3 Methods to Increase Epic Games Launcher Download Speed

Many things can contribute to slow download speed on the Epic Games Launcher while downloading your favorite games such as Fortnite, GTA V, or any other game.
While restarting your router, pc, or epic games launcher are the first steps you should take to fix your slow download speed. There are also more complex ways to increase Epic Games Launcher download speed.

In this post, I’ve made a list of few ways to help you increase your slow download speed of Epic Games Launcher.

1. Change throttle download settings on Epic Games Launcher

Changing throttle download settings on epic games launcher may not make a lot of sense, but according to many users, it may be the reason you have low download speed. 

The steps you have to take are the following:

Open your epic games launcher and navigate to settings.

Demonstrates where the settings tab is located in the Epic Games Launcher.
Navigate to settings tab in Epic Games Launcher

Find the option called Throttle Downloads and tick it. You will see a box like this one below with a default value of 0. 

This picture shows where the Throttle Download option in the Epic Games Launcher is located!
Tick the option Throttle Downloads

Change the “0” value to something like 10000000 or more.

Setting the download speed of Epic Games Launcher to 10000000 or more to achieve the best download speed possible !
Set it to 10000000 or more

Restart your epic games launcher and check your download speed on the Epic Games Launcher. If there is no difference, move to the second method.

2. Optimize the engine.ini file

There may be some download speed limitations by default in the engine.ini file. That’s why we are going to edit it to unlock the maximum download speed available to us. So let’s start!

Navigate to your search bar and type ” %APPDATA% ” and hit ENTER.

How to access APPDATA folder in Windows 10
Type %APPDATA%

On the top bar click on AppData.

How to find the AppData folder on Windows 10, that will help to find the engine.ini file.
Click on the AppData

Enter the “Local” folder.

How to find the Local folder on Windows 10, that will help to find the engine.ini file.
Double click the Local folder

Look for the EpicGamesLauncher folder and double click on it .

How to find the EpicGamesLauncher folder on Windows 10, that will help to find the engine.ini file.
Double click the EpicGamesLauncher folder

Now you should see 2 folders ( Intermediate and Saved ). Double click on Saved.

How to find the Saved folder on Windows 10, that will help to find the engine.ini file.
Double click the saved folder

Double click on the Config folder.

How to find the Config folder on Windows 10, that will help to find the engine.ini file.
Double click the Config folder

Double click on Windows folder.

How to find the Windows folder under EpicGamesLauncher folder on Windows 10, that will help to find the engine.ini file.
Double Click the Windows folder

Now you should be able to locate the Engine.ini file. Once you find it, double click to open it and start editing.

If a window pop-up asking you, ” How do you want to open this program? “choose Notepad.

Engine.ini file that we are going to optimize to increase Epic Games Launcher download speed.
This is the Engine.ini file we are going to edit .

Select everything in the engine.ini file and delete it. Then copy the following code and paste it into your engine.ini file. 

[HTTP] HttpTimeout=10 HttpConnectionTimeout=10 HttpReceiveTimeout=10 HttpSendTimeout=10 [Portal.BuildPatch] ChunkDownloads=3 ChunkRetries=20 RetryTime=0.5

Save and close the file, restart your epic games launcher and check your speed.

If there is no difference, try the following adjustments in the code above: increasing the ChunkDownload=3 value, change it to 4, save and close the file, restart the launcher, and try again. If there is still no difference, try with 5,6,7. If nothing works, move to the next step.

3. Reset network settings/DNS Cache

If the previous two steps didn’t help you increase Epic Games Launcher download speed, try to reset your network and socks settings and flush your DNS cache. To do that, follow my instructions below.

Open your CMD as administrator and run the following commands in the same order as listed.

How to open CMD as an administrator in Windows 10
Run CMD as an administrator.

Command #1: ipconfig /flushdns -> hit enter

Command #2: ipconfig /registerdns -> hit enter

Command #3: ipconfig /release -> hit enter

Command #4: ipconfig /renew -> hit enter

Command #5: netsh Winsock reset -> hit enter

Restart your computer and check your Epic Games Launcher download speed again. If your download speed is still the same, try downloading the Epic Games Launcher here. If even after reinstalling it, you got the same or lower download speed, then there is a good chance that this is your maximum download speed, and it can’t get higher, or you’ll need to get a new AB RJ45 or/and TP-Link AC1750, and apart from an increased download speed, you’ll also see better ping results.

Last but not least

Go ahead and download Malwarebytes. By using my link you can get a 14-day premium trial as well as 25% off if you decide to continue using the premium version. If you want to be totally safe on the internet and can afford it, get the premium version and you’ll never have to worry again about viruses, malware, adware, spyware, etc.

Install Malwarebytes and then open it. Click on Scanner -> Advanced Scanners ->Configure Scan, and select the option scan for rootkits and also, on the right side, select all your drives and click on Scan. This scan may take a lot of time, but it can save you from serious issues especially if you use your computer for transactions, work, etc.

How to remove viruses and malware from your computer

Once the scan is completed, quarantine everything and restart your PC.

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If you absolutely need to use a VPN for whatever reason, then make sure they have a lot of servers across the world, as well as their servers, are the fastest with the lowest ping possible. If you are looking for the best gaming and general use VPN without spending too much money, then you should take a look at NordVPN and get 3 Months completely FREE!

Other useful guides:

Guides to Optimize your PC

Below you can find some posts from me that will help you optimize your PC even more and possibly increase your FPS.

If after following this guide you still can’t solve your issues, you can book a PC Optimization appointment with me and I will be more than happy to help you out and solve all your problems.

F.A.Q

How do I find the default engine.ini file?

Delete the one you already have, and the next time you start your Epic Games Launcher, a new one will be created by default.


If this guide helped you increase Epic Games Launcher download speed and you are downloading your favorite game right now, make sure to check out my other guide to reduce your ping while gaming.

Let me know in the comments below if you faced any issues or if you have any suggestions!

Comments

    1. Author

      Hello Bob,

      Try deleting the engine.ini file and then start Epic Games Launcher again.

  1. So, I wasn’t able to do all the commands. I could only do the first 2 and then the last one.. is that ok?

    1. Author

      Hello Andii,
      Yes that’s okay, did you get any error message?

      1. It went from 500kbs to 200kbs and my internet is good so that’s not the problem

  2. I don’t usually comment on these things, but just wanted to say a big thank you. I used all 3 methods posted above and boosted my download speed from 500Kb/s to about 9.8Mb/s… simply amazing

  3. thank you whoever helped me fix this dumb issue its working perfectly now!

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