How to enable High Performance Mode on the HTC One (M8), and why you may not really want to

How to enable High Performance Mode on the HTC One (M8), and why you may not really want to
With a Snapdragon 801 under the hood, the all new HTC One (M8) is already among the fastest Android smartphones money can buy. It should handle with ease any heavy app or any advanced 3D game you can think of, just like an Android flagship should. Still, there is a way of squeezing out even more processing power out of its already powerful SoC, and in this post we'll teach you how to unleash that extra bit of silicon muscle known as High Performance Mode.

Before you start tinkering with your HTC One (M8), however, you should be well aware of a few side effects that might occur. First of all, there's a good reason for this High Performance Mode to be off by default and hidden deep in the phone's settings. It has an impact on the phone's power consumption, which is why leaving it on indefinitely is not recommended. Also, there might not be any noticeable difference in the phone's performance after you flip the switch on. As we said above, the HTC One (M8) is already pretty swift. You might get a few more frames per second if you're playing a really intensive video game, though. If you still want to have a little fun with a maxed out HTC One (M8) after reading this disclaimer, then let us proceed with enabling High Performance Mode.

Related phones

One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

useless feature

3. c.sonnen

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

For development and testing purpose..

4. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

to win benchmark race

10. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I'd agree with you if they only activated it while benchmarks were running. But they give you the option to enable it anytime, which means you can get that performance out of the phone if you really need it. Lets consider it a "Feature" lol

11. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Arcording to Anandtech, this "feature" is activated with benchmark tests even when you try to turn off in the developer option. No way to turn off with benchmark!!!

14. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Yeah because if it isnt any use to you it must be useless. By that same logic you arent any use to me so you must be a useless person

17. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

That's not logic. That's just stupidity. He was useful in the fact that he allowed you to reply to his post and in doing so, allowed to you to talk about your so called "logic"

5. c.sonnen

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

So these modes was used in benchmark. How come uts cheating?

12. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

6. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Is there a High Performance Mode on the M8's rear camera?

7. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Haha lmao

8. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

Lol. That's hilarious.

9. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Great one

13. omaianu unregistered

No...I guess you professional phone photographers will have to make due with a normal phone camera.

15. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Huh, so you can enable ART with Sense 6. That's pretty cool actually, running ART for about 4 months now on my Nexus 5 and I can never go back to a dalvik-only device.

16. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

In the 8th picture, after the warning note, it says "do not ask me again" Definitely a Taiwanese device because that doesn't even make SENSE

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.