Does your Android phone have a “high performance mode”?


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Many mid-range Android phones are more powerful than the high-end Android phones of a few years ago. That doesn’t mean we should stop pushing the boundaries, though. Your phone may even have a “high performance mode”.

What is High Performance Mode?

High performance mode is kind of a vague feature on Android phones that support it. In general, the idea is to increase CPU and GPU performance to their highest potential. You might think your phone is always running at peak performance, but it often isn’t in order to save on battery life.

Back when custom ROMs were more popular and Android devices had more performance issues, it was common to overclock the CPU. This would essentially force the CPU to run higher than expected and could cause issues. High performance mode is a safer way to do this.

Rather than overclocking the CPU, High Performance Mode typically uses the high performance cores rather than the weaker ones. This comes at the expense of using more battery, but it does improve performance, although you might not notice it much.

The exact degree of difference you notice with high performance mode will depend entirely on your specific phone, its processor, and its GPU. An already very powerful phone, like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, may not look much different. While a OnePlus North can benefit more.

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Does my phone have a high performance mode?

Unfortunately, High Performance Mode is not a standard Android feature. This is something the manufacturers add themselves. As of this writing, the feature is mostly found on Samsung phones and other niche brands such as OnePlus.

Samsung calls the feature “Enhanced Processing” and doesn’t have much explanation of what it does. In the settings it says “Get faster data processing for all applications except games. Uses more battery. If you want better performance while gaming, you will have to use the “game booster” tool.

If you have a Samsung phone with this feature, it’s easy to enable it. First, swipe down once from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon to open the settings.

Next, go to the “Battery and device care” section.

Select "Battery and device maintenance."

Select “Battery”.

Select "Battery."

Now scroll down and select “More battery settings”.

Select "More battery settings."

Enable “Enhanced Processing”.

Enable "Improved processing."

That’s really all there is to it. You may or may not notice a significant difference in performance. In fairness, you’re more likely to notice worse battery life with the feature turned on. However, if you think your Samsung phone is not fast enough, you might be happy with the results.

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