Remember when you first got your Android and you were blown away with how fast and responsive it was?
After a while, you might even notice it just doesn’t seem to have the same performance as it once did. Over time, your phone can begin to slow down because of all of the apps and data that comes with it.
You may have outdated apps that are conflicting with other processes, and errors that seem to come out of nowhere. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a fix for these. This is a common issue with Android phones after a few years of use.
Fortunately, these tips below will tell you everything you need to keep your Android device running as good as new.
1. Is Your Android Device Up to Date?
Android is constantly releasing new updates for their OS. There are always bugs and errors that occur. Over time, these updates will slowly help your software run more efficiently overall.
If you want to keep your Android device running as smoothly as possible, make sure automatic updates are turned on. Not everyone has this feature on for their phones. They may not even realize that they are running outdated software that is laggy and buggy.
In order to make sure that your phone is running the latest Android software, navigate to Settings, open About Device, and click Software Update and Check for Updates.
If you have not been keeping up with the updates as a come automatically, you should expect a dramatic difference in the way your device runs after the update is complete.
These updates are not only intended to keep your Android device running fast. It also keeps it safe. As exploits are found, patches are created to combat those. If you do not keep your software up to date, your phone has an increased chance of being penetrated by hackers.
This also applies to apps. Keep your apps updated so that they run smoothly.
By updating your Android and app software regularly, or automatically, you can ensure that you are getting the best possible experience with your Android phone.
2. Messy Home Screen? – Clean It Up
If your home screen isn’t minimal like the image above, you’re doing it wrong. Live wallpapers are pretty cool to look at, but it drains your battery faster. If you notice that your Android device is running slowly, the first thing you should do is remove your live wallpaper.
Unless you are happy with the way your device performs and its battery life, live wallpaper is going to cause more frustration than it’s worth.
Replace your live wallpaper with a static image. This will save your battery life each time you open the phone.
If you want to take it one step further, use a dark screen as your wallpaper. Dark backgrounds help save battery life because they are less demanding on your phone’s display power needs.
Widgets also demand additional battery and resources from your phone. If you have too many widgets loaded on your home screen, it could contribute to your phone slowing down and running less efficiently.
Your phone has to continuously load and update the widgets on your home screen. Get rid of the widgets you don’t need to improve the performance of your device.
3. Turn Off or Lower Animations
Animations are used to add some extra character to your device. If you don’t care about aesthetics, you may want to lower or turn off animations completely. Although animations look cool, they are not necessary.
It also makes it feel snappier in general. I personally prefer this even though my phone can handle extra animations.
To turn animations off, you have to access Developer Options.
To do this, open Settings and navigate to About Phone. Find the System section and locate where it says Build Number. The developer Options menu is hidden. In order to find it, you have to tap the Build Number option seven times quickly.
Once you do this, a message will pop up telling you that the Developer Options is now accessible. Open this to gain access to the animations.
There are three animation options to adjust here. These are the Transition Animations Scale, Window Animations Scale, and Animator Duration Scale.
You can lower each of these down to .5x, or turn them off completely.
Play around with the options and see what works best for you. You can always go back and readjust the options if you don’t like the look or feel of it.
4. Take Out the Trash – Clear Cached App Data & Cache Partition
Your phone caches data to help load apps faster. Over time, your phone may start to store more data than is needed. To rectify this, you can clear your cache and free up a lot of space in the process.
This is a useful tool to use for apps that you have been using for a long time or old apps that you don’t use anymore.
After you clear the cached data, your phone will re-download the necessary components that it needs to continue loading the apps fast. By flushing the cache, it will allow your phone to reload only what it needs.
In order to clear your phone’s cache, open Settings and navigate to Apps. You can clear the cache from all the apps at once by opening the All tab and selecting them all. Alternatively, you can choose what specific apps you would like to clear individually.
Once you have selected the apps, select Clear Cache and your phone will take care of the rest. There also tools that make this process easier. Look through the App Store to find CCleaner, or any other cache clearing app to make the process even faster.
5. Switch to a Third-Party Launcher
Just because Android comes with a launcher, doesn’t mean it’s the best one. There are dozens of great launchers that you can download and use on your Android phone or tablet in place of the stock launcher. Our favorites are Nova Launcher and Apex Launcher.
These launchers are really easy to install and setup. They all have their own unique features, bells, and whistles. Try each one and take note of how your phone performs while they are running them.
You may notice that one or many of the launchers will allow your phone to be more responsive and run faster. If it turns out you don’t like any of them, you can always uninstall them and go back to the default launcher. It doesn’t hurt to try.
6. Overclock That Shit
Certain OEMs will limit the speed of the processor to prevent the device from overheating or using too much battery (In Samsung’s case, that didn’t work. Ouch). Anyway, you can remove this cap and overclock your device.
The risk of this is that you may overheat your device in the process. You will also drain your battery pretty quickly while you do this.
This is an advanced technique that is only meant for people that really know what they’re doing. If you need peak performance from your phone at the expense of battery life, you can achieve this by overclocking your Android.
You can overclock your Android, but you have to root it first. Once you root it, download SetCPU and you will be able to overclock your Android as needed.
This is a good tool to have when you really need it, but it’s not recommended to use it all the time. Long-term use of a tool like this can have some serious negative effects.
7. When All Else Fails – Do A Factory Reset
A factory reset allows you to wipe your device clean completely. Sometimes, you may not be able to figure out what’s wrong with your Android. In cases like these, the last resort solution may be a factory reset. I do the same with my Window’s machines. After a long perios of use, I’ll do a reformat to keep it running smoothly. Most stuff is on the cloud nowadays, so it’s not a big deal like it used to be.
When you do a factory reset, you will basically be restoring your device to its original state. This will erase everything completely. All of your apps and your data will be gone. Make sure that you save all of your important data before you do this to your phone.
To perform a factory reset, open Settings, navigate to Back Up And Reset, and select Factory Data Reset. Once you do this, there is no going back, so make sure you only use this as a last resort.
That’s A Wrap
Follow these 7 tips to keep your device running as fast as possible. If you have owned an Android device for a long time, it may start to slow down as all of the storage and resources begin to be used up. These tips will help you free up that space so your phone can return to running as fast as it did when you first got it.