13 Tips To Make My Android Phone Run Faster

make my android phone run faster

No matter how much RAM your phone has, there is always a time when you begin to notice that your phone had slowed down and isn’t performing as well as when you bought it. This slowing down of phones can be due to many underlying reasons.

If your Android smartphone feels like running slow or taking too long to open apps, here are some steps to make my android phone run faster.

Solutions To Make My Android Phone Run Faster

  1. Restart your Phone
  2. Keep Your Phone Updated to the latest version
  3. Uninstall and Disable Apps That You Don’t Use
  4. Delete Cached App Data
  5. Clean up Your Home Screen
  6. Clear Your Internal Memory
  7. Try Using Lite Versions of Apps
  8. Install Apps From Known Sources
  9. Reduce or Turn off Animations and Transitions 
  10. Remove widgets
  11. Optimize your phone’s battery
  12. Turn Bluetooth off when not needed
  13. Reset Your Device

If you feel like your phone has slowed down, the first thing you should do is restart it. Restarting your phone deletes all the temporary files open on your phone and clears your RAM. As a result, your phone becomes faster. 

1. Restart your Phone

If you face regular glitches and slowdown in your phone speed, you should restart your phone at least once a week. Android also has a feature that allows you to restart your device automatically at a set time. To enable this feature, follow the steps below:

  • Go to phone settings.
  • Scroll down to General management.
General management
  • After opening general management, tap on Reset.
  • You will find the Auto re-start at set times option in the Reset section. Could you tap on the toggle to enable it?
Auto restart
  • No Press on the option again and select Schedule to set a day and time for your phone to restart.
Set time
  • After setting the time, press on Done, and you’re all set.

2. Keep Your Phone Updated to the Latest Version

Every update in android phones brings new features and fixes for bugs and glitches in the previous version. Therefore to make your phone run faster, you need to update it to the latest version. Here are the steps you need to follow to update your Android phone:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down to Software Update.
  • Tap on Download and Install so your phone can check for updates.
Software update
  • Install the latest update.
  • Enable Auto download over Wi-Fi, so your phone automatically updates when an update comes.

Note: If you have an old phone that’s also low on storage, you should avoid updating it as it will consume additional phone resources and make your phone slower.

3. Uninstall and Disable Apps That You Don’t Use

Android phones usually come with a few pre-installed apps that are useless to the user. These apps take considerable space in the storage and consume a lot of RAM by running secretly in the background. Such apps cannot be removed completely but can be disabled to prevent them from consuming system resources. 

Besides this, there are also some apps that we download from the play store, and after using them once or twice, they sit in our app drawer. Such apps should also be uninstalled from the phone to free up some storage and RAM.

To uninstall and disable apps from your Android phone, follow the steps below:

  • Launch your phone Settings.
  • Tap on Apps (Here, you will see the list of apps installed on your phone).
Apps option
  • Scroll through the list to find the apps you want to uninstall or disable.
  • After finding the app, tap on it.
  • Select uninstall from the bottom of the screen and then press OK. (In the case of a pre-installed app, you will see a Disable option at the bottom of the screen.
Uninstall and disable

4. Clear App Caches

Cached data helps load apps faster, but accumulating this cached data over time can make your phone slow down. Hence, you should delete the cached data of the apps you don’t frequently use to free up some storage space in your phone. 

Doing this will improve your device performance and allow your apps to store new cached data that will help them load even faster. Here’s how you can delete cached data from your Android phone.

  • Open Setting.
  • Tap on Apps to view your app list.
  • Now select the App for which you want to delete cached data.
  • Scroll down and tap on Storage.
Storage option
  • Now press Clear cache on the bottom right, and the app cache will be deleted.
Clear cache

5. Remove Live Wallpapers from the Homescreen

No doubt, a live wallpaper can take the look of your device to another whole level, but it’s also why your phone is slowing down. Live wallpaper not only consumes a large chunk of your storage but constantly uses your phone’s RAM to run. Thus if you have live wallpaper on your phone, it would be better to replace it with a static image to improve your phone’s speed.

6. Clear Your Internal Memory

If your phone’s storage is almost full, it can be one of the reasons why your phone has slowed down. Clearing your phone’s storage can significantly affect your phone’s speed and performance. Follow these steps to clear your phone’s storage:

  • Go to the My Files app.
My files app
  • Tap on Analyse Storage.
Analyse storage
  • Now delete all the unnecessary Images, Videos, Audio, Documents, Installation files, Compressed files, and Apps. 

Note: If there is something that you don’t want to delete but is also consuming a lot of space on your phone, you can upload it to Google Drive or Samsung Cloud.

7. Try Using Lite Versions of Apps

Many popular applications like Facebook and Twitter also offer lite versions of their apps. Using these lite version apps reduces the utilization of phone resources, improves device performance, and uses less mobile data. Therefore, if you’re low on storage on your phone, you should shift to lite versions of apps.

