How to use Game Tools on your Samsung device

Last modified : Aug 25. 2020

Game Tools is a function built into the Operating System of Samsung Phones and Tablets running Android OS 7 and higher. It's designed to let you record and share screenshots of your most epic game-play. Post videos and photos to your social feeds to show off your best run through, or help others find easter eggs. 

 

Game Tools will appear in the navigation bar to allow you to quickly access the following functions:

 

  • Record: Save a video of your gameplay
  • Screenshot: Take a photo of your gameplay
  • Navigation button lock: Keep the navigation buttons turned off during gameplay so you don't accidentally exit out
  • Calls and notifications: Options to minimise caller notifications, or turn off most notifications while you're playing
  • Block during game: Stop the Bixby/Home buttons from working and turn off Auto Brightness while you're in a game

Please Note: Functions of Game Tools will vary depending on the device and operating system.

How do I enable Game Tools?

Android OS 6.0.1 - MarshmallowClick to Expand
1 Go into the Settings menu.
How to use Game Tools
2 Tap Advanced features.
How to use Game Tools
3 Tap Games.
How to use Game Tools
4 Tap Game Tools.
How to use Game Tools
5 Toggle the switch to enable Game Tools.
How to use Game Tools
6 Read the Disclaimer. Agree to the Disclaimer by checking the box then tap Confirm to proceed.
How to use Game Tools
7 You will now be able to see the floating Game Tools icon when in-game.

Tap on the Game Tools icon to view the available options.

Tap the Game Tools icon

● No alerts during game: Block notifications, except for incoming calls

● Lock Recents and Back keys: Lock the Recents and Back keys

● Minimise game: Minimise the game screen

● Screenshot: Capture screenshots

● Record: Record your game a session

● Setting: Access the Game Tools settings

8 To move the icon, tap the Game Tools icon and drag it to a new location.

To remove the icon from the current game screen, tap, hold then drag the Game Tools icon to the Remove icon at the top of the screen.

Android OS 7.0 - NougatClick to Expand

Haven't setup Game Launcher yet, or want to know how to turn off Game Launcher? Check out our step-by-step Guide Using Game Launcher on your Galaxy Device.

1 Tap on the Game Launcher App
Select game launcher
2 Select a Game
selecting a game
3 Select the Game Tools Icon
selecting game tool icon
4 Select from a range of Gaming options in the Game Tools menu
gaming options
  • Full Screen: Will allow you to Game in full screen, the Game may restart or reload to play in full screen.
  • No Alerts during Games: Most alerts during gameplay will be muted and hidden. Some alerts, including call alerts might be shown.
  • Hard Press Home button Lock: Locks the Home button during gameplay, to use the home button simply hard press this button.
  • Edge Touch Lock: Lock the Edge Panels
  • Navigation Key Lock: Locks the Navigation Bar to prevent accidential touches or exiting the game.
  • Screentouch Lock: Blocks accidential touches while you've paused the game, simply swipe across the screen to get back into gameplay
  • Screenshot: Capture Screenshots
  • Record: Record the Screen or yourself whilst in Gameplay

Adding Shortcuts

Shortcuts are perfect for quickly enabling or disabling a gaming function. Once you have enabled a shortcut you can use this setting while playing any game in Game Launcher. To access this function follow the below steps;

1 Open your Game Tools Menu
Game Tools Menu
2 Select the Settings Icon
Game Tools settings
3 Tap Shortcuts
select shortcuts
4 Select the function you want to use as a shortcut, then press the back key to enable this function
selecting a shortcut setting

Customising Recorded Videos

1 Open your Game Tools Settings > Select Record Videos
Recording videos
2 Select from a range a Profile , Audio sources and Video Quality. Press the back arrow key to apply changes
Recording videos
Android OS 8.0 - OreoClick to Expand

Haven't setup Game Launcher yet, or want to know how to turn off Game Launcher? Check out our step-by-step Guide Using Game Launcher on your Galaxy Device.

1 Tap on the Game Launcher App
Select game launcher
2 Select a Game
selecting a game
3 Select the Game Tools Icon
selecting game tool icon
4 Select from a range of Gaming options in the Game Tools menu
gaming options
  • Full Screen: Will allow you to Game in full screen, the Game may restart or reload to play in full screen.
  • No Alerts during Games: Most alerts during gameplay will be muted and hidden. Some alerts, including call alerts might be shown.
  • Hard Press Home button Lock: Locks the Home button during gameplay, to use the home button simply hard press this button.
  • Edge Touch Lock: Lock the Edge Panels
  • Navigation Key Lock: Locks the Navigation Bar to prevent accidential touches or exiting the game.
  • Screen touch Lock: Blocks accidential touches while you've paused the game, simply swipe across the screen to get back into gameplay
  • Screenshot: Capture Screenshots
  • Record: Record the Screen or yourself whilst in Gameplay

