How to run PUBG Mobile smoothly on Android

Play PUBG often but the lag demotivating you? This guide will help you to run PUBG Mobile smoothly.

Thanks to Tencent, people are getting to have a virtual chicken dinner. That itself has become an achievement for gamers. Hardcore PUBG fanatics would that the PC version is infamous for its poor optimization but thankfully, the mobile version can be optimized to run smoothly on any device.

How to run PUBG Mobile smoothly

Nowadays, most phones are equipped with 6GB RAM and a processor that can handle high-end games with some tweaks but we don’t just play games on our phones; there are other applications that hog our phone’s RAM. Managing that seems tricky but there’s a solution for every problem. I will list a few tricks that will run PUBG Mobile smoothly, without much hassle.

I have listed 5 methods that will run PUBG on your phone as smooth as a butter.

Optimizing PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile gives you robust options to optimize the gameplay settings. To get hold of the controls, head to the Settings tab on the top right corner. Select the ‘Graphics’ option from the menu. Here you can see a few options. You can either manually tweak them or select the last option, ‘Auto-adjust graphics.’ Tap on ‘Enable.’ Doing so, the frequent frame drops will lessen. If you want, you can edit individual options like Smooth or Balanced in the Graphics option, No Style in Style, and Low or Medium in Frame Rate. I would recommend you select ‘Auto-adjust graphics’ as it will automatically lower the settings of the game in order to run PUBG Mobile smoothly.

How to run PUBG Mobile smoothly

RAM Management

RAM is often considered the villain when phones reload apps frequently. In some cases, you can blame them as not all manufacturers equip their phones with a 16GB RAM (Hi, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra!). Before playing PUBG Mobile, remove all your apps from recent memory or at least those that you seldom use.

Uninstall unused applications or games so that they won’t hog your RAM. Also, check for unnecessary services that are running in the background. Most of the manufacturers give a built-in option to manage RAM. For instance, the Samsung S20 series gives an app pinning feature so that you can pin up to 3 or 5 apps/games.

Lag Fixes

  • Network: Make sure that you connect to a strong Wi-Fi whenever possible. Using mobile data might result in a lag.
  • Ping Lag: PUBG Mobile players have reported high ping or packet loss issues. This means that when you execute an action, it’s first sent to the server. It depends on the ping on how long it takes to reach the server and actually happen. To fix this, ensure that you are connected to the right server in PUBG Mobile. The option in on the home screen on the top left of the menu. Select the location you are at.
  • Restart your device. This will resolve minutest problems.

Editing Config Files (Non-rooted devices)

Editing config files is quite tricky. But I will help you through the various steps. You’ll need to download ES File Explorer and PUBG Config Converter. These tools will help non-rooted devices to edit the config files.

Step 1: After you’ve downloaded both the files, open ES File Explorer and locate the PUBG Mobile UserCustom.ini file. You can locate in Android/data/com.tencent.ig/files/UE4Game/ShadowTrackerExtra/ShadowTrackerExtra/Saved/Config/Android

Step 2: Change the extension of the file to .txt and open it in a Notepad. ES File Explorer has an in-built ES Note Editor.

Step 3: You’ll see lots of numbers that will confuse you. Now, the PUBG Config Converter will come for your rescue.

Step 4: Copy the values written after +CVars=, and paste them within the top bar in the converter and tap on decode.

Step 5: The convertor will deduce the entry and you can edit the values. Just edit the values that will actually make a difference in the performance. These values include quality, shadow, bloom, depth of field, refraction, etc.

Step 6: You must perform the process again to change all the settings to the minimum value. You’ll get the best performance even out of a low-end device.

You can change the following values:

+CVars=r.UserQualitySetting=0+CVars=r.Shadow.CSM.MaxMobileCascades=0+CVars=r.DetailMode=0
+CVars=r.UserHDRSetting=0+CVars=r.StaticMeshLODDistanceScale=0.8+CVars=r.MobileNumDynamicPointLights=0
+CVars=r.ShadowQuality=0+CVars=r.DepthOfFieldQuality=0+CVars=r.Streaming.PoolSize=200
+CVars=r.PUBGQualityLevel=1+CVars=r.Shadow.MaxCSMResolution=4+CVars=foliage.MinLOD=0
+CVars=r.PUBGLDR=0+CVars=r.BloomQuality=0+CVars=r.MaxAnisotropy=1
+CVars=r.MobileHDR=1+CVars=r.RefractionQuality=0+CVars=r.ParticleLODBias=2
+CVars=r.MobileContentScaleFactor=0.75+CVars=r.LightShaftQuality=0+CVars=r.EmitterSpawnRateScale=0.5
+CVars=r.MaterialQualityLevel=0+CVars=foliage.LODDistanceScale=0.6

GFX Tool (Rooted devices only)

In order to use the GFX Tool, your phone needs to be rooted. I wouldn’t advise you to root your smartphone just for smoother PUBG gameplay. This method, unlike for the non-rooted devices, doesn’t beat around the bush. It’s easy and effective.

Follow the image below to set the preferences. Make sure that you click on ‘Accept.’ Once that’s done, the button will display ‘Run Game.’ If you click on this, the app will straightway take you to the game.

How to run PUBG Mobile smoothly

FAQs

How do I stop PUBG lag?

To stop lag in PUBG, update your Android device to the latest version. Manage your RAM, clean apps that you rarely use. Reduce the frame rate. Graphics play a huge role so enable Auto Adjust Graphics.

Is 6gb RAM enough for PUBG mobile?

A Snapdragon 660 processor and a 6GB RAM will handle PUBG Mobile with ease. Ensure that you adjust graphics settings and clear cache.

Why does PUBG lag?

PUBG lags if its cache gets accumulated on your smartphone. To clear the cache, you’ll need to enter ‘Recovery Mode.’

Conclusion

I will leave it up to you to choose a method that will suit your smartphone. Any of the aforementioned methods will suffice to run PUBG Mobile smoothly. I recommend caution while trying the GFX Tool. Rooted devices are delicate so if anything happens to your device, WE WON’T BE RESPONSIBLE!

Are there any other methods that worked for you? Let our readers know in the comments section below.


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