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How to Speed up Your Android Smartphone ( 2018 )

Android Smartphone

how-to-speed-up-android-phoneDoes the smartphone you bought a few months ago seem to defy all that it promised? Has your rabbit turned to a tortoise? No worries, hereby I bring you 8 easy ways to speed up your android smartphone.

Best Ways to Speed Up Android Smartphone

Update your Operating System

Keeping the operating system updated is always the best way to ensure a fast and snappy device. Latest updates bring with them the latest security patches, updated virus and malware definitions, bug fixes and sometimes a whole new Operating System. To check if your device is up to date, follow the steps below:

  • Click on the “Settings” icon.
  • Scroll down to “About phone” option.
  • Click on “System Updates” option.
  • If updates are available, install them. If not, read further for more solutions.

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Reduce Transition Rate

Reducing the transition rate does not actually speed up your device but it is just a nifty little trick which makes your device look like it runs faster than before. Reducing the animation rate just makes the transitions a bit quicker to give you a feel of a faster device. This does not help much though but is an instant solution to the problem. In case you want to try it out:

  • Click on “Settings” icon.
  • Click on “About phone”.
  • Tap the “Build Number” 7 times until you see a popup that shows “You are now a developer”.
  • Now head back to the “Settings” menu again.
  • Click on “Developer Options”.
  • Scroll down until you see the “Animation Scale” option.
  • Click on each of them and either turn them off or reduce the transition rate to 0.5x.

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Get rid of widgets and live wallpapers

Widgets are always great as they act as a shortcut and help you accomplish your day to day tasks without actually opening the app. But do you know that you compromise a lot on your RAM when you add widgets? It’s strange but true. Widgets use your RAM even when you are not using your phone and hence affect performance a lot.

Also, live wallpapers make your phone look awesome. They are responsive enough to react to your stimulus and hence you always want to use it. Let me warn you about them when it comes to performance though. Live wallpapers do eat up a lot of RAM, a lot more than you can actually expect. I suggest using a static wallpaper for the better smartphone experience.

Clear Cache

Cache is a part of memory that holds those parts of the program which are frequently used by the CPU. In smartphones, the cache is a small partition of main memory itself and hence it takes up quite a lot of space when we do not clear it for long. To clear the cache files, do as directed:

  • Click on “Settings” icon.
  • Click on “Storage” option.
  • Click on the “Cached Data” to clear the cache data.

Note: You may not feel a considerable difference in speed after this trick.

Clear background apps

Running too many apps in memory is sure to make your phone a sloth. It is simple mathematics. Same goes with RAM. If your RAM has a capacity of 2gb and you keep above 1.5gb engaged, your phone is sure to slow down. Keeping the frequently used apps in the background and clearing off the apps that are used occasionally can improve the speed of your smartphone up to a great extent. You can use an app or do it manually. To clear the background apps manually,

  • Click on the “Recent Apps” button on your smartphone.
  • Click on “Clear All” or swipe left/right to clear the apps you want to clear.

Remove Bloat

Bloat refers to the unnecessary or unused apps that eat up your memory as well as storage. They keep running the background continuously and use up your smartphone’s RAM and its storage. Removing bloat is necessary so as to ensure device’s safety because many times the bloatware installed on the device may access your personal data. To clean up the bloat and speed up your smartphone, do as I say:

  • Click on “Settings” icon.
  • Click on “Apps” option.
  • Select “All Apps” option from the drop-down menu.
  • Click on the app you wish to get rid of.
  • Click “Uninstall/Disable” as per the option available for the respective app.

Root Options

Rooting isn’t the easiest way to speed up your smartphone but is the most effective method from the ones stated above. Rooting is basically which allows a user to access the device’s subsystems just like the developers do. With rooting, we can do endless things. We can change the OS of our phone, we can uninstall the system applications. The list of what we can do with Rooting with our Android is endless. Some merits of rooting are:

  • You can install Custom ROMS
  • You can enable Ad-blocking for all the apps.
  • You can increase the battery life and performance of your Android.
  • You can even install any incompatible apps with some more tweaks.
  • The list goes on and on……..
  • With rooting, however, you will have to face the following issues:
  • Your warranty will go void.
  • You have to compromise on your device’s security.
  • If not done properly, you may brick your device.

Factory Reset

This is the last of all the options. When nothing (except rooting) helps you to speed up your device, just do a factory reset. It will erase everything from your device. Your device will become like it was when you unboxed it.

Note: Returning to an unboxing condition does not include hardware. Only the software will be reset. Just in case you blame me afterward #tongueout

To perform a factory reset, follow these instructions:

  • Click on “Settings” icon.
  • Select “Backup And Reset”.
  • Click “Factory Data Reset”

These were some of the tricks to speed up your Android. If you know any tips, drop them in comments below.

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Rachit

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