Over time, all phones tend to slow down. There are numerous reasons why that happens – too many apps running in the background, viruses, and so on. Of course, one way to get a fast-working Android phone would be simply to buy a new one. However, that might not always be an option. In this article we will show you how to speed up your Android phone.
In order to speed up your Android phone, you can try the following options:
1. Update Android OS – A simple firmware update can fix numerous bugs and other issues your Android phone might have and can miraculously make your smartphone perform better. You can read more about how to update Android OS and what kind of safety measures you should consider before updating here.
2. Factory reset your Android phone – The problems you are having with your Android smartphone might be caused by the apps you have installed and the changes you have made. A Factory reset could be exactly what your device needs. If you need help performing a factory reset, take a look at our guide - How to Reset an Android Phone.
3. Speed your phone’s performance up with useful applications - There are numerous apps on Google Play that can easily speed up you Android phone. We suggest the following:
- avast! Mobile Security – Best rated antivirus and security app for Android devices.
- Startup Manager (Free) – A useful app that lets you disable or enable applications to start with system boot.
- Easy Cache Cleaner – A neat and easy to use system tool for Android devices that lets you delete cache files that you don’t need.
- App 2 SD – This applications lets you move apps onto your SD card. Not all applications can be moved on an SD card, but, only moving a portion of your apps on an SD card can make a huge difference as well. This app notifies you automatically when an app can be moved.
- Advanced Task Killer – This applications saves your phone’s battery and speeds up its performance by allowing you to close the applications you are currently not using. Android OS tends to keep apps working in the background in order to launch them quicker and only kills an application if you haven’t used it in a long time. Advanced Task Killer sits in your notification bar and can be easily accessed to close running, persistent, or buggy apps.
4. Rooting the phone - Although rooting can be risky and void your warranty, it gives you more options to customize your phone. With a rooted device, you could simply use overclocking to speed up the processor and subsequently the phone’s performance. Overclocked devices, however, use more battery . Therefore if you are already having trouble with your phone’s battery life, we would not suggest overclocking.
Rooting also gives you the opportunity to install custom ROMs. A ROM is pretty much the version of Android OS installed on your device. Custom ROMs are not official Android ROMs. They can be better, fix bugs, and speed up your phone’s performance, but they can also be unstable, contain their own bugs, and lack some the features of an official ROM.
Overall, both installing a custom ROM and rooting your phone are more advanced and risky solutions to this issue and we wouldn’t recommend these to beginners. The options mentioned earlier should be tried first as they should be enough to speed up most phones, so you may not need to bother with these advanced solutions.
For now, this completes our tutorial on how to speed up an Android phone. Hopefully this article helped you and your phone now works a lot faster. If you think that we have missed an important option, please feel free to let us know by leaving a comment.