In PUBG Mobile, the battle royale genre reshaped the game industry when it first burst onto the scene in the late 2010s, with Fortnite eventually establishing itself as the head of the table. Despite Fortnite's success, it can never claim to be the first; that title belongs to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds--PUBG for short.
"Practice the controls" may sound obvious, but as you're playing on a mobile device, PUBG Mobile relies on touchscreen controls throughout its experience. Those controls can be challenging, especially to players who have been holding a controller for the bulk of their lives.
Spend the first few matches of your PUBG Mobile career familiarizing yourself with the control scheme, noting that there is a Fire button on either side of the screen and other nuances. If you play a few rounds and you just can't stand the touchscreen, find a Bluetooth-compatible controller and connect it to your phone. It should be smooth sailing from then on.
If you're going to tough it out on the touchscreen, one thing you can do is turn on Auto-Run and Auto-Pickup settings. This way you don't have to worry about pressing and holding a second button to spring or to tap the screen furiously whenever you want to pick something up, the game will do it for you until your stamina is depleted or your inventory is full.
We especially like the Auto-Pickup function for later in a match, as it will also auto-optimize your loadout whenever you find a better gun. This is especially helpful after taking another player out, as Auto-Pickup will sift through everything they dropped and only give you what you absolutely need.
Know your inventory limits
While we do encourage Auto-Pickup for your first few matches, we must also exercise caution: your inventory is very limited, especially in the early going. More items can be held as players find backpacks scattered around, but in the beginning there's not a lot of space.
Until you find a large backpack to store multiple guns and healing items, only focus on picking up what you can actually carry, and more importantly, know your inventory limit. You don't want to be standing over an item wondering why you can't pick it up when an enemy comes in, or else you'll be headed to the exit.
The mini-map is your friend
Battle royale players are always checking the in-game maps for updates on safe zones, nearby points of interest, etc, but PUBG Mobile takes its minimap one step further. It'll tell you what location you're in without needing to pause the action, sure, but it will also give you two valuable pieces of information you need to pay attention to.
The first is the location of the Safe Zone, also known as Where You Need To Be When Time Stops. If you're not in the Safe Zone, you're in big trouble. Second, when an opponent approaches you, the mini-map will show a tiny arrow pointing in the direction the sound of their footsteps came from. Use this information to prevent an opponent from getting the jump on you, instead sending them back to the start menu.
This tip only applies for as long as you feel uncomfortable with dropping into fringe areas on the edges of the map, but it's one to keep in the back of your mind even after that: land close to the center of the map.
We're not saying to land directly in the center--dead center tends to hold busy landmarks that end up hosting early firefights--but find a place near the middle of the map and land there consistently. Being close to the center means you have a good chance of being in or near the Safe Zone when it appears, so you won't have to worry about hoofing it across a big map in order to continue playing. This lets you continue to stock up, take things slow, and eventually charge into victory.