How to Make Minecraft Run Faster on Laptop? [Solved in Three Ways]

Despite its meek and mere blocky appearance, Minecraft is one of the best-selling video games with over 100 million active users a month right now. But off this giant number of Minecrafters, like you, most end up seeking the answer to only one question “how to make Minecraft run faster on laptop or PC?”.

Well, I agree Minecraft albeit an old game is still pretty strenuous on a lot of computers. But I never believe you can’t do up with that for all it needs to make Minecraft run faster on a laptop (or PC) is to make just a few in-game and other system optimizations/adjustments.

For example, the in-game adjustments you could make to make the game less laggy include tweaking the game’s video settings, lowering down the playing resolution, changing package selection, or utilizing third-party optimizer mods (i.e. Optifine, Sodium, etc.). Whereas, trying closing the not-in-use background programs or updating graphic drivers, etc. are pretty much also the fixes you can consider in such a scenario.

Anyways, let’s go down and learn all the things in detail.

How to Make Minecraft Run Faster on Laptop?

Well, before we move on to the fixes, let me hope there isn’t any clash between your laptop’s hardware and the minimum system requirements for Minecraft. Make sure you’ve not hard-pressed the laptop and are not playing the game on an older, quite impoverished hardware.

Because it can certainly be the biggest reason why the game poorly responds. Anyways, let’s get to the crux now.

Solution 1: Try Making the Following In-game Adjustments to Optimize the Game’s Performance

#1. Lower Down Minecraft’s Video Settings

Playing the game on the highest of its graphics settings is surely one next level of joy. But if the game is always sluggish (due to lack of hardware or any reason) and you don’t know what to do to make Minecraft run faster, you can try giving up on your in-game fanciness. And it can possibly solve the issue as well.

To Adjust the General Video Settings

Launch the game (or press the Esc key if already playing it) and select Options from the main menu. Tap on Video Settings next and now make the following changes therein:

  1. Tweak Graphics from Fancy to Fast.
  2. Try switching OFF: Smooth Lighting, 3D Anaglyph, Use VSync (keep it ON if you’ve got a good graphics card installed already), View Bobbing, and Clouds.

You can toggle Clouds, etc. to Fast as well but turning all these things completely OFF can much more significantly enhance the game speeds.

  1. Cut down the Render Distance to 8 chunks or minimum (to a level where you think you can easily manage the shorter distance draw). It may end up bringing more fog to the game, but it can definitely improve your gameplay experience.
  2. Set Particles to Minimal or Decreased.
  3. And finally, try lowering Max Framerate down till you think is acceptable for you.

Save all the changes by clicking the Done button and get back to the game to see if you have an increase in the overall gameplay experience. If not, proceed down.

Try Optimizing the Quality Settings Now

Get back to the Video Settings menu and head to the Quality settings now to make the following changes:

  1. Slide Mipmap Levels and Anisotropic Filtering to the left to set them OFF.
  2. Also, better switch OFF everything else therein starting from Emissive Textures on the right side to Custom GUIs on the bottom left.
  3. And finally, set Distortion Effects to OFF as well. The “FOV Effects” can be kept ON, but its slider must be on 10 to 20% and not more. The best idea still is to keep it OFF as well.
  4. Tap Done to get back to main Video Settings. Play the game to see if the performance has improved.
If Not, Tweak the Details Settings

Once again go back to the Video Settings menu, and this time select and tweak the Details settings as given below:

  1. Switch OFF the details you think don’t matter to you much like Clouds, Rain & Snow, Sky, Stars, etc. Otherwise, toggle them from Fancy to Fast (or Default maybe) at the least.
  2. Show Capes ON of OFF doesn’t affect the game speeds as such so just set it somewhere.
  3. Finally, keep the “Entity Distance” slider on the least minimum i.e. 50% is the best. And turn “Biome Blend” OFF as well and click Done.
Performance and Animations Settings

You can also try changing the Performance and Animations settings. First, select Performance in the Video Settings menu and apply:

  1. Switch everything ON except Smooth FPS which ideally needs to be kept OFF.
  2. Also set Chunk Updates to the lowest minimum.

Finally, select Animations in the menu > tap All OFF inside the “Animations Settings” and click Done to save the changes.

I am sure you’ll witness significant improvements in terms of speed and smoothness in your game. Remember though, there’s an “Other” settings button in the Video Settings menu as well. You may also try tweaking those settings if required. And yea, you can also try turning OFF all the in-game sounds to help yourself out in such a scenario (just in case).

#2. Make Sure You’ve Selected the Default Resource Package

The Minecraft resource packs are the biggest memory hogs on your computer most of the time causing your gameplay as well as your overall system to slow down. So it’s always the best idea to stay with the game’s default packages instead of the other/installed ones.

