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12 Simple Tips to Speed Up Your Android Phone

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe.

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Is it possible to make Android faster?  Wondering how to speed up your Android phone?

Android users are still looking for answers to these burning questions on the internet. There are even forums dedicated to increasing Android’s performance. 

Undeniably, smartphones have become faster over the years. In some cases, they are even pushing the bounds of quickness and fluidity. Despite this, slow Android phones continue to frustrate users.

So, in the following guide, we’ll go over some of the best tips and tricks to speed up your Android phone.  

Editor’s note: Although this guide applies to most Android devices, specific instructions may vary slightly based on your phone’s Android version.

1. Restart Your Phone 

“Have you tried rebooting your phone?”

This catchphrase has become the official slogan of phone specialists. However, it is a proven-to-work solution as a reboot helps to deal with several problems. It stops and relaunches the OS, fixing numerous issues in one sweep. 

So, if your Android phone is running slow. It will be a good idea to restart it. Just hold the Power button on the side. Wait for the Power menu to appear on the screen. Then, tap on the Restart button.  

Reboot Android
Restart Your Android Phone. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

2. Use Cloud Storage  

Cloud storage is undeniably the future. The market for cloud storage services has gradually increased over the years. Besides personal use, they are being used for big corporations as well.

So, it is a reliable solution to all of our storage problems. So, if you choose to store some of your files to cloud storage that will lessen the burden we put on the internal storage of our smartphones.

More storage space means, smartphones will run faster and the apps will work more efficiently. At the moment, cloud storage is expensive. However, you can focus on services that are reliable and provide free storage.

Take Google Drive as an example. A Google account is necessary and you will get 15 GB of storage space for free. You can increase it but it will cost you.

3. Clear Your Phone’s Memory 

One of the old-school methods can be very helpful for making your Android phone faster. It’s called clearing the Memory. It can provide your smartphone a much-needed performance boost if it is in fact running out of memory. 

These days, all modern Android launchers are equipped with a system memory cleaning feature. But you also have the option to install 3rd party memory cleaner apps for Android.

Just be very careful. There are some applications that claim to be a great memory cleaner and promise to make your device faster.

Instead, they end up consuming more RAM, elevating the issue. You can install CCleaner. It is a highly recommended memory cleaner application and users are only saying good things about it.    

4. Turn Off Animations

Turning off animation is another old-school method. It is not a solution that specialists usually recommend and also, you may never have come across this option as it is only available under Developer Settings. 

Regardless of its complexity, disabling the animation can significantly improve the performance of your Android mobile. 

  1. First, you have to enable the Developer Options. So, tap on About Phone in Android Settings.
Tap on About Phone
Tap on About Phone under Android Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. After that, select the Software Information option and locate the Build Number
Tap 7 Times on the Build Number
Tap on Build Number 7 Times Under Software Information. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Tap on the Build Number 7 times to activate Developer Options
  2. After activating the Developer Mode, go back to the previous screen. Locate Developer Options at the bottom and tap on it. 
Developer Options Enabled
Developer Options Visible Under Android Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. In the Developer Options menu, turn off Transition Animation Scale
Disable Transition Animation Scale
Turn Off Transition Animation Scale Under Developer Options. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Turning off Transition Animation Scale means that you don’t have to sit through those dancing animations when you launch an app.  You can also turn off the Window Animation Scale and Animator Duration Scale.

5. Disable Background Services 

The background services consume a lot of processing power and can slow down your Android device.

The list includes apps that are constantly running in the background. This is an issue that you need to look into when you feel like your Android phone is running slow.

Once again, you need to enable the Developer Options and locate the Background Check. From this menu, you can see which apps have permission of operating in the background of your device.

You can change the permission if you want. However, we recommend not changing permission for messaging apps like WhatsApp. Otherwise, you will stop receiving messages when the app is not actively used.

Background Check Option Under Developer Mode
Developer Options Menu on Android. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

You can also access the Background Process Limit option. However, we don’t recommend it.

6. Remove Unnecessary Apps from Your Phone 

This is a very popular tip. If you reduce the number of applications installed on your Android device, it will run faster. 

Now, we don’t want you to remove your favorite or important apps. Just the application that you are not using at the moment or haven’t used in a long time. 

