Best Ways to Make an Android Faster

Gabriela Haynes
1 year ago

Diagnosing why Android is slow can be difficult because it could be any number of software-related or hardware-related issues or a mixture of both. If you have an Android phone, there are a few methods you can take to make it run faster. We will tell you more about them.

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Why Your Android Is So Slow

  • One of the biggest causes for Android devices getting slower over time is a lack of storage space. As you use your device, it starts to fill up with all sorts of data from downloaded apps, photos, videos, and more. This can cause your device to run out of space and start performing poorly. 
  • Another factor that can lead to slow performance on an Android device is the fact that many phones come pre-loaded with bloatware or extra software that’s not needed but takes up valuable resources and memory. Removing this type of software can help speed things up significantly. 
  • It’s also important to keep your device updated when new versions become available as these usually come with bug fixes and optimizations that can improve performance and battery life. It’s also a good idea to keep the apps you have installed updated as newer versions are often more optimized for better performance. 
  • Finally, if none of these tips seem to help then it may be time to consider factory resetting your device which will delete all data and settings from your phone and return it back to its original state. This can be an effective way of getting rid of any extra software or cache that has been slowing down your device over time. Just remember to backup important data before proceeding with this option. 

Restart your phone

If you are having trouble with your Android phone, restarting it is one of the quickest and most effective ways to solve any issues. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to restart your Android phone: 

  1. Open the Settings app on your device. It is usually represented by a gear icon somewhere in the App Drawer.
  2. Scroll down to find and select “About Phone” or “System”, depending on your model of phone. This will open another menu where you can find more detailed information about your device and its settings.
  3. Find an option labeled either “Restart” or “Reboot”. It may be located in the “System” menu, under “Advanced”.
  4. Select the Restart/Reboot option when it appears and confirm with a tap on “OK”. This will initiate a restart process which may take up to one minute, depending on your device. 
  5. Wait for your phone to finish rebooting and appear back at its home screen before using it again. You should now be able to continue using your Android device with any previously existing issues hopefully resolved.

Check your Android device for updates

If your Android device is more than a couple of years old, it may not receive the latest updates. However, it’s still important to check for available updates periodically. Checking for updates can help ensure that your device runs smoothly and securely. 

To check for an update on your Android device:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Select “System” from the list of options in Settings.
  3. Tap “Advanced” or “About phone,” depending on your device’s model and version of Android OS you are running. 
  4. Tap “Software Update” or “System Updates” to manually search for an update if one is available. 
  5. Tap “Download and Install” if an update is available.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. 

It’s a good idea to check for updates periodically as newer versions of Android may contain important security patches or bug fixes that can improve your device’s performance and protect it from attacks. Moreover, some apps may require you to have the latest version of Android to run properly. So be sure to keep your device up-to-date by checking for updates regularly. 

Free up storage space

  • One way to free up storage space on an Android device is by uninstalling unwanted apps. When you uninstall an app, it removes the app and any associated files that were installed with it. To uninstall an app, open the Settings menu, go to Apps & Notifications, select the app you want to remove, and then click Uninstall.
  • Another way to free up storage space on your Android device is by deleting large or unnecessary files from your phone’s internal storage. They include photos, videos, downloads, music files, or documents stored in the Downloads folder. You can access these files by opening the Files app and navigating to Internal Storage > Download Folder. From here, you can delete individual files or entire folders of data at once.
  • Finally, you can use a cloud storage service, such as Google Drive or Dropbox, to store files online instead of on your device’s internal storage. This will free up storage space, while still allowing you to access the files when you need them. To access and manage your cloud storage, open the Files app and select Cloud Storage from the dropdown menu. Here you can create new folders, upload files, and delete unnecessary files or folders that are taking up space in the cloud.

Clear your cache

Clearing cache on Android devices can help free up storage space and improve device performance. It can also be used to clear out faulty or unwanted data that may have been stored in the cache. Here are some steps to help you safely clear cache on your Android device: 

  1. Open Settings > Storage & USB and then tap Internal storage (or whichever storage option is applicable). 
  2. Scroll down and tap Cached data. 
  3. Tap OK when prompted with a message asking if you want to delete cached data. 
  4. The cached data will then be cleared out of your device’s internal storage, freeing up space on your device and improving its performance in the process. Repeat these steps as needed.

Turn off animations

Animations may enhance the look of your Android phone but it can also eat up processing power and slow down your device. If you’re having performance issues with your device, turning off animations is a great way to boost its speed. Here’s how to turn off animations on an Android device:

  1. Go to Settings > About Phone/Tablet and tap Build number 7 times to enable Developer Options. 
  2. Once enabled, return to the Settings menu, then select Developer Options (or System, depending on your version of Android). 
  3. Scroll down until you see “Window animation scale,” “Transition animation scale”, and “Animator duration scale.” 
  4. Tap each option in turn and set them to ‘Animation off’ or ‘Scale 0x’. 
  5. Finally, restart your device for the changes to take effect.

By following these steps, you should now have disabled all animations on your Android phone. This will free up some of the processing power being used by your device and make it work much more efficiently. You may also notice that apps appear to open faster than before as animations are no longer running in the background.

In conclusion

In conclusion, making your Android device faster is possible with a few simple steps. Using the tips in this article, you can clear out any unnecessary apps or data on your phone and make sure that your operating system is always up-to-date. You should also consider using an alternative launcher to improve the appearance of your phone, as well as implementing methods, such as turning off automatic background updates and disabling animations to further enhance its performance.