Over the years we get more and more engaged with mobile apps and smartphones, we use them daily and we need everything to be done as fast as possible.
As mobile market is evolving quite fast mobile apps also evolve with speed of light and because of added features, more complex design and lots of updates apps become bigger and heavier.
When you buy a new smartphone it’s fast and smooth but over time every smartphone gets slower and starts wasting your time.
Don’t worry! That’s easy to fix and takes just minutes!
Here are all working methods that will help you speed up your Android device and improve it’s performance.
Remove apps you don’t need
Every Android device comes with pre-installed apps, some of them are necessary for your device to work properly, some are there just for promotional purposes.
Don’t worry, apps which are essential for your device to work properly can’t be uninstalled so easily.
Also, there are good chances you have downloaded apps which you no longer need but never uninstalled.
1)Go to Phone Settings 2)Find Apps Manager 3)Choose All Apps 4)Uninstall every app you don't need 5)For system apps Clear All Data and then click Uninstall Updates, then tap Disable
* System apps can’t be uninstalled without Root access, however by disabling them you prevent them from using CPU, RAM & Battery!
Remove widgets and live wallpaper
If you’re using live wallpaper for your smartphone desktop or have it filled up with many widgets it’s good idea to remove them.
Each widget needs to use some portion of your device’s CPU, GPU & RAM. This overloads your device and drains battery faster!
Same goes for live wallpapers, so it’s actually good way to save battery and improve Android device performance.
Disable system animations
Every Android device comes with preset windows and frames animation duration.
Just by decreasing or turning off those animations can give you real speed boost, smoothly feel and improved performance.
You need to change several settings in Phone Settings->Developers Options, but new Android devices have it hidden by default, so here full steps how to enable and use Developer Options:
1)Go to Phone Settings 2)Scroll down to bottom and click on About Phone/Tablet 3)Find and tap Build Number several times until you see text: You're developer
4)Go back to Phone Settings and find Developer Options(usually above About Phone)
5)Navigate to Developer Options and find section where those three are listed:
Windows Animation Scale
Transition Animation Scale
Animator Duration Scale
6)Set options for all of them to 0.5 or turn them off
That’s it, now all windows and animations will appear instantly and your device’s CPU & GPU will have few less jobs
Clear cache and storage
One of the major reasons why Android smartphone is fast when it’s new but becomes slower and slower over time is because of a lot cached data.
Apps cache some data that helps them to works faster and better. Unfortunately not all apps are made equal, many purely coded or sneaky apps don’t clear their data regularly and some of them even leaves tons of data when uninstalled.
All of them overload your device with needless junk and make it’s life harder.
You can manually clear data for each app starting from largest:
1)Go to Phone Settings 2)Find Apps Manager 3)Choose All Apps 4)Short by Size 5)Tap on each app and click on Clear Cache button
* Some smartphones also have built-in Mass Cache Removal in Storage settings
Alternatively you can speed up the process and use cleaner apps like CCleaner or Clean Master. Also such apps may also find additional junk which you no longer need but didn’t know were still around.
As these apps also add up many unnecessary junk it’s great idea to uninstall them after use.
Use older or lite versions of apps
Many developers have taken smart step and made Lite versions of their apps designed specifically to use low resources and storage.
Such apps can give you slight boost in speed and performance as they use much less resources compared to regular apps.
Installing older versions of apps you use is another great choice for good speed boost, usually apps after updates get many new features which they don’t need and get filled up with ads.
Installing older versions of such apps can make app light and fast again and save you from countless ads!
Quick fix! Restart
If your phone usually doesn’t lag or work slow but this time it doesn’t have proud performance, chances are there is some problems or overload in CPU.
If it’s CPU overload then device may become hot, or it can be other temporary problem. Anyway fast, easy and smart fix is simply rebooting your device.
Turn off your phone, give it few minutes to rest and then turn on again. This should fix any temporary problem that may be bothering your device.
If restart wasn’t effect keep on reading…
Painful fix: Reset
In nearly all cases reset is fast and easiest fix but also results in losing all your data and customization, so it’s pretty big pain.
Still, reset can undo any bad change you may have done, any bad apps impact and almost anything at a system level.
How to reset Android
1)Go to Phone Settings 2)Find Backup & Reset section 3)Choose Factory data reset* 4)Choose erase everything
* Don’t confuse it with Factory settings reset
! This will erase your phone and will delete any data inside including: photos, apps, games, phonebook data, notes, songs…
After reset your device will have factory settings and configuration and it should work nearly as well as new, at least for some time.
If after reset it was working fine but after you customized it still slowed down that means some app(s) cause problems or simply you install more apps than it can handle.
If reset hadn’t much effect and with default setup it’s still slow or laggy that means any of the following:
- It’s simply too old, consider buying new device
- It has some part(s) problem, consider repairing
- It has some problem in system setup, consider ROM Reflash
Get rid of bad apps and optimize it yourself
Don’t use third-party task manager or cleaner apps because usually they create more mess than optimizing anything.
They keep running all the time and add additional trouble for system. If you have installed any cleaner app or task manager get rid of it and enjoy.
When you’re done using your smartphone and ready to let it have some rest, check out Recent tab and clear all apps. This will help you speed up Android and make its life easier.
Don’t make mistake about it, there is no need to close apps every time you leave it, Android OS is programmed to close running apps when needed and by doing it all the time you do more harm than good.
After all, if you still feel you need a task manager, Greenify is one of rare good task manager.
Disable data synch and encryption
Android devices synchronize with your Google account by default and that’s useful in many occasions.
Your data is backed up on Google’s secure server storage and you can restore it if needed. Also it’s encrypted for enhanced security.
All that is good but it uses several background processes and overload your system. By disabling it you can save battery and reduce resources usage.
1)Go to Phone Settings 2)Find Accounts tab 3)Choose your Google account 4)Set Sync data to off
Disabling synchronization and encryption may not give you biggest boost but will still save you some power & battery, plus small to medium boost.
Limit background processes and app activities
This method didn’t came to bottom of list by random, it’s not the best fix for most of users but still can be very useful for many.
You can try to limit background processes or even disable any background process. This may break cross app functions like using Messenger when scrolling through Facebook app.
Still for old or low-end, entry-level smartphones & tablets setting low background processes limit can help to boost performance and speed up apps, but be warned once again this will reduce your multitasking.
Another, more brutal way to increase performance is by disabling activities, so any app will be forcibly closed as soon as you leave it. This will kill multitasking and isn’t good for regular and long time use.
Still, it can you give great performance boost to play games that was lagging before or use any heavy app.
How to limit background processes and/or disable activities
1)Go to Phone Settings 2)Navigate to Developer Options 3)Tap Background Process Limit and try several limits to find suitable one 4)Mark Don't keep activities(optional)
Again, you should try this after everything else and revert back if no any real gain.
Root Android and unleash inner power
After Rooting your device you can do numerous things to improve it’s speed & performance.
Root is only, hear me out only for tech savvy users or at least for them who’s going to become tech savvy.
Root gives you “superuser” possibilities – full control over your device and system.
With great POWER comes great responsibility
You can use that power to modify or even completely change system, improve it according to your needs and customize at max.
Within all this possibilities you may damage system, brick you device and you may have a nightmare to restore it to working order.
Also, Rooting your device will break The Warranty for most cases. Do it only if you know what you’re doing.
These are real, tested and working methods to speed up any Android device and slightly improve it’s performance.
You can use one of this ways or combine several to see what actually works best for you! And don’t forget to share the results with us in comments!