How to increase gaming performance on BlueStacks 4 through GPU settings

How does this help?

Power matters. By following the steps below, you can assign your PC/Laptop's GPU to BlueStacks which will increase the overall performance

Please note that the settings below are for users who have dual-GPU systems. That is if you have an integrated graphics card and a discrete GPU.

How will this enhance my experience?

1) This can provide an FPS boost, allowing you to hit that 60FPS mark, in various games. Having a higher FPS ensures you have the smoothest animations and minimal latency while playing games, both online and offline.

2) After enabling this, users who have lag related issues will notice an increase in performance which allows for a more enjoyable experience inside BlueStacks.

3) You will be able to play your favorite games at the highest settings possible, depending on your choice of GPU. This provides for a more enriching graphical experience.

Please note, the settings mentioned below will provide a better gaming experience but may affect the system's overall performance. 

How can I enable this?

Dedicating GPU in BlueStacks settings.

Click on the hamburger menu on the top right. A menu will drop down from where you can select "Settings". Alternatively, you could click on the gear icon on the bottom right to launch the settings menu.


In BlueStacks settings, navigate to the "Engine" tab, as shown below.


In the "Engine" tab, click on the box under "GPU Settings". This will allow BlueStacks to use your dedicated GPU.


Click on "Save" on the bottom right. A pop-up will then appear prompting you to restart BlueStacks. Click on "Restart now".


Dedicating GPU through BIOS settings.

NOTE: These settings are available only for selected laptops. Changing settings in the BIOS might cause issues with your PC/Laptop. Please note, BlueStacks will not be responsible for any problems that might occur on changing these settings.

To learn how to enter BIOS, click here. Once you have entered the BIOS, follow the steps below.

For representative purposes, the BIOS showed below is from a ThinkPad laptop. Your BIOS settings might be different depending on the manufacturer.

1) Select "Config", as shown below.


2) Navigate to "Display".


3) In here, select "Graphics device".


4) Select "Discrete graphics".


5) All you have to do now is to save the changes and exit.


Increasing performance through Windows

NOTE: These settings are available only on certain systems.

1) Open Control Panel on your PC/Laptop, Click on "Hardware and Sound", as shown below.


2) Next, click on "Power options".


3) In here, click on "Change plan settings". You might be on "Balanced" or "Power saving" mode here, we highly recommend you to switch to "High Performance" and then click on "Change plan settings".


4) Click on "Change advanced power settings", as shown below.


5) In here, scroll down until you find "Switchable Dynamic Graphics" and click on the "+" icon, beside it. Under "Global settings", change "On battery" and "Plugged in" to "Maximize Performance"


Thank you for choosing BlueStacks! We hope you enjoy using it. If you have any further questions, please contact us at Happy Gaming!

Last updated on March 22, 2020.

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