What is the Game Launcher and Game Tools on my Samsung Device

Last Update date : Nov 23. 2020

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What is Game Booster and how do I use it?

No matter what type of game you're playing, Game Booster has been designed to make it even better. By monitoring how the game runs on your device and your usage, Game Booster uses data about the temperature and memory to automatically adjust your settings to give you the best experience. 

 

Game Booster can also help you keep all of your focus on the game you're playing. While you're gaming you can disable Bixby and the Edge panel and even hide notifications to ensure that you get that high score.

How do I activate Game Booster?
1 While playing a game, swipe up if in portrait mode or swipe left if in landscape mode
2 Tap the Game Booster icon
3 Tap Start
4 Game Booster will activate and you will be returned to your game
How do I use the pop-up panel?

The pop-up panel provides quick access for up to four apps. This helps you to easily check your messages or watch a video on how to defeat that annoying boss. You can customise your pop-up panel to include any app installed on your device.

1 While playing a game, swipe up if in portrait mode or swipe left if in landscape mode
2 Tap the Game Booster icon
3 Your pop-up panel will appear at the top of the screen
4 To customise the apps that appear, tap the more options icon
5 Tap the remove icon to remove an app from the pop-up panel
6 Tap the app you want to add to the pop-up panel
Can I change what notifications appear while I'm playing a game?

There's nothing more annoying than losing a life in a game because an enemy was blocked by a notification. Game Booster gives you the power to limit what notifications you receive while you're playing a game. You can also disable features like Bixby and the edge panel to help keep your gaming uninterrupted.

1 While playing a game, swipe up if in portrait mode or swipe left if in landscape mode
2 Tap the Game Booster icon
3 Tap Block during game
4 Tap the notifications or features that you want to block while playing
How can I check the performance of my device?

Game Booster makes your games better by optimising the battery, memory and temperature of your device. Once you've played a game for a short while, Game Booster will learn the games requirements and your usage to provide the best possible experience. 

1 While playing a game, swipe up if in portrait mode or swipe left if in landscape mode
2 Tap the Game booster icon
3 The temperature, memory and battery of your device will be displayed
4 After playing a game for a little while, Game Booster will learn your usage patterns and automatically optimise your device to give you the best gaming experience. Tap the performance monitor section if you don't want your device optimised
5 Tap the auto control switch to prevent your device from automatically optimising your device
What shortcuts can I use?
1 While playing a game, swipe up if in portrait mode or swipe left if in landscape mode
2 Tap the Game Booster icon
3 Tap Navigation button lock to lock the navigation bar
4 Tap Screen touch lock to prevent touch inputs
5 Tap Screenshot to take a screenshot of the game

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Game Launcher

 

Game Launcher is the ultimate control centre for games. All your games in one convenient place with new downloaded games added automatically. Before you start playing, you can mute and hide alerts and adjust game settings to save power or further improve your gaming experience.


Things to know:
  • No alerts during games - All of your alerts will be muted and hidden during gameplay. Only incoming calls will be displayed on your screen. 
  • Mute game - The game volume will be muted, but your phone volume won't change. To turn off Mute game, press one of the Volume keys during gameplay. 
  • Tune performance - Performance tuning adjusts the performance of the game. Selecting High performance improves performance but may increase power use. Selecting Save power saves power but may reduce performance.

 

Click on the drop down menus below to learn how to set up or disable Game Launcher on your Samsung device.

Android OS Version 7.0 (Nougat) & 8.0 (Oreo)
1 Go into the Settings menu > Advanced features.
2 Tap on Games and then tap on Game Launcher.
3 Toggle the switch to enable Game Launcher.

A shortcut to Game Launcher will be added on your Home screen.

4 Go back to the Home screen and tap on Game Launcher.
5 Tap Update to update the Game Launcher to the latest version.

Please Note: If your Game Launcher is already on the latest version, skip to Step 7.

6 Tap on Update and wait until Game Launcher has been updated to the latest version.

Once ready, tap on Open to start Game Launcher.

7 Tap on Agree if you wish to receive notifications about promotions and marketing information from Game Launcher.
8 Tap on Enable if you wish Game Launcher to gather all game icons you currently have on the Home screen into one folder.

Game Launcher has now been successfully setup and is ready to be used.

 

● No alerts during games - All of your alerts will be muted and hidden during gameplay.

Only incoming calls will be displayed on your screen.

 

● Mute game - The game volume will be muted, but your phone volume won't change.

To turn off Mute game, press one of the Volume keys during gameplay.

 

● Tune performance - Performance tuning adjusts the performance of the game.

Selecting High performance improves performance but may increase power use.

Selecting Save power saves power but may reduce performance.

Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie)
1 Head into your Settings > Advanced Features
2 Toggle on/off to enable or disable Game Launcher.
3 Head into the Game Launcher app icon Game Launcher app
3 Tap on Hide games move all of your Game into Game Launcher and remove them from your home and apps screen.
Android OS Version 10.0 (Q)
1 Head into your Settings > Advanced Features
2 Toggle on/off to enable or disable Game Launcher.
3 Head into the Game Launcher app icon Game Launcher app
3 Tap on Hide games move all of your Game into Game Launcher and remove them from your home and apps screen.

Game Tools

 

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 - Marshmallow
1 Go into the Settings menu.
2 Tap Advanced features.
3 Tap Games.
4 Tap Game Tools.
5 Toggle the switch to enable Game Tools.
6 Read the Disclaimer. Agree to the Disclaimer by checking the box then tap Confirm to proceed.
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.

● 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 - Nougat
1 Tap on the Game Launcher App
2 Select a Game
3 Select the Game Tools Icon
4 Select from a range of Gaming options in the Game Tools menu

  • 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
2 Select the Settings Icon
3 Tap Shortcuts
4 Select the function you want to use as a shortcut, then press the back key to enable this function

Customising Recorded Videos

1 Open your Game Tools Settings > Select Record Videos
2 Select from a range a Profile , Audio sources and Video Quality. Press the back arrow key to apply changes
Android OS 8.0 - Oreo
1 Tap on the Game Launcher App
2 Select a Game
3 Select the Game Tools Icon
4 Select from a range of Gaming options in the Game Tools menu

  • 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
2 Select the Settings Icon
3 Tap Shortcuts
4 Select the function you want to use as a shortcut, then press the back key to enable this function

Customising Recorded Videos

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

Viewing your Recorded Videos

1 Open Game Launcher and tap on your Profile icon
2 Select Videos Recorded to view your most recent recorded videos
Android OS 9.0 - Pie
1 Tap on the Game Launcher App
2 Select a Game
3 Swipe up on your screen to access your Navigation bar and select the Game Tools icon.
4 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
2 Select the Settings Icon
3 Tap Shortcuts
4 Select the function you want to use as a shortcut, then press the back key to enable this function

Customising Recorded Videos

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

Viewing your Recorded Videos

1 Open Game Launcher and tap on your Profile icon
2 Select Videos Recorded to view your most recent recorded videos
Android OS 10.0 - Q
1 Launch the Game Launch icon Launch icon Game Launcher app
2 Choose a Game to start playing
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.
4 Select from a range of Gaming options in the Game Booster menu.

 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  and add/ remove your preferred apps.

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

 Settings: Allows you to adjust your Gamer Booster settings.

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

 Screenshot: Captures screenshots whilst playing your game 

You can download the user manual from our Manuals & Downloads page. For all other queries or further technical assistance, please call Samsung Customer Care on 0800 726 786 or Live Chat with our Technical Team online, services are open 24 hours, 7 days.

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