The gaming experience on a computer or console is quite different from mobile gaming. It is because of Android devices’ graphic processing unit (GPU) size and flash memory performance. Additionally, even if it’s an Android, every smartphone brand is different in one or the other way. That’s why it is challenging to predict the game’s performance.
Nevertheless, there are a few ways to improve your gaming experience on an Android phone, regardless of the brand.
Now that you’re wondering about the key factors, don’t worry! These are not very technical changes or upgrades. Instead, these include working with the game setting and your surroundings. Having said that, let’s learn more about these tips.
Increase The Screen Refresh Rate
Visuals of gameplay a significant role in boosting a player’s overall experience. Pixelation of graphics makes it troublesome for players to focus on their target. It can also cause the animation to lag, affecting the performance further.
To improve the game’s visuals, you should increase the screen refresh rate. Believe it or not, it is one of the easiest ways to increase gaming performance without roots. Most Android phones, especially the flagship models (top mobile brands), allow the user to switch to a high screen refresh rate. Here’s how:
- Go to the “Settings” app and tap “Display.”
- Select “Advanced.”
- Tap “Refresh Rate.”
- Select the highest rate from the options available on your screen.
As Android has numerous OS versions, the steps given above can vary from system to system. If you are not able to find the option, you can search directly from the settings search bar.
Note: If you cannot find the option, you should check the exact phone model online. Check whether or not your device is compatible with a high display refresh rate.
Connect With High-Speed Internet
Speaking of the obvious, your broadband connection and speed affect the gaming performance greatly, especially for online streaming games. The reason is – during online gaming, your games need to send and receive data continuously. If your internet connection is poor or interrupted regularly, it will make data transfer a challenge. It will take more time and cause lagging.
To avoid such a situation, make sure you are using high-speed internet. Check your Wi-Fi connection and optimize router settings to ensure a seamless game performance. If it seems necessary, you should consider replacing your old router with a new one. You should also contact your ISP (internet service provider) to learn about your router or bandwidth settings.
Likewise, if you are using your mobile data to play games, using 5G would be great for smooth and lag-free gaming performance.
Use Gaming Accessories
The type of hardware you use while playing games on your Android device is another crucial factor to improve the overall user experience. There are specific mobile gaming accessories such as wireless gaming headphones, integrated handheld gaming controllers, etc. Using these accessories will ensure that you have better control over your moves, whether you are streaming online or playing solo.
Moreover, accessories also help create a personalized experience. For instance, using headphones, you can feel like a part of the game- an experience somewhat similar to virtual reality. These accessories are also easy to set up or install. You just need to connect them using Bluetooth, and you are all set to enjoy games.
Turn On Force 4x
Some Android phones have the option of Force 4x MSAA (Multisample anti-aliasing). This setting helps improve the graphics in OpenGl 2.0 applications and boosts the game’s overall performance.
However, it is noteworthy that this feature tends to drain mobile batteries very quickly. That’s why in most smartphones, this feature is disabled. If fast battery draining is not a matter of concern for you, turning on or enabling this feature would be a great idea. Here’s how:
- Go to the “Settings” app, tap “About Phone,” and tap the “Build” number seven times. By doing so, your phone should say you are a developer.
- Go back to the main “Settings” and tap “System.”
- Tap “Developer” options.
- Select “Force 4x MSAA” and turn it on.
You can also search for “Force 4x” from the search bar in the Settings app. Nevertheless, make sure to enable the “Developer” options before you turn on “Force 4x MSAA.”
Enable Dolby Atmos Sound
High-quality sound effects or gaming audio can instantly enhance the overall gaming experience. You can improve the sound quality from basic game settings by enabling music and using wireless headphones. Or, you can improve the surrounding sound using the Dolby Atmos feature on your Android device.
Bear in mind that not all smartphones offer this feature. Typically, the flagship models have this feature. It allows the players to create a near real-time listening experience while playing video games. Not only this, but you can also use this feature for general entertainment such as watching movies, recording a video, or listening to music. Here’s how you can enable this feature:
- Go to the “Settings” app and tap “Sound.”
- Tap on “Sound Quality.”
- Tap on “Effects.”
- Turn on “Dolby Atmos.”
Now you’ll be able to enjoy high-quality sound effects while playing your favorite video games or during streaming.
Remove The Unnecessary File And Junk From the Phone
Sometimes the cause behind poor gaming performance is the device’s storage space. Needless to say, gaming applications or programs require huge space for downloads and the transfer of data. Suppose your device does not have enough storage. In that case, it will hinder the device’s performance, eventually leading to game lagging.
To improve the performance of your device, you should delete or uninstall unnecessary applications or files. In addition to this, you should delete the junk files. Here’s how:
- Go to the “Settings” app, and tap “Storage.”
- Tap the “Free Up Space” button.
- Select the items you don’t need and select “Free Up.”
To Sum Up
Your gaming experience differs according to the device you are using. Computer and gaming consoles are designed for high performance and optimum user experience. However, with the tips mentioned above, you can enjoy a thrilling gaming experience on your Android phone as well.
Not to mention, these changes are pretty simple yet effective, ensuring that your device handles all your gaming needs seamlessly.
I’m a writer, artist, and designer working in the gaming and tech industries. I have held staff and freelance positions at large publications including Digital Trends, Lifehacker, Popular Science Magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, IGN, The Xplore Tech, and others, primarily covering gaming criticism, A/V and mobile tech reviews, and data security advocacy.