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10 Tips to Make Android Smartphones Faster Again

It is not uncommon for a cell phone to become slow. Whether Samsung, Huawei, Sony or LG - almost every owner of a somewhat older Android smartphone should have noticed that the mobile phone reacts more and more slowly over time. There are many reasons for this: Too many installed apps, a full memory, lots of background processes, junk data. The only thing that helps against this is to either get a new mobile phone or to clean up the old one thoroughly. The menu look of the cell phone should also be examined. Because even animated backgrounds, widgets or the launcher can slow down the system. We show you how to proceed to make the cell phone faster again - and which measures you can do without.
Don't forget: In view of the numerous Android versions that run on smartphones and tablets, and the fact that every manufacturer expands the operating system with their own apps, services and functions, it is possible that not all the tips presented in this article will work on all devices achieve the desired effect. In addition, the names of the individual menus can differ.

Tips to Make Android Smartphones Faster Again

10 Tips to Make Android Smartphones Faster Again

1. A restart often works wonders

A first and effective trick to speed up a slow cell phone: restart it. When shutting down, the system deletes temporary data and switches off background processes. The result: After the restart, some potential brakes are released.

2. Home screen in view: widgets and wallpapers gone

You can create up to nine start screens on Android phones. The more there are and the more apps and widgets there are, the slower the phone may react. It helps reduce the number of home screens.
The procedure differs depending on the device: For some, it is sufficient to remove the stored apps and widgets, for others, press and hold on an empty part of the display. Then a menu opens that can be used to delete homescreens, or you can select a screen and tap on the trash can.
The smartphone is also slowed down by widgets, especially those that are automatically updated, such as the weather. Think about which ones you really need and delete the others from the home screen by long-pressing them and choosing Remove.
Also, turn off live wallpapers and opt for a static wallpaper instead. To do this, long press the home screen and go to Backgrounds. Sometimes the preinstalled user interface of the smartphone is overloaded. It helps to install an alternative, leaner launcher, such as Launcher 3, Holo, or Apex.

3. Adjust animations in the developer options

When you open an app, Android animates to create a smooth transition. This small process also uses memory. However, you can reduce animations.
To do this, open the developer options in the settings. If you cannot find them there, you have to switch them on first: Go to About the phone at the bottom and tap on the build number on the following page until a message appears that the developer options are activated.

Open it and look for the menu item Drawings. There are three settings, Window Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale, and Animator Time Scale. The default value is 1x each. Set all values to 0.5x by tapping on the name and choosing a value in the popup. See if the phone responds faster. If not, turn off the animations entirely.

4. Make space: delete data, uninstall apps

If the memory of the smartphone is full, this affects the speed. You should therefore remove unnecessary data or transfer it to the computer. Delete the contents of the Downloads folder that you can find in the app overview. You can also free your mobile phone from further garbage, with tools such as Avast Cleaner, Files Go or Cleanmaster.
Also, uninstall any apps that you no longer use. Because they not only take up unnecessary storage space, but may also use system resources in the background. Call up the menu item Storage in the settings and tap on the blue bar Free up storage space. Android lists all the apps that you haven't used for a long time. Select the ones you want to uninstall and tap on Share at the bottom or, depending on your phone, on Delete data and uninstall.
On the Storage overview page, tap on RAM and Storage used by apps. Here you can see which apps are working in the background without you having called them. Think about whether you really need these programs.
There are also some pre-installed apps on every smartphone that you may not be using. You can usually not delete these easily, you need root access. But be careful: you will probably lose the manufacturer's warranty for the mobile phone.

5. Clean up caches and intermediate storage

Android caches app data that is needed again and again. You can delete these. However, it is possible that the phone runs even slower because it refills the files it needs.
To clear the cache anyway, go to Storage in Settings and scroll down to Cached Data. Android asks whether the data should be deleted, confirm with OK.
Android also stores system data in a cache. To delete them, you have to take a hidden detour: turn off the phone and then press and hold the power, volume up and home buttons at the same time until a boot logo appears. Use the volume buttons to scroll down to the wipe cache partition item. Confirm this option with the power button.

6. Send apps to sleep mode with Greenify

Many users believe that task killer apps make their mobile phones faster because they stop unnecessary processes and thus save memory. The opposite is the case: when the app kills a background process, Android restarts it - and is busy. This makes the device slower and sucks on the battery.
It makes more sense to use the Greenify app: unlike Task Killer, it does not temporarily terminate unnecessary background processes, but puts apps into a sleep state until the user opens them again. The result: the cell phone works more smoothly.

When starting, Greenify shows which apps are currently running in the background. Tap on it and select the Zzzz button, it is idle. If it only concerns individual apps that are active in the background, go to Apps and application list in Settings and tap on a name. Select Force Quit.

7. Switch off automatic synchronization of individual apps

Weather, Facebook, Dropbox, Google account: many smartphones are constantly synchronizing in the background. This is useful in many cases, but slows down performance. If the smartphone is slow, you can switch off the synchronization of the apps: Go to Accounts in the settings. Tap individual accounts, for example from a messenger. There you will find additional options such as synchronizing contacts. Slide the slider to Off.
You can also switch off the synchronization for all apps on the overview page by tapping on the three dots in the top right corner. But this has disadvantages: the data is not available everywhere, and you have to manually sync each app in the accounts.

8. Keep Android up to date

Updates to the operating system and firmware often contain bug fixes and optimizations that make the smartphone work faster. You should therefore always install updates for the system as soon as possible. To check if there is a new firmware update, go to Device Information or System Updates in Settings.

9. Import app updates

The same applies to apps: updates are not only important because of possible security gaps, but also because the developers are improving the applications. Go to the Play Store, tap the three dashes in the top left and tap My apps and games. Android will inform you about updates there.

10. Save data externally

To prevent data from cluttering up your phone memory, save it to an SD card, if your phone supports one. Or you can automatically backup them to Google Drive. Open the Google Photos app, tap on the three lines, Settings and Back up & Sync. Move the slider to On. Under Back up device folder, you can back up other directories, such as WhatsApp images. You can now delete this data from the device.