How To Speed up My Android Phone: You get a new phone and it’s blazing fast for a while, but eventually, for some reasons, it starts to slow down. Android apps take longer to open and close, the phone may lag behind when you’re swiping, or might just not be responsive in general. Well the good news is that most if not all of these issues can be fixed with some surprisingly simple tips, and get your phone up and running almost like new! So lets see top 9 tips How To Speed up My Android Phone .
How To Speed up My Android Phone
- Get rid of Unused Apps
This might seem obvious, but really it’s the most important So when was the last time you went through and deleted all the unused apps sitting on your phone. You might think that they aren’t doing any harm just sitting there, but they are. Every app is just one more thing taking up space, possibly reducing the speed of the flash memory ever so slightly. And one more thing your phone has to check for updates, and install new updates from the Play store, using up more bandwidth and resources every time it does. And even if you aren’t using certain apps, they might still be taking up background resources without you knowing. So if you’ve been “meaning to get around to” clearing out old apps, maybe you’ll see that now would be a good time.
- Pre-installed Apps
This one basically is an extension of the first tip, and it’s to remove any bloatware that came pre-installed with your phone. The reason I’m separating this out is because bloatware usually makes itself harder to uninstall, so you might have thought you can’t. So if you see any pre-installed bloatware that doesn’t have the option to uninstall when you click and drag it, this is what you do. Go into Settings, Apps, select the troublesome one, and here you should see an option to “Disable” it or something similar. That should do the trick. On rare occasions there are apps that you just can’t get rid of no matter what that came pre-installed, but for most of them you should at least be able to disable them.
- Free up more space
We want to figure out where all that other space went and free that up too. So go to Settings, then Storage, and this should tell you how much of your space is being taken up, and by what. If it’s images and video, maybe back them up elsewhere and clear those out. If it’s Apps, you can click on that again and it will show you specifically which apps are taking up the most space. It might make you realize that maybe you don’t use some of the huge apps enough to keep them installed. And further, clicking on an App here will tell you how much data is taken up by the App itself, the data it’s stored, and the cache. You can usually clear the cache to free up a bunch of space, that’s just temporary files the apps save, but they can accumulate over time. You can go to the storage menu, you can go to Cached Data there, clear that all out for every app at once.
- Cut down on widgets
This one is much simpler than the previous ones, and that is to consider cutting down on how many widgets you have on your home screen. They’re obviously useful, but if you have a ton of them it could be taking up lots of resources even when just in the home screen, almost as if each app is running simultaneously all the time, even though that’s not really how it works. So try removing some widgets, especially the ones that dynamically update, and see if it makes a difference at all. I imagine it would especially on older phones with less RAM.
- Check battery usage
The more battery an app uses, the more resources it uses, even though it might not be a direct correlation. Anyway, go to Settings, then Battery, and here you’ll see which apps are the worst culprits. Now you have to consider some things here, because obviously some might just use more battery because you use it more often. So check to see if there are any apps that seem to be using much more battery than you think they should based on how much you use it, using your best judgement. Once you identify some, you have a couple options. You don’t necessarily have to uninstall it right away. Try going to that app, and poke around in the settings. See if is anything you can change that might reduce how much battery it uses. You could try disabling push notifications for example, or turn off location services for it, disable some features you’re not using, or reduce the frequency for how often it checks for new stuff.
- Disable Animation
This may or may not make a big difference, but it should at least make your phone FEEL a bit faster. So first of all if you haven’t enabled the Developer Options menu, you need to do that. Just go to Settings, About Phone, go down to build number, and tap that a bunch of times, and it will enable a new developer options menu. So now go back to the main settings window, and go to that new menu near the bottom. Here you’ll see a ton of advanced options you need not concern yourself with at the moment, but thes one we’re interested in are the ones that say “Animation Scale”, there should be 3 of them. This basically changes how fast or slow the animations on the phone are, such as the animation when opening and closing apps. Here, we want to simply turn them off. Now, when you click to open an app, it will skip the animation and get right to work loading the app. Again, might not make a major real difference, but things should actually feel a bit faster because the app opens instantly after you open or close it.
- Chrome Data Saver
You may or may not have heard about it already. What you do is open up Chrome, go to Settings, and look for where it says “Data Saver”. Then obviously you can click that and turn it on. What this does is actually has Google compress web pages you visit before it sends it to your phone. That way you can use less bandwidth, and presumably might make websites load a bit faster too. It won’t work on every site, such as anything that is encrypted, but that’s a good thing, because you wouldn’t want Google, or anyone else for that matter, to see your secure connection. It also shows you how much data you’ve used and saved because of this feature.
- Factory reset of the entire phone
Finally, we have the most important, most useful tip, if your phone ever seems to be having issues, which is… Turn it off and on again. Alright you might think that ones a given, but really, it will close out all apps so nothing’s running in the background, clear out the RAM and all that. Or if you’re truly desparate, and nothing seems to work at all, you could always do a factory reset of the entire phone, wiping it clean and starting fresh. OBVIOUSLY you need to back it up first, and this might just be more trouble than it’s worth.
- Disable Auto-sync
Disable Auto-sync on certain apps. To do this, go to Settings, and then Accounts. This will show you a bunch of apps that periodically check for updates and sync data for one reason or another. There’s an option to disable auto-sync altogether, but you wouldn’t do that, because you definitely want to keep auto-sync on for your Google account for example. But you can go in to apps individually, and hopefully it should give you the option right there to turn of syncing if you don’t need it to.
So, that is our tips to how to speed up my android phone. Now you should have a phone that’s a lot faster. You can let us know down in the comments section below about “How To Speed up My Android Phone”. If there are any big ones I missed, and maybe I’ll go over them in a future article.