Mobile gaming has become a mainstream source of gaming like PC and consoles in the last few years. Mobile operating systems like Android and iOS have improved drastically, and this has enabled larger, more detailed games to run on the go. With more details, the amount of processing required also increases, directly putting a load on the mobile’s GPU.
Brands have started creating special gaming phones with additional features like improved ventilation, liquid cooling, and better display with a higher refresh rate.
A very common practice now is to ship along with a software-based “Gaming Mode” that automatically enhances the performance of the phone. Even game developers have started collaborating with OEMs to enhance their games and offer better gameplay.
Though, don’t be worried if your phone doesn’t have a “Gaming Mode”. Stock Android is one example, it doesn’t ship with any over-the-top shenanigans. You too can manually ensure the phone is optimised and running at full efficiency. Here are a few key points to remember:
- Install The Latest Available Software: Always ensure your device is up to date. A newer version of Android brings in tonnes of bug fixes and improves long-term stability. Updates can also bring in fixes and improvements to the UI skin (if any) and provides you with the latest security fixes.
- Clear Up The Home Screen: The home screen UI is a separate process constantly running in the background. If you have many widgets and shortcuts pasted, it’s always recommended to keep the home screen clutter-free. This way, there are no unnecessary tasks like weather, social feed, or live wallpaper consuming resources in the background. Since the home screen is one of the most-demanded pages of the system, these processes aren’t usually killed since reinitiating them is a time-consuming process.
- Restrict Background Apps: Do you actively use Google Assistant or Bixby? If not, disable them. These services are constantly running in the background and consume resources frequently. Apps that require background refresh like Google Maps should also be closed when not required. If you don’t actively use an internet-dependent app like Facebook, switch off auto-refresh.
- Force GPU Rendering: This option can be enabled from “Developer Options” in the Settings menu. It uses your phone’s GPU instead of relying on software rendering for some 2D elements that aren’t already taking advantage of the option. This ultimately delivers faster UI rendering, smoother animations, and makes some space for the CPU. Though on the flip side, GPU consumers more power than the CPU and can lead to faster battery depletion.
- Turn Off Animations: Turn off your screen animations to increase the performance of your Android phone. To do so you can follow the steps below:
- Go to the Developer Options of the phone.
- Now, scroll down and search for the Window Animation Scale
- Here, select it to Animation Scale 10x.
If you select Animation Off, then the screen will show you without animation. You can also turn off Transition Animation Scale.
- Clear Cached Data: Cached data is information your apps store to help them boot up more quickly — and thus speed up Android. A browser might cache images from a website you visit often so it doesn’t need to download the image every single time you load the page. While it’s designed to make your experience better, too much caching of data increases the load and exerts a negative impact on performance.