Strangled Samsung smartphones? That’s how you turn the turbo back on

Do you want to get the most out of your Galaxy smartphone or tablet, especially when playing games? Then disable the throttling that Samsung has enabled by default for security reasons. Until now, Samsung has decided on its own when an app can use its full “power” and when not. Since the last major update in March 2022, you can activate and deactivate the “feature” yourself. However, it also shows that most apps are not affected by the limitation at all.

Disable throttling on Samsung smartphones and tablets

The so-called game optimization service, GOS for short, is responsible for automatically limiting your smartphone or tablet, which you have not been able to influence so far. No more. You make the following adjustments:

  1. Go to Settings and enter “Game Booster” in the search field in the upper right corner.
  2. Tap on Game Booster settings and scroll down to “Game optimization”.
  3. Choose from the following options:
    • Performance: high performance, but increased battery consumption
    • Standard: Your smartphone independently selects the optimal combination of performance and battery consumption.
    • Power saving mode: longer battery life with lower performance

It’s not new per se, but even with “performance”, Samsung promises you a 10% higher frame rate. Originally, “Standard” was always selected.

On the other hand, if you want GOS to disappear completely, go to “Alternative game performance management” in Game Booster settings under “Labs” and enable it. It can increase the operating temperature of your smartphone. If it rises too high, your smartphone automatically reactivates the GOS.

Enable acceleration in Game Booster Labs. (Screenshot)

Increase application performance (except games).

While the throttling only applies to gaming apps, you can get a bit more performance with regular apps as well. And like that :

  1. Go to Settings > Battery > More battery settings
  2. Enable Enhanced Performance to increase working speed

Note: Battery life may be reduced by setting. In return, you get increased performance for applications that may have seemed too slow before.

This is where you turn “enhanced performance” on and off. This only applies to apps other than games. (Screenshot)

Which smartphones are affected?

Not only the latest Samsung Galaxy S22 (+, Ultra) was affected by throttling. At least according to Samsung’s Korean site, this restriction has existed since the introduction of the OneUI 4.0 interface and therefore also applies to many other smartphones and tablets from the manufacturer. Among others, for these:

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (5G, S10+, S10, S10e)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 (S20, S20 FE, S20+, S20 Ultra)
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 (S21, S21 Ultra, S21+)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 (all models)
  • Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Fold2
  • Galaxy Z Fold 5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
  • Galaxy Note 20 (Ultra)
  • Note Galaxy 10/10+
  • Galaxy A52s 5G
  • Galaxy A42 5G
  • Galaxy A51 5G
  • Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Galaxy Tab S7 (S7, S7+, S7 FE / S7 FE 5G)
  • Galaxy Tab S6/S6 5G
  • Galaxy Tab A7 /2020)
  • Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Other smartphones and tablets from Samsung with Android 12 and the current OneUI 4.1 are also likely to be throttled and will most likely have already received an update in mid/late March 2022. Otherwise, you have to be patient.

It’s behind the choke

In March 2022, news caused a stir that Samsung has limited more than 10,000 apps on the newly released Galaxy S22, while the maximum speed was available, especially for benchmark apps. In this way, users were tricked into believing that the performance was good, but in practice, the phone was running in the doldrums. Mainly to keep battery life high. XDA Developers and others found out, and Samsung responded soon after with an update for the game’s optimization service, which was responsible for the throttling.

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With the introduction of the Galaxy S22 series, the “Thrush” scandal became known. (Picture: Samsung)

But: many assumptions of the past have turned out to be wrong. The list of more than 10,000 applications to which the limitation must apply has only one purpose: to allow the phone to quickly know if an application is downloaded in a game or another program. If it is a game, the GOS takes effect immediately and with it – if active – the limitation. Typically, typical apps like Netflix, Instagram, Tiktok and Co. shouldn’t be affected. Incidentally, this is also the reason why the benchmarks are not throttled: for Samsung, these are not games, but tools.

The Game Optimization Service also has a purpose: it is intended to protect the smartphone and therefore the user from excessive heat development when playing high-end games. This seems quite plausible to me, but the question remains: why can you now make this setting after the update and, so to speak, disable the GOS? In any case, there should never be any danger. You could have communicated that from the start.

This brings the “de-throttling”

According to Samsung, “Performance” mode in Game Booster settings brings up to 10% more performance required for gaming i.e. higher frame rates and smoother gaming. But in the worst case, it can reduce battery life by up to 50%. It seems disproportionate.

More power, but not asking the trouble.  (Screenshot)
More power, but not asking the trouble. (Screenshot)

During my test with “Fortnite Mobile”, I was able to get about 5-6 more frames per second on my Galaxy S20, which is good for games like this. On the other hand, the battery consumption increases significantly. Or to put it another way: the few more photos are too expensive for me. I stay in “Standard” mode.

Normal users cannot determine differences in benchmark results, precisely because the smartphone does not perceive a benchmark as a game and therefore does not choke. You should only turn off throttling if every frame in a game matters to you. Do you expect maximum performance from your shooter? Then try it with the GOS and turn it off if you can reconcile that with the guaranteed lower battery life. You should not seriously damage your smartphone or tablet, because the GOS switches back on as soon as overheating is imminent. Continuous monitoring is carried out without change.

Disable slow switching between apps

Small tip in this context: If your Samsung smartphone seems too sluggish, slow and sluggish, especially when switching between apps and navigating through menus, it’s not due to the throttling of your phone due, but to a function which is enabled by default. This ensures smooth transitions and subtle delays in inputs.

You can disable them like this:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Visibility Enhancement
  2. Disable Remove animations
Disable animations for what feels like more speed.  (Screenshot)
Disable animations for what feels like more speed. (Screenshot)

As of now, these animations are no longer present, which you should be able to see just by navigating through the smartphone settings. This is a noticeable increase in working speed, although it is by no means a drag, but a feature.

Samsung smartphones choke This is how you turn it back on

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