The Complete Guide to Maxing Your Android Phone’s Performance Speed

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The Complete Guide to Maxing Your Android Phone’s Performance Speed

There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for your sluggish Android phone to catch up with your multitasking. Switching apps seamlessly, downloading and installing files, reliable and crash-free performance: it’s all what we’ve come to expect from our phones in this busy, mobile-connected world.

So how do you deal with a phone that doesn’t meet your expectations? It’s simple: Android phones are easier than ever to modify to meet your usage needs, so you can speed up your phone by taking a few simple steps.

Root Your Phone

For many Android users, rooting the phone is the first step to great performance. Rooting allows you to bypass the carrier to access updates immediately, which can be a real game-changer for users with older devices that are often subject to delayed OS releases. You can also remove bloatware from your phone once it’s rooted, freeing up tons of physical memory and storage space.

So how do you make that happen? It’s a simple process:

  • Back up your phone first and foremost, because rooting your phone nullifies your manufacturer’s guarantee if anything would go wrong.
  • Choose an APK, or an open-source app that lets you access a rooting program. TowelRoot and Kingo Root are two common choices.
  • Download a ROM, which lets you customize your phone’s settings, install third-party software, and more (CyanogenMod is a top choice).
  • Root your phone by opening the APK and following the prompts on your screen.

Now, you’re free to delete pesky bloatware from your phone, minimize the number of programs that open at startup, and generally improve your phone’s performance. Just keep in mind that phone manufacturers aren’t supportive of users who root their phones, so by taking this step you’re voiding your warranty. However, most users find that the benefits of rooting their phones outweigh the potential risk.

Make Space

It’s not a coincidence that your phone gets slower over time. The longer you have it as your primary device, the more apps you accumulate… which translates to more storage space used up, and more physical memory allocated. Speed up your phone by addressing your space issue, freeing up physical memory so it’s not always running at 98% capacity.

You can start by:

  • Manually culling your apps. Uninstall and delete anything that you haven’t used in the last month. You’ll be surprised at how many unused apps are on your smartphone, taking up space.
  • Unlock the bootloader, which lets you control what apps start up with your phone after a restart, and can seriously improve physical memory function. Note that you need to have your phone rooted before you can take this step.
  • Disable bloatware by going to Settings > Applications > Disable, preventing these apps from taking up physical memory capacity.
  • Delete bloatware altogether if your phone is rooted, killing two birds with one stone (storage and physical memory).
  • Back up and remove media – you can download your Snapchat memories and photographs to an external drive, or use Dropbox or a similar cloud service.
  • Use a phone cleaner app such as CCleaner or AVG Cleaner to remove cached data and miscellaneous unused files.

These steps don’t take longer than an hour altogether, and it’s well worth taking that time to get your phone storage problem under control. You should see a significant improvement in your phone’s performance speed.

Use Android Launchers

Every manufacturer runs their own slightly-different version of the Android OS, which means inconsistency from model to model. Manufacturer-specific versions often have their own visual spin, which can be unnecessarily laggy and processor-intensive.  If you’re not running pure, stock Android, then chances are that your phone is experiencing some speed issues even if you aren’t aware of it.

Using an Android launcher gives you the ability to bypass that non-stock Android experience and customize your launch screen and home screen to show exactly what you need, and no more. Remove bloatware elements such as ad launchers and non-essential widgets, and watch your phone’s processing power (and speed) come back.

The best part is, Android launchers are relatively easy to use. You simply download the app onto your phone (Nova Launcher and Apex Launcher are two popular choices) and use the interface to make changes to your phone’s core settings. They tend to be very user-friendly, without any tech experience needed to make major modifications.

You can use launchers without rooting if you prefer, and it’s a good middle-ground if you’re not quite ready to commit to rooting your phone.

Use Built-in File Manager

Have Android 6.0 or later? Then you can use the built-in file manager to access and manage your device’s files. This feature is unique to Android Marshmallow, and it’s definitely worth using as a valuable space management tool.

With past operating systems, it’s been impossible to see an actual file-by-file breakdown without downloading a third-party file manager app. Marshmallow allows you to access the file manager by going to Settings > Storage & USB > Internal Storage, where you can see how much storage your Android OS takes up, along with storage by app.

The more data your phone has to load at startup, the more sluggish your phone’s performance becomes, so this manager is a great tool for weeding out the unnecessarily large apps and files to help streamline your phone’s performance. You can also clear app data and cache data for each app from here, so even apps you want to keep can take up less space.

The built-in Marshmallow file manager is simplistic and feature-light for sure, but that’s one of its strengths, as it facilitates quick cleanup and nothing more.

These are just a few of the best ways to maximize your phone’s operating speed, and most of them take next to no effort. Android’s greatest strength as an OS is that it facilitates user-friendly customization, so you can get exactly the kind of functionality you need. If performance speed is your top priority, then following these simple steps will get you where you need to be. As an extra measure, consider using a phone diagnostic app like PhoneCheck to see where your phone has room for improvement.