1. Free List item up disk space
When your phone runs out of memory, things slow down. Google claims that you’ll notice performance issues when less than 10% of the available storage space is available on the device. We think it’s best to keep unused space at around 20%. To clear the clutter:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap on Storage or search for “Storage” in the Settings search bar.
- If you find that less than 80% of your disk space is available
2. Delete unused programs
Unused applications not only take up valuable storage space, but often run in the background. Removing old programs often improves system smoothness and saves battery life. There are several ways to uninstall apps, but you can usually long press the app icon and select the app info, or drag the icon to the top of the screen to request the uninstall.
3. Change the speed of the system
Changing the system animation speed on your Android phone does not automatically speed it up, but it does give the impression that your device is running faster. Increasing the scale of the animation can complete the image faster and create this feeling in improving system performance.
If your Android phone animations are particularly slow or slow, this trick is a great choice. If you prefer speed to glamorous effects, you can disable system animations forever. For more information, check out our guide on how to speed up animations on your Android phone.
4. Reboot your phone
Restarting your phone is a simple but effective way to improve performance. While the Android memory management system is excellent and most phones have too much RAM, restarting can free up the resources used to run applications in the background. It’s a good idea to restart your phone at least once a week. If you notice it slowing down between reboots, increase the frequency every other day.
If you have a new flagship, don’t expect significant results from this trick. However, if you’re using a budget phone with limited RAM, a restart can greatly improve overall performance.
5. Use lite version apps
Google and many other developers offer a Lite or Go version of their apps for older and low-end Android devices with limited RAM and storage. Lite version apps are smaller, less resource-intensive alternatives to their full-fledged counterparts.
Google offers Lite versions of many apps, including Google Go, Camera Go, Assistant Go, and Maps Go. You’ll also find lite versions of other popular apps on the Play Store, including Twitter, Spotify, Skype, and Facebook.
6. Update to the latest software
Make sure your phone is running the latest software version or the latest available security patch. Google optimizes Android with each new version. Updating to the latest version of Android frees up system resources on your device, reduces app loading times, and improves system fluency.
All major phone manufacturers have come a long way since the early days of Android and now they tend to provide frequent software updates for phones. The best part is that these manufacturers try to keep improving the performance and fluidity of their systems based on user feedback on almost every update.
7. Factory initialization
If you’ve processed all your suggestions so far and you’re still dealing with strange devices, upgrade now. Factory initialization is great, but it’s an extreme way to improve performance. This essentially restores the device to inventory and erases all data.
When you’re ready to initialize your Android device, back up all the data you need. After resetting your phone, check the list of downloaded apps. I don’t want to install apps that I never used in the first place.
8. Consider installing a custom ROM
If you have a relatively old (and slow) Android phone or a phone that has reached the end of manufacturer support, consider installing a custom ROM or custom kernel. Installing a custom ROM or a custom kernel will void your warranty, but don’t worry if it’s already expired.
Make sure your phone’s bootloader is unlockable. Otherwise you’re out of luck. On phones where unlocking the bootloader is not an issue, how to root and install custom ROMs or kernels varies depending on the variant and device manufacturer. Be warned: custom ROMs can block your phone, so only do this if you’re ready to buy a new phone.
LineageOS and Paranoid Android are among the most popular custom ROMs, although they are not necessarily the best for your device in terms of stability. Make sure to do your research before selecting the custom ROM to install on your device. The XDA forums are generally a good place to start.