We are sure that you have already read many tutorials and articles to boost the performance of Android device. So the first question which may arise in your head is that why you have to read this? The simple answer to your question is that this is an advanced tutorial which we hope you will find helpful and interesting. By following this tutorial, you will surely boost Android performance. So let’s discuss how to do so:
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Ways to Boost Android Phone Performance
1. Uninstall apps that you don’t use at all
Every app you install on your android device, it occupies some space and also may run a background process. This can degrade the performance of the android device. So it is better to uninstall apps that you don’t use at all or any unnecessary apps. In this way, you are making sure that no resource is being allocated to the apps that you never use.
2. Hibernate the apps that you don’t want to run in background
You may have heard about Greenify. This is a great app which has following features:
- It can hibernate the desired apps so that they don’t keep running in the background. This will ensure the low CPU & RAM usage.
- When you have to open any hibernated app, it is not required to remove it from hibernation mode. It will become active instantly.
- After you close any app, if you have auto hibernation mode enabled then it will automatically hibernate that app.
- This app also works on non-rooted phones, but we will recommend you to use it with a rooted Android device to ensure large performance boost.
- If you have rooted android device, you can download Xposed Installer and then enable boost mode in Greenify.
3. Update your phone & apps regularly
Updates play a very important role in performance. Updates usually come with bug fixes & new features. So we suggest you update regularly. If you are a Nexus or pixel user, you will know that Google releases security update patch every month. If your Android device is from manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, HTC, etc. you will have to wait for the update to roll out.
Although, there is also one other way by which you can get the latest Android version running on your device. That is by using a custom ROM. But by installing a custom ROM, you will probably void manufacturer’s warranty.
4. Use High-Speed Memory Card
If you have Android device with low internal storage and you do have to use an external memory card. Then go for Class 10 memory card if you are expecting good performance.
Update: Nowaday Class 10 memory cards also come with various variants like UHS-I, UHS-II. (UHS stands for ultra high speed). So before, compare and measure the read and write speed of memory card from the specifications to ensure optimum performance.
5. Avoid Live Wallpapers
This might come as a surprise but keeping live wallpapers consumes a lot of CPU resource constantly in the background which can reduce performance. Therefore it is recommended to use static wallpaper and will also probably increase your battery life.
6. Check whether you have enough empty internal storage or not
It is recommended to have enough free space on internal storage so that system can occupy that space whenever necessary. If you do not have enough space on internal storage, then move your data and apps to a memory card or external storage. We will recommend you to keep 1GB + free in internal storage.
Tip: If you are a person whose Android device supports memory card then you can keep all your apps in the internal memory and all other stuff like photos, music, videos on the memory card. One other advantage of doing so is that internal memory has comparatively fast speed and response time than external storage. Hence, it will make your device a little smooth.
7. Don’t clear System cache and Thumbnails cache very frequently
You may find this weird, but yes it is true. When you clear your system cache, the Android system needs to create cache again, and this can degrade performance. Similarly, thumbnail cache is necessary when you open your gallery preview will be faster. If you clear thumbnail cache it will cause lagginess first time in the gallery.
8. Don’t clear your device RAM frequently and don’t use any auto app killer
Just as the above point, this is also an uncommon point, but this is, in fact, true. When you clear out RAM using some app, after some time, it will auto start again and will consume resource to start again. Same is in the case with auto app killer. Instead of this, you can follow 2nd step given above.
9. Switch to ART Runtime instead of Dalvik Runtime
There are a lot of performance improvement coming up in Android L. Biggest change in Android L is that Google Now moved from Dalvik Runtime to Newer Runtime called ART Runtime. If you are running Android 4.4 KitKat, you can also take advantage of ART Runtime by enabling it. Follow the steps given below to enable it:
- Go to Settings -> Developer Options. (In case you does not find Developer options on your device, then go to Settings -> About -> Tap on build number many times. A popup will show that you are now a developer.)
- Click Select Runtime and then select Use ART.
- Now reboot your device. You will experience a huge performance improvement on your device.
Update: From Android 5.0 Lollipop Onwards, this option has been removed and completely been taken care by the Android System. So you need to do nothing.
10. Set CPU clock speed to maximum
Warning: This will drain your battery faster.
Android system normally has an auto clock speed of CPU as per the requirement. You can change it from auto to maximum if you have root access. Follow the procedure given below:
- Download and install AnTuTu CPU Master from Play Store.
- Set Min & Max bar to the maximum possible value.
- Click Apply.
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