21 Ways to make Android faster

Android, one of the most widely used Smartphone OS runs well in start as its free from all other extra Apps and usage data like caches. But, as time passes it starts getting slower and slower depending on your usage & the amount data in it. It doesn’t matter, whether you use a Nexus 5 or a Coolpad device. Everything ends up lagging & battery drainage. Many users find rooting as the ultimate solution. But, it isn’t true. Your device was running pretty well in the initial days, wasn’t it? Generally people find few 4-5 possible solutions to fix it, which isn’t the solution in all cases.

Talking about the solutions, there are many possible reason behind a slow device. It could be a buggy App or an unupdated Android device. Today we’ll discuss all different possibilities to look over. You would surely find a solution for your slow device from any one of this methods. Let’s begin with 21 ways to make your Android phone run faster.

1. Using a launcher :

Android Launcher
Android Launcher

This is the most common & easy solution for a slow or not responding Home screen. If you use a phone which isn’t updated, you might experience slow down or sudden crash while opening App drawer, Scrolling through Home screens etc. As third Party launchers replace your Stock Launcher with an updated and light Launcher, it pretty much fixes the lag. As launchers are frequently updated by their developers.

2. Disable Sync :

Many of you might not be aware of the background auto sync of Apps. Auto Sync eats up RAM, CPU & Battery. If you don’t want your Apps like Gmail, Google Plus, Facebook etc to Show notifications for each email or any activities. You can simply disable the Auto sync feature or set it to more value like Sync once after every one hour etc. To disable it, Goto Settings > Find Accounts > Select the Apps that you don’t want to show Notifications. > You might find a Symbol like Refreshshown before Click on it & uncheck all options to disable it. Do this with all Apps that you don’t use much.

3. Turn Off or reduce Animations :

Disable Animations in Android - Devs-Lab
Disable Animations in Android – Devs-Lab

Majority of the time people experience lag issues while opening Apps or anything. 90% of the time its the Animation bug, Turning off the Animation would fix App launch lags or black screen. To turn Animations Off Goto Developer Options ( If you can’t see it, Goto About Phone > Tap on the build Number for 6-7 times. Now, Go back to find Developer Options just above the About Phone) Find the options in the image & set it as mentioned below :

  • Set Window Animation Scale to “Animation off”.
  • Set Transition Animation Scale to “Animation off”.
  • Set Animator duration Scale to “Animation off”.

4. Restrict Data usage :

Many Apps eat your Internet data in the background which ultimately slows down your device. Limiting or disabling this may not only speed up your phone, but it could help you cut down on how much data you use each month too. Navigate to Settings > Data Usage and scroll down to see which Apps are using data in the background & install My Data Manager – Data Usage & restrict those App to use data.

5. Chrome issues :

If the issue is with Google Chrome, you follow this method to run Chrome quickly on your device : Increase Google Chrome Speed in Android. This simple trick would actually boost up your Chrome.

6. SDcard issues :

Android SDcard issues
Android SDcard issues

Have you ever wondered, Why most of the Top brands don’t have SDcard slots? The reason is, if you use any poor or low speed SDcard it would ultimately slow down your device. To avoid device slow down, use a SDcard of >Class 10. Also scan your SDcard for corrupt or messy virus as they could be the reason behind your slow working device.

7. Limit Widgets :

Try to keep your Homescreen as clean as possible. Filling it with tones of Widgets or Apps would slow down the device as widgets use RAM & CPU in background. Try to limit the widget number to 1-2 only.

8. Remove heavy Apps :

Heavy Apps means Facebook, messenger etc. You would actually experience performance difference once you remove all this heavy Apps. You can use its alternative like Facebook lite or anything.

Check detailed post7 ways to make Android faster.

9. Disable unused System Apps :

If you got your phone with tones of useless Apps pre-installed. They could be the reason behind your slow working device. As its not possible to remove those Apps without rooting. You can disable those Apps by navigating to Settings > Apps > Find the Apps & click on disable. Its equivalent to removing the Apps.

