Rules of Survival has made quite a name for itself as one of the premiere battle royale experiences available on mobile devices. Depending on the hardware that you’re running, though, you may find yourself at a disadvantage against other players with higher-end tablets and phones.  This disadvantage can come in the form of lag, FPS issues, and even issues like stuttering and slow texture load-in in Rules of Survival. If you’ve experienced any of these issues, then chances are you’ve found your gameplay impaired in some way. In this article we’ll go over several things you can do to make the game easier to play on your device, as well as talk about how you can reduce some of the lag in Rules of Survival.

How to Reduce Lag

The first issue we’ll target is lag. This is a huge issue in online games, and it can easily mean the end of your best kill streak if it sets in at the wrong time. There are a few ways to try to improve your connections to the servers, which will help reduce the lag that you’re seeing in the game. We’ve outlined them below.

Play on Wi-Fi

One of the biggest causes of lag is a bad connection, or just a slow connection. So, if you’re trying to play the game on cellular data, then you’re bound to see some issues sprouting up along the way. We’d suggest only trying to play on strong wi-fi signals—like those found in homes—and avoid trying to play on cellular data, or even public wi-fi hotspots. This will remove a lot of the headache that you would get from a slow connection, and it will allow you to experience the game in a much better light.

Turn Off Voice Chat

While voice chat can be a good thing for games like Rules of Survival, it also uses up a ton of bandwidth, and if you’re playing on a slower connection, that means your connection to the server is going to take a hit. Try turning off voice chat and see how it affects your connection. If you don’t notice an immediate difference, then feel free to toggle it back on.

If you don’t use the in-game voice feature at all, then you should absolutely have it disabled as it only eats up bandwidth that you could be making use of elsewhere. Just make sure you don’t disable the entire audio system within the game, as hearing footsteps and other environmental sounds is going to be crucial for surviving and winning in Rules of Survival.

Choose a Good Server

If you’re really have a lot of issues with lag and connection issues, then make sure you’re playing on the closest server to your location. This can often reduce the connection time between your device and the server, which will often make the game run smoother and lag less. Of course, this isn’t always guaranteed, and sometimes you’re just going to have to deal with the lag that comes, as the servers may be overloaded with players.

How to Improve Performance

The second issue that we’ll target is graphical issues like FPS lag, bad performance, and texture pop in. These issues are often tied directly to the strength of your device’s hardware, which means you’ll be limited in what you can do to make things run better.

Reduce the Game Quality

If you experience any kind of game lag or FPS lag, then reducing the quality of your game’s settings can make a huge difference. You should definitely do this if you’re playing on an older or slower piece of hardware, as it will make it easier for the device to keep up with the graphical limitations that the hardware has. This means you’ll see less graphical issues like texture popin, and have a much smoother experience. You can easily change these settings by tapping the Settings button on the lower part of the screen, and then setting the visual quality to a setting that fits your device.

Restart the Game

Sometimes you’ll also want to restart the application, especially if you’ve been playing for a while. This will allow the device to clear out the cache that it has built up within your phone’s RAM, allowing you to often have a better experience, as well as smoother graphics. Phones and tablets don’t have near the power that consoles or PCs do, so cleaning out your cache by restarting the game every few matches is a good way to make sure that you’re getting the best performance that you can.

Update the Application

If you’re having a ton of issues, then you may be behind on the game’s version, which means you’ll want to update it. Most applications have updates set to automatically install, but with big apps like Rules of Survival, you may need to go into the App Store on your device and choose to update it. This can also happen if the application’s permissions change, so keep an eye on your update tab in the App Store to make sure you are always running the most up-to-date version of the game.

Close Other Apps

You can also try closing out other applications on your device. Always try to keep in mind that your device has a very limited amount of resources available to make applications run smoothly, and if you’re like most people, and have multiple games that you like to play on the go, then you’ll want to make sure you are completely closing out of applications as you finish with them. This will ensure you have a smoother experience altogether.

If none of the above resolve your issues, then unfortunately there is really only one option left to take—it’s time to upgrade your device. Some older devices like smartphones and tablets just aren’t equipped to play the newer games and applications that have been released, and it might just be time to move on to the next generation of hardware. Of course, this is all up to your own discretion, and we’d never suggest going out and buying a brand-new device just to play one game out of the thousands available on the App Store.

Be sure to check out our Rules of Survival tips for more help in the game, or head over to our guide on the best place to find a gun if you’re having trouble getting equipped early on.