How to Speed Up Your Android Phone

Smartphones have made our lives very easy and simple. Today we can do so many things with our mobile phones. The days of just receiving and making calls or sending and receiving SMSes or MMSes are long gone. Now your mobile phone is a lot more than just a regular phone. With new features, designs, specifications, programs, apps and lots more; over time it can take a toll on the Android and slow it down eventually. This is why you should know how to speed up your Android phone (Samsung Galaxy, LG, Moto, Google Pixel/Nexus).

Part 1: Why do Android phones slow down over time?
Part 2: How to speed up your Android phone?

Android Phone

Why do Android phones slow down over time?

Before you can start the process of How to speed up your Android phone, you first need to understand a few basic factors. These factors are also some of the main reasons why the performance of your android is not the same as it was earlier. To help you understand How to speed up your Android phone, let us look at the possibilities of why your android is running slow.

Too many running apps at the background of your mobile

Over time and due to constant use, out mobile phones are loaded with various things. Images, videos, music files, apps etc the list can go on. Once this starts to happen, our mobiles phones start to get sluggish and eventually slows down drastically. Apart from that, another reason why the mobile phone can slow down is that at the background, there are many apps running. This also takes up space and memory. The problem is not when the apps are running, however, if you are not using most of the app’s that is when it can slow down. The problem is that these apps use the space present in the RAM to run. Depending on the RAM memory that you have, you mobile can handle a certain amount of load. With these apps running, it eats up or uses the space that is also needed for the phone to run.

Internal storage space is not enough

Another reason why your mobile phone is slowing down is due to the lack of internal storage space. Apart from the softwares or programs that you install, various other files and folders take up space. For your smartphone to run smoothly there is a certain amount of internal space needed. When this space is almost full, your mobile phone tends to start slowing down. Because of this, even the performance and operation of your smartphone gets affected.

The operating system can also be a problem

Every now and then, there are new updates that are released. It is important that these new updates have to be installed into your smartphone. These updates also help in the optimization of the operating system. When you have an older version of the operating system; it tends to affect the recent updates that the apps automatically make. This also equally is a reason why your smartphone may be slowing down. If your mobile operating system does not have the necessary updates, that can affect the quality and ability to run any other software or program. There are certain updates that help to support the way the programs run.

How to speed up your Android phone?

Now that you know, some of the reasons why your mobile phone is slowing down, the next thing that we look into are How to speed up your Android phone. These tips are very easy to do and will help free space and get your phone’s performance back in track.

Speed up your Android phone through the developer’s options

In order to understand which all apps are running on the background, go over to the settings of your mobile phone and choose the developer options. This will then open another tab, which tells you about your phone. Navigate to “about device > Software info > Build number” option and repeatedly tap that for 7 times. This will enable the developer options setting on your cell phone.

Turn on USB Debugging 1

Once the developer options are enabled, you can log on to menu and look out for the option that States running services. This option will allow you to see the various apps that are running and How much of RAM is utilized because of these apps.

App Running State


Speed up your Android phone by increasing the internal storage

There are two ways on how you can release the storage space for your mobile. The first option is by transferring stuff that you want to your memory card. The second way is by deleting stuff. Let us look at both the options


1. By transferring things to your memory card

Most mobiles have an extra allotment for a memory card apart from the memory on your smartphone. You can make space by either transferring some things to your memory card. This also includes transferring all software or programs you have installed. In fact, there are various apps in the market, which will help you free up space by recommending the relevant software to be moved from the smartphone memory into the external one.


2. By deleting or uninstalling things you do not need

Multiple photos, temporary files, unwanted apps or programs, equally eat up space. We are not only taking about the internal memory but even the RAM as well as the external memory. So take out the things that you do not need. For example, if you have downloaded an app that you rarely use or a game that you rarely play, it is better that you uninstall it from your mobile phone. Only keep the things you really need. While doing this, ask yourself whether you really need it.

Delete big files but take a back up of them first

Even big files like videos or audio files can slow your mobile down. You can always take a back up of all your Android files on your laptop or desktop and delete the ones that you do not need. This will equally help to release some space and lower the usage of the RAM.

Delete the Cached data

The cached data also has many temporary files that are installed into the internal memory during the execution of a program. After some time, these files are not needed. By deleting this information, you will be able to free up space.

Go to Settings General Management > Storage > internal storage, tap on “cache data” and you will see a pup-up message “This will clear cache data for all app”, tap Clear to confirm.

Clear Cache Data

Disable the Animations

As much as animations may look good, they do tend to slow down your mobile phone. When you want to run any program, it creates a pressure or load on the processor and RAM because there are animations that are running. You can either choose to reduce the number of animation files that you have or remove them completely from the phone.

Turn Off Animation

Reduce the number of widgets you have

Although they are very helpful; Widgets equally take up a lot of your RAM space. There are some widgets that are important, it is not a problem having them, and however, there are a few that is not needed.

Live wallpapers can be avoided

No doubt, live wallpapers are beautiful. They add some life to your mobile phone and makes your screen look nice a pleasant. As much as there are many positive aspects about installing a live wallpaper; there are many cons to it as well. The biggest problem with wallpapers is that they take up a lot of space. This is not just restricted to the internal memory but even to the RAM as well. When this is active, it not only creates a load on the CPU and processor, but also even slows the performance of your smartphone. The minute you get rid of it, you will see a major difference in the way your smartphone performs.

Find out what is going on with your smartphone

Sometimes you may also not be aware of what is going wrong with your phone. In such cases, you can use the help of certain apps or software that can make it easy for you. These apps or software is designed to help you to understand what is making your mobile phone slow down. You will also get to know if it is just a single app that is the culprit or if multiple apps are causing the problems. It also shows you the various other problems that your smartphone is facing due to which it is slowing down.

Take care of any virus or malware

Just like our computer or laptop, even the mobile is prone to get a virus or malware problem. In such cases, your phone’s performance equally slows down. You can install an anti-virus software or anti-malware program to take care of it. Just in case this does not work out, then the only option you have left is to format you phone.

Format your phone if need be

Although formatting your phone may not sound like a good idea, it does help a lot. When you format the phone, it takes out everything from your mobile phone including the malware or viruses that may be causing your phone to slow down. Before formatting, make sure that you have taken all the back up that you need so that when you reinstall your data, you can get back the stuff that is important for you.

Reset the settings to the original way

This is the last option that you can consider if none of the above-mentioned tips helps you out. Before you go ahead and take this step, make sure that you take a proper backup of everything. This will help to prevent you from losing the important data or information. Once your smartphone is reset to the original settings, it will help to make your fun run faster. While this may sound like a good option, this should be done only if there is a real need to do so. No doubt, you will have to spend time again reinstalling the things that you need, but on the overall, it will work miracles.