Howdy! So, you have issues with playing games huh?! Probably you are having a budget smartphone or tablet that can't really support high-end games like Real Racing 3, NBA 2k14, Dead Trigger, etc. Fortunately, android developers heard your problems and develop an app capable of making lower-end android device feel the high-end gaming experience.

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Let me introduce GLTools, an app that allows customization of resolution and graphics rendering of apps for optimizing gaming experience. With GLTools, it will allow you to play games which actually requires higher specs or rather play games with lesser lags and FC (force close). If you are familiar with what this app can do, it might be you have heard of Chainfire3D, but, this one supports any android versions starting from android 2.2 and above with lesser issues.

What this app can do? Check out below:

  • Change resolution and rendering bitness in any app, even if it doesn't support that by default.
  • Change GPU name and enjoy enhanced graphics even on a noname low-end GPU.
  • Take full control over textures: now you can decompress/recompress them (even if your GPU doesn't support that texture format) and resize. Note that decompression feature is available only if you'll install a plugin (internet is required to do that)
  • Optimize shaders on-the-fly for optimal performance (the same optimizer is used in Unity3D engine by default)
  • Enable MSAA or CSAA in any app to improve graphics quality (make sure that your GPU supports that)
  • Measure gained performance with a nice onscreen FPS counter (or you can output FPS information to Logcat if you are a pro)
Additional Notice
  • Root and a writable /system partition are required! - Follow this guide to root your device.
  • OpenGLES 2.0-compatible GPU + ARM processor, x86 processors are not supported (Galaxy Tab 3 for example)

How To Use GLTools? Understanding the Settings

Caution: As you have read, it can support android versions 2.2 and above, however, most users of this app reported and recommended that it works best and safer on rooted Android 4.1 to 4.3 Jelly Bean devices with custom recovery. If you're device does not, it is your choice to use this. GLTools is not 100% stable.

Disclaimer: Use this app at your own risk. We are not liable for any damage it may cause.

Make sure you have rooted your device. Also, just a reminder, it works best on Jelly Bean devices.

Before anything else, backup your ROM just in case somethings went wrong.

1. Download and install GLTools. Download the Free Version or Paid Version.

2. Open GLTools, read and understand the check list below before checking all the check boxes. Select Install. Wait for your device to reboot. There will be an uninstaller of the GLTools flashable through custom recovery, it can be found on your SD card.

3. Again, open GLTools then select the Game you want to play.


4. Check Enable custom settings for this

Here's the tweaking part

5. Check Force 16 bit rendering. (it reduces lighting and shading effects but not much a biggie in the graphics)

6. Check Optimize GLSL shaders. (for optimizing OpenGL shading responsible for color, texture, structure)

7. Enable and set Downscale texture as what you like. (It reduces the texture therefore, lesser lag)

8. You may want to Use fake GPU info. (Can also improve game graphics quality and performance)

9. Now, it's done. Play any games you wanted.

How to completely uninstall GLTools?

1. Simply reboot to custom recovery.

2. install zip from SD card then choose uninstall-gltools.zip

3. Wait and GLTools will be uninstalled.

Credits to XDA

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  1. Sir how to use this gl tools to play nba 2k13 and 14 on my cm omega spectrum? Pls help

  2. Does It Make Me Possible To Play Asphalt8?

  3. Maybe, depends on your phone and settings.. Try it.

  4. Hi. Trying to use it with NBA 2k15 on a GT N7105 (galaxy note 2). Get a FC. Is there a clue?

    1. yes. TRy download nba 2k14 from google play. or other website, and crack it. ... but u need to root your device.

  5. is it possible on note 2?

  6. Note:it works on jellybean divices up

  7. please help me out to play dungeon hunter 4 on my xolo a600 at full graphics