12 Tips to make your Android faster and like new again
Are you struggling to make your Android faster?
Well, you are not alone. Almost all android users face the sluggishness of their phones after using it for a couple of months.
In this article, you will get to know how to make your Android faster. If you follow the tips mentioned below your phone’s battery life will also improve.
So let’s jump into this.
Tips to make your Android faster
1. Check your phone’s internal memory
By default everything (including photos, videos, cache, downloads including OS updates, and cache) gets stored in the internal memory of your phone. Many people don’t care about changing this setting. This leads your phone to run out of memory. As your phone’s internal memory continues to fill up, it starts slowing down and you feel sluggishness in the performance.
what can you do to keep the adequate room in the internal memory?
- You can always clear up cache in a regular basis, maybe once in a week.
- Set external memory card as default for storing camera pics and videos.
- You can also set external SD card as default for all types of downloads including OS updates. It is advisable to delete the OS-update file after completion of the update.
- Permanently delete all the unnecessary media files which you are never going to use again.
- Delete unnecessary media files inside the WhatsApp folder in the internal storage.
Not everyone can afford to get a phone with a huge internal storage space but buying a smartphone with a good number of gigs of memory is always a wiser choice.
2. Use the latest version of Android
Many of us ignore the official OTA update for saving our mobile data quota. Well, I can understand that you always fall short of internet data. But OTA fixes many bugs and improves the stability(makes your android faster). Usually, OTA is not too big(200-300 MBS) unless you are getting a new Android version altogether. If you don’t want to spend 200-300 Mbs also to update the OS, you can always use a free WiFi connection available in your offices or your institutions you study in.
3. Keep the limited number of Apps and useful apps only
Some Apps are movable to SD card but those Apps cause hanging issues in your mobile. Some people don’t use more than 10 Apps practically but keep many Apps which they hardly use. Few Apps keep running in the background which leads to higher consumption of RAM memory. Therefore the device starts struggling to run fast. Not to mention the battery performance also tend to decrease with more number of unnecessary Apps installed on your phone. So it’s wise to make necessary Apps list and keep those installed on your phone only. Try this and you will notice a remarkable improvement in your phone’s speed.
4. Root your device and debloat every Apps you never use
The smartphone makers usually add bloatware which can become nightmares for some people who are not aware of the rooting procedure of their devices. Rooting is not advisable if your device is under warranty. Risk of bricking your device is always there if you do any mistake while rooting.
But everything comes with advantages and disadvantages and rooting is not an exception. If you successfully root your mobile you can debloat all the bloated software by using applications available on play store.
Debloating makes extra room in your phone’s internal memory and frees up some RAM memory. If you are a newbie in rooting, you can take XDA site help wherein you will find plenty of tutorials on rooting. Just search “your device name+root” and you will find many informative tutorials on rooting. Rooting makes your Android faster because it allows you to use some Apps like “Greenify” which hibernates Apps automatically and hence improve RAM management as well as increase your phone’s battery performance.
5. Flash a lightweight custom ROM
The best thing about Android-powered devices is that you get the freedom to try custom ROM if you are not satisfied with the stock ROM. Custom ROM doesn’t come with any bloatware and thus perform better than the stock one.
To flash a custom ROM, your device must be unlocked and should have a custom recovery like “Twrp” installed. You can do both in a matter of a few minutes if you are experienced. If you don’t know about unlocking your device and installing a custom recovery, just head to Xda forums. You will definitely find a solution over there.
Please remember devices with “MediaTek” processors are not supported that much and development is usually underwhelming. So you may end up getting a buggy custom ROM and you may not have many ROM options to choose from. Qualcomm-powered devices have more options when it comes to custom ROMs availability. So if you have MediaTek device, better stick with the stock ROM itself.
6. Refrain from using animations
Animations are one of the culprits which slow down your phone. Using animation don’t really make any noticeable difference in appearance much for most of the users. In case your phone is not fast enough then try to turn off Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. You can find these options in the developer option in your phone. If you can’t find developer option then you can go to Settings > About phone> system >Build number and tap it seven times. You can set these animations to 0.5x if you don’t want to turn them off completely which can help you to make your Android faster.
7. Use lite versions of important Apps
Fortunately, most famous Apps are already released in the lite version apart from the regular version of these Apps. Facebook’s regular App is too heavy for low-end phones with 2 gis or less RAM. The regular Facebook App is too big(around 70 Mbs) while the lite version is below 5 MBS. Also, the Facebook messenger comes in the lite version which allows you to take advantage of messenger without bulking your phone. Not only Facebook, Kindle, Skype, Twitter, Shazam, Line, Opera browser all come in the lite version. Try them today and I bet you, you will stick to them in the future as you will not miss the most useful functionalities these lite versions offer. Your phone speed will skyrocket like never before. Lite Apps are great alternatives to try and make your Android faster.
8. Delete cached up data
Cached data start accumulating since day one when you start using your phone. This data definitely help the respective Apps to load faster but there must be some apps you might have uninstalled. So these extra cached up data take up quite a lot of your phone’s internal storage memory. There are two ways to clear up the cached data. You can select an individual app and clean up cached data if you have relatively lesser Apps installed. In case, you have more than 30 Apps and you don’t want to do this boring work again and again then you can take help of Ccleaner. To clear up cached data individually for each app you need to go to Settings > Apps > All tab and tap on each App and clear cache. For deleting all cached data including cached media files you can go to Settings > Storage and tap on Cached data and then press OK.
9. Read reviews of Apps before installing them
Google has provided a review and rating system in the play store for a good reason. These reviews help new users to get an idea of how good or bad an App may be. Also, the review date is mentioned after the name of the reviewer which indicates which particular build may be having bugs. Some Apps just make your phone overloaded and make them sluggish due to bugs present in them. So make a habit of reading reviews before installing a completely new App because prevention is always better than cure. It’s better to stay away from the buggy Apps rather than installing it and again uninstalling it when your device starts behaving abnormally.
10. Do not keep unnecessary accounts and auto-sync active for all accounts
Auto-sync is a great feature which can help you to keep your contacts and important photos safe. But keeping this feature on for all the other accounts will simply use a lot of your phone’s resources for no good. Keep Auto-sync on for that account only which you always use on your phone. For other accounts, you can turn it off completely or reduce auto-sync frequency. This will also help in increasing battery performance. Try this and see the difference yourself.
11. Use static images instead of live-wallpapers
Using live wallpapers not only slows down your phone but also affects the performance of the battery. There are a lot of cool static wallpapers out there. You can check those wallpapers on Zedge. Try dark wallpapers which will help in increasing your phone’s battery performance a lot.
12. Do a factory reset as the last option
This step is recommended only as the last option if you don’t get the desired performance even after trying all the ways mentioned above. This will clean your internal storage meaning you will not have access to any data stored in the internal storage anymore including contacts, media files, and documents etc. So before you proceed to take this step, back up everything you need. You can do a factory reset by going to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset. After reset, you will feel like you are using the new handset as you bought it and used for the first time. It will be that snappier.
What steps do you take when your device starts to stutter? We would love to know your suggestions to make Android faster.