Fix Phasmophobia Crashing And Freezing Randomly Or While Loading Maps

Fix Phasmophobia Crashing And Freezing

Phasmophobia is a great game and one of the best horrors released in a while, but the early access is quite bugged with a range of problems. Our Phasmophobia category covers almost all bugs and workaround to date. In this guide, we set out to address the Phasmophobia crashing and freezing randomly while loading maps. The issue has been persistent and probably has been faced by every player at some point, but a simple restart resolves most bugs.

For players who keep encountering the crashing and freezing, the recommendations in this guide can resolve your issue. Keep scrolling to fix the freezing and crashing problem in Phasmophobia.

Fix Phasmophobia Crashing And Freezing Randomly Or While Loading Maps

The first culprit of the constant freezing and crashing is the overclocking of the CPU or GPU. Software such as MSI Afterburner most be disabled and the tweaks should be reverted to see a great amount of improvement in the crashing problem. Often times your CPU might be overclocked by factory settings or the turbo mode could be auto overclocking, reset the CPU clock setting in the BIOS to fix the Phasmophobia crashing and freezing randomly or while loading maps.

As you load maps the game may request more resources causing an overclocked CPU or GPU to overheat leading to freezing and subsequent crashing. Ensure your system is not overclocked and it should resolve most of the crashing problem with the game.   

Steam Overlay and a fluctuating FPS is known to crash games. However, other overlay software such as Discord Overlay, GeForce Experience Overlay, or others can do the same. Overlays cause problems when the game attempts to render UI and 3D environments, or load content.

In addition, DirectX hooking software can also cause the game to crash, so you need to disable those too before you launch the game. Start by disabling the Steam overlay, GeForce Experience Overlay and limiting the FPS from the Nvidia control panel.

Running the game on fullscreen requires more resources and when you load new maps on fullscreen, it can cause strain on the system leading to freeze and crash. Therefore, for a more smoother experience of playing Phasmophobia, you should disable fullscreen.  

A user on the Steam community suggested setting the launch option -force-feature-level-10-1 helped them resolve all crashing problem with the game. In order to input the command, head over to Steam > Phasmophobia > Properties > Set Launch Option > type or paste -force-feature-level-10-1 >Ok.

If none of the solutions have worked to resolve the Phasmophobia crashing and freezing randomly or while loading maps, we suggest you disable all third-party software. More often than not a third-party software either consumes too many resources of the system or hinders the operation of games leading to freeze and crash. Here are the steps you can follow.

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
  2. Go to the Services tab
  3. Check Hide all Microsoft services
  4. Now, click Disable all
  5. Go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager
  6. Disable one task at a time and restart the system.

We hope that the above solutions have helped to minimize freezing and crash in Phasmophobia. We know the solutions are now universal, it may work for some users while others may still experience the issue. So, if you have something that has helped you, share them in comments so it can help others.

Tim Blisz
I am an avid gamer who loves to write about games. I started gaming with a copy of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Since then, I have fallen in love with games with a particular inclination towards Call of Duty titles.


  1. What an awful advice, why would you disable all services? There is a reason why services exist. Pls dont share such advice.

    1. Please read the fix carefully you are not disabling all services.

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