Samsung Galaxy S8 User Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos

How to Set Up Game Launcher on the Galaxy S8

Whether you’re in the middle of a Bowser smackdown in Super Mario Run, or a surprise attack in Clash of Clans, you have no time to be interrupted by endless Facebook notifications about your co-worker’s cat photos.

The updated Game Launcher in the Galaxy S8 promises peace and quiet, temporarily turning your phone into a handheld gaming console by disabling (most) mobile app notifications and smartphone controls. Game Launcher also lets you fine-tune the device’s hardware performance, as well as record gameplay videos for bragging rights -- all to ensure you get the most out of your S8 for mobile gaming.

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If you’re serious about gaming on the Galaxy S8, then the Game Launcher is worth spending to setup and explore. Here’s how to get Game Launcher up and running in no time.—Gloria Sin

Activate Game Launcher

1. Open Settings by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping on the Settings icon.

2. Tap Advanced Features.

3. Tap Games.

4. Turn on Game Launcher by sliding the button to the right.

As soon as you see a description of Game Launcher, a Game Launcher shortcut will also be added your home screen. Once it’s enabled, you can poke around Game Launcher to download some games and customize your settings.

Game Launcher Features

1. Open Game Launcher using the app shortcut on your home screen.

2. Tap Find More Games to be directed to Samsung’s curated list of popular and new titles.

You can tap on a title to download the app through the Google Play Store, or search for a different title. Anything you download will be accessible through the Game Launcher home screen.

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To return to the Game Launcher home, simply press the back arrow next to Details and the Back button.

The real value to Game Launcher, though, is when you adjust its settings for the best gaming experience.

1. Press the No Alerts During Game icon until it is white to disable notifications from popping up during your gaming session.

2. Tap the Open Muted icon until it is white to ensure the audio in your game is disabled at launch. If you want the music to be loud and proud as soon as you open the game, then make sure the Circle icon is Unfilled.

3. Press the Boost Performance icon until it is white to choose the ideal hardware state for your game. You can maximize the Galaxy S8’s hardware prowess for an intensive title or normal performance for a more casual title; you can also opt for Save Power to preserve battery life on your S8.

4. Tap More Options (the three-dot icon) to access Your Diary, where you’ll find your gameplay stats and shortcut to your gameplay videos.

You can also access to Game Tools Shortcuts, which you can find up by swiping up from the bottom of your S8 when playing a game through Game Launcher.

Gaming with Game Launcher

You just downloaded a game or two to play using Game Launcher on the Galaxy S8. Here’s how you can start gaming.

1. Open Game Launcher and launch a game by tapping on its icon.

2. Swipe Up from the bottom of the phone to open the Game Tools Shortcuts, where the left circle capacitive touch button will let you access other in-game settings — including the ability to return to the Game Launcher home screen — without interrupting your game.

3. Tap the Settings Icon to program the right shortcut to record in-game videos, screenshots or even enable Screen Touch Lock, which prevents the game from quitting even when your device is locked.

4. Tap the Game Launcher Shortcut in the Game Tools Menu (next to the Settings icon) to exit.

Enabling Game Mode

Depending on the type of game you play, you might need to change the Galaxy S8’s screen brightness or resolution to suit different titles. Although these settings are related to your gaming experience, you can only access them through the phone’s Performance Mode. Follow these steps to optimize your S8’s screen brightness and resolution for mobile gaming.

1. Open Settings Shortcuts by swiping down from the top of the screen.

2. Tap the Performance Mode icon until it is blue and select Game.

3. Tap Customize to change your phone’s resolution and brightness. Simply slide the Blue button Left or Right to adjust these settings, and Press Apply when you’re satisfied.

4. Press Apply to change your device’s performance settings to Game Mode.

Remember to Disable Game Mode when you’re done playing your game, as these settings could eat up your S8’s battery.

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  • Petina82
    Hi Tom, thanks for the useful info(: so my question is:
    Can I record music on Snapchat with my earphones on?
    I could do it with my s7 but having trouble with the s8. I so hope this is possible.
  • Abel_9
    Face recognition is trash on the s8 never worked with or without glasses. Would set the face recognition and then turn my phone off wluldnt move at all and NOPE! ...and the fingerprint sensor is confusing with the camera on the back. LOL oh well atleast its the newest samsung out, so i got that going for me lol
  • My_Name_is_OK
    what about hidden features? to turn on or off
  • Trigga13
    Umm should the apps that I have put into the secure folder still be accessible when I bring up the apps screen??
  • Alex_480
    When I transfered my app to secure folder I could not launch it. Why?
  • rastergrafx
    This article doesn't work for me. Privacy and Emergency doesn't appear in my settings.
  • sciancaleporejoe
    I was searching google for that same question ,Trigga13 ,when I found this article (which DOESN'T EVEN answer the question) lol anyway, it makes no sense to lock something in a secure fodder if it can still be accessed from the app drawer
  • rakeshcbhardwaj
    Seriously thanks Tom for your tips ? Turn off NFC. Turn on flight mode, reduce GPS accuracy, lower your screen resolution? Why not just turn the damn thing off. Battery will last a long time then. These kinds of articles are pointless. You've spent a shed load of money on your phone. It has wireless charging that allows you to conveniently charge it. It has fast charging. Here's an idea. Enjoy your phone and charge it in a few minutes when it's running down. Finger print sensor works fine for me. As does Iris/face recognition.
  • maricela.disch
    Hi, I am a new Galaxy S8 owner. I am having trouble connecting my phone to my cat via Bluetooth. I found another chat page and it seems many users are having the same issue? Can you provide an advise to solve this problem? Thanks, Amy new user
  • diannabry
    I hate this phone. I hate Bixby and now my text is messed up.
  • tambahsirahmumet
    It has been a while since I have updated my mobile phone and was awk'd with all the new features (display, security, applications, communication, etc) on the Galaxy S8+.
    In the past, it was always a chore to switch to a new phone due to all the re-configuration and re-installation steps. There are now tools that come on the phone that helps you get all your old applications reinstalled and configured. Makes getting a new phone a 'good' experience. Happy with my new Samsung...
  • shanes1972
    Hi Tom, l have had my galaxy 8 for 7mths and at present have a problen. When l click on a message the lacation button comes up and l don't know how to get rid of it. Can you please help?
    Accuracy of the S8 fingerprint sensor is very poor; to vastly improve recognition, add and scan the SAME finger 4 times ;)
  • krisstie228
    I have the s8+ and when I try to turn on the bixby voice commands in the setting on bixby home screen it keeps telling me to do a software update... when I click setting and view all updates it says there are none... I have already done the voice recognition but I can't get it to work and respond back.... can someone please help me
  • k3n273
    Sure let me just disable and downscale all the features of my expensive flagship phone sandbagging it when I could have just bought a cheaper phone in the first place.