Wednesday, 11 May 2016

How to Play High Graphic Games Smoothly On a Low-End Android Device

Ever wanted to play HD console quality games on your budget Android smartphone? When it comes to gaming performance, most of the budget friendly smartphones have a hard time delivering satisfactory performance. That is the moment when you regret your decision of buying a budget smartphone though it doesn't mean at all that you need to have those expensive, killing machines to enjoy those games.

The gaming industry is rapidly growing these days. Many console ports are making their way to the Android platform. Even native Android games are evolving in term of graphics, and that is why we are getting an immense boost in system requirements.

Even though there are some powerful smartphones available in the market, budget smartphone segment still leads the race when it comes to the number of users. That's why today we are talking about low-end Android smartphones.

So here is how you can optimize gaming performance of your Android smartphone -

(1) By increasing Android performance using primary tweaks

(2) By tweaking your Android device using some essential apps

Part 1: How to increase your Android device performance

In this segment, we will discuss some significant tweaks to optimize the overall performance of your Android device. If you are following this section, then you don't need to have a rooted Android smartphone so, everyone can follow these steps.

(i) By Killing Applications running in the background

Applications, which are continuously running in the background, are the primary cause of stutters and choppy performance during gameplay. You may consider using a good task killer (ES Task Manager works quite well) though, none of them works exceptionally well unless you have root access. I have some better options for the users, who have rooted smartphones. I'll talk about them in next part.

(ii) Disabling unnecessary applications

Almost all smartphones, especially the low-budget smartphones, comes pre-loaded with bloatware, but the good thing is that you can disable them on newer Android versions. This method will help you in saving valuable space in your internal memory.
Follow these simple methods to do it -

. First, go to settings menu
. Tap on Apps
. Scroll right to find "ALL" application tab
. Now select the app, which you want to disable

. Now click on the disable button

Note: You can enable all these disabled apps, later. So, feel safe to disable all unnecessary apps.

(iii) Clearing cache/junk data

We all love to check some cool apps regularly. But, those apps leave behind junk files after uninstallation. Similarly, your Android device's web browser also store junk files every time you browse the web. This cache data not only takes up too much space but also degrade SD card's performance.

There are too many options to remove cache data. Any task manager like ES Task Manager will do the job.

Though if you want to do it manually, which you should if you are running low on memory, then follow these simple yet effective steps: -
. Go to settings menu
. Tap on storage option

. Tap on cached data button (as shown above in the image)
. Click on ok button

(iv) Upgrading to class 10 SD card

While it is fine to use class 4 and class 6 SD card for day to day tasks, but upgrading to a class 10 SD card surely adds a chunk of performance. It is highly recommended to use a class 10 SD card for gaming and 1080p video recording.

Using a class 10 SD card will increase read and write speed hence you'll see better loading times and much less lag in graphically demanding games.

(v) Scanning for viruses

While Android devices are less vulnerable to virus and malware as compared to PC, but it is always great to stick with the safer side. You may go with antivirus of your personal choice, but if your Android device is rocking 512mb of RAM or lower, then go with the app which performs all of your tasks like clearing cache, removing the virus, etc.

Though, I will not recommend using antivirus program while gaming as it may cause performance issues.

Part 2: Tweaking gaming performance using some essential tools

In this segment, we will discuss some tools, which will significantly boost your Android device performance. Please do note that this section is only for rooted users, you may consider rooting your phone instead simply follow steps that mentioned above.
Follow the guide below if you want to know how to root your Android smartphone.

How to root your Android smartphone?

Now you know how to root your Android device, it's time to dive even deeper.
Here, I'm recommending some apps to tweak the performance of your Android device, and get the best out of it.

(i) GLTools

GLTools is a custom OpenGLES driver. This utility simply lets you tweak your OpenGL's setting i.e. it let you change the size of the texture, changing the resolution, forcing MSAA, optimize shaders.

The best thing about this is that it is compatible with all GPU vendors. So, in case you have a low-end GPU, it will make your GPU compatible with high-end games.
This tool is also useful for Android users, who have higher end GPUs as it will force MSAA and higher resolution to make image quality even better.

(ii) ChainFire 3D

ChainFire 3D is similar to GLTools. It will do all the things that GLTools can. But, this tool will only work up to Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread). You should go with GLTools if you have a higher version of Android.

(iii) Seeder

Another great piece of software. Seeder fixes the lag, caused by Android's user interface. Seeder rebuilds the entropy data, which dries over time and cause performance delays. So, if you are tired of delays during switching between apps or when accessing apps, it will patch those problems.

(iv) Freezing Background Apps

In the previous part, I discussed task managers. One thing is clear, if you don't have root access on your Android smartphone, then those task managers are utterly useless.
Even if you kill all apps, they will back again after a few minutes.

A better choice is to go with an app that can freeze those stubborn background applications. Some great options are-

Increasing RAM in Android device

Is it possible to increase RAM using the software? The answer is yes and NO.
Of course, it is not possible to increase RAM physically, but logically you can increase it. We can do it by creating a partition on SD card and use it as virtual memory. Do note that you need to have a swappable kernel in your Android device to increase the RAM.
A great utility for increasing RAM is "Swapper for Root."

Here is a detailed guide on using swapper for Android.

I hope you liked it.

Don't hesitate to share your opinion.

Also Read: How to fix all Google Play Store errors


  1. I used chain fire 3d and everything went fine. But when I try to install apks of Hugh end games I get this error :"Parse Error". Help me with this.

    1. Hey Varun, "parse error" occurs because of two reasons-
      (I) When you install an app on your Android OS which is lower than what is required by the game/app.

      (ii) When the apk gets corrupted during download.

      I'm pretty sure that your problem is the former one. Please check the system requirements for the given game.
      Most games require you to have at least Android 4.0+ or even 4.4. Please double-check your Android version. Reply me if there is any problem, I'm always here for the help.

    2. dude ,its becuase your downloaded file is corrupted,download the same file from other sites,i also had the same issue

    3. I suggest checking YouTube for a fix.. I think you need to fix your akp file

  2. Use chain fire 3d at your own risk because chain fire will only support very low end devices or very old versions of android (as mentioned above) but if you use without bothering about requirements, you may bricked your device which once happened with me(Sony xperia m) YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED😈😈😎 hence I recommend to use gltools which is working great on my device (moto e3)

  3. The tips that you mentioned are good for reducing lags but there are also many apps which can help to reduce lag. you can check How to reduce Lag for Android