So, you just have to identify the apps and tap on the Uninstall button. You should also be very careful about the applications that you install on your phone as many of them are performance-drainers.

Try not to install apps from unknown sources such as sideloading APK files on your Android phone. These apps can take a toll on your phone’s performance.

7. Start Using Lite Android Apps

Popular applications like Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, Opera, and Spotify offer an alternate versions of their applications. These are known as the Lite Apps or the Lite Version of the app. 

These apps are not different from the original. All the main features are available but the developers just eliminated the unnecessary or elective features to reduce data usage on your Android phone

Installing these applications can also be helpful for your phone as these apps consume less memory and processing power, inevitably speeding up your phone.  

8. Clear App Cache

Clearing app cache is an excellent way to make your Android phone faster. Don’t worry, removing the cache files won’t hinder the app’s performance. On the contrary, it will make your apps run smoother and you will also free up some storage

The cache files are actually temporary files created by the respective application to operate better. Once you launch the app after the removal of the cache files, it will start creating new ones. 

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap on Apps.
  2. Locate the application whose cache you want to remove and tap on it. 
  3. After that, in the App Info, tap on Storage
Facebook App Info
Tap on the Storage Option. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. On the following panel, you will find the Clear Cache option at the bottom. Tap on it to remove the cache files. 
Clear App Cache
Remove Facebook App Cache Files. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

It is also better if you frequently remove the cache files of apps that you use the most. This way, the files won’t pile up and will be less likely to get corrupted.

9. Update Your Phone 

If your Android phone is still running slow, you can always update the Android OS to speed it up. 

Updating the Android system is always a wise decision when you are having problems. The new updates are equipped with bug fixes and stabilization features that help your device to run better. So, give it a try.

  1. Navigate through the Android Settings app and select the Software Update option. 
  2. Tap on the Download and Install option.  
Install Android Update
Update the Android Operating System. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Android will immediately start searching for any available updates. If you have updated your phone recently, then the chances of locating a new update are pretty low.

However, Android does release new updates frequently. If the system was able to locate an update, you will have to tap on the Install option. After that, the device should perform better.

10. Install Custom ROM 

Now, installing a custom ROM is a good idea, only if your Android device is pretty old and you have lost the manufacturer’s support.  

Installing a custom ROM also means you’ll lose your phone warranty. But it won’t matter if the warranty is already expired. 

These customized ROMs are created by the Android community. They provide better performance more features and better access. But the activity of the Android community isn’t what it was ten years ago. Custom ROM availability will be limited, only for popular devices. 

Lastly, you also need to be very careful during the installation. Installing custom ROM means, you have to root the device (please, see the benefits of rooting your Android device).

If you are not careful, you can permanently damage your Android device. If successful, you will significantly speed up your Android device. 

11. Check for Malware

Malware can create a lot of problems, including slowing down your Android phone. So, you need to be very careful while using the internet.

Malware can enter your mobile in a number of ways. It can be via a pop-up ad that you have clicked or apps you have installed from unknown developers. 

If you want to protect your phone from hackers, be very careful about the apps you install on your phone and the websites you visit.

We also recommend completing a thorough scan via a professional anti-virus application. Just to be safe. You can use the Bitdefender Antivirus app. It is a reputable option.

12. Factory Reset 

If you’ve tried all the above steps and your Android phone is still running slow, you may need to perform a Factory Reset of the device

A factory reset will erase all the data on your phone. Hence, we recommend you back up your Android device before resetting it.

  1. Navigate to the Settings app and tap on the General Management option. 
  2. Under General Management, select the Reset option. 
  3. In the Reset menu, you will find the Factory Data Reset option. Tap on it to proceed. 
Factory Reset Android Phone
Tap on the Factory Data Reset option. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Finally, you will have to confirm your action by tapping on the Blue Reset Button. After the reset, your Android phone will start to perform better.

Final Thoughts on Speed Up a Slow Android Phone

Hopefully, the tips & tricks we have discussed in this article were proven to be useful and your Android phone is running at full throttle. 

All the discussed methods are verified. Just be careful when you install the custom ROM so you don’t brick your phone. If you are not tech-savvy, consider contacting someone who is to do it for you.

Also, if you know of any other tips that we left out and should have been in this guide, please let us know about them in the comment section below.

Writer, Android

Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe.

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