Adding Shortcuts

Shortcuts are perfect for quickly enabling or disabling a gaming function. Once you have enabled a shortcut you can use this setting while playing any game in Game Launcher. To access this function follow the below steps;

1 Open your Game Tools Menu
Game Tools Menu
2 Select the Settings Icon
Game Tools settings
3 Tap Shortcuts
select shortcuts
4 Select the function you want to use as a shortcut, then press the back key to enable this function
selecting a shortcut setting

Customising Recorded Videos

1 Open your Game Tools Settings > Select Record Videos
 Select Record videos
2 Select from a range a Profile , Audio sources and Video Quality. Press the back arrow key to apply changes
Recording videos settings

Viewing your Recorded Videos

1 Open Game Launcher and tap on your Profile icon
Selecting profile icon
2 Select Videos Recorded to view your most recent recorded videos
select videos
Android OS 9.0 - PieClick to Expand

Haven't setup Game Launcher yet, or want to know how to turn off Game Launcher? Check out our step-by-step Guide Using Game Launcher on your Galaxy Device.

1 Tap on the Game Launcher App
Select Game Launcher
2 Select a Game
Selecting a game
3 Swipe up on your screen to access your Navigation bar and select the Game Tools icon.
Select the Game Tools Icon
4 Select from a range of Gaming options in the Game Tools menu.
Select from a range of Gaming options in the Game Tools menu
  • Call and Notifications: Will allow you to block calls and notifications from interrupting your game play. 
  • Block during Game: Will allow you to disable services and settings such as Bixby, Edge panel and auto brightness.
  • Advanced Game Features: Allows users to enabled power saving while locked, pop-up panel, auto screen lock and  customise apps to be viewed in full screen.
  • Edge Touch Lock: Lock the Edge Panels
  • Dolby Atmos for Gaming: Enhance volume when playing games to amplify even the lowest sounds, like footsteps in a horror game.
  • Navigation Button Lock: Locks the Navigation Bar to prevent accidential touches or exiting the game.
  • Screen touch Lock: Blocks accidential touches while you've paused the game, simply swipe across the screen to get back into gameplay
  • Screenshot: Capture Screenshots
  • Record: Record the Screen or yourself whilst in Gameplay

Adding Shortcuts

Shortcuts are perfect for quickly enabling or disabling a gaming function. Once you have enabled a shortcut you can use this setting while playing any game in Game Launcher. To access this function follow the below steps;

1 Open your Game Tools Menu
Game Tools Menu
2 Select the Settings Icon
Tap on Game Tools settings
3 Tap Shortcuts
Select Shortcuts
4 Select the function you want to use as a shortcut, then press the back key to enable this function
selecting a shortcut setting

Customising Recorded Videos

1 Open your Game Tools Settings > Select Record Videos
 Select Record
2 Select from a range a Profile , Audio sources and Video Quality. Press the back arrow key to apply changes
Recording videos settings

Viewing your Recorded Videos

1 Open Game Launcher and tap on your Profile icon
Selecting profile icon
2 Select Videos Recorded to view your most recent recorded videos
select videos
Android OS 10.0 - QClick to Expand

Haven't setup Game Launcher yet, or want to know how to turn off Game Launcher? Check out our step-by-step Guide Using Game Launcher on your Galaxy Device. If you would like to screen record whilst gaming check out our guide Screen Recording on my Galaxy Phone for more assistance.

1 Launch the Game Launch icon Game Launcher app
Launch Game Launcher app
2 Choose a Game to start playing
Selecting a game to play
3 If you have set your Navigation bar to Full Gestures you will need swipe down on your screen to access your Notification Panel and select Tap to open Game Launcher. If your Navigation bar is set to Navigation buttons then you will be able to swipe up on the screen and select the Game Tools icon.
Swipe down on screen to view Ntofication panel and tap on open Game Launcher
4 Select from a range of Gaming options in the Game Booster menu.
Select from a range of Gaming options in the Game Booster menu

Pop-up Pop-up Panel: Allows you to select up to 4 different apps to easily access whilst gaming. If you would like to customise your Pop-up Panel tap on three dots icon and add/ remove your preferred apps.

Discord icon DIscord: Allows you to share your Gameplay status with all your Discord friends.

settings icon Settings: Allows you to adjust your Gamer Booster settings.

Screen touch lock Screen touch lock: Blocks accidential touches while you've paused the game, simply swipe across the screen to get back into gameplay.

screenshot icon Screenshot: Captures screenshots whilst playing your game

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