Make Your Android Device Faster

By on October 11, 2014

If you have been using Android device for last couple of months then you probably have noticed significant performance drop after few month usage. This phenomenon is not only associated with low end Android devices but also with high end Android phones and tablets. Luckily this is not linked to hardware issue and you can easily resolve this issue and make your device faster. Following are some simple steps and tips you can adopt to make your Android device ultra fast.

First and most important thing is to keep your device updated. Almost all mobile operating systems including iOS and Android send software updates to their devices. These updates come with bug fixes, performance improvements and better user interface. Most of Android devices automatically check for availability of software update but you can do this manually too. Go to settings >> about >> check update. If there is an update available then download and install it.

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Android platform supports live wallpaper and widgets. You can easily download and install widgets from Google Play Store. You can also make home screen shortcuts if you want. But live wallpapers, widgets and home screen shortcuts consume extra battery as well as extra system resources like storage and memory. Make sure your home screen has minimum number of widgets and shortcuts. Also try to avoid live wallpaper and prefer static wallpapers. You can also reduce the number of home screens from settings menu. Lesser number of home screen increases overall device performance.

This is no brainer; always delete unused apps and files from your device regardless of what operating system you are using. Apps and files take up space and it ultimately result in performance drop. You can also disable native apps if you don’t use them. For example, if you have a Gmail account then you can easily set that to Gmail mobile app and you don’t need Email app. You can disable that from settings menu; go to settings >> apps >> Email >> disable. You can also disable other apps like Newsstand and Google Games if you don’t need them.

Unfortunately, Android’s own native launcher is not well optimized. It uses excessive amount of battery and it is heavy. You can download and install third party launchers to reduce processor usage and RAM consumption. There are hundreds of launchers available in Google Play Store. You can try Nova Launcher and Go Launcher because they support a wide range of devices.

If you are facing significant performance drop and even after doing above mentioned step your device is slow then you can do a factory reset. First of all, create backup of everything; copy your important files to desktop PC or laptop. Go to settings >> backup and reset >> factory reset. This will erase everything from your Android device. Make sure you have created backup of your installed apps and other data like bookmarks.

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Martin Scholes

Martin is an IT professional with passion of discovering new apps on iOS and Android platform. His primary objective is to provide in-depth analysis of different apps and their features as well as keep the readers update with the relevant news.

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