  1. Select Options from the game’s main menu (when you launch it or press Esc if already playing) and click on Resource Packs therein.
  2. If there are multiple packs available, click on and select the Default pack only and tap Done to save.
  3. Get back to your game and you’ll hopefully feel the change now.

#3. Tweak Your Minecraft’s Gameplay Resolution

  1. Open the game launcher and click the menu button located in the top right corner of the header.
  2. Move to the Launch options tab, click on it, and tap Advanced settings next.
  3. Now click on the Add new button down there.
  4. In the next interface, first, add a name in the My configuration box and then click on the Resolution button next.
  5. Enter the new smaller resolution, for example, 1280x720p, 1600×900, or 1920×1080 (FHD) if you’re already playing on an even bigger resolution.
  6. Click the Save button on the bottom and come back to the News tab in the header.
  7. Finally, tap that upward-pointing arrow verging on the Play button, choose the name you added (in “My configuration” in Step 4) and click Play.

Lowering down the resolution will, of course, minimize the playing window but will definitely do you a lot better in terms of eliminating severe gameplay lags and stutters.

Bonus Tip: Make sure your Minecraft launcher is up to date because an outdated launcher also negatively affects your gameplay experience. The game launcher automatically searches for updates when you open it so all you have to do to update it is wait for the search to finish and if there’s any update available, click to install it.

Solution 2: Try the Following System/Out-of-the-game Optimizations to Make Minecraft Run Faster on Your Laptop/PC

Apart from all the in-game adjustments (and if you’ve tried all that stuff but the game still feels boring), you can try a few more things to make your laptop best optimized for Minecraft to run. Here’s what to do.

#1. Bless Minecraft with a Bit More Memory

If you’ve got a significant amount of RAM installed on your laptop or PC, the best idea to counter the game’s sluggishness-related issues is to assign it a bit extra than the usual amount of RAM. Well, if you feel you can make your system allow you to do so, here’s how to do that:

  1. Find out how much is the installed RAM on your laptop. I hope you’ve got more than 8GB at least.
  2. Open the Minecraft launcher and click on the menu button in the top right corner.
  3. Repeat things as we did in the 3rd method above i.e. select Launch Options > Advanced Settings > and finally, tap the Add new button.
  4. Again, first, add a name in the “My configuration” box but this time select JVM arguments next.
  5. In the JVM arguments box, change the Xmx2G to Xmx4G and tap the Save button down there.

The by-default Xmx2G means the game is utilizing 2GB of the system RAM so you can increase it as much you deem appropriate. But ideally, you must never assign more than 75% of your system RAM to the game.

  1. Get back to the News tab, again click the arrow verging on the Play button, choose the name you added above, and click Play.
  2. The increase in the amount of RAM assigned for Minecraft will hopefully make the game run faster from now on.

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#2. Manage the System Resources by Curbing the Unnecessary Background Apps/Programs

Another highly promising approach anent how to make Minecraft run faster on laptop is to administer the system resources consumption and curb all the unnecessary wastages in the background.

  1. Open the Windows Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc all three keys at once (or press the Windows logo + X both keys simultaneously and select Task Manager from the list). For Mac users, press Cmd + Opt + Esc to open your Force Quit Window.
  2. In the task manager, check out which of the programs are eating the most system resources (they must be somewhere in the top positions).
  3. Close the systems that are not much in use currently by pointing to each of those programs one by one and clicking the End task button placed on the bottom right corner of the window.

#3. Tweak Your System’s Power Management Settings or Keep Your Laptop Plugged in Whenever Playing the Game (Just in Case)

You may fix the issues with your game and make it run faster by toggling your laptop or PC’s power settings and setting its overall performance to high.

  1. Right-click on the battery icon on your taskbar and select Power Options from the list.
  2. Click on Create a power plan from the right side on the next screen.
  3. And finally, select High performance by checking the button placed left to it.

Doing so maximizes your computer’s performance overall by making it work at the highest efficacy. So it can surely enhance your gameplay experience and make Minecraft run lag-free on your laptop.

In addition to that, make sure the battery is fully charged whenever you set out to play the game because less juice in the battery usually causes the hardware to throttle. So for better performance, the best idea is to keep the laptop plugged in whilst playing the game or, at the least, make sure the battery has enough charge in it.

#4. Keep the Java File Set at High Priority

Keeping Minecraft’s Java file at priority and giving it enough room to breathe may also help you in enhancing the game’s flow.

  1. Again open the Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc all three keys at once.
  2. Move to the Details tab in the Task Manager window. Make sure you’re already playing Minecraft before proceeding to the next step.
  3. Locate Minecraft or Java in the list there and right-click on it.
  4. From the list that appears, hover to Set priority and select High in the dropdown that appears next.

