Explained: What is Auto Low Latency Mode in smartphones and how can it help in gaming – Gadgets Now


Game lags are basically a delay between a player’s action and the reaction of the game server. The word ‘latency’ means ‘lag’. Some modern smartphones that focus on gaming, come with the Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).

This mode tries to reduce lags and delays during gaming sessions by reducing the display quality to improve performance. It is also known as the ‘Game Mode’ and here we will discuss how it works and how it is important for gaming.

How does Low Latency Mode work?

The Low Latency Mode, also known as the Game Mode, is a feature that is found in most modern TVs, smartphones, gaming consoles and other gaming devices, where you can watch content as well.

In case of smartphones, this feature, when activated, enables the processor to send a signal to the phone’s display to automatically activate its lowest latency setting.

This displays the game content with the least possible delay by disabling graphics post-processing. Most modern smartphones enhance the visuals displayed on its screens by using image post-processing.

This processing takes up a little time, (longer if the processor is not that powerful) which is usually just a few milliseconds. This delay might not hamper a movie or TV show, but it will affect gaming and other interactive content consumption. So, when this mode is enabled, users get a lag-free and responsive gaming experience.

Disadvantages of Low Latency Mode

This feature is helpful during gaming and users might not benefit from it in other smartphone experiences. If the Low Latency Mode is left turned otherwise, it will affect the quality of your video calls.

Video calls require a lot of graphics work, compared to other types of processing. So, keeping the low latency on during a video call, can result in decreased video quality with no return in performance.

How is Auto Low Latency Mode important

Auto Low Latency Mode or ALLM adds convenience to your gaming experience. It doesn’t automatically get activated when the user switches on the phone. It only turns on when it detects that the user is playing a game. It can also detect if you are still playing the game or watching a movie.

This feature asks your smartphone’s display to enable the low-latency setting only when you are playing a game. The display reverts back to regular settings once you are done playing. This setting automatically turns itself on and off as the user switches between streaming and gaming.



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