Six Ways to Boost Gaming Performance of Entry-Level Smartphones

Not everyone can afford the latest iPhone or Android smartphone with Snapdragon 865. Many avid mobile gamers have mid-range devices and a lot more with entry-level device models due to budgetary constraints. These days, entry-level smartphones are good enough to handle casual mobile gaming, but for games like CoD: Mobile and PUBG Mobile, at least decent hardware is needed. Be aware that many performance-boosting apps don’t really work, if you don’t perform manual optimizations on your device. The key is to optimize available hardware resources and performance can be bogged down by poorly optimized software implementations. Here are things you should do if you have an entry-level device:

  1. Manage home screen: Clearing out home screen is a good thing if you have only 2GB of RAM. By uncluttering the home screen, you may free up a bit of RAM and any incremental change could really add up in the end. Disable animated theme and use static dark wallpaper to extend battery life. Remove widgets that you never use. Keep the home screen clean and minimalist, if you want to have better gaming performance.
  2. Uninstall apps: Some apps run in the background and they also consume RAM. Closing them doesn’t guarantee that they won’t be reopened in the background. Many smartphone models come with bloatware and you should disable them in the apps settings. Once disabled, any app update will be removed as well, freeing up some nice chunks of internal storage. As an example, if you barely ever use Maps in Android, you should disable it, because it consumes a lot of resource. It’s easy to enable these apps again.
  3. Optimize apps: You may decide to keep using Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook. However, you need to check these apps to disable some features. You will free up a bit of resources by disabling social media notifications and it should improve gaming experience as well. Again, this will contribute to freeing up more processor and RAM utilization.
  4. Get the latest updates: Smartphone manufacturers regularly release updates. Although they are mostly about bug fixing and patching security risks, there could be performance enhancements as well. It is a good idea to keep your phone and apps updated to the latest version.
  5. Disable UI animation: Some smartphone manufacturers add animation to make the interface feels smoother and pleasant to use. But, unless you have good enough hardware, it is better to disable any UI animation. Disabling UI animation would depend on the smartphone model. But for any Android model, you can go to the Developer Mode. Disable the Animation, Window and Transition duration scales. Again, this should remove some RAM utilizations.
  6. Use game boosting apps: Game boosting apps should be used only to squeeze more performance out of your device, after you do thorough optimizations manually. These apps will free up additional RAM and delete cache regularly to give you extra storage space.