8. Install Apps From Known Sources

Installing apps from unknown sources can be a great risk for your android device as these apps might contain malware that can result in permanent data loss and a decrease in your phone’s performance.

Sometimes, in malware attacks, unknown apps appear on your screen and consume system resources that further slow down your phone. Therefore, you should ensure that all apps installed on your phone are from known sources such as the google play store.

9. Reduce or Turn off Animations and Transitions  

Though animations and transitions give a modern and sleek feel to your mobile phone, they also burden your RAM, which can cause your phone to slow down.

However, they don’t play any role in your phone’s performance, which is why they can be disabled or reduced. To disable transitions and animation on your Android phone, follow these steps:

  • Launch your phone Settings.
  • Scroll down to About phone and then go to Software Information.
  • Tap on build number seven times to unlock developer mode.
Activate developer options
  • Go back to your phone settings, scroll to the bottom of the screen, and select Developer Options.
  • Please scroll down to the drawing section, tap on Transition Animation Scale, and turn it off or reduce.
  • Do the same with the Animator duration scale.
Reduce and stop transition and animation

Doing this will reduce the time of visual effects of the phone, and you will immediately feel that your phone has become much faster.

10. Remove Widgets

Widgets are like mini apps that constantly need to run in the background to update the information they display. One or two widgets won’t affect your phone’s performance, but if you have multiple, they may add up and consume a big part of your RAM, causing your phone to slow down. So to prevent your RAM from overstressing, you need to cut down on the Widgets. 

Here’s how you can remove widgets from your home screen:

  • Go to your home screen.
  • Find the widget you want to remove.
  • Long press on that widget till the option to remove pops up.
  • Tap on Remove.

The widget will be removed from your home screen and won’t be able to consume your phone’s RAM from then on.

11. Optimize your Phone’s Battery

If your phone is slowing and the battery life is also draining quickly, it is probably due to the apps running in the background. To stop these apps from draining your mobile battery and RAM, you need to stop these background processes. Here is how you can stop the background process of apps on your Android phone.

  • Open your phone settings and enable developer options from About phone.
  • Now open the developer options and go to the Apps section.
  • Tap on the background process limit. From here, you can either completely stop the background process of all apps or allow only several apps to perform in the background. 
Background process limit

If you only want to stop the background activity of selective apps, you can follow these steps:

  • Launch your phone settings.
  • Tap on Battery and Device Care.
Background usage limit
  • Then select battery and press on Background Usage Limit.
  • From here, tap on Deep Sleeping Apps.
  • Press the Plus icon on the top right and select the apps you want to stop operating in the background.
Sleeping apps
  • After selecting the apps, press Add on the bottom right.

Note: Don’t put social media apps to deep sleep; otherwise, you won’t be able to receive notifications from that apps.

12. Turn Bluetooth Off When Not Needed

Connecting your phone to other devices using Bluetooth or turning it into a mobile hotspot might not feel too much but greatly impacts your mobile’s performance. So it would help if you kept your mobiles hotspot, Bluetooth, and location off when it’s not in use so your phone can give its optimal performance.

13. Reset Your Device

If non of the method successfully improves your phone’s speed, then the only solution is to reset your phone. There are two resetting options in an Android phone that you can perform to improve your phone’s speed. To reach those resetting options, you need to follow the steps below:

  • Open phone settings.
  • Scroll down to General Management.
Reset option
  • Then tap on Reset.

Here you will find two options that are:

Reset All Settings

This is also known as a soft reset. It resets all data in your phone except:

  • Personal Data
  • Accounts 
  • Downloaded Apps and their settings
  • Security settings
  • Language settings

Factory Data Reset

A factory reset will remove all stored data in your phone and return it to its factory settings. This type of reset is also known as the hard reset.

Reset all settings and factory reset

Conclusion

When apps start to crash or take time to load on your android phone, it indicates that your phone has slowed down. The slowing down of phones can be due to many reasons, which is why there is more than one solution to this problem. Hence, if your phone isn’t giving its optimal performance, try out the solutions mentioned in this article to make your phone fast again.

FAQs

Why Is My Android So Slow?

If you’re witnessing a slow down in your phone’s speed, it is probably due to the lack of space in your phone’s storage or RAM. To make your phone fast again, you must clear its storage and RAM from unnecessary things.

Do Android RAM Boosters Work?

RAM boosters don’t improve your device’s performance. In fact, in some cases, they hamper your device. Therefore, it’s best not to use them on any device.

How Can I Increase My RAM On Android?

There are two ways to increase your RAM on an Android phone:
– By linking it to a partialized Micro SD card
– By using third-party apps to increase your phone’s RAM 

What Uses Most Memory On An Android Phone?

Photos and videos consume the most memory on an android phone, which is why they should be the first thing you delete if you’re low on storage. If you don’t want to delete them, you can also upload them to Google drive.

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