The mobile version of Call of Duty offers a heady mix of action, both in multiplayer and battle royale modes.
But if you are brand new to the game, you have a lot to learn before you can start winning matches and gaining XP. Let us look at our extensive tips and tricks for maximizing your experience with Call of Duty: Mobile.
Setting up Call of Duty Mobile and your phone
- System requirements for Call of Duty Mobile for iPhone 5S and later; works on iPad Air 2 and later.
- The Android system requirements for Call of Duty Mobile are: Android 4.3 or later and 2GB of RAM.
You will need about 1.6GB of storage for CoD: Mobile and game data, so you might have to delete some files. You won’t be able to play this game if you’re at the limit of your phone. The COD:M breaks down the files so that you only need to download what you need – the entire thing can be as large as 12GB!
Turn off background activity and alerts: If your phone has a gaming mode, now is the time to use it to reduce notifications that you don’t want and to kill other processes that may be slowing your phone down. You need a phone that is running Android 5.0 or higher to get the best out of COD:M
You must log in with Facebook or your Call of Duty Activision account: Sadly, there is no username/password login, so you must use Facebook or your Activision Call of Duty Account to log in. As with an Activision account, you can move your profile to another device if you change phones or want to play on a tablet, for example.
It is worth keeping an eye out for incentives for using a different type of login – perhaps you can get another character for connecting to your Call of Duty account.
You can listen to the soundtrack to Call of Duty: Mobile while getting more aware of what’s happening around you. Those who can hear clearly will be able to identify footsteps, hear sniper rifles coughing, and much more. If you have stereo speakers, turn them up loud if you want to play with headphones.
There is no offline mode with this game, as it is a multiplayer game. You must be connected to the internet to play. Although the game does not consume much data, keep an eye on your data allowance or use Wi-Fi.
I have a sluggish gaming experience!experience!experience! : If you seem to be repeatedly moving over the same area, your connection may be dropping out.
If the problem continues, try turning off or on Wi-Fi, or restarting your router or phone. If Wi-Fi is acting up, we sometimes switch to mobile data.
Brighten your screen: What you see is what you get. Brighter is better, so turn off auto-brightness, increase the levels, and make sure “night mode” or “blue light filter” isn’t on. Make sure you disengage autobrightness from your game mode if you have one.
Play on your mobile with an Xbox or PS controller: You can connect a console controller to your mobile device. Playing with controllers will ensure you do not have an unfair advantage over other players. Connect the controller to your device via Bluetooth, then go to settings > controller to see when the controller is connected and customize it.
Call of Duty Mobile best settings and controls
There are a lot of settings and options available in Call of Duty: Mobile, and what works best depends on how you play the game and what phone or tablet you’re using. Take the time to test them all out.
When you start the game, you’ll have the option to choose either Simple or Advanced Control. Simple is autofire when someone points at you, but Advanced gives you full control, so it’s the latter you should choose – even if it means more practice. Don’t waste your time with simple controls.
Change your controls: ” From the lobby, tap the settings icon, and all the game’s settings will be revealed. There are two control types: simple and advanced, but in advanced, you can drag control elements to new locations by tapping the Customize button. Customize both multiplayer and battle royale docks, as they have slight differences.
To enable dropshotting, turn on the prone button. Recently, the option of going directly to prone has been added instead of having to long press the crouch button. If you turn on the prone button, you’ll be able to drop to the ground and fight – a technique known as dropshotting. Since the addition of the new control option in COD:M it has become increasingly popular in PUBG. You can find the option in settings > basic controls > hide prone button.
Changing the shooting mode: In the same area as above, in Advanced, you can change how different weapon types fire. You can fire from the hip, aim down sights (ADS) or choose custom. You can change the behavior of weapon groups, so you can use shotguns from the hip, for example (which is worth it).
To adjust the graphics quality, tap on Audio and Graphics in the settings. Your phone will detect the settings on first start, but you can change them in the settings. In addition to quality and frame rate, you can choose other options here. Play around with the settings to get smooth gameplay, because if you set it too high, it will jerk. In this mode, you can play at the fastest frame rate – 120Hz – though the graphic quality might be affected.
