You may have noticed over the past few
months that your once-speedy Android
device has slowed down considerably. Simple
tasks such as switching between apps or
returning home are proving more
troublesome than before, and you are now
experiencing lag in all the wrong places.
Things don’t have to be this way, however.
These simple tips and tricks can help speed
up your device and make it perform like new:
1. Uninstall or disable unused apps
Your device has a limited amount of internal
storage and the less free space it has the
slower it will perform. If you have filled your
device with photos, music, or apps, it is
recommended to free up space by either
uninstalling unused apps or moving files to
cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google
Uninstalling apps can be done by going to
Settings, opening the Apps menu, and
selecting the app you wish to uninstall.
Preloaded applications from carriers or
manufacturers that cannot be uninstalled,
known as bloatware, can at least be disabled
and hidden from the app drawer using this
On smartphones and tablets that include
expandable storage you can also move apps
to the microSD card. To do this, enter
Settings, go to the Apps menu, click the app
you wish to move, and select the “Move to
SD card” option.
2. Clear app caches
Cached data can build up over time in your
applications and affect the performance of
your device. Deleting individual caches can
be done in the Apps menu, but a number of
free programs are available through the
Google Play store that can automate the
process. Some of the most popular ones
include App Cache Cleaner and Clean Master ,
both of which are available for free.
3. Limit widgets and live wallpapers
Many people would argue that widgets are
one of the benefits of using an Android
device. They can be helpful for finding
information quickly without having to open
an app, but at the same time they can eat
away at battery life and slow your device.
Reducing the number of widgets, especially
data-intensive ones like Facebook, will help
your smartphone or tablet run more
smoothly and last longer. You can remove
widgets from the home screen by long-
pressing the one you wish to delete and
dragging it to the top of the screen.
Another cool Android feature is the option to
use a live wallpaper as your background. Like
widgets, however, live wallpapers can slow
down your device and drain the battery. You
can also change your wallpaper with a long
press on the home screen.
4. Disable animations
A hidden settings option in Android will give
you access to commands you may have never
known existed. Go to Settings, About Phone,
scroll down to Build number, and tap it
seven times. You will now have access to
developer options. These special settings
allow you to do a variety of things, but they
are meant for advanced users and shouldn’t
be changed unless you know what you are
One tweak that could speed up your device is
disabling animations within the operating
system. To do this, open Settings, go to
Developer options, and scroll down to the
Drawing option. Next, turn off the Window
animation scale, Transition animation scale,
and Animator duration scale. This will
disable animations that occur when you
open, close, and switch between apps.
Although the interface will look less
polished, there should be less lag in
5. Get software updates
Manufacturers and carriers are continually
pushing out new software updates to their
devices. It is imperative that you be on the
latest firmware as these updates usually
include security and bug fixes, among other
things that will improve the overall stability
of your device. To check to see if there is an
update available, go to Settings, select About
Phone, and choose the “System updates”
6. Rooting, ROMing, and more
Risk takers and advanced users can also root
their device, which will open the door to new
features and even greater performance
boosts. Rooting gives you the ability to
overclock the device’s processor, install a
custom ROM, and other things; however it
also voids your warranty and could cause
irreversible damage to the device.


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