PUBG Mobile is the most popular game on Android and iOS app stores. It’s battle royale game which is developed by Tencent Games. One of the main reasons for this game to be popular is the graphics are realistic and really close to PUBG PC. And that makes the game really heavy for many Android phones and causes frame drops.
So, if you’re someone who is facing frame drops on your device then these tricks will help you to reduce lag in PUBG Mobile on your Android phone.
Note: These tricks are going to help your phone handle the game as smoothly as possible. Your phone’s performance cannot improve drastically that it would run the game suddenly from 15 FPS to 60 FPS.
There are multiple tricks here and those ranges from easy to hard, depending on you.
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How to reduce lag in PUBG Mobile on your Android phone?
#1 GFX Tool:
It can actually help you improve the FPS on your phone but at the same time, if used in the wrong way, it can result in worse performance.
First of all, install GFX Tool from Play Store and then open it.
Now, you’re going to use Super Smooth graphics settings. It will result in less graphics for your phone’s GPU to render. Hence, better performance.
Keep the FPS same as what your phone supports or just one level higher. For example, if your phone supports Medium FPS then it wouldn’t hurt much to use High FPS but do not use too much higher FPS. You might feel the game is smooth but setting higher FPS then what your phone can handle will result in horrible lags at times.
Disable Anti-Aliasing and Shadows. Set the screen resolution to 720p if you’re having higher-mid range to flagship device and lower if you’re having low-end or old mid-range device.
Set the rest of the settings as per your needs.
It should also enable Vulkan API automatically which should have pretty good performance improvement. However, it is still in development stage, so there might be frame drops when you don’t expect it.
#2 Phone Temperature:
Make sure that your phone is not heating. Your phone is designed to trigger thermal throttling when your phone heats up, to help it cool down faster. So, try to make sure that your phone don’t heat up. If thermal throttling is triggered then the gaming performance will take a hit and you’re going to face a lot of freezes.
You can maintain better temperature by playing under a fan and AC. Also, removing the cover might help reduce the temperature if you’re having thick rugged case.
Do remember that it’s never a good idea to cool down your smartphone by keeping it inside the refrigerator, even if nothing happens for the first few times when you tried.
#3 Background Apps:
Apps in background uses some of your phone’s resources as well. So, if your phone is having apps in background then the game cannot use most of your phone’s power. It will simply result in stutterings and bad gaming experience. So, make sure that you do not leave apps in background before playing.
#4 Clear Cache:
It will help your device to get some extra storage space as well as may help you gain some performance. So, simply boot into Recovery mode and clear cache.
The procedure to boot into Recovery mode differs from manufacturer to manufacturer. Hence, you will need to find the one for your device.
Do remember that the Recovery mode is for kind-of advanced users. If you’re careless, you might wipe your phone’s storage mistakenly as well. So, be a little careful while performing such a procedure.
#5 Reset Device:
In some cases, it can actually provide better performance. Your phone builds up caches, junk files etc. in the long run. Also, there can be apps which can be hurting your device experience. Remember to backup your data before performing reset.
So, starting from a fresh experience would mean- smooth performance.
#6 Custom ROM:
Android manufacturers either provide customized user interface or stock Android like UI.
These customized UI are usually heavy and these brands even includes a lot of features which makes it even more heavier.
And the ones which are close to stock Android doesn’t necessarily means better performance. These can be badly optimized as well which can bottleneck your device’s performance.
So, how do you solve it?
Well, if your manufacturer is using close to stock Android UI and you believe that the brand is good enough to provide improvements then you don’t need to do anything apart from waiting. I would say only OnePlus and Pixel can be taken in this category.
If you believe that the manufacturer is not going to provide any improvement or the user interface is already heavy then you might wanna try custom ROMs.
Custom ROMs are developed by third-party developers and usually have better optimizations than the stock ROM. There is really high chances that you will experience way better performance than the stock ROM because there will be no bloatware and no useless features.
Flashing custom ROMs can create issues on your phone as well and can even result in phone being dead when performed incorrectly. So, keep this in mind. Also, remember to check whether there are bugs on it or not.
Custom ROM development is not available on every device but most of the devices, especially the ones powered by Snapdragon chipsets, are being maintained by developers.
You can find the developments available for your phone on XDA Developers Forum.
#7 Custom Kernel:
It can have a huge impact on your smartphone’s performance. There are custom kernels available for many smartphones whose manufacturer provide proper kernel sources to the developers.
Just take a look at XDA Developers Forum and you’ll find whether custom kernel is available for your device or not.
Custom kernels can provide great performance boost, if optimized perfectly. There are some which provide overclocked custom kernels as well. These can provide pretty impressive increase in gaming performance. However, these will also lead to heating, so make sure you’re keeping it cool. If the device heats then the performance will be throttled and the experience is going to be worse than the stock kernel.
Now, just like custom ROMs, there might be bugs in custom kernels as well. And there is a chance that something might go wrong. Device might even hard brick if the procedure is performed incorrectly. So, be careful while performing the steps.
I hope these steps were helpful to you in improving FPS on PUBG Mobile on your Android phone. If you want to have extremely smooth experience then you cannot do anything apart from getting any flagship smartphone from brands like OnePlus, Apple or ASUS. These tricks might help you reduce lag of PUBG Mobile on Android smartphones but there is no magic to have huge performance improvement.