Speed Up and Improve Performances on any Android device

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Are you looking for some useful tips that can be used and applied on your Android based device? Or, even more, do you need to know how to easily speed up and improve the performances of your Android smartphone / tablet? If so, then you are in the right place, as here on AndroidFlagship we will be checking on how to do all that. During the following lines I will try to show you what to do when trying to tweak your handsets, all being explained on the present step by step guide.

This tutorial will be compatible with all the Android devices out there, so you can apply the next steps without worrying about anything else. Also, there will be explained only tips and tricks, so you don’t have to download and use complex or risky apps and tools. The steps described below can be safely applied on any Android powered device, whether we are talking about high end or low end handsets, about smartphones or tablets. Anyway, do read all the lines from below if you want to check our advices and in the end, fell free and complete the list with your own opinions.

How to Speed Up Android devices

How to Speed Up Android devices

But why to follow this guide in the first place? Well, if you think that you can obtain more from your device, then you need to consider that something must be changed. And here starts our job. Well, there are many ways in which you can speed up your handsets, or improve their performances, so we will only note the most relevant ones.

Furthermore, it is good to know that every smartphone / tablet can be improved. Even though you are using a high end smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One or Xperia Z, or a low range one, you should be aware that you can anytime speed it up and also improve, optimize and customize its OS and internal performances.

You see, usually, your device can perform considerably better but its speeds and performances are limited by the Android OS, or by other facts (we will talk about the same a little bit later). So, it’s your job to learn how to optimize the internal system of your smartphone / tablet in order to gain more speed, access the internal system, remove in built apps, add new and complex tools, customize the looks, improve the battery life and so on. Therefore, let’s get started with our general methods.

How to Speed Up and Improve Performances on any Android device

Apply OTA Updates

Of course we must begin with the OTA updates. I know that this is not a something important to notice, but some of the Android users aren’t always applying the latest updates available for their devices, and that’s bad.

Usually, the official firmware comes to improve the old version of the software. In this way you can remove the bugs and issues and obtain a better Android user experience, new features and apps on your smartphone / tablets. So, when possible, update your handset with the OTA releases of the Android system.

Wipe the system

It might sound strange to wipe the system as the data will be erased, but in many cases in this way you can easily remove the broken folders, bugs and almost everything that isn’t working as it should. Also, by wiping the system you will be able to restore your phone / tablet to its default state.

A wipe can be completed by booting into recovery mode; from there you should select “wipe data factory reset”; then select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now” and you are done.

Anyhow, before wiping the system do backup the contacts, call logs, personal info, accounts and so on. For a proper backup use dedicated apps from Google Play store.

Move your data on the SD card

It is important to have as few data as possible saved or installed on the internal storage memory of your device. If your handset is coming with 8GB of internal storage and you are saving 7 GB of data then you will notice that your device is moving slow. So, in order to speed it up you will have to free the memory.

In order to do so, you can erase the un-useful apps, or you can just move your data on the SD card (when possible – some devices aren’t featuring a SD card slot).

Get the best apps on your smartphone / tablet and always download them from Google Play

When owning a smartphone it is extremely important to get the best software for its system. Also, try to save and install only tested apps or else you might damage or even brick your handset. Don’t forget to download the tools only from Google Play.

Also, and highly recommended, download antivirus programs, auto tasks killers, cache cleaners (or use the recovery mode) and start up managers for protecting your phone and for improving its performances