The sensitivity setting lets you change how sensitive the phone’s gyroscope is to movements as well as how sensitive you move by changing how you move. You can also change these for multiplayer and battle royale separately, as well as for individual scope magnifications, as you might need more sensitivity at lower zooms and less at higher zooms to keep things steady.
Test your settings with Practice vs AI: select the game type by tapping the selection button (just above start). This page shows “practice” and “practice vs. AI”. Trying weapons, settings, and controls is a great way to see how they feel and if they’re right for you. This is the place where you can make changes on the fly.
You can watch your friends play by going to your friends list and tapping the eye button. This allows you to see what they are doing in real time.
Call of Duty: Mobile gameplay modes
There are two major sections in Call of Duty: Mobile. The first is multiplayer. The second is battle royale. It is a fundamentally different mode of play, even though there are similarities in the controls and visuals. For a limited time, zombie mode has returned.
There are a number of multiplayer maps and modes to choose from. There are five core game modes: Frontline, Team Deathmatch, Domination, Search & Destroy, Gunfight, Kill Confirmed, Hardpoint, and Free for All.
There are also special modes like Standoff – Halloween, Sniper Only, Gun Game, and Prop Hunt. There are incentives for playing all types of games, so keep an eye on the Battle Pass to find out where to earn rewards. There are sometimes new maps to play on when the featured modes and featured maps change. When it’s available, we prefer 10 vs 10 because it’s non-stop action.
There are different maps depending on the type of game you will play: Killhouse, Nuketown (Russia and Temple), Hijacked, Cage, Rust, Gulag, Shipment 1944, Reclaim, Dome, Scrapyard, Oasis, Highrise, Crash, Summit, Crossfire, Standoff, Terminal, Firing Range, Hackney Yard, Takeoff, Raid, Meltdown, Icebreaker, Slums, Suldal Harbor, Shoot House, Miami Strike, Icebreaker The first ten are quite small, the second lot are large, changing the style of play.
There are some maps that come and go, and some that are assigned to particular game modes, so you may not always have access to them all.
There will also be ranked multiplayer matches, which will rotate between different game modes and maps.
Battle royale modes
In battle royale, there are two maps – Isolated and Blackout – you can play in first- or third-person, and you can play alone, with a friend, or with a team. A smaller Alcatraz map has also appeared and disappeared from the game. There are many multiplayer map sites in Blackout.
Basically, you parachute into battle royale with nothing, gather weapons, and aim to be the last player or team standing. Players gradually are pushed into a smaller play area as the play area decreases. It’s a classic battle royale game.
Other modes are sometimes available, such as Sniper Challenge, where you only use sniper weapons, and Warfare, which places teams of 20 on opposing sides for a variation of BR gameplay, but they come and go.
Mastering the Battle Pass and rewards system
The rewards system in Call of Duty: Mobile goes well beyond just playing the game and having fun. The rewards come in the form of events and the Battle Pass. There is a paid and a free path, both following the same timeline. The paid path provides more characters, skins, and CP (in-game currency), but the free path still provides quite a bit.
Taking part in the events will speed you along your Battle Pass progress and help you to get to higher tiers and unlock more and better rewards as you do so. You can progress on the Battle Pass by playing the game and gaining Battle Pass experience points.
Watch the Events: The events system provides the game with some variety. While you can play TDM all the time if that’s what you want, events add variety and increase rewards and Battle Pass progression. Credits, Weapon XP, Battle Pass XP, crates and sometimes new characters, weapons and skins will be included. Check the Seasonal or Featured events for things like “Kill 30 enemies with AGR 556 equipped with any 5 attachments”. The game walks you through the process, awards you the rewards, and gives you access to all the new features.
Use Gunsmith to boost your weapons
Gunsmith lets you customize your weapons with a variety of attachments and skins. Many of the options are unlocked by playing with those weapons – or using Weapon XP cards to level up those weapons.
Gunsmith will be needed for some events to ensure you have the right attachments on the right weapon to advance. The loadout area is where you can find it. You can enter it by tapping on the Gunsmith button. You can find more details about Gunsmith right here in our comprehensive guide.
In COD:M, friends can be used for a number of purposes, including getting Weapon XP cards. Your in-game friends will reward you with Weapon XP when you send them XP. You get more cards by completing this simple daily task in Gunsmith.
