Easily Fix Mouse Lag for Minecraft (Step-by-Step Guide)

While playing Minecraft, you experience the mouse lag issue, which makes the game unplayable. If you’ve googled and tried some methods but with no luck, you may want to try the methods in this post.

Six methods are available below to fix Minecraft mouse lag. You can try them one by one until the problem is resolved.

Method 1: Troubleshoot the issues on the mouse end
Method 2: Change the polling rate of your mouse
Method 3: Update the graphics card drivers
Method 4: Close the unnecessary services and apps
Method 5: Change the in-game settings


Method 1: Troubleshoot the issues on the mouse end

For USB mouse

If you’re using a USB mouse to play Minecraft, you can try tips below to check if the lag issue is caused on the mouse end.

  • Unplug other USB devices

The interference from other USB devices can cause the mouse lag issue in Minecraft. So if you have other USB devices plugged in (for example, an USB disk drive, a digital camera, or a sound or video capture device), try unplugging these devices.

  • Try plugging the mouse directly to your computer

If you connect the mouse to your computer with a USB hub, connect it directly instead. This will ensure the best performance.

  • Test the mouse on another computer

If possible, test the mouse on another computer and see if the lag issue also occurs. If yes, you might need to replace the mouse with a new one.

For wireless mouse

  • Replace batteries

To ensure the best performance, ensure you have the refresh batteries installed. So replace the batteries and check to see if the problem persists.

  • Test the mouse on another computer

Testing the mouse on another computer can find out if the problem is due to a not working mouse. If the mouse doesn’t work on another computer either, you might need to replace the mouse with a new one.


Method 2: Change the polling rate of your mouse

Each mouse includes a polling rate, which means how often the mouse reports its position on the screen to the computer. Usually, the higher polling rate a mouse has, the less response time it will have. That being said, a mouse with a higher polling rate has less chances to cause the lag issues.

However, for Minecraft especially the older versions, a high polling rate has been reported to cause the mouse lag issues. The real reason remains unknown. I think it’s possible that the current Minecraft engine can’t handle high polling rate mice yet.

To fix the mouse lag issue in Minecraft, you can change the polling rate from high to low.

For most gaming mice, the polling rate can be set as 1000Hz, which indicates high. If you’re using a gaming mouse, You can check the polling rate with software that comes with the mouse. Keep lowering the polling rate until you see the problem resolved. For example, if the polling rate is 1000Hz, you can try polling rates like 500, 250, 125, etc.

For most standard mice, the polling rate can be set as 500Hz. Just try the polling rates lower than 500Hz.

No matter what type of mouse you have, if you have no idea how to change the polling rate of the mouse, you can google the user manual for your specific mouse, which may include the instructions.

Note: Some mice don’t allow you to change the polling rate. If that’s your case, this method doesn’t work for you. Just continue to try other methods.


Method 3: Update the graphics card drivers

Outdated graphics card drivers can also cause the mouse lag issue in Minecraft. To fix the problem, you can try updating the graphics card driver. You can either manually update the driver or automatically update the driver.

To manually update the driver, you can head to the device or the computer manufacturer’s website to download the latest version of the driver. Usually, drivers can be downloaded from the SUPPORT page. After downloading the driver, just double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Manually updating drivers takes time and requires a bit of technical knowledge. If you don’t have time or skills to update the graphics card driver, you can do it automatically with Driver Booster.

You can download and install a driver with Driver Booster with just a few clicks.

1) Download and install Driver Booster on your computer.

2) Launch the application and click SCAN, then it will scan your computer and detect all outdated drivers.

3) Once the scan is done, you’ll see a list of drivers that can be updated. Click the Update button next to the graphics card driver, then the driver will be downloaded and installed automatically.

4) After updating the driver, check to see if the mouse lag issue in Minecraft persists.


Method 4: Close the unnecessary services and apps

When you’re playing Minecraft, some unnecessary services and apps may be running in the background. You may not notice them but they’re taking system resources, which can cause the mouse lag issue in Minecraft.

To fix the problem, you can try closing the unnecessary services and apps.

It takes time to manually close the unnecessary services and apps. If you want to save more time, you can use the Game Boost feature in Driver Booster, which can detect all unnecessary services and apps in the system and close them automatically.


Method 5: Change the in-game settings

None of the above methods works? Then you can try to change the in-games settings as follows.

  • Turn off Triple Buffering

Triple Buffering can make input lag worse. It’s recommended that you turn this feature off if it’s on.

  • Turn off V-Sync

Try disabling V-Sync on Minecraft, it can cause some input lag like mouse lag if it is enabled.

  • Switch to Windowed Mode

You may want to play the game in Fullscreen mode. However, Fullscreen mode can cause mouse lagging. So you can try to switch to Windowed Mode and see if the problem persists.

Hopefully you find the article helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below. I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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