PUBG Mobile: How to stop lag, increase FPS & make it run faster

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Mobile gaming is getting better with higher quality games being produced for our phones. We’re now seeing practically full quality PC & Console Games being ported over to the mobile platform with the recent additions of Fortnite & PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Firstly, these games are obviously higher quality and consist of large detailed worlds. Not only that, you have to render in other players, countless animations and much more. Unfortunately, all this work may be causing the game may stutter and lag on your phone.

That’s why in this guide, we’re going to give some tips & tricks to make PUBG run faster on both your iOS & Android phone! These fixes mostly consist of lowering the graphics settings. If you’re running an older phone, you may unfortunately be out of luck.

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Gaming on mobiles is becoming more demanding

If you’re noticing that your phone is hot when playing PUBG, it’s nothing to worry about, just take a break and let it cool down. This is common with most games and resource intensive apps.

If you are suffering from high ping, which means your bullets aren’t firing at the exact moment when you tap, then you need to solve any internet issues. We will cover this problem at the bottom of this post.

Below, you can find some tips for making PUBG Mobile run faster, as well as fixing any ping issues. We have also provided a link to our sponsor, where you can earn free Battle Points. If you want to check out some more guides for PUBG, PwrDown has you covered here.

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Optimising PUBG Mobile

PUBG provides a lot of control over the optimisation of the game. You can reach these controls by heading into the Settings menu, which you can get to by clicking the cog icon in the top right of the home screen.

Then, open up the ‘Graphics’ tab. If you don’t know how to get access to this menu, we have added a screenshot below.

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Open the settings menu by clicking this icon

First, set the graphics to ‘Smooth’. This will set the graphics in-game to the lowest, and possibly cut render distance. In turn, this will make the game run much nicer by increasing your FPS and reducing any lag.

The ‘Style’ setting shouldn’t make much difference to the game. However, you should still set it to No Style just in case. You can test for yourself whether this makes the game run better.

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Set the ‘Frame rate’ setting to Low. You’re probably thinking that setting it to High makes sense. Setting the Frame Rate to low will cut the amount of resources the game requires, making it more stable whilst reducing heat and battery consumption!

Finally, you can choose to enable auto-adjust graphics. This setting will just automatically lower the games settings to make it run faster.

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Best settings for FPS & Lag in PUBG Mobile

Other potential lag fixes

Other steps you can try taking is to restart your phone, then play it again. This can just force a hard reset of your phone and make sure that any errors or problems you are facing are solved.

Check to make sure no apps or unnecessary services are running in the background, as they could be using up some much-needed resources.

Just open up your app switcher and close all other apps. You should do this as they may be using up some of your phones CPU, causing major frame drops and stuttering in-game.

If all else fails, it’s possible that your phone just isn’t powerful enough. Mobile games are becoming more advanced and reaching higher standards.

The cost of this is the need for the latest technology. Which isn’t affordable to everyone right now sadly.

Fixing Network & Ping Lag in PUBG

Another type of lag that you could be facing is high ping or packet loss. What this essentially means is that when you do an action, it has to be sent to the server. Your ping is how long it takes to reach the server and actually happen.

If you have 1000 ping and tap to shoot your weapon, it isn’t going to fire until 1 second later. Pretty much all online games use ping, and having low ping is a requirement for anything that has a competitive aspect to it.

The usual amount of ping is somewhere between 10 and 100. Any higher than 100 and it definitely becomes noticeable.

The easiest way to fix it would be by making sure you’re connected to the right server in PUBG Mobile. On the home screen, you can choose your server in the top left of the menu. If you’re based in the USA, choose North America. Europeans choose Europe etc.

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Change your server near the top left of the main menu

If this doesn’t help, or you’re already connected to the right server, it’s likely a problem with your network. If somebody is downloading in your house, whether it be media or just updates, it can use up all your bandwidth and cause high ping.

You’re best asking around and seeing if anyone is downloading. Check your own devices too. Steam updating games is a good example. Finally, you can try to restart your router.

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!