Make sure you look at the weapon stats: The changes you make aren’t just for fun; they change the weapon’s characteristics. For example, they might change the weapon’s accuracy or damage. Depending on the changes you make to a weapon, the value will change from green to red. Changing weapons enables you to change the way you play – for example, boosting mobility if you like to play fast and close, or increasing damage and range if you like to play long range.
Take a look at Perks: It’s easy to ignore Perks since they don’t all have a direct effect on weapon characteristics – but they can do things like speed up your magazine change or increase the damage of a weapon. Akimbo is one of the most powerful Perks, because it allows you to carry two Fennec SMGs – but you have to earn and unlock that.
Multiplayer tips and tricks
Playing multiplayer games in Call of Duty: Mobile gives you access to a wide array of weapons, and you can upgrade these weapons, apply skins, and choose your loadouts.
Loadout slots are unlocked as you earn experience points. Playing the game will cause you to earn XP that will unlock more loadout options. Ten different loadouts are available, each with primary and secondary weapons, grenades, operator skills, and three perks, meaning you can select a different loadout for each map.
Depending on the map and game type you’re playing, you’ll have different weapons depending on your loadout. Killhouse, Hijacked, and Nuketown are great maps for SMGs because it’s close quarters combat; Crossfire is a great map for longer range weapons. The ability to change loadouts during a game means that you can adapt to a variety of situations.
Rewards can be used to acquire weapons cards that can be used to upgrade your weapons, such as adding a scope or extending the barrel. If you make any changes to a weapon’s characteristics, the chart will show the impact of those changes. Gunsmith does this.
During multiplayer, you can stay hidden or hide in a corner or building, but the enemy wearing red flashes on their uniform makes it impossible to hide. It doesn’t matter how camouflaged you are, as you can still see the red marks even if you are hiding. You can be spotted by a UAV and placed on a map, so remember to keep an eye out.
You should not wear red: There are a lot of red skins and outfits and this can cause confusion. When someone sees a flash of red, it is easy for them to think it is an enemy. Your team might be able to focus on fighting in Hardcore mode by avoiding those red colors.
Don’t stay still: Because you can’t hide, you have to keep moving. You can’t be targeted if you keep moving. Strafing sideways while keeping the enemy in your sights is a skill to master. As your ammo runs out, duck into cover and come out again to engage. It’s a simple technique, but it works well.
When running, tap the down button to slide. You will have much better chances of getting to cover and avoiding getting shot if you do this.
Learn how to use crouch: Crouch reduces your visible area while allowing you to move around. There’s even a Perk for this – Skulker – that increases your speed when crouched.
Use sprint: Sprinting increases your speed. You can do this by sliding up the forward controller or by tapping the sprint button. You can always sprint, but use this option with caution – sometimes it means you can’t stop as accurately as you like and you can run into your enemy by mistake – but that’s a great option if you’re using a shotgun, since you can sprint and spray. Additionally, there is a Perk that will make you faster. Take advantage of it.
Go for your pistol: The Renetti is a fantastic sidearm and you may use it just as readily as a rifle when you are close at hand. In many situations, switching to the pistol is faster than reloading your primary weapon. When things get chaotic in the middle of a map like Nuketown, it is excellent. You should not use a silencer, as it reduces the range. However, by using Gunsmith, you can increase its capacity to increase its effectiveness.
When the fighting gets tough, you may not have time to grab a grenade, but it’s a great opening move: on maps such as Nuketown and Killhouse, lobbing the grenade from one end to another is relatively easy and can wake up your enemy quickly. Be careful not to run into your own grenade, and make sure the opening immunity has expired.
The Martyrdom perk drops a grenade when a player dies, something to watch out for – if you are too close to the player you killed, the grenade might kill you.
Sticky grenades are excellent because they do not bounce or roll. It does not matter whether it is thrown through a window or against a wall. It is very useful for clearing out snipers from rooms and those hiding behind crates.
Become proficient with the scorestreaks: Scorestreaks are extremely powerful. The three slots on the map can be filled by anything from a hunter killer drone to a VTOL gunship, which is essentially a game-ending weapon. Many of these drones are AI guided, and others can be controlled manually. It is necessary to direct the predator missile to the target you wish to hit, for example. It can be placed and left to cut down the enemy as they come around a corner, but it can also be damaged by enemy fire. Scorestreaks can be activated only after you have mixed with the enemy and taken some scalps.
