We’ve all had this problem. You’re playing a match and you get a bug splat, your internet cuts out, your game crashes to force a patch or you bluescreen. This guide will help you to jump straight back into your match without going through the launcher log-in. Please read this guide to the end and take notice of the warnings and notes along the way.
There are two methods to doing this.
- When you disconnect from the match don’t re-open the launcher. Navigate to your League of Legends install directory.
The default install directory is: C:\Riot Games\League of Legends
My install directory is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Riot Games\League of Legends
- Double-click on the folder called “rads“.
- Double-click on the folder called “solutions“.
- Double-click the folder called “lol_game_client_sln“.
- Double-click the folder called “releases“.
- The folders located in “releases” change depending on your current version of League of Legends. Double-click on folder for the latest version. At the time this guide was made my folder was called “0.0.0.204“.
- Double-click the folder called “deploy“.
- And finally, locate the application “League of Legends” within this folder and double click it. It should open straight into the loading screen for your game!
My full path for this application is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Riot Games\League of Legends\rads\solutions\lol_game_client_sln\releases\0.0.0.204\deploy\League of Legends.exe ”C:\Program Files (x86)\Riot Games\League of Legends\rads\solutions\lol_game_client_sln\releases\0.0.0.204\deploy\League of Legends.exe
Note: This path changes each patch and it may be located elsewhere depending on how you installed League of Legends.
And to finish, lets make a shortcut on the desktop so we can find it easily!
Right click on the League of Legends application we just found, hover over “Send to…” and select “Desktop (Create shortcut)” from the sub-menu. Maybe give it a unique name like “Quick Reconnect” so you don’t try and open the launcher with it!
WARNING: DO NOT MOVE THE FILE TO YOUR DESKTOP OR RENAME THE FILE IN THE FOLDER.
To ensure that your desktop shortcut leads to the most up-to-date version of the launcher you can remake it after each patch. To do this simply right-click on the short cut and select “Open file location” then navigate up two folder levels until you are back in the “releases” folder. If there is a new folder there locate the “League of Legends” application using steps 6, 7, and 8.
Note: If you’re not currently in a match when you double click this application you will receive an error message: “Unable to connect to the server”. Only use this application if you have disconnected from a game that is still in progress. If you want to start a new game you have to use the regular launcher.
A helpful comment on the Reddit thread for this guide offers a different method that requires no updating after each patch! This comment was posted by kalli04. You can go thank him on his Reddit profile HERE!
It’s even easier. Just do a .bat script, so you don’t need to search the file over and over again. Open a new .txt, and then paste this
set target=c:\riot games\league of legends\rads\solutions\lol_game_client_sln\releases\
for /f "tokens=*" %%G in ('dir /ad /b') do (
if !str! GTR %curr% ( set curr=!str! )
"League of Legends.exe"
Then proceed to save as.. and type .bat at the end of the name of your choice. Have fun
Note: You must replace the target path with your releases folder path! You can also put this .bat file anywhere you want and create a shortcut on the desktop and give it a custom name and icon!
Special thanks to plankermaxx and kalli04 for helping me make this guide. Hope this helps a few people!