and click on Browse.
  • In the explorer window, paste the copied file pathway (using CTRL + V) into the file pathway field.
  • Select the game’s executable application (.exe file).
  • The app should now appear in the Graphics Settings page.
  • Click on Options.
  • Change the graphics preference to High Performance.
  • Save the settings.

Microsoft Store:

  • Head to your Windows Start menu and search for Graphics Settings.
  • Open Graphics Settings.
  • Click on the dropdown menu and change from Desktop App to Microsoft Store App.
  • A second dropdown will show up.
  • Select the game’s name from the dropdown.
  • Click on Add.
  • The application should now appear in Graphics Settings page.
  • Click on Options.
  • Change the graphics preference to High Performance.
  • Save the settings.

Check your Network Usage

If you are playing AoE IV multiplayer mode, you need to check your network usage so that you don’t face any interruptions while playing. You need to limit the number of devices using the same network ports as AOE 4. Plus, you need to also close any other applications which are using up the internet, like your Chrome browser etc.

Choose a Map with Lower Population

With a map that is bigger and has more population, you will face more lag and performance problems. Choose to play on a smaller map to lower the pressure on your PC.

Check your Display Resolution

In case your display resolution is higher than what is recommended, it could cause FPS drops. Change it by right-clicking on your desktop and choose Display Settings > Advanced Display Settings > Recommended.

That’s everything you can do from your end to fix the lag, stutter and FPS drop issues in Age of Empires 4. Meanwhile, if AoE4 starts crashing, here’s what you can do to fix it. Also, don’t forget to check out the Civilisations and Factions guide right away.