Take down enemy aircraft: Stealth helicopters and VTOL aircraft can do a lot of damage to your team, but you can shoot them down. You will be able to destroy the enemy with an LMG if you choose to fire into it.
You can also use explosive arrows from the Sparrow skill to bring down aircraft if you have them. The FHJ-18 will lock on quickly and end that streak pretty swiftly, too.
Play games such as Frontline or Team Deathmatch to take the battle to your adversaries. You may not be able to do anything while your teammates are fighting if you sit back. You can dominate those strategic points on the map to encircle your enemies.
Make smoke work for you: Smoke grenades are actually quite useful. You need to smoke out the room if you can’t get past a sniper in a building if you’re pinned down by the enemy – obviously. The smoke you drop can provide you with cover while you are escaping from invincible respawned enemies. I also found it to be very useful in Domination when I was capturing a location, so the enemy could not see me.
There are a variety of multiplayer maps that encourage a range of different gameplay styles, and the loadout for the map and the team should reflect this. The sniper spots in Crossfire, for example, are many, whereas the sniper spots in Nuketown are few. You should adjust your loadout to suit your map and your team: if you have five players with sniper rifles on Nuketown, you might just get frustrated, or you might just lose interest. Make sure you are prepared for changes in loadout to maximize team performance.
I would like to share a tip with you regarding Hijacked: If you are playing on the Hijacked map (the boat), there is a secret passage through the boat that allows you to move effortlessly from one side to the other. If you do this, you can pull up behind the enemy so that you can even up the score. All you have to do is look for the hole in the floor in the cabin.
Battle royale tips and tricks
Call of Duty: Mobile’s battle royale feels totally different from the other games in the series. There is no way to start with your preferred loadout, you cannot just respawn whenever you want, and you are given a much smaller play area – and this is a much more tactical game than the combat of multiplayer games. Alcatraz features a smaller play area that feels more like a multiplayer game than a single-player one, even the user interface is a little different.
When you play multiplayer a lot and are used to the first-person view, you’ll be able to switch to that rather than the third-person view with a tap if you’re used to that.
If you drop into a built-up area, you’re more likely to run straight into contact, where the first person to find a weapon will hunt you down. Choose your dropping point wisely: The maps are pretty well filled with vehicles and weapons, but if you drop into a built-up area, you’re more likely to run straight into contact. It is a little more likely that you will survive the first 10 minutes if you go a little more remote. You can easily dominate Alcatraz because it has many high points and often there are sniper rifles there which give you an advantage.
Whether you work as a team or not, working as a team makes the dream come true. You will be able to easily win if you drop with your team, move with your team, and fight with your team. You might want to go solo if you deem it to be the best course of action to survive if your teammates drop into contact and die right away. There is nothing like playing battle royale if all you want to do is kill – if you’d rather do that, try playing multiplayer instead.
Reviving your teammates is a great way to get back into the game. While there are revival flights that can drop you into the game, it is best if your teammates can restore you to life. You should be aware that if your teammate is in contact with the enemy, they’re going to ignore you until the situation is clear – so don’t just crawl over to them immediately. Make your way close if you can, but be ready to wait for the doctor to revive you if you are unable to. While reviving someone, you may want to smoke some weed so you can hide.
It doesn’t matter if you jump out of a helicopter or off a tall tower as you will survive if you are wearing a wingsuit: you can jump out of a helicopter or from the top of a tower as long as you’re wearing the suit. This is a great opportunity for you to take advantage of. If you don’t have the range to take someone on from the top of a mountain, you can wingsuit right on top of them and shoot ’em with your shotgun. There are no words to describe how much fun it is.
You should keep an eye on the map and look for footprints: knowing where the enemy is is half the battle in battle royale. If you are a scout, watch the map for footprints, keep your ears open and you will know where they are before they become aware that you are present. Keep that in mind as you move forward.
Unlike multiplayer where you can only hit the deck once you are in range of your opponent, in Battle Royale you are able to hide and wait until your enemy is close enough for you to engage them. This is exactly how it should work.
You need to keep an eye on your ammo: there are lots of different weapons in this game, but you can quickly run out of ammo. You should keep a close eye on how much stuff you already have and make sure you don’t pick up stuff you don’t need. You should also make sure your second weapon is useful.