The effect of this type of optimization is mostly seen by the smartphone users, who are angry and upset due to the slow or hanging of the smartphone in today’s date.
There are many reasons why Android smartphones are slow. In the initial few months, the phone runs fine, but gradually it starts slowing down. The user also starts realizing this. Any users who are troubled by the slowness of their Android smartphones can use the tips given below.
1. Install a Third-Party App Launcher
Most Android smartphone makers customize the operating system on their devices. Skins and launchers designed by the company are used in these phones. Apart from the features of the operating system, new widgets, layouts and other features are given in the user interface of the company. While some users find these customizations and features useful, they also have the potential to slow down your smartphone. The best way to get around this is with a third-party launcher. This will remove most of the custom features, along with giving you the option of personalization.
The best launchers available in the Google Play Store include ‘Nova Launcher’, ‘GO Launcher EX’ and ‘Apex Launcher’.
2. Remove useless apps, wallpapers, widgets
If the user has installed a large number of apps on his phone, then this can slow down his smartphone. The user needs to ask himself whether the apps he has installed are using it. If not then remove the phone from him. Some apps cannot be uninstalled, especially those provided by the smartphone manufacturer. In this case it would be right to disable them. Live wallpapers and too many widgets on the home screen can also slow down your smartphone. If users are facing this problem, then they should think about using static wallpapers and also remove less essential widgets.
3. Disable Unnecessary Background Processes, Check Syncing Apps
Some apps start working as soon as the phone starts. Whereas, some are constantly synced with online services. Both types of apps can slow down a smartphone dramatically. To know which apps are running in the background, the user should go to the Apps section in Settings. After this swipe on the ‘Running’ tab. If there are apps that are running in the background and are not used, then such apps should be uninstalled. If these apps cannot be removed then they should be disabled. After this, one more thing needs to be checked whether there are apps which are syncing in the background, and users are able to use the benefits of syncing. If not, users can turn off synchronization in the background. Doing so saves both data and system resources.
To do this, go to Settings, then select Data usage. (A separate section called ‘Usage’ can be found inside the ‘Wireless & networks’ menu, although it will depend on the Android version) and scroll down to the bottom to check which app is using the data.
Users can then turn off synchronization by going to the settings of each individual app, or by going to the ‘Data usage’ section and selecting the ‘Auto-sync data’ option (although this is not in every Android version) which can be turned off. Could
To do so in any Google app or service, users need to go to Settings>Accounts>Google>UserProfile. Here you can turn off every Google app and service.
Apart from this, Android smartphone users must install Advanced Task Killer. This app closes all the apps that are using too much memory or slowing down the device for any other reason.
4. Clear the cache of the app
Apps that are used frequently build up their cache which can slow down any Android smartphone and users can increase the speed of their device by constantly deleting the cache of every app used. Sadly, this is a regular process. So the cache will start getting rebuilt as soon as they are launched. To delete the cache of each app, users need to go to Settings>Apps. Select the required app and click on the ‘Clear cache’ button.
You can download third-party apps to clear the cache of multiple apps at once or for routine cache clearing. You can download the app ‘App Cache Cleaner’ from Play Store, which can delete the cache of many apps at once. Apart from this, users can also set a schedule for regular cache cleaning. By the way, the option is also available in Android to clear the cache of all the apps. you for
Have to go to Settings>Storage>Cached data.
5. Disable Animations
Animations work primarily between graphical transitions in menus, app drawers, and other interface locations. These use system resources and are regularly active during the use of the smartphone. Apart from improving the experience of using the smartphone, they are of no use. If users feel that their device is slowing down, they can turn off animations. It will not have any significant effect on daily use.
Sadly, turning off animations is not an easy task. This option is often hidden in the ‘Developers options’ section. To access ‘Developers options’, users need to go to Settings>System>About Phone. Here they can see the ‘Build number’ of the phone. After tapping ‘Build number’ seven times, users will see ‘Developer options’ in the system menu. Here you can turn off all types of animations. Users must keep one thing in mind that they should not tamper with any other option in this section.
6. Clean Built-in Storage
If your smartphone’s built-in storage is almost full, then your smartphone may become very slow. To prevent the phone from slowing down, between 10 and 20 percent of the phone’s total built-in storage should be available or free. The easiest way is to delete all the apps that you are not using. And by clearing the cache, you can also make space in the storage. However, users should look for solutions that will last longer. Most smartphones have the option of expanding the built-in storage via a microSD card.
If the user’s smartphone has the option of expanding the microSD card storage, then they should move all their photos, music and videos to it. Apps can also be moved from internal storage to SD card. For this, you have to go to the settings of the app. After going to Settings>App one has to navigate in each app. Some older versions of Android do not support this feature and for this the user needs to download the ‘Apps to SD card’ app from the Google Play Store.
7. Update Firmware
Although some updates can prove to be harmful for your phone, but in general, there are many improvements due to the firmware update of the smartphone. This mainly includes performance optimization. Users who have complaints about the smartphone should check if the manufacturer has released a firmware update for the phone.
For this, users should go to Settings>System>About>Software Updates and check whether over-the-air update is available or not. If there is no update here, users should check for the update by connecting their smartphone to the PC suite software provided by the manufacturer.
Although most updates do not require users to back up their smartphone before updating, we would suggest doing so. Who knows if something went wrong.
8. Root the phone and install custom ROM
Well, we would not recommend this method to every user, it is only for power users. The problem of slowness of Android smartphone is solved through this. In this method, the user has to install a custom ROM on his device, which is lighter and consumes less resources as compared to the manufacturer’s customized UI and firmware. This method is similar to installing a third-party app launcher. However, its effect is huge because through this you change the software of your phone.
There are many guides and solutions available on the internet to root the device and install custom ROMs. XDA Developers Forum is a great option. It would be suggested to the users that it is very important to read the instructions and discussion regarding the customized ROM. You can also visit CyanogenMod’s website, which lists several installation tools and ROMs.
One thing to be aware of is that rooting smartphones or installing custom ROMs on them is a tricky business, and there is a risk of data loss. It may also happen that your device stops working. Doing so also voids the manufacturer’s warranty.