#5. Update Your Graphics Drivers

It’s always the best idea to keep all the driver software on your computer up to date. But as far as such gameplay issues are concerned, all this might highly likely be due to outdated graphic drivers on your laptop. So it’s better to check out and update them.

  1. If you are on Windows 10, press the Windows logo + X both keys at once and select Device Manager from the list.
  2. In the Device Manager, seek out Display adapters.
  3. Double-tap on Display adapters to expand, right-click on the adapter that drops down, and select Update Driver.
  4. In the next screen, choose the first option i.e. Search automatically for drivers, to let the system search for and automatically install any updates (if available).

If the laptop doesn’t detect any available updates or you don’t feel any betterment in things even after it’s saying that update has been performed, try considering the manual method.

For that, first, find your laptop’s model number and then search drivers download for (your laptop’s exact brand and model number) in your web browser. Make sure you get to your laptop manufacturer’s official website and therein seek out and download the latest display adapters available.

Once downloaded, get back again to the Device Manager > Display adapters > Update driver > and this time select Browse my computer for drivers. Select the downloaded software from your device and tap OK.

Or you can easily call upon some third-party apps like Driver Easy, etc. which automatically detect and update all the outdated drivers on your computer (provided that the required update is available).

Solution 3: Make the Game Run Faster by Downloading Third-party Mods

There are lots of third-party mods for Minecraft which if installed can make the game look and respond better with their specialized configuration options. OptiFine and Sodium Mods are the two widely known Minecraft optimizer mods you can consider in this regard.

How to Make Minecraft Run Faster with Mods? Let’s Check Out the Sodium Mod First!

Sodium, as mentioned above, is one of the widely known free and open-source Minecraft optimization mods that improve frame rates, reduce micro-stutters, and eliminate other gameplay issues that you’re not finding the fix for. Well, here’s what to do:

  1. The first thing is to install the mod of course, and for that, you need to have the latest version of Fabric Loader already installed on your computer.
  2. Well, to download the Fabric Installer, go to fabricmc.net/use/installer/ and select Download Installer (Windows/.Exe).
  3. Now go to curseforge.com/minecraft/mc-mods/sodium/files and curseforge.com/minecraft/mc-mods/fabric-api/files to download Sodium and Fabric API, respectively.
  4. After that, launch the installed Fabric Installer first, enter your Minecraft version in the required box, and finally click Install.
  5. Now go to the “.minecraft” folder placed in the “AppData directory” following this pathway: open the RUN window by pressing Windows logo + R both keys at once > type %AppData% in it > and press Enter.
  6. Inside the “.minecraft” folder, create a new sub-folder named mods > go to your Downloads > copy the downloaded Sodium and Fabric API files from there > and paste them here in the new mods folder.
  7. Finally, launch the Minecraft Launcher and select the installed Fabric Installer/loader as your profile to play. And click the Play button to start.

How to Make Minecraft Run Faster with OptiFine?

OptiFine also tweaks the game’s encryption by optimizing various Minecraft files and codes to make the game run faster and smoother on your device.

  1. Go to optifine.net/downloads and download the latest release of OptiFine Ultra. You’ll get the OptiFine JAR file by clicking on the Download button and following other on-screen instructions (if any).
  2. Once downloaded, double-click the JAR file to install the OptiFine mod into your game’s mods folder.
  3. Here on, the process is the same as above i.e. open up the Minecraft Launcher > select OptiFine as your gameplay profile > and finally, tap the Play button to start the game with the OptiFine mod loaded.

You’ll hopefully have no in-game lags and stutters from now on.

How do I make Minecraft less laggy on my laptop?

Running Minecraft on the low-end system can be a tiring task but you can perform some workaround that can reap fruitful results such as turning those graphics configurations a notch as well as clearing background applications to free up RAM capacity for your game.

Why does Minecraft run so slow on my PC?

You either don’t meet the minimum system requirements, or your internet connection can’t keep up with your gaming hours. To enjoy Minecraft’s vast sandbox world, you’ll need an internet connection, so getting better broadband might be a better choice in the long run.

How do I give Minecraft more RAM?

To allocate more RAM to your game, simply navigate to the settings tab in ATLauncher and choose the Minecraft tab. From there, you can tweak the RAM configuration and enable it to utilize more RAM for a more fluid experience.

Finish Line

So the three discussed above are the most sure-fire approaches you can consider as regards the most recurrent ask by all the Minecrafters out there like you i.e. how to make Minecraft run faster on laptop? I’m sure they will work for you by taking all the hiccups off your gameplay.

But if there’s an issue with your hardware’s compatibility with the game, as mentioned in the start, then there’s no way out left but to upgrade your computer. Nonetheless, I hope the solutions discussed above work for you, and I wish you don’t happen to fritter your hard-earned bucks to get a new piece of hardware.