How to switch weapons in Apex Legends for beginners

Respawn Entertainment has already patched out how to switch weapons in Apex Legends faster, but there are ways to do it more efficiently.


Apex Legends is one of the best battle royale shooters out there. After blitzing the market in early 2019 and going through a bit of a lull period, Respawn Entertainment has found the perfect balance between when to release new content and when to let things play out.

Knowing when and how to switch weapons in Apex Legends is key to surviving and thriving.

If you're new to Apex Legends, it can feel very complicated if intimidating. The fast pace of the game and smaller maps make for very chaotic gunfights. However, there are ways to make things easier for you in Apex Legends. For example, if you're having trouble switching weapons efficiently in Apex Legends, we're here to help.

How to swap weapons in Apex Legends

There are several reasons to switch weapons in Apex Legends. Sometimes, you want to swap out your current weapon for another better weapon that's lying on the ground. Other times, you just watch to switch to another weapon that you're carrying. Regardless of what kind of situation you find yourself in, the first step to swapping weapons in Apex Legends is to learn the basic key binds and settings.

Name of the Keybind Default Keybind Function
Equip Weapon 1 1 Switch to the weapon in slot 1
Equip Weapon 2 2 Switch to the weapon in slot 2
Holster Weapons 3 Put away weapons to run faster
Replace Equipped Weapon Hold E (Can only change if you edit the "Interact" keybind) Replace current weapon and pick-up weapon on the ground
Cycle Weapon Mouse Wheel Switch to the next weapon.

Can you switch weapons faster in Apex Legends?

Compared to other battle royale shooters, the pace in Apex Legends is much faster.

A common "theory" in Apex legends is that pressing the crouch button (Left CTRL) immediately after switching guns helps speed up the process. There was a time when this worked. However, the game's developers, Respawn Entertainment, have since patched this "glitch" out.

The good news is that there is a way to switch weapons faster in Apex Legends. This is not necessarily a "cheat", but keep in mind that swap time in Apex Legends depends on what kind of weapon you have on your hand. For example, it is faster to switch from a Wingman to a Devotion compared to the other way around. Basically, it is faster to switch from smaller weapons to bigger weapons in Apex Legends.

Why can't I switch weapons in Apex Legends training?

Apex Legends training puts you in the shoes of Bloodhound as you learn the basics of the game. Unfortunately, there is a bug with Apex Legends training where the "Switch Weapon" box does not tick off even after you switch weapons multiple times.

The solution to this common problem is using the"Cycle Weapon" keybind to switch your weapons instead of the default keybind "Equip Weapon" keybinds. For some reason, Apex Legends will only recognize switching weapons if you use the mouse wheel, which is the default keybind for "Cycle Weapon" to complete the Apex Legends training.

How do pros switch weapons in Apex Legends?

You'd be surprised to know that professional Apex Legends players as well as streamers don't necessarily use different keybinds. A vast majority use the default number keybinds when they switch weapons in Apex Legends.

Is it better to switch weapons in Apex Legends than to reload?

As a general rule of thumb, swapping is always faster. If you're in the middle of a firefight and have little time to find cover to reload, you're better off swapping to another weapon if only to buy yourself enough time and space.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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