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Want the best game performance on your Galaxy? Here’s how to do it

Tips & Tricks

Last updated: April 8th, 2022 at 14:46 UTC+01:00

Some of you might be familiar with the whole GOS (Games Optimization Service) controversy that has followed Samsung since the launch of the Galaxy S22 series. It began on foreign online forums, and it sort of blew up on social networks for a bit as the media picked up the story.

The story, in short, was that Samsung’s GOS throttles performance in mobile games, perhaps somewhat aggressively.

But after the outcry that followed the murky GOS controversy, Samsung gave these unsatisfied Galaxy S22 customers what they wanted. The company released a firmware update that lets users turn off GOS entirely.

Samsung then released this update to more Galaxy devices as part of One UI 4.1. So, if you want the best possible (theoretical) performance out of your Galaxy device, here’s how you can disable GOS.

How do you disable GOS on your Galaxy phone running One UI 4.1? And should you?

To turn off GOS on your Galaxy phone running One UI 4.1, open the Game Launcher app and tap “More” » “Game Booster” » “Labs” and then enable “Alternate game performance management.”

The key thing to keep in mind is that modern CPUs have safety systems that throttle performance when pushed to their thermal limit — something that certain mobile games can do if left unmanaged. Therefore, even if you disable GOS, your Galaxy phone’s CPU will still generate heat and lower performance when needed to prevent frying itself. The difference is that it achieves this by other metrics than GOS.

Whether or not GOS may be a little more aggressive is something that Samsung could pay attention to, but it is worth noting that GOS also considers sacrificing performance for battery life. The system tries to balance out performance, temperatures, and energy efficiency.

But it’s worth noting that you’re not guaranteed the best performance in the long run if you disable GOS. You may experience better performance for a short time (a few minutes) before the inside your phone starts heating up and the CPU throttles. Likewise, if you don’t have a charger nearby or a way to charge your phone and want to conserve battery life, consider keeping GOS on.

This is an experimental feature, so feel free to experiment with it, but remember that it may not always pay off.

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