The truth is, you know, it happens to every phone eventually if not taken cared of immediately. You get a new phone and it’s blazing fast for a while, but eventually, for some reasons it starts to slow down. Apps take longer to open and close, the phone may lag behind when you’re swiping, or might just not be responsive in general.
Well the good news is that most if not all of these issues can be fixed with some surprisingly simple and useful tricks to make your android faster again, and get your phone up and running almost like new, which is the whole point of this article!
1: Uninstall Unnecessary Apps From Your Phone
So, without further delay, let’s get your phone working like new. Starting off with number one, this might seem obvious, but really it’s the most important. So when was the last time you went through and deleted all the unused apps sitting on your phone?
You might think that they aren’t doing any harm just sitting there, but they are. Every app is just one more thing taking up space, possibly reducing the speed of the flash memory ever so slightly.
And one more thing your phone has to check for updates, and install new updates from the Play store, using up more bandwidth and resources every time it does.
And even if you aren’t using certain apps, they might still be taking up background resources without you knowing. So if you’ve been “meaning to get around to” clearing out old apps, maybe you’ll see that now would be a good time.
2: Remove Unnecessary Widgets From Your Phone Screen
Next one is much simpler than the previous ones, and that is to consider cutting down on how many widgets you have on your home screen.
They’re obviously useful, but if you have a ton of them it could be taking up lots of resources even when just in the home screen, almost as if each app is running simultaneously all the time, even though that’s not really how it works.
So at least give it a shot, try removing some widgets, especially the ones that dynamically update, and see if it makes a difference at all. I imagine it would especially on older phones with less RAM.
3: Remove Bloatware
Next, quickly, this one basically is an extension of the first tip, and it’s to remove any bloatware that came pre-installed with your phone. The reason I’m separating this out is because bloatware usually makes itself harder to uninstall, so you might have thought you can’t.
So if you see any pre-installed bloatware that doesn’t have the option to uninstall when you click and drag it, this is what you do.
- Go into Settings, Apps.
- select the troublesome one.
- And here you should see an option to “Disable” it or something similar.
That should do the trick. On rare occasions there are apps that you just can’t get rid of no matter what that came pre-installed, but for most of them you should at least be able to disable them.
4: Free Up Space From Your Phone
Next up, we want to figure out where all that other space went and free that up too. So go to Settings, then Storage, and this should tell you how much of your space is being taken up, and by what.
If it’s images and video, maybe back them up elsewhere and clear those out. If it’s Apps, you can click on that again and it will show you specifically which apps are taking up the most space.
It might make you realize that maybe you don’t use some of the huge apps enough to keep them installed. This is I think one of the useful tricks to make your android faster as I tried this myself.
And further, clicking on an App here will tell you how much data is taken up by the App itself, the data it’s stored, and the cache. You can usually clear the cache to free up a bunch of space, that’s just temporary files the apps save, but they can accumulate over time. I recently cleared out all my cached data so it doesn’t look like much here, but yours might be pretty big.
Be careful when deleting the App Data, you might not always want to do that because that will basically make the app as if you just downloaded it, erasing any login info, settings, or data you’ve saved within it.
Or finally, back in the storage menu, you can go to Cached Data there, clear that all out for every app at once. Again I cleared mine out so it doesn’t look like much, but before it was like 7 gigabytes of cached files So it could be pretty big.
5: Use Data Saver
Next is we’re going to use a really cool feature in the Chrome mobile web browser called Data Saver. You may or may not have heard about it already. What you do is open up Chrome so follow the steps below:
- Go to Settings,
- And look for where it says “Data Saver”.
- Then obviously you can click that and turn it on.
What this does is actually it has Google compress web pages you visit before it sends it to your phone. That way you can use less bandwidth, and presumably might make websites load a bit faster too. It won’t work on every site, such as anything that is encrypted, but that’s a good thing, because you wouldn’t want Google, or anyone else for that matter, to see your secure connection. As you can see, it also shows you how much data you’ve used and saved because of this feature.
So it was able to save many phone users about 10% of data, not bad I suppose, probably because a lot of sites use encryption by default. Still may as well keep it enabled.
6: Check Which Apps Consumes Most of Your Battery
Alright, number 6. We want to investigate which apps might be using the most resources by looking at battery usage. Because if you think about it, the more battery an app uses, the more resources it uses, even though it might not be a direct correlation. Anyway, follow the steps below:
- Go to Settings,
- Then Battery,
- Here you’ll see which apps are the worst culprits.
Now you have to consider some things here, because obviously some might just use more battery because you use it more often. So check to see if there are any apps that seem to be using much more battery than you think they should base on how much you use it, using your best judgement. Once you identify some, you have a couple options. You don’t necessarily have to uninstall it right away. Try going to that app, and poke around in the settings. See if there is anything you can change that might reduce how much battery it uses.
- You could try disabling push notifications for example,
- Or turn off location services for it,
- Disable some features you’re not using,
- Or reduce the frequency for how often it checks for new stuff.
Obviously it’s going to be different for every app, but I think you get the idea.
7: Disable Animation
Next is we’re going to Disable Animations. This may or may not make a big difference, but it should at least make your phone FEEL a bit faster, I’ll be clear about what I mean. So first of all if you haven’t enabled the Developer Options menu, you need to do that.
- Just go to Settings
- About Phone
- Go down to build number
- And tap that a bunch of times
- And it will enable a new developer options menu.
- So now go back to the main settings window
- And go to that new menu near the bottom.
- Here you’ll see a ton of advanced options you need not concern yourself with at the moment, but the ones we’re interested in are the ones that say “Animation Scale”, there should be 3 of them.
- This basically changes how fast or slow the animations on the phone are, such as the animation when opening and closing apps.
- Here, we want to simply turn them off. Now, when you click to open an app, it will skip the animation and get right to work loading the app.
Again, it might not make a major real difference, but things should actually feel a bit faster because the app opens instantly after you open or close it.
8: Factory Reset
Alright finally, we have the most important, most useful tip, if your phone ever seems to be having issues, which is… Turning off and on again. Alright you might think that one is a given, but really, it will close out all apps so nothing’s running in the background, clear out the RAM and all that. Or if you’re truly desperate, and nothing seems to work at all, you could always do a factory reset of the entire phone, wiping it clean and starting fresh. OBVIOUSLY you need to back it up first, and this might just be more trouble than it’s worth, but it is an option as a last resort.
Ok so that maybe that last one wasn’t very good, so here’s a bonus tip that actually could help, which is to disable Auto-sync on certain apps. To do this, follow the steps below:
- Go to Settings.
- And then Accounts.
- This will show you a bunch of apps that periodically check for updates and sync data for one reason or another.
There’s an option to disable auto-sync altogether, but I wouldn’t do that, because you definitely want to keep autosync on for your Google account for example.
But you can go in to apps individually, and hopefully it should give you the option right there to turn of syncing if you don’t need it to.
Other apps, like Facebook Messenger, won’t give you the option there to turn of syncing. Your best shot there would be to go into the app itself and again look around in the settings to see if there are any options for it. It might not let you disable it at all though, meaning you’d need to uninstall it altogether. But the ones you can disable might help if you don’t need them. So, that is it, by now you should have a phone that’s a lot faster.
And that’s all for my 8 useful tricks to make your android faster than before. What about you? Anyway, I’m looking forward to hearing from you and all of my readers, so if you have time please leave a comment below, and thanks for reading this article.