Speed up your Android phone with these steps

Let’s face it, every mobile device is bound to feel the dreaded slow eventually, right? Heck, some devices such as low-end ones may even feel sluggish when purchased. But how do we avoid this snaily situation? Well, if you have the cash you could opt for a newer, faster device but what if you’re too in love with your current device or are strapped for cash and would like faster speeds without a device upgrade? For those in that situation here’s a few tips to speed up your android device. Let’s go!

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Tips to Speed Up your Android Device

Let’s list them first before we go over the instructions, shall we?

  1. Restart your device. Really? So simple.
  1. Make your Home screen less… bloaty. Yes, you!
  1. Try an alternative launcher. It makes your home screen look different too.

Would you opt for speed or fancy looks? I’m actually curious. Let me know in the comments.

  1. Free up some RAM/Memory.
  1. Clear the cache. A little tricky on some Android devices since some would have you clear the cache manually for each app.
  1. Make sure your OS is up to date.
  1. Uninstall unneeded Apps. Why are they still there anyway?
  1. Use light versions of those apps you uninstalled. Since you might not be able to live without them. You’re probably going to opt for this option if you’re on social media 24/7 and would want faster versions of those apps.
  1. Limit apps running in the background. (Setting a limit on processes running in the Background.)
  1. Disable apps that can’t be uninstalled. Well, some apps are just there to stay.
  1. Stay away from Task Cleaners / Handlers / Killers.
  1. Disable Animations.
  1. Factory Reset your device. As a last resort of course

Tips to Speed Up your Android Device (Continued…)

1.Restart your Device.

Restarting your device is the first thing to do because it IS the simplest. Your device may even recommend that a daily restart is key to keeping your device at an optimum condition.

Some devices have an Auto Restart option so that it restarts on a daily interval.

I’m guessing you’ve already restarted your device though but if you haven’t that’s okay too.

To Restart your Android device all you need to do is hold in the Power button and it should prompt you with one of three things maybe more depending on the device.

For me it prompted me with these three options: Power Off, Restart and Emergency Mode.

After the prompt select ‘Restart and it should ask you for confirmation in which you either would have to select the ‘Restart’ option again after it has become the only option on screen or it may just ask you for a simple ‘yes‘.

After that your device would reboot.

This may speed up your device but just for those few moments only to have it slow down again. Once fully “awake” the device would become sluggish once more due to apps drawing the same resources as it were before the restart.

If you’re about to read further I guess you’d need more oomph.

2.Making your Home screen less bloaty.

Yes, fancy live wallpapers and widgets may look cool but the fact remains that they tend to use a bit more resources from your phone even if it uses only a bit more memory or CPU power.

Some may even argue that too many icons on your home screen may have an impact too.

To fix this all you’ll have to do is change your wallpaper to a normal one and by normal, I mean one that DOES NOT have flashy lights and moving pixels.

Just a plain, old wallpaper would do.

For the widgets and icons all you need to do is hold your finger on the widget or icon and either drag them to the trash icon that would appear or select the ‘Remove App/Widget from Home Screen‘ option.

3.Try an alternative launcher.

If removing the widgets and changing your wallpaper doesn’t help maybe trying a new launcher would. Some launchers even have options that would you let you tweak things even further and who’s going to say no to more customization options?

Here below is an image of the Microsoft Launcher and its customization options:

Customization options in Microsoft Launcher

All you need to do is go to the Google Play Store or whatever app store you’re using, type in “Launcher” then hit install and run it.

If you’re still new to the idea of launchers, hop on over to TechRadar and check out their post on the top 10 android launchers to supercharge your phone.

You should see that the Microsoft Launcher is at the top of their list.

Microsoft Launcher Home screen

4.Free up some RAM/Memory.

I wonder who would understand this one?

Random Access Memory helps to temporarily store the data on your phone and most platforms actually. The more RAM a device has the more applications it can run at a time and on android devices this means it allows you to run more intensive programs and to switch between more applications without closing them, giving a more seamless experience.

For a more in-depth experience visit the Different Ram Types post on our site.

So, if your RAM is low or if your apps are misusing it for whatever reason then I suggest clearing up a bit of RAM.

Easiest way to do this is to clear your recent apps. To do that press your recent apps button/ on-screen recent apps button and press on the ‘close all‘ button that should be displayed on the bottom of your screen.

Some devices might need you to scroll to the far left or right to find the close all option.

5.Clear the cache.

The cache is something that helps your apps load faster by storing info onto it in turn helping the app to perform better but it could cause issues when the cache becomes corrupt or has too much data to hold.

Good news is you wouldn’t need to clear your cache all the time. Maybe once every two weeks or so. Heck, I’ve left my devices cache untouched for a while and haven’t encountered any problems so maybe clear it once a month.

To clear your cache.

  • Open your Settings.
  • Head to Storage.
  • Select Internal Storage.
  • Once there select ‘Cached Data‘ and select ‘Ok‘ once it asks you if you want to clear the cache.

If you need to clear the cache for a specific app simply hold on the app from your app list then select ‘app info‘, then open ‘Storage‘ and select Clear cache‘. As simple as that.

6.Update your OS.

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Updates to your android system could bring a slew of improvements. Including security patches, new features and not to mention performance improvements. Depending on the update of course.

