You know it happens every time.
You get a new phone, its blazing fast for a while but eventually, for some reasons, it starts to slow down. Apps take longer to open close, the phone may lag behind when you’re swiping, or it might just not be very responsive in general.
Well, the good news is that most, if not all of these issues can be fixed with some surprisingly simple tips which will get your phone up and running almost like new.
I’m going to be showing you some tricks you can use to make your Android phone run faster. I’m going to start with the very bad basics, the stuff that you can do with any android phone. (You don’t need to be rooted or anything special).
Then I’m going to move through to some of those slightly more complicated bits and pieces towards the end.
Without further ado, let’s get your phone working like new…
Increase Animation Speed
So first on this list is increasing the speed of your animations.
- To do this, you want to go to your settings menu, you want to tap on about phone, you want to scroll down to the bottom again, and you want to tap on your build number seven times. This will unlock the developer option in your settings menu.
- You then want to go to your developer options and scroll down to where it says animations.
By default, these will all be set to one. If you set the speed of the animation to ten, for example, you will notice the animations will go really slowly.
So the lower the number you chose, for example, 1, the quicker your phone is going to switch in between individual apps. When all these animations are turned off, everything will run ever so slightly quicker, so apps will just be lightning fast.
If you want to make your Android phone feel even quicker, you can go ahead and turn the animations off completely.
Faster Home Screen Animations
Next up we have speeding up the animations on your home screen. For this, you’re going to have to grab yourself a copy of Nova Launcher. You then want to long press on your home screen, then go into the settings. You then need to choose the option ‘look and feel’ under animation speed and you want to set it to faster than light.
This will make everything feel incredibly snappy when opening apps.
Stop Using RAM Cleaners
Next up on this list is ram cleaners. This might not be going in exactly the direction you’re expecting. RAM cleaners are actually really detrimental to the way that Android handles ram. RAM is your random access memory and it’s what applications use to actually pull and store data.
The main issue with ram cleaners is that they work on the presumption that having more free ram is better and that just closing apps will actually free up RAM for your phone.
Having more free RAM is kind of true if you can get a phone with more physical RAM. Obviously, this is going to be quicker and you can multitask a little bit more efficiently. But the idea that you can just use a RAM cleaner to just kill applications and free up RAM and speed your phone up just doesn’t work.
The way Android handles RAM is it needs stuff to be constantly loaded in it for it to work efficiently. What you’re doing with a ram cleaner is killing a task and forcing it to reopen. Android doesn’t multitask like iOS.
It has everything constantly loaded in the background and that’s why multitasking is so good on Android, but using a RAM cleaner is not going to help it one bit. All this being said there are a few things you can do to speed up your phone which involves your RAM.
Identify RAM Hogs
The first is going to your settings and identifying the apps that are really hammering your RAM. Then you’re either going to uninstall them or freeze them. Freezing is different to just killing an application and I’m going to talk about that a little bit later.
- But for now you want to go back to your developer options, you want to scroll down to where it says running services.
- You want to go into that and you’ll get a full breakdown of how much RAM every single app on your phone is currently using.
So I actually don’t have Facebook installed anymore because it’s an absolute RAM hog. But if you do have a Facebook installed, you’ll be able to see that it’s using a huge amount of memory in the background pretty much all the time.
So if your phone is running slowly, you can go in see what’s actually using up all the RAM and then you can either hibernate that app or get rid of it.
Chrome Data Saver
The next tip will involve the chrome mobile web browser called data saver. You may or may not have heard about this already but I’m going to talk about it anyway.
- What you do is go to Chrome, then go to settings and look for where it says data saver.
- You can click on this and turn it on.
What this does is it actually has Google compress web pages that you visit before it sends it to your phone.
This way, you can use less bandwidth and presumably it might make websites load a bit faster too because it doesn’t have to load as much data in the first place.
It won’t work on every site such as anything that’s 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 saved because of using this feature. I was able to save about 10% of data which isn’t too bad. This is probably because a lot of sites use encryption by default but still, you may as well have it enabled.
Clear out Photos and Videos
Next up is just making sure that your device isn’t crammed with photos and pictures and things that you don’t actually need save on your device. The best app for this is Google photos.
- Just install this on your device and all your photos and videos will be automatically backed up to the cloud while you’re on a Wi-Fi network.
If you do start to run out of space on your Android device, you can just open up the Photos app, open up the sidebar, and under the bin, there is an option which says free up space.
This will get rid of any files that are still on your device but have already been backed up. So just go ahead and hit remove. This means you’re not actually losing any photos, any videos, all those memories are still safe in the cloud and you can still view them on your phone through the Google Photos app.
It just means they are not on the device taking up memory on your SD card. As you will probably have experienced, if your phone gets to that point where there’s only sort of 15 megabytes, 20 megabytes left of free space, it will really start to chug. It also means you can’t install anything else so if you have got an issue with your SD card being clogged, this is a really easy way to free up some extra space.
