Tap that icon to reveal the Game Mode dashboard (Figure 3), where you can optimize Android for the particular game (if available), stream your gameplay to YouTube Live, check your FPS, and enable the screenshot shortcut. Another caveat to Game Mode is that it’s only available to Pixel devices.  Game Mode also brings with it a Game Dashboard, which appears in-game and adds the following features to Android:

In-game screenshots.Frames Per Second check.Automatically enables Do Not Disturb.Video recording.YouTube streaming.

All of the above features are taken care of without interrupting gameplay, so it’s a real blessing for serious mobile gamers. Let’s find out how to enable Game Mode on your Pixel device.

Open the Settings app (either from within the App Drawer or the Notification Shade).Locate and tap Notifications.Locate and tap Do Not Disturb.Locate and tap Schedules.Tap the gear icon associated with Gaming.Tap the ON/OFF slider for both Game Dashboard and Do Not Disturb for games (Figure 1).

Enabling Game Mode on a Pixel 6 Pro running Android 12. The Game Mode icon is found in Star Trek: Fleet Academy. If the game developer has enabled the Optimization option, you can select from 3 modes of optimization: The Game Dashboard makes it easy to control the options that are available to the game you are playing.

Performance: Maximizes the frame rate.Standard: Uses the game’s defaults.Battery Saver: Optimizes for extended battery life.

Some games require a restart (of the app, not the device) if you go the optimization route.  And that’s all there is to Game Mode. If you’re a serious mobile gamer, you owe it to yourself to try this feature. If you don’t own a Pixel, give the Gaming Mode app a try and see if it doesn’t help boost your device performance for the games you play.   This app does the following:

Auto Reject Incoming calls.Block notifications.Clear Background Apps to free up RAM.Game Booster to remove lag.Unlock the maximum FPS for your device.Disable auto-brightness.Change WiFi state.Change Ringtone and Media Volume.Create widgets for launching games from the home screen.Enable Auto Mode to automatically detect when you’re playing a game (this is a premium feature).Whitelist apps from notification blocking.Whitelist apps so they aren’t cleared from the background.