Sometimes the launcher fails to load properly, preventing us from playing our game. Here are some tested methods of how to fix the Riot Client not Loading error.
Since September 2021, Riot has been using its dedicated launcher, the Riot Client, to launch its games.
The most popular games, such as League of Legends and VALORANT, use handy software for streamlining launching.
Riot Client not loading error: Easy fixes
Luckily, there are multiple easy fixes for the “Riot client not loading” error. Below, you can find some of the easiest fixes!
Force Close via Task Manager if Riot Client not Loading properly
This is a trick that can work on almost any application on Windows 10 & Windows 11.
Open Task Manager, which can be found via the Windows search bar in the bottom left corner.
We recommend pinning the task manager to your taskbar for future use if needed, as it is very handy. You can do this by right-clicking the task manager Icon and selecting ‘pin to taskbar’ from the drop-down menu.
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Find Riot Client under Background Processes. You can sort the applications by name or RAM usage to find them easier.
Right-click on Riot Client and click End Task. After this, you can try opening the client again, and it might load up properly.
Restart Your Computer (Riot Client not Loading after the task manager method.)
Another method used for most applications is the old reboot method.
Bring up your PC’s power options by clicking on the bottom left (Windows Icon).
Click the Power Symbol and select Restart.
This will reboot your system without turning it off, leaving most applications right where you left off, like Chrome and Edge.
After doing so, click on your Riot Client and try opening it again. Restarting Windows may have given your PC a chance to run the application properly, as there may have been an update not applied or something disrupting the process.
It’s a rather common troubleshooting method but one that often works for most things.
Run Riot Client as Admin
If restarting the application is not working, try Right-clicking on the Riot Client Icon and, from the drop-down menu, select Run as Administrator.
This will make the PC prioritize the application and also remind the PC that it is safe to run.
Update Graphics Card
Whether you are using NVIDIA, AMD, or even onboard graphics, sometimes a recent update or lack thereof conflicts with an application.
By updating your GPU, you can potentially download an update or hotfix that resolves an issue Riot Client has been having with it. A case of simple compatibility issues.
To update your GPU, use either your dedicated client, such as NVIDIA Experience or AMD Catalyst. Or go directly to your GPU manufacturer’s website and download and install manually from there.
5. Update Windows
Same reasoning as with the previous GPU method, but this time give your Windows OS an update via your Windows Settings menu.
6. Update Antivirus
Much like the last two, try updating your dedicated antivirus software through its website or application.
This may solve some compatibility issues with Riot Client and the antivirus.
7. Uninstall and Reinstall
The last-resort method that usually fixes the client is by uninstalling the Riot Client.
You can do this for most apps by opening up your Windows tab in the bottom left and clicking on Control Panel. Here you can click on programs, and from the list, find the programn and click on it to bring up the options. Click Uninstall and let the PC do its thing.
But the Riot Client is funny and can only be uninstalled via the installation folder.
To do this open File Explorer. Navigate to the folder path (C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Riot Games.) Then delete this folder and empty your recycling bin.
Go to the Riot website and, download the official launcher again, and run the installation process.
Hopefully, one of these methods will fix the Riot Client not loading issue and get you back to gaming in no time!