Everyone is after the speed now, we need a fast computer, fast transportation means, fast mobile and other communication devices, and so on, the want of speed seems to be a never ending task. Android devices usually come with high speed and excellent performance. Certain things can affect negatively the performance or speed of a device and when you pay attention to this aspect, your device won’t slow down. Computer users know very well how important it is to keep the system properly maintained in order to prevent it from losing performance.
Though your Android shouldn’t need a defrag app for the same reason like a computer, there are still few things that require to be attended if you want your Android phone run faster. Let’s take a brief look on them.
Pay Attention to the Home Screens
Depending on the model of your device, an Android device is more probable to slow down if you load up the home screens with live wallpapers and widgets. Older and slower devices don’t tolerate this burden and slow down. Widgets on a newer device shouldn’t affect the speed that much, but animated wallpapers can do. Many users want to have an animated wallpaper but not only it can cause the home screen to lag, but also it drains the battery. So, say no to such things if you don’t want your device and battery to suffer.
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Change the Browser if Necessary
With older versions of Android, like Lollipop or Marshmallow, an increase in the speed can be possible if a newer browser is installed. The browser that comes installed with the OS won’t be updated unless the OS is updated. If you replace the older one with a new browser, like the Firefox app for Android, you can see an increase in speed. If your device is running Android 6.0 or higher version and if you feel some slowing down of the browser, then try installing Google Chrome or Opera Mini which could certainly make some difference. These browsers save the device’s processing power and reduce network usage.
Kill or Uninstall Troublesome or Unnecessary Apps
Though not very usual, some apps may start giving some trouble, which takes up much CPU resources resulting in slowing down of the device. If you suspect so, or want to stay on the safe side, try to identify the misbehaving apps in the Task Manager. You can see in the Task Manger how high they take your system’s resources. Alternately, you can use app like Advanced Task Manager to point out the troublesome apps. Once detected, kill them or uninstall them from the system.
You should also try to keep the apps to minimum. Take off the ones that you don’t need often. Likewise, check the widgets population and disable the unnecessary ones.
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Overclock the Device
Overclocking your Android device can improve the performance. For this, you need root access. You can try SetCPU to overclock the device’s CPU. However, few words of warning about overclocking; overclocking generates more heat which could damage the hardware and decreases the battery life. So, better avoid it even if you are advised to do so.
Control the Auto-Start Programs
Controlling the auto-start programs can result in properly timed booting process. If your Android is rooted, use an application like Autostarts that manages which apps have to start automatically. Your device boots up quicker than before if you control the startup apps. Computer users are familiar with this kind of control and the same applies to an Android device.
Install Custom ROMs to Get Newer Version
In the newer version of Android, 7.0 Nougat, improvements on Project Svelte works to reduce lag. However, if you don’t have the official update to the newer version of Android, you can upgrade by installing a custom ROM; for instance, LineageOS (the legacy of CyanogenMod) is a popular custom ROM that supports a variety of devices.
Check for Background Processing
When apps keep running in the background, your battery will keep draining and the performance can also be affected. Control what has to be run in the background so that not only you will save good battery life but also the performance will improve.
The above tips to make Android phone run faster may not look so impressive, but they have the potential to produce some results. Try them and find the difference in the speed of your Android device.