10. Avoid live wallpapers :

Most of the people are fond of live wallpapers as it feels good to see a moving homescreen. But, they are the real consumer. A live wallpaper consumes around 8-20MB of RAM & 6-15% of CPU in background, which is a big deal for normal smartphones. It better to stick with static/Normal wallpapers.

11. Switch Runtime (Android Kitkat & Above) :

If you are a Android Kitkat & above user, you can speed up your Android in secs. Switching from Dalvik to ART would increase your device’s performance & battery life. Although its not much developed in Kitkat. But, in lollipop phones you would find a drastic change in your device’s performance. Go to Developer Options ( If you can’t see it, Goto About Phone > Tap on the build Number for 6-7 times. Now, Go back to find Developer Options just above the About Phone.) find Select Runtime. Select ART & restart your phone. That’s all. To learn more about ART & Dalvik check official post : ART & Dalvik.

12. Clear Cache :

This is the most common solution given by most of the Android users. Check more about Cache here. Use CCleaner to clear your device’s cache & junk files.

13. Update your system :

Keep your system update to date, as most of the update comes with Performance, battery & security updates over your old version. Don’t avoid System updates as they have some major fixes of your device.

14. Delete Crap :

If your device is full of Images or videos that you don’t use anymore, you can delete it to free up space for system usage. Try to keep your device as clean as possible to provide more space for system to perform operations smoothly.

15. Move Apps to SDcard :

Move your Apps to SDcard to free up Internal memory for system utilization. Make sure you use a good quality SDcard as it could drastically effect your device’s performance. Prefer Class 10 SDcard to avoid Lag & slow reading issues.

Check : How to Increase Internal Memory of Android.

16. Timely Restarts :

Don’t forget to restart your phone after every 1-2 days. Restarting your device indirectly refreshes it & clears all saved junk of Apps.

17. Keep an eye on Apps :

Make sure you keep an eye on all the Apps in your phone by timely checking Battery info, RAM usage & Sync of the App. Figure out the battery draining App by using GSam Battery Monitor. Try to keep your Apps up to date, uninstall unused Apps & Switch to Airplane mode in low coverage areas to avoid battery drainage.

18. Factory Reset :

Factory reset reverts everything to factory settings i.e At the time when your device worked faster. If you are worried of your data like Contacts, Message or Call logs, you can backup them by using Super Backup for Android. Factory Reset helps 95% of the time.

19. Startup Kill :

Have you ever experienced lag while startup? Its because all the Apps in your device start up at the same time, leaving very few CPU for usage. But you can restrict those Apps to Startup at boot without rooting your Android. Check Startup Manager (Free). It does the job pretty good & its completely free.

20. Upload Files on Cloud :

Upload unused media files on Cloud storage like Google Drive, Mediafire etc. to clean up Space & get maximum performance. You can access those files when ever required.

21. SSD Trim *ROOT* (For lower than Android 4.3):

If you are using an Android device which is running on Android version lower than 4.3 than you are missing one big feature which is not available in Android 4.3< by default. It may confuse readers to know that the solid state memory in Android devices naturally slow down with use. Before Android 4.3 released, many believed cheap flash memory modules contributed to bad performance. All Android and iOS devices use primitive, compared to desktop SSDs, solid state storage devices. Within the Android storage device ecosystem, most storage devices utilize eMMC technology, of which multiple versions exist.  Newer smartphones tend to use the more refined eMMC version 4.4 and above, whereas older devices use eMMC (among other, less common technologies). Virtually all of these slow down rapidly over time as data gets transferred and deleted. That’s because of a lack of fstrim (or TRIM) implementation in Android. TRIM allows solid state drives to recover from performance degradation, which naturally occurs over time with flash-based solid state memory. You can free up the space by using LagFix (Free) App.

Final words

You can try all the above methods to fix Performance. Although title says without rooting, but if you have a Android -4.3 (Pretty Old now) its better you root it as it would speed up your device by 40-70% of current speed. If you found any methods not working for your device, you can comment below.

Last updated on: Jan 6, 2016 @ 3:22 pm


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