What Is game guardian HW and SW

             

Game Guardian HW and SW

After installing game guardian successfully you will notice two launch icons show up, HW and SW. On some firmware only one version works, on most  both, the big question however is what’s the difference between the two and which of these should you use? this article will answer exactly that.

HW and SW in game guardian meaning

HW in game guardian stands for Hardware Acceleration whereas SW stands for Software Acceleration .Hardware acceleration is the use of your Smartphone’s hardware to perform overall functions more efficiently than it’s possible in software whereas Software acceleration is dependent on software to perform overall functions.

HW vs SW in game guardian which one is better?

In game guardian HW and SW have no difference in overall functionality. HW is the default option in settings. SW was implemented by game guardian developers as some devices had problems with hardware acceleration (HW) giving them an option to start with software acceleration (SW).

Starting game guardian with either option does NOT significantly affect anything as a matter of fact game guardian advises users to use either and only switch to the other if the first option fails.

Both game guardian SW and HW work on my device, which should i use?

If you’re having trouble deciding on whether to use SW or HW as they both work well, then count yourself lucky as you have properly installed game guardian. It’s common for well supported firmware to work well with either and you won’t even notice any difference while using either.

If you find yourself on such a situation Game guardian developers advice you to use software acceleration as it woks less smoothly and consumes less memory other than this the overall functionality of HW and SW is the same

I don’t have SW or HW I only have one game guardian icon named with a random name

This is usually the case if you have installed game guardian without root via a virtual space such as parallel space. You will notice that you don’t have 2 icons HW and SW as it normally is when game guardian is installed with root. This however should not worry you its normal as the virtual space selects the icon with the best acceleration for you.

In this case use the default icon provided by the virtual space. You have to realize that not all virtual spaces will lack two launchers by default some virtual spaces such as virtual xposed will have both the SW and HW launchers which works the same as root (explained above)

How to check whether you’re using HW or SW

Sometimes you may find yourself only having one game guardian launcher icon without HW or SW but instead just named GG. This is usually the case while using game guardian without root via virtual spaces such as parallel space. So how do you know whether you’re launching game guardian via hardware acceleration (HW) or software acceleration (SW) ?

To check this click on the game guardian icon but do not click on start. In the interface you will see the game guardian name at the top beginning with a hash tag and the game guardian version in brackets after the version you will see either SW or HW depending on which type of acceleration you are using as shown in the image below

HIDING A LAUNCHER ICON (SW or HW)

Since you are now familiar with the use and functionality of both of these icons you can decide to hide either of them to make your menu less crowded. To hide either of the icons follow these steps

  • Exit game guardian and launch it using the icon that you want to use from now henceforth e.g. if you want to use SW launch game guardian using SW
  •  start game guardian and click on the floating icon to open the interface
  • Click on the settings tab located on the top left of the interface as shown in the image below

  • Scroll down to UI settings and locate the option “Hide Launcher Icons” as shown in the image below

  • Click on the option “Hide launcher icons” and you’ll be brought to the menu shown below. Notice that it will be nothing by default as shown in the image below

  • Select the launch icon you want to hide e.g. If you want to hide HW select it. Soon as you have done this the selected launch icon gets hidden immediately.

UNHIDING LAUNCHER ICONS (SW or HW)

In case you’ve hidden a launcher icon unknowingly or maybe you’d like to have both your game guardian HW and SW launch icons follow these steps

  • Start game guardian and click on the floating icon to open the interface
  • Click on the settings tab located on the top left of the interface as shown in the image below

  • 3Scroll down to UI settings and locate the option “Hide Launcher Icons” as shown in the image below

  • Click on the option “Hide launcher icons” and you’ll be brought to the menu shown below

  • Click on Nothing (default) exit game guardian and both your icons will be restored

Our Recommendation on HW vs SW which one to use?

  • Use what you have. If you only have 1 game guardian launch icon either SW HW or GG use that as long as you’re not experiencing any problems e.g. crash remember as we confirmed above there is not much difference in overall function of the two.
  • If you have both SW and HW and they both work flawlessly choose any of the two to use you can hide one launcher that you don’t want to use in settings as explained above. If you still can’t choose and don’t have a favorite use SW
  • If you’re experiencing errors e.g. crash or failed use of the speed or time jump feature while using either of the icons switch to the other and this should fix your issue

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