Set up Game Launcher and use the gaming options on your Galaxy device

Boy in striped hoodie playing game on his phone

From pixelated classics to virtual reality, gaming has come a long way. Your phone or tablet can offer even more opportunities to explore your favorite digital worlds. The Game Launcher houses all your gaming apps and includes settings to improve your gaming experience.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and model. Game Launcher will be available on the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite after an upcoming One UI software update.

Set up Game Launcher

Before you get too excited and rush into your game, let's set up the Game Launcher. It should be on by default, but you should always double-check just in case.

  1. From Settings, search for and select Game Launcher. Then, tap the switch to turn it on if needed.

    Game Launcher switched on in Advanced features on a Galaxy phone
  2. Next, open Game Launcher from the Apps screen. Review the information, and then tap Agree.

  3. If you want to add the Game Launcher icon to your Home screen, touch and hold the icon and then tap Add to Home.

  4. Review the marketing information and select your desired preference, and then tap Start.

  5. Review the following information, and then tap Hide games. Game app icons will now be displayed in the Game Launcher.

  6. Note: If Game Launcher is not available in the Settings menu, you must install and launch a game first.

Use Game Booster while playing a game

Whether you are playing an RPG or a simple puzzle game, there are many tools to help you game on.

Navigate to and open your desired gaming app. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or the right side if you are in Landscape mode), and then tap the Game Booster icon on the lower left-hand side of the screen. If it’s your first time using Game Booster, tap Start. Then select and use your desired settings.

Game Booster menu opened with Game Booster icon to the lower left of a Galaxy phone
  • The Pop-up panel: Get fast access to outside apps. Change the four apps in the panel by tapping More options (the three vertical dots). Tap the Remove icon by the app, and then select apps you want on the panel.

  • Settings: Tap the Settings icon to see more settings. Change the shortcut icon at the bottom right corner by tapping Shortcuts, and then choose your desired shortcut. From this menu, you can also change the screen resolution or get help.

  • Performance overview: See your device's current temperature, memory usage, and battery level.

  • Block during game: Adjust what kind of alerts or features you want to block during gameplay, so you’ll never get distracted.

  • Shortcuts: Use shortcuts to get the most out of your game. For example, you can lock the Navigation bar so you don't accidentally hit it while playing a game. You can change the available shortcuts from the Game Booster settings menu.

Note: Game Booster may not be available for all games.

Adjust other Game Booster settings

You can take Game Booster's customization even further by adjusting additional settings. For example, you can change which shortcuts appear at the bottom of Game Booster to help give you a better experience.

Just open a game, and then swipe up to open Game Booster. Tap the Settings icon in the right corner. In Game Booster settings, you can change these individual options:

  • Dolby Atmos for gaming: Improves the sound quality for games.

A list of Game Booster settings on a Galaxy phone
  • Auto screen lock: Choose the duration for locking the screen.

  • Power saving while locked: Adjust the frame rate when the screen is locked.

  • Full screen apps: Tap for a list of installed games to set to Full screen mode.

  • Pop-up panel: Set a pop-up panel for your games.

  • Shortcuts: Set the shortcuts to screen touch lock, navigation button lock, screen shot, or pop-up panel.

  • Floating shortcut: Set the floating shortcut to screen touch lock, navigation button lock, screen shot, or pop-up panel.

  • Screen resolution: Adjust the resolution to 25, 50, or 100 percent.

  • Screenshot format: Select JPEG or HEIF as your preferred format.

  • Game performance: Choose your preferred power saving mode with Focus on power savingBalanced, or Focus on performance.

  • Low refresh rate: Save power by limiting the screen refresh rate to 48 Hz during games. This option may only be available on certain phone models.

  • About Game Booster: View the latest software version of Game Booster and update it the feature if needed.

Tune your device's performance

Note: Battery power efficiency may vary by game.

With Game Launcher, you can tune the performance level of your games to save battery power. Maybe you're stuck on a long trip with no charger, and need to save your battery. Fine tune your gaming performance with a few quick steps:

  1. Open Game Launcher, and then tap Menu (the three horizontal lines).

  2. Tap Game performance to access the Game Booster settings.

  3. Then, tap Game performance near the bottom of the screen.

  4. From here, you can choose between your desired performance modes: Focus on performance, Balanced, or Focus on power saving.

Game performance options with 3 choices to choose from on a Galaxy phone

Change sound settings

Maybe you don't like the music or sounds in that horror game. That's no problem with the new Mute feature.

Navigate to Apps, and then tap Game Launcher. Tap the Mute game icon in the top right corner to silence the game. To unmute it, tap the Mute game icon again.

Game Launcher screen with Sound icon highlighted on a Galaxy phone

Set up and use Discord in Game Launcher

The Discord app allows you to talk to friends in real time while you’re all gaming together. You can use Discord with Game Launcher to create and join group chats for sharing tips and information about the games you’re playing.  

  1. Open Game Launcher, and then tap Discord at the top.

  2. If this is your first time using Discord, tap Sign up for Discord

    Note: You can sign in if you have an account.

  3. You will need to install Discord to continue; tap Install in the Galaxy Store pop up. Then, tap Open

  4. Tap Register, and then enter your information.

  5. Next, choose a server to join. You can create your own server, choose from a template, or join an existing server by tapping Join a friend on Discord at the bottom.

    A list of Discord servers on a Galaxy phone
  6. Tap Back to return to the Game Launcher Home screen. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to select an installed game to play.

  7. Start your preferred game, and then tap the Game Launcher icon in the bottom left corner. Or, swipe from the right side if you are using Landscape mode.

  8. Tap the Discord icon, and then tap Allow. You’ll be able to search for and join a channel while you play your game.

Use Game Plugins with Game Launcher

Game Plugins can be added to Game Launcher to help you maximize your games. Each plugin offers different settings and features, whether you need to keep track of a game’s frame rate usage or want to set a timer for your gameplay.

  1. Navigate to and open the Galaxy Store. Search for and select Game Plugins.

  2. Tap Install, and then tap Open.

  3. Tap Agree, and then review the available plugins. Each plugin will need to be installed separately by tapping the Install icon next to it. Then, tap the switch next to the plugin to turn it on. 

    • Daily Limits: Allows you to keep track of how long you’ve been playing a game.

      Game Plugins screen with a list of features on a Galaxy phone
    • Game Booster Plus: You can customize your game’s performance based on your battery level and receive performance statistics.

    • Game Clock: Sets an estimated wait time for games and then reminds you to continue playing.

    • Gif Creator: Lets you create GIF images to share with friends while you’re playing.

    • Perf Z: Sends you information about your device’s status, such as temperature and CPU usage.

  4. You can now use the installed plugins while playing a game. Navigate to and open Game Launcher, and then select a game.

  5. Tap the Game Launcher icon in the bottom left corner. Or, swipe from the right side if you are using Landscape mode.

  6. Tap the Plugin icon to the left of Settings, and then tap a plugin.

    Note: You may need to view a short tutorial and allow permissions for each plugin before use.

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