As with any operating system, whether desktop or mobile, the performance of your Android operating system will begin to diminish after some time of use. Mobile operating systems are supposed to be lighter and faster to meet our need to move around, while giving us access to everything. But we have to admit that our smartphones nowadays literally hold our whole life, so they can quickly get tired. It is therefore important to know some tips to boost the performance of your Android smartphone, in order to keep an optimal comfort of use.
Have you ever wondered how to configure your Android smartphone? To tell the truth, few people ask themselves this question, as the use of these devices is nowadays very intuitive thanks to their touch screen. However, over time, by installing all sorts of applications from the Google Play, the performance of these devices degrades, so much so that we have the impression that our smartphone runs in “slow motion”. So it would be interesting to see how an Android smartphone is used…
Before looking for any application promising to boost your smartphone, here are 10 tips to boost the performance of your Android smartphone, with just its native settings.
1- Know your device
It is important that you first learn about the capabilities and drawbacks of your smartphone. Today there are many types of smartphones: some models are optimized for gaming, others for photography, others for professional use, even allowing them to be transformed into real laptops, as we saw for example with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. If you try, for example, to install the latest games, such as Fortnite, on a smartphone that lacks power, inevitably the experience will be disappointing.
So don’t overload your phone with resource-intensive apps that would otherwise degrade your phone’s performance at your expense.
2- Think about Android updates
If you haven’t updated your Android phone to the latest firmware, you should do so. Google makes great improvements with each new version of the Android operating system, including updates that ensure stability, better speed and connectivity, and other new user-friendly features.
3- Remove unwanted applications
Every application you install in your phone takes up some storage space, runs processes in the background, and adds to data usage. The more storage space or background processes, the slower your phone’s performance.
Don’t install apps you barely use. Keep only the applications you need, and if you have an application that is not really useful, you can uninstall it or disable it.
4- Disable unnecessary applications
The “performance wizard” was introduced in Android to help you disable applications you don’t need. Deactivating applications is different from uninstalling applications: uninstalling removes application files from the phone, while no files are removed when you deactivate them. These deactivated applications are not displayed on the home screen or in the application bar, but you can reactivate them to use them at any time.
5- Update applications
You should regularly update the applications installed on your phone from Google Play. Developers fix bugs and add features in new versions of applications. Updated apps work better (normally) and faster, and are less likely to crash your phone.
6- Use a high-speed memory card
The memory card is your phone’s secondary storage space. Not all smartphones offer this option for adding memory, but if your model has it, take advantage of it, especially if your smartphone has little storage to begin with! Not only does it add storage capacity, but also speed. You can now easily add between 64 and 256 GB of storage to support high-speed read/write operations. Always opt for class 6 or class 10 memory cards for your Android phone if you are looking for performance for your phone.
7- Limiting widgets
Widgets are not applications, which only run once you have chosen to activate them. No, widgets always run in the background: they are always active! While some Android users use them to keep track of the weather and their calendar, others use widgets like “Extended Controls” for quick access to essential settings like turning on or off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, their GPS, even their home control.
These widgets have their uses, but keep in mind that too many of them displayed on your home screen will slow down the performance of your device.
8- Avoid animated wallpapers
You must love the animated wallpaper feature of Android? Most manufacturers ship different animated wallpapers nowadays, but you should know that animated wallpapers that are poorly made will need more CPU cycles to run, which will drain the battery faster. Every time you activate the home screen, you launch not only your applications but also your animated wallpaper.
9- Stop synchronization
Sync is a very good feature that synchronizes your data with Google servers. By staying in sync, you can receive notifications every time a new mail arrives or when you get new notifications or updates for apps. To do this, it performs a refresh at every predefined interval (for example, it checks your mail every 5 minutes for new incoming messages), which reduces your smartphone’s performance for other activities.
You can disable Sync for non-required services or enable it only when you need to transfer or upload documents to Google servers.
10- Disable animations
What animations? If you haven’t noticed, your phone’s screen does a lot of things when you switch between tasks. To see this in action, go to Settings > Development Options > Window Animation Scale > 10x Animation Scale. Then choose “Window Animation Scale” again to see the slow-motion fade effect.
When you choose “Animation off”, the screen simply positions itself without animation. You can also turn off the transition animation scale in the same way. If you are a power user, you will probably notice that your Android runs faster when all animations are disabled.
Note: if the “Development Options” menu does not appear in your settings, you need to go to Settings > System > About Device. There, press 7 times on the Android version number. A message will tell you that the development menu has been unlocked.
If you follow these 10 tips to boost your Android smartphone, you should be able to make it faster and smoother while using it. In any case, these are some tips that I’ve been using for a while, and that allow me to take advantage of my smartphone in an optimal way when I’m on the move (on a trade show, for example, where I use it intensively, between taking pictures, notes, and sending messages to social networks). Note that these tips are also valid for an Android tablet, or even an Android console like the Powkiddy X15 we saw ;-)
If you have other tips and tricks to improve the performance of your Android, let us know in the comments!