How to Use a Lag Switch

Anyone who considers themselves to be a serious gamer and doesn’t know what a lag switch is and how to use one should stick around for a second and read this, because it may give you the most powerful edge available in console gaming. A lag switch is a formidable weapon in online gaming, whether it’s MW3, Black Ops or Battlefield 3. Lag switches are the only way to cheat on Xbox Live and many other internet gaming services. Using a lag switch is an art more than a science. As with all things the more you use it the better you’ll be with it.

First it’s important to learn what a lag switch is and how it works so that you can best use it. A lag switch cuts off your uploads to your opponents on the internet. Once cut your opponent’s Xbox 360 or PS3 will stop receiving data about where you are and what you are doing. In essence they will be blind. When you release the switch the game will sync up and make all the actions you’ve made while lagging.

When you’d like to begin lagging push down the switch for a second or two. It is best to start just before running into battle. You will be able to continue playing. At this point just do what you normally do. The other person will be less able to retaliate and defend themselves as they are not receiving data about what you are doing. Take advantage of this weakness and go for the kill. Alternatively if you get ambushed lag your way out of a sticky situation. It’s a versatile tool and when you know how to use it it can change the entire game.

The best way to use a lag switch is to start with that approach and experiment from there until you find what works best for you. Over time you will become able to distinguish the patterns that work for you. You may also try tapping the switch for a different effect. Generally you can tap on and off for a longer period than you can hold the button down. Depending on the situation this may or may not be beneficial.

If you’re looking for instructions on connecting your lag switch check out our six second Lag Switch Setup Guide.