How to Check Monitor Refresh Rate for Windows & Mac

When you’re gaming, there are many different factors that will definitely have an effect on your gameplay. Aside from sucking at a game (come on.. everyone is bad at least one type of game), another major factor in your gaming will be the refresh rate of your monitor.

But what if you’ve already got a monitor at home, and you’re not sure whether it’s going to be fast enough for your gaming? How can you check it’s refresh rate? Well, we’ll show you the easiest way to figure out the refresh rate of your monitor.

How to Check Monitor Refresh Rate

If you want to check your monitors refresh rate, it’s quite simple. All you need to go is go into your Advanced Settings, and then go into the Monitors tab. Here, you’ll be able to see your Refresh Rate menu under the settings. Now, you can see what your refresh rate is, and change it if you want to.

This is the simplest way to check your refresh rate on a Windows device. The maximum refresh rate that your monitor allows will be listed is your display settings. As well as adjusting your refresh rate in this section, you can also edit other areas of your display too.

So, it’s very easy for you to check your monitors refresh rate on a Windows device. But what if you use a different operating system? Well, thankfully it’s still pretty straightforward.

How to Check Monitor Refresh Rate on a Mac

Whilst the instructions to do this on a Mac are quite similar, they aren’t exactly the same. It doesn’t matter which brand you have, you can check the refresh of any monitor for your Macbook.

On a Mac, you need to start by going to System Preferences, and in there you’ll find Display. This is where you can control anything to do with your screen or your monitor.

From here, you’ll need to hold down the options key and click scaled. This is where you’ll see all of your refresh rate capabilities, as well as your monitors maximum refresh rate too.

What is refresh rate?

Although most people have heard the phrase refresh rate before, many people aren’t too sure what it actually even means. It’s an important factor for any monitor, especially if you’re looking for something to use for gaming.

Essentially, the refresh rate is the amount of times that your display can update each second. So, if you have a 60Hz refresh rate, then your display is updating 60 times per second. And if you have a 144Hz refresh rate, then it’ll update 144 times per second. This makes it pretty clear to see why gamers prefer to opt for 144Hz monitors, as it allows for smoother gameplay.

Generally, these kind of high refresh rate monitors are only necessary for gaming and some types of editing. But for most people, you won’t need anything like this.

Can I change the refresh rate on my laptop?

This is a super common question, and there’s no surprise – it makes a lot of sense to have the ability to change your refresh rate on a laptop if you can on a monitor, right? Well, no actually.

The reason why you can change your refresh rate with a monitor is that you might plug anything into it. It could be used with your laptop for work, or it might be used as a gaming monitor, in which case there’s a need to have the ability to change the refresh rate.

But with a laptop, you’re never going to input another device to use your laptops screen (well, you can, but that’s a completely different topic). In a laptop manufacturers case, there’s no need to change the laptops refresh rate. So, you can’t do that in a laptop like you can with a monitor.


Overall, it’s actually quite straightforward for you to check the refresh rate on your monitor, even if you’re not entirely sure what model it is. In most cases, simply going into the display settings is the easiest way to do this, and is a simple resolution to this problem.

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Hey, I'm Jon. I'm an engineer by trade, so it makes sense that I'm obsessed with anything technology related! On the weekends, you can find me playing around with my computers or fixing something around the house. Feel free to leave a comment if you want to get in touch.

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