If you had to guess the one thing without which the modern world could not survive. What would you pick? While some of you might think about the Internet, computers but I am confident that most of you would look at your smartphone and guess mobile phones. Today smartphones are part of the very fabric of our everyday life. And, if you live outside of the United States, there is more than 50 % chance that you use an Android smartphone. While Android does have its advantages over another mobile platform. It is not perfect. Eventually, like all things android slows down. And let’s face it no one likes a slow phone. So today we are going to discuss some tips and tricks to speed up your android.
A) Update the Firmware
Google releases a new version of Android every year and follows it with a bunch of patches, firmware updates afterward. Make sure that your phone is up to date as usually these updates and patches come with performance enhancements and better resource management.
How to check if you have the latest software version:
- Go to settings>System Updates> Check for Updates
B) Fewer Widgets
On the Android platform, widgets and apps are very different things. Unlike apps that only start working when you like them. Widgets are always running thus continually using resources. While there are some genuinely useful ones like calendar and mail. But try keeping the widget count as low as possible.
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C) Disable Animations
This one is a little cheat. While the other methods on this list would make your phone a little bit fast. This one would just give you the illusion of a faster phone. An animation is a thing your phone does when you click on an icon to open an app before actually opening the app. By disabling these animations, your cell phone would just feel faster.
How to disable animations:
- Settings > Developer Options > Window Animation Scale > Animations Off.
Tip: If you don’t see developer options in your settings app, just go to about phone>Build Number and keep pressing build number until developer options pop up.
D) Live Wallpaper
Almost everyone loved the newer versions of the live wallpapers that Google released. They are a lot more subtle than the previous versions of the thing. I won’t be surprised if you fail to observe it on your first time. Only some part of the wallpaper is now in motion as supposed to multiple moving objects in the previous versions. But just like widgets live wallpaper continuously use up resources and battery power. So if you want to speed up your phone, try sticking with a static wallpaper.
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E) Clear Cache Data
Your Android apps continually cache small pieces of data, which in theory will boost the performance of your phone. But if your device is low on internal storage, cached data starts hurting more than it helps. So you might want to consider clearing it up
How to clear cached data:
- Settings> Storage> Cached Data> Select “OK” on the prompt up.
Now before discussing anything else, Let me be explicit Rooting is not for everybody. Also, Many manufacturers deem your phone warranty void if your phone is rooted. In addition to that, you need to sure about what you are doing because if you don’t, you might end up screwing everything. This process is known as “Bricking” a.k.a turning our phone into a useless piece of brick. Now with the warnings out of the way, let’s move forward. Since Android is built upon the Linux Kernel, it can be rooted just like any other OS. “Rooting” essentially means gaining administrator level access on your device.
After rooting your phone, you can remove any preloaded apps that you don’t need or use. Also, you can install custom ROM’s that might be a better fit for your taste, or enhance certain aspects of your device like battery life, performance etc. Lastly, you can update your phone to the latest version of the OS that could otherwise be unsupported on your device.
I am a sophomore at IIT Roorkee currently pursuing my B.tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.