How to Use the Game Dashboard on Android 12 for Improved Mobile Gaming

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Gaming has always been an important part of Android, whether you like a simple puzzle game or an intense first-person shooter. While Android 12 brings many new features to smartphones, including a redesigned interface and new privacy features, Google has introduced something for mobile gamers: Game Dashboard.

Game Dashboard is a great addition to Android that lets you capture your gameplay, go live on YouTube, and more. This guide will introduce you to the Android 12 Game Dash and its features, show you how to enable it, and how to take advantage of it.


What is the Android Game Dashboard?

Android 12’s gaming dashboard lets you capture gameplay screenshots and videos, live stream gameplay to YouTube, view an FPS counter, and quickly view your achievements, all at from a single convenient location.

Although you may need to activate the game’s dashboard first (which we’ll detail below), once that’s done, you can access it by pressing the controller icon that appears on the side of the screen.

Although the Game Dashboard feature is excellent, it does not support all games and there is no list of compatible games available. As such, the game dashboard icon will only appear on certain games. Also, at the time of writing, Game Dashboard is only available on Google Pixel smartphones.

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How to Enable Game Dashboard on Android 12

If you have a compatible device running Android 12, you can enable Game Dashboard. Here’s how:

  1. To open Settings.
  2. To select apps.
  3. Scroll down and select Game settings.
  4. Faucet Game Dashboard to activate it.

How to Use the Android Game Dashboard

Once you enable the game dashboard on your device, start playing a game and a floating game controller icon should appear. Press the floating game controller icon to bring up the game’s dashboard. Let’s explore how to use some of its features.

1. Screenshots and Screen Recording

When you play games on your Android phone, you come across moments that you want to share with your friends. There are many ways to take screenshots on your Android smartphone, and the game dashboard provides another easy method.

  1. Open the Game Dashboard.
  2. Press the screenshot icon to activate the shortcut.
  3. Close the Game Dashboard and press the screenshot shortcut floating button to take a screenshot.

The screen recording option allows you to record your gaming sessions without interrupting your gameplay. It also lets you choose to record audio from your microphone or device audio, and display or not the keys of your screen on the recording. Here’s how to filter recording using Game Dashboard.

  1. Open the Game Dashboard.
  2. Press the Sscreen recording option to activate the shortcut.
  3. Close the Game Dashboard and press the screen recorder shortcut floating button to start recording.
  4. Configure Sscreen recording settings to the next step, and press the To start up button.

2. Do not disturb mode

You can be bombarded with notifications or calls while playing your favorite games and lose your progress as a result. The best way to ward off all your unnecessary notifications for a while is to use Do Not Disturb mode. Before enabling Do Not Disturb mode, configure and customize Android Do Not Disturb mode to allow who and which apps can send you notifications.

The in-game dashboard gives you an easy way to access Do Not Disturb. To open Game Dashboard and press the Do not disturb icon to activate do not disturb mode. When enabled, you’ll only receive notifications from essential apps and people when you’re in-game.

3. FPS Counter

FPS (frames per second) is one of the metrics that measure the performance of a device, mainly when gaming. The larger the frames, the smoother the viewing experience. While there are plenty of tools to measure FPS on desktop, there aren’t many available on Android. However, Game Dashboard provides one.

To activate it, open Game Dashboard and press the FPS button to activate the FPS counter. If the frames are too low for your liking, you can change the settings to improve the visual performance of a game.

4. Game Optimization

Not all Android devices are built equally, which means gaming performance can suffer on a lower spec device. Game Dashboard comes with a handy feature called Game Optimization which aims to alleviate this problem. Note, however, that this feature is not compatible with all games; if not, it will be grayed out.

If available, you can access it by opening the Game Dashboardby pressing the Optimization the option, and choosing the option fashion.

Game optimization allows you to choose between three modes: Performance, battery saverand Standard. Performance mode delivers a higher frame rate by overclocking the CPU and GPU for a smoother experience, but drains the battery faster. Conversely, Battery Saver mode will lower the frame rate but drain the battery slower. Lastly, Standard mode will keep your frame rate and battery consumption steady without overclocking your device.


5. YouTube Live

Broadcasting your gameplay on YouTube allows you to share your gameplay and interact with your fans. You can broadcast your game live using the game dashboard:

  1. To open Game Dashboard.
  2. Select the youtube live option.
  3. Browse the live streaming settings.
  4. To select Followingand follow the instructions to start your live broadcast on YouTube.

Improve your Android gaming experience

While Game Dashboard on Android 12 isn’t as robust as the gaming dashboards you’d see on phones from manufacturers like ROG, it’s still a great addition to Android. Also, we hope that Google will introduce more features to the game dashboard over time.

If you don’t have an Android 12 device, unfortunately you can’t use Game Dashboard. But despite that, you can still get some Android 12 features on any device, like scrolling screenshots and privacy features, through third-party apps.


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