If you are experiencing sluggish performance on your Android Smartphone, then you are not alone! Android, the world famous mobile operating system known for its customizability and speed is also known to lag in due course of time. As it is with any other PC or mobile OS, the speed of your Android OS will start to reduce subsequently over long time use.
If you are annoyed by the slow performance of your Android phones especially after installing many of the Android apps freely available from the Google Play store then, follow the few steps given below to quickly boost up your Android smartphone as if it were new!
Before diving deep into the tips and tricks of speeding up your smartphone, it is essential to know the hardware and software capabilities of your smartphone.
By knowing the capabilities of your Smartphone, you can avoid the overburdening of your phone with resource-hungry android apps which will eventually reduce your phone’s performance.
Tips & Tricks to speed up your Android Smartphone:
Update your Android OS
It is always good to have the latest version of Android running on your Smartphone since, it comes with loads of new features and security patches to your Smartphone. If you haven’t updated your smartphone, you should do it immediately.
Each of the new updates contains patches that ensure stability, better RAM management, improved speed and connectivity besides additional user-friendly features.
As many of you are aware of, the latest version of Android is called Nougat (Android 7.0). Currently it is available for few Nexus devices, but make sure to always check the system updates section on your Smartphone and update it to the latest version provided by your phone manufacturer.
If you are struck with Android 5.0 or lower then, skip to next step to speed up your smartphone.
Remove Unwanted Apps
Each app that you install takes certain amount of storage space and also runs some background processes. More the storage space occupied or more the background processes running, the slower your smartphone’s performance.
Avoid installing apps that you barely use. Keep only the apps that are essential for you and if your phone has an app that isn’t actually useful, then you can uninstall or disable it right away. This will improve your smartphone’s performance and the available resources will be used only for your essential apps like Whatsapp.
Most of the Android phones come bundled with some preinstalled apps known as bloatware which are less use. You cannot uninstall those preinstalled apps unless you ROOT your Android smartphone.
Disable Unnecessary Apps
Most of the apps that you install on your smartphone runs in the background for purposes like syncing, tracking real time locations etc. But, these apps running excessive background processes are also responsible for battery drainage and system lagging issues.
To speed up your smartphone, it is important to disable the unwanted background processes. Disabling apps is different from uninstalling them – uninstallation removes the whole application files from your smartphone while there will be no file removed or deleted when you disable the apps.
There are many different ways for disabling the apps, here are few tips for you.
You can disable or delete (uninstall) unwanted apps by using the Application manager of your smartphone. Go to Settings > Applications > App manager. Tap on the app of your choice and then choose Disable.
If your phone is running on Android Lollipop or later then, you can easily close most recent apps by simply tapping on to the Recent Apps navigation button on your smartphone (long press the home button), then swipe left or right to close the most recent apps.
If you are not sure about what an app or service is, then avoid stopping it, unless it’s using up a lot of resources like RAM or battery.
Update the Apps
Like the OS update of your Android, you should update the apps installed on your phone using the Google Play Store. Every time while entering the Google Play Store, check for available app updates.Each and every update bring in bugs fixes, performance improvements and added features in new versions of apps.
Regularly updated apps perform better and faster than the apps which are not updated frequently, and also updated apps are less likely to crash your phone.
Avoid Live Wallpapers and Turn off Animations
Yes! You should avoid live wallpapers on your Android phone since, it consumes lots of battery resources. Android phones of various manufacturers come with different set of live wallpapers.
Poorly optimized wallpapers from manufacturers will eat up more CPU resources, thus draining your phone’s battery quickly. Each and Every time you switch ON the display of your phone, the live wallpaper will also starts running and consume lots of battery and CPU resources from your phone.
All of the fading effects and other graphical effects that you see on your smartphone are due to animation effects. These animation effects are renders by graphics processor of your smartphone.
While the animation effects are visually good, they slow down your phone in terms of performance. Hence, it is essential to reduce or stop the animation effects to quickly boost up your smartphone.
Go to Settings > Developer Options (Tap on the build number many times, to get the Developer Options) > Window Animation Scale > Animation scale OFF.
After the above step, the smartphone screen just snaps to its position without any animation effects. You can also disable the Transition Animation Scale on your Android in the same way as that of the Animations.
If you are a heavy user of Android, you’d eventually notice the increased speed of your Android phone with all the animations off.
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