Uninstall Unused Apps
In a very similar vein, you should just go into your apps and see if there are things you don’t use. It’s really nice to have loads of apps on your phone because you never know when you’re going to need them. But in all honesty, a lot of the time, you don’t need as many as you have. It seems really simple and obvious and it’s one of the reasons that phones straight out of the box tend to run very quickly.
Certain apps become malicious and won’t let you uninstall them.
- The easy way to fix this is to simply boot your phone into safe mode and uninstall them that way.
- What you need to do is long press power off from your power options menu, this will then give you the option to reboot into safe mode.
This is great for getting rid of as I said, malicious apps, anything with a virus in it, or anything that just won’t let you uninstall it.
Hibernate Apps with Greenify
As I mentioned earlier, getting rid of apps using a RAM cleaner won’t speed your phone up. What you can do however is hibernate them and the easiest way to hibernate an app issuing Greenify.
If you are rooted, this is going to have some extra powerful functionality, but this will also work if you are unrooted. What this lets you do is go and choose which applications you want to hibernate. What this means is unless you open them, they won’t be able to run any processes. This means they won’t be accessing the data network and they won’t be using up RAM when you’re not using them.
Obviously, one thing to bear in mind of this is certain social apps. You will want to keep them un-hibernated otherwise you won’t get push notifications. However, I, for example, don’t need push notifications from Instagram. There’s nothing going on Instagram that is urgent so I have it set on hibernate.
- You can then go into the app and simply hit hibernate and all the apps will automatically start hibernating.
This will save you a huge amount of battery life and it will also increase the speed of your phone.
If you want to choose an app to add to the list, you can hit the little plus button at the bottom of the app and you’ll get a full list of your applications. You then simply choose any ones that you want to hibernate.
Disable Auto Sync
The next tip is to disable auto sync on certain apps. To do this, go to settings and then accounts. This will show a bunch of different apps that periodically check for updates and sync data for one reason or another.
There’s an option to disable auto sync altogether for everything but I wouldn’t do that because you definitely want to keep auto sync on for your Google Accounts for example. But you can go into apps individually and hopefully it should give you the option right there to turn off syncing if you don’t need it to.
Apps like Facebook Messenger won’t give you the option to turn off syncing and your best shot there would probably be going into the app itself and looking through the settings to see if there are any options to disable it there.
It might not let you disable it at all, meaning you need to uninstall it all together to stop it from using any data. But the ones that you can disable might help if you don’t need them.
Clear App Caches
Next up is clearing the caches of your files. If you run a lot of applications, caches are just going to be files, images, those sorts of things which will be stored on your SD card for later use. Often, if you uninstall an app, a cache file might still remain.
A lot of apps are actually very inefficient in the way they handle their caches. So if you actually want to clear out some apps, you’ll have to do it app by app.
- When you go into an app you want to hit storage, and then you’re going to hit the clear cache.
This is a feature that a lot of apps claim to do for you, but you really don’t need another app. All you’re doing by introducing another app into the whole system is overcomplicating it and using up more route.
So if your phone is very slow and struggling, actually installing something that claims to get rid of all the cache files for you could actually be slowing your phone down. You can just really easily do it manually.
Add More RAM to your Phone
Whilst it’s not good to keep killing apps to free up more RAM on your phone, obviously having more RAM space is going to speed your phone up. There’s a cool thing you can do on Android which means you can increase the RAM of your phone without taking the back off and getting a soldering iron out or doing any kind hardware modification, you can actually run your SD card or your internal SD card as RAM.
This is called virtual RAM and it’s actually pretty easy to set up. One caveat with this is that a lot of phones need to be rooted for this to work. You need a specific kernel which allows the SD card swapping.
Before you actually buy the app and see if it does work on your phone, you can go and download the MemoryInfo & Swapfile Check. This will just check to see whether your kernel will support this kind of swapping. If your kernel is supported, you just need to download ROEHSOFT RAM Expander. You then choose which drive on your storage you’re going to use for the virtual RAM.
Depending on your phone, you can get up to a gig or a gig and a half of extra RAM using this and this will actually increase your phone speed. You’ll be able to multitask a little bit better, you’ll be able to run more widgets, more live wallpapers, and all that good stuff.
Overclock your Phone
Finally, last on this list is routing and overclocking your phone. If you do root your phone, there a bunch of other things you can do to speed it up. You can install a custom kernel in custom ROMs, but my personal favourite way of making a phone faster is to use an Xposed module. The Xposed module is called performance profile. This will let you set your CPU specifically for different apps.
So for example for games, I have used performance profile, this will really overclock the CPU and it’ll make the whole experience a lot smoother and a lot quicker. The reason I prefer doing this to installing a custom kernel or anything like that is it’s just a little bit simpler.
If you don’t know how to install Xposed, you can watch this tutorial video on Youtube.
So that is it.
By now you should have a phone that’s a lot faster.
Let me know in the comments what your favourite tips are if you’ve tried out any of these and if they worked really well.