To update your device is quite simple:

  • First step is to make sure that you’re connected to Wi-Fi otherwise you’ll have to use your data. Beware that some updates may use a considerable amount of data.
  • After you’ve connected to WiFi you can proceed with these steps below.
    • Depending on your device you might need to:
      • Look for Software Update > Download and install.
        • Or select System > Advanced > System Update.
          • OR go to About Phone > Check for Updates> Update.

After the update you would most likely have to restart your device.

7.Uninstall unneeded apps.

An explanation isn’t really needed for this but… I’ll give one anyway. A short one even.

More apps = less storage + higher RAM usage + higher CPU usage = Slower device.

Basically, more apps mean a slower device and if you aren’t using those apps, it’s kind of just sitting there only to make your device slower at the end of the day.

So, uninstalling them would not be a bad thing…

To uninstall an app, depending on the device, you would either need to hold your finger on the app and select ‘Uninstall’ or you would have to drag the app to the uninstall icon.

8.Using Lite Versions of apps.

Use Lite Versions of apps to speed up your android device.

Simple, lite versions of app are made to use less phone resources and use less storage at the cost of certain functions but you probably won’t miss those functions anyway all things considered. We’re after a faster device not a slower but smart looking one.

To install a lite version of an app all you need to do is go to your app store and type in the name of the app + lite next to it and hit install. Simple as that.

9.Limit apps running in the background.

The reason android allows multiple processes to run in the background is to speed up the loading process when opening apps and also provides a more seamless experience when switching between apps.

By changing this setting on your device, you might see a significant improvement in device performance at the cost of having the app start up at a slower rate.

I know it seems that it would be better to leave these options on BUT logically less processes mean less resources are being used which means your device could allocate those resources to keeping your phone and the processes left to be more… on their toes.

Well, it depends how many processes you allow in the background. You could limit them according to your need for speed.

And a word to the wise, some processes such as your messaging services would still run so that it could bring your notifications through so don’t worry about that.

To enable this option, you would first have to activate ‘Developer Mode‘ on your android device.

Doing that is quite simple:

  • Open Settings > About phone > Software information.
  • Then look for ‘Build Number’ and tap on it until it says you have enabled developer mode. It may ask for your password which is the one you use for your Lock screen.
  • Once that is done open settings again and look for Developer Options.
  • Look for the ‘Background Process Limit‘ option. Mine was under the ‘Apps‘ section.
  • Open it up and then select which option suits your fancy.
    • Mind you that the standard limit is 20.

After doing that, you’ve successfully completed your task!

10.Disable apps that cannot be uninstalled.

Some apps are here to stay, unfortunately.

That pesky bloatware is what I am talking about. Filling up your storage and requiring unnecessary resources. Those apps could very well slow your device down too even if by a bit.

So, to disable these apps all you need to do is hold your finger on the app and select ‘Disable‘. If you don’t see that option then do the same, hold your finger on the app and select ‘App info‘. From there you should see disable at the bottom of your screen.

Do this with each app you deem worthy to feel your wrath. Just try not to disable important system apps.

11.Stay Away from Task Cleaners/ Handlers/ Killers.

Android has its own way to hand tasks.

This tip is more like a heads up actually.

Do not use Task Cleaners.

Android has its own way of dealing with apps efficiently. So, there is not really a need for Task Cleaner apps. An extra app for what your android device could do on its own is really not needed at all. But with this one I’ll leave it to you to decided.

12.Disable animations.

Whether or not the animations of the device make it slower, it still doesn’t hurt to disable something that may take up valuable device resources.

A fancier User Interface may be slower to respond due to all its fanciness when compared to a simplistic one. Either way if you feel that it would give your phone an extra boost, follow these steps to disable or reduce the animations:

The process may be different depending on the device but these steps should lead you to your developer options.

  • Open Settings > About phone > Software information.
  • Tap ‘Build number‘ until it activates developer mode. It may ask for your password that you use on your lock screen.
  • Return to your ‘Settings‘.
  • Open ‘Developer options‘ and look for ‘Windows animation scale‘, ‘Transition animation scale‘ and ‘Animator duration‘. If you’d like you can turn all of these options off.

Somehow, I feel like this tip centers more on preference and you may or may not see a performance improvement with this one.

13.Factory Reset your device.

A factory reset could speed up your Android Device.

Right, last tip coming up and it is the last for a reason. Only reset your device if you feel that you absolutely need to.

Reason why I say this is because all your data on your device would be erased unless you back it up to the cloud or your computer.

This option sets your device back to its factory default like when it came out of its box. It does not remove the bloatware that came with the phone but may be just what you need to speed up your android device if none of the above tips worked.

Either that or a Custom ROM is what you need if nothing else works.

Anyway, let’s go through the steps:

Before you follow through:

  • Charge your device to 80%.
  • Back up your device to the cloud or computer.

Steps to Factory Reset your Device:

Open Settings > System > Reset Options > Erase all data (factory reset).

Then look for the ‘Reset phone‘ option at the bottom of your screen and select it.

After selecting, it should ask if you want to erase everything. Select that and the process should begin.

Your device would then restart and show a progress screen while it undergoes the process. It may take a while so be patient.

To speed up your android device…

Just follow those steps above. If you feel like I’ve missed something, feel free to leave a comment. Hopefully this has helped you to bring a bit more life into the old dinosaur of a phone or bring life into a low-end device. Whichever it is, I hoped it helped nonetheless. So, with this you’re on your way to speed up your android device.

Your Friend,

@shay

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