Why Does Minecraft Keep Freezing Every Few Seconds?

As you know, Minecraft is a Three-Dimensional game. You can’t enjoy every perk of the game if Minecraft keeps freezing every few seconds.

That’s where my step-by-step guide comes in handy. With all the tips and tricks I am providing in this post, you can rest assured that there won’t be any sloppy frame rates.

So, let’s begin.


Why Does Minecraft Keep Freezing?

Minecraft freezes due to a lack of system resources and software conflicts. However, if your system consists of less than 4GB RAM, you will face sloppy frame rates as well. Check your system configurations and game requirements before installing Minecraft on your device.

Reduce in-game graphics settings as low as possible to improve your gameplay.

Other possible reasons include:

  • Allocating High RAM
  • Incompatible Video Drivers
  • Running Background apps

Minecraft PC Requirements

Windows OS Windows 7, Windows 8.1, And Windows 10 (64-Bit)
CPU Intel Core I3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz Or, Higher
RAM 4 GB Or Above
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 4000 / AMD Radeon R5 Series / NVIDIA GeForce 400
Hard Disk Drive 1 GB Free Space

I know the excitement of playing epic games immediately after the installation is complete. However, you should hold back a couple of seconds and configure the Video and Audio Settings of Minecraft before creating your world. I will discuss the best video settings for Minecraft in the next sections.

Minecraft Keeps Freezing and Not Responding on Other Devices – Possible Causes & Solutions

In this section, I will provide you with all the possible reasons for this error on different devices like PS4, XBOX, Bedrock edition, and also different modded versions. If you are a non-desktop user, this section is a handy-dandy tool.




  • Corrupted Game Cache Files
  • Slow Internet
  • Restart XBOX
  • Clear all cache
  • Power Cycle Router or Modem
XBOX Series X ●     Modded Minecraft

●     Video Settings set to full power

●     Reset Console

●     Update Minecraft to the Latest Version

PS4 ●     Unsupported System requirements

●     Low storage

●     Video graphics set to maximum

●     Plug Network and other cables properly

●     Don’t upgrade to the latest version if the device is too sloppy or old.

Bedrock Edition ●     Conflicting programs

●     Low memory

●     Windows Firewall

●     Close all applications from the Task Manager

●     Match System Requirements

Modded Minecraft ●     Allocation of excess RAM

●     Conflicting Files

●     Clear temporary cache files

●     Allocate RAM between 3-4 GB

How to Fix Minecraft Freezing Every Few Seconds

In this section, I will cover the basic and advanced troubleshooting steps for Windows Users. There are a handful of solutions to choose from. You can select any of them or perform the series of solutions accordingly.

Here are the steps to fix the Minecraft freeze effect on PC:

1. Update Video Drivers

Although Minecraft is a sandbox game with low requirements, this outstanding open-world game will crash, freeze, and even lag due to outdated video drivers.

So, it’s better to update your system video drivers before playing the game. You can update drivers both manually and automatically. However, it’s best to update the drivers automatically using the internet.update-graphics-card-driver

To update the drivers on Windows 11 or 10, Open the Windows Search and Type Device Manager and press Enter. Under the Display Adapters, Right-click on the Nvidia or AMD graphics card driver and select Update Driver. Choose Update Driver Automatically. Windows will search for the latest drivers from your device and also the internet unless you have disabled some settings.

2. Disable VBOs via Minecraft Settings

I have made a complete guide on whether you should keep VBOs on or off in Minecraft. Do check the guide from the separate post.

VBO means Vertical Buffer Object. By enabling this feature, you are limiting the rendering position, colors, chunks, and other aspects of the game. Go to the Video Settings of Minecraft and navigate to VBOs. Turn off this setting for faster and smoother gameplay.vbos-in-minecraft

For knowing more about VBOs, check out my separate post mentioned above.

3. Allocate More RAM to Minecraft

For this step, you need to know how much RAM your system currently has. To find it out, Open the Run Dialog Box by pressing Win + R keys and type dxdiag. Click on OK and Under the System’s Tab, you will be able to see the amount of Memory your system currently has.system-info

The minimum memory requirement for Minecraft to run smoothly on your device is 2-4 GB. However, that doesn’t mean the game won’t run under 2 GB of RAM.

For Forcing Minecraft to consume a specific amount of memory, you have to allocate RAM to the Minecraft server manually.

Here are the steps to allocate more RAM to Minecraft manually:

  1. Open the Minecraft Vanilla Launcher.
  2. Click on the Installations Tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on the More Options of the Latest Minecraft version release.
  4. Select Edit and Under the Java Arguments Section, enter the amount of RAM you want Minecraft to utilize after the text Xmx.
  5. Click on Save and Restart the Launcher.

Note: XmX3G means Minecraft is allowed to use 3GB of RAM.

4. Close all Conflicting Programs From the Background

Minecraft freezes on launch due to conflicting software running in the background. It is recommended to shut down all running programs before starting the game. To close all running background apps, go to Task Manager and Under the processes tab, right-click on the app that is using too much memory. Click on End Task to close the app.task-manager-windows-11open-task-manager

Relaunch the game to check if the issue persists or not. Or Follow the next method.

5. Lower in-game Graphics Settings

High Graphics settings aren’t recommended if you are using a low-end PC or device. So, it is suggested to keep the in-game video settings low. The F11 Bug on Minecraft mainly occurs due to high in-game graphics settings.

Open Minecraft and go to the game Options. Click on Video Settings and Set the in-game graphics in the following way;

Biome Blend: 5×5 (Normal)

Graphics: Fancy

Render distance: 9 chunks, Chunk Builder: Threaded, Simulation distance: 9 chunks

Smooth Lighting: Maximum, Maximum Frame Rate: 120 fps

Vsync: Off, View Bobbing: On, Attack Indicator: Hotbar, Mipmap Levels: 4, Entity Distance: 75%video-settings-minecraft

Click Done to apply changes.

6. Turn Off V-Sync From Nvidia Control Panel

V-Sync or Vertical Sync is basically for graphically intensive games. If you turn on V-sync for highly graphical games, the game will lag or freeze.

Right-click on the Desktop Screen and select Nvidia Control Panel. Click on Manage 3D Settings from the left pane of the control panel. Search for Vertical Sync under the Global Settings. Click on the Drop-down menu and Select the OFF button. Press Apply to save the changes.nvidia-control-panel

Now that you turned off the V-Sync from Nvidia Control Panel, make sure the setting is also disabled in-game. Open the Minecraft Launcher. Click on the Options Settings in-game and Select Video Settings to turn off V-Sync.vsync-off-nvidia

7. Re-install Minecraft

At first, clear all the temporary cache files from your Windows PC. To do so, open the Run Dialog Box and type in %appdata%, and press Enter. Search for the .minecraft Folder and Delete it. Similarly, Open the Run Dialog Box once again and type in %localappdata%. Search for the Minecraft folder and delete it.uninstall-minecraft-launcher

Now that you cleared all the temporary cache files, go to the Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program. Search for the Minecraft Launcher. Right-click on the app and select Uninstall.

Go to the official site of Minecraft to download the latest release. Or you can download any non-vanilla launcher (for example TLauncher) from any third-party sources.

Install the Launcher, Create an Account, or log in with your credentials to enter the game. Also, Make sure your device has the latest version of JAVA installed. To install the latest version of JAVA, go to the official JAVA website and download the latest version suitable for your device.

Final Words

Minecraft won’t freeze or lag if all the minimum requirements of the game are fulfilled. The game will also crash if you are using a low-end PC. However, for a low-end PC, lowering the in-game graphic settings and allocating a fixed amount of RAM helps a lot for faster and smoother gameplay.