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How to improve graphics in Android games with anti-aliasing

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So, your Android game is running smoothly, but the edges of objects have those nasty little jagged edges. How can I make my Android games look even better? With this trick, you can make the graphics in Android games silky smooth.

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Get the best graphics in any game: how to use anti-aliasing in Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

When playing games on Android, if your smartphone is not overheating, or doesn’t stutter, then it still has some power in reserve; this can be invested in better image quality.

In our test with the HTC Desire 510 we came up with the idea to tickle its Snapdragon 410 processor by running Spider-Man Unlimited with a few of the advanced settings enabled. There are a number of devices on the market that have enough power for the following tip, and there will soon be even more with the upcoming influx of 64-bit processors.

First go to your Android phone "settings" menu (you can usually find it in the app drawer, or in the drop-down tray accessed by dragging down from the top of your device). Once there, scroll to the bottom of the settings menu and tap "about". Next tap more, and then tap the build number seven times. The developer options menu option should now be enabled.

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Go to your settings then About > More > Build number. / © ANDROIDPIT

Go back to the original settings menu and tap the "Developer options" button. Head to the bottom of the next page and tap advanced. On the advanced tab, scroll to "Force 4x MSAA" and tick the box.

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Once Developer options is enabled, enter it and go to Advanced > Force 4x MSAA. / © ANDROIDPIT

When you now enter Spider-man Unlimited, the result should be the reduction of the “staircase effect” or jagged pixel edges around your character. Here is an example.

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With antialiasing enabled (right), this reduces the staircase effect to object edges. / © ANDROIDPIT

After you have done this, if the game crashes, stutters frequently, or you notice any slowdown, then you should uncheck the "Force 4x MSAA" option again and it will return to normal; what good is the slick pixel glory, if the game doesn’t run smoothly? Incidentally, the energy consumption is higher due to the additional processing required, so you may notice your battery life runs down quicker. Also, this feature will not affect all Android games, only some of the more advanced ones. 

So there you have it. Now you can enjoy your Android games with improved image quality. Did this tip work for you?

(based on an article by Eric Hermann of AndroidPIT Germany)

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Scott Adam Gordon

Scott Adam Gordon

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes much of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. His current aim is to write cool things about Android. And he loves it.

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    Peter_Jeftic Apr 19, 2020 Link to comment


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    MintMachineGun Mar 28, 2016 Link to comment

    Thanks for the info, very usefull. I was quite annoyed at the jagged edges on Six Guns and this fixed it. And its one to note that you can access your developer options via app. You can find plenty of these apps on Google play, just search up "Developer options" and you should get plenty apps that allow you to access it. This should be usefully if the above technique doesn't work.

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    Lina Sep 17, 2015 Link to comment

    Sir my mobile model is Qmobile x450 and there is only 2 options in my developer

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    Lina Sep 17, 2015 Link to comment

    Hy sir "there is only 2 options in my developer

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    Henry Obinna Oct 2, 2014 Link to comment

    my developer developer options menu never appears no matter how many times i tap the build number

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      Scott Adam Gordon Oct 6, 2014 Link to comment

      Hey Henry,

      Well, you will need to tap it 7 times as of Android 4.2, but I wasn't very clear about that in the original article, so thanks for pointing it out! :)

      What version of Android are you running? And on what device?

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