Mobile gaming is the industry’s latest frontier. While many gaming analysts were eyeing VR to take off over the last decade, mobile gaming found mass appeal first. In fact, the data behind mobile gaming is staggering.

BlinkAI reports that 43% of all activity on smartphones worldwide is linked to mobile games. In 2021, Sensor Tower reported that Google Play Store games were downloaded 46.7 billion times worldwide, helping the mobile game market rake in close to $90 billion in revenue for the year.

Clearly, smartphone gaming isn’t going anywhere, and many gaming developers are scrambling to release mobile counterparts to popular games—for competitive, casual, and even casino games. For example, many online poker players look for platforms that offer online and mobile play.

Let’s cover one brand. Global Poker is one of the US’s most expansive platforms, thanks to its varied tournaments and weekly offers. To cater to remote players who want to play on the go, the company also offers a free app for Android devices. And that’s because gamers expect this option.

So, how can players optimize their smartphones for gaming—especially those who are new to using a smartphone or to gaming in general? Get started with the tips below. 

Choose Wisely

One of the most obvious places to start with smartphone gaming is to shop around for a device that was produced with gaming in mind. While not many consumers will have this option, it’s still worth exploring—after all, you may be in store for an upgrade sometime soon.

The best options have high-resolution screens, quick refresh rates, plenty of RAM, a solid battery life, and software tailored for gaming. The industry’s top gaming phone is the Asus ROG Phone 6D, followed by the Black Shark 5 Pro and the Nubia Red Magic 7.

Optimize All Settings

If you don’t have a spare few hundred dollars lying around to buy a brand-new gaming-centric phone, don’t worry. Just about any smartphone can be optimized via internal settings to run games better. Some smartphones might already have a gaming mode available, which will do the heavy lifting for players.

Otherwise, go to settings to increase your phone’s refresh rate to the highest option (usually 90Hz). Turn off developer settings like Force 4x, which can boost displays but cause lag. Some phones might also offer superior audio through settings like Dolby Atmos sound, which you’ll want to be turned on. Lastly, always connect to the quickest Wi-Fi network available.

Opt for Mobile Peripherals

As highlighted by the Dolby Atmos suggestion, audio is incredibly important when gaming on mobile phones. If you’re going to dive into mobile gaming, then prioritize these types of features with the right peripheral equipment, like Bose headphones.

Along with buying headphones, consider other gadgets that will help you craft a great smartphone gaming station. This might include a stand, so you don’t have to hold your phone, along with a touch-charging station or even a Qi-powered charging pad. For longer stints of gaming and for highly competitive titles, you may also want to purchase a fan that will keep your device cool.

Don’t Forget About Software

Along with optimizing your phone’s settings and purchasing the most effective peripherals, there are a few more ways to set yourself up for success in mobile gaming. These revolve around your device’s software.

For example, many gamers opt for mobile titles because they can play anywhere—all they need is an internet connection. But you may want to opt for a VPN to protect your device, as free networks can be insecure. Security aside, always check for updates on your phone, as this will help games run smoother. Lastly, remove apps and software that you don’t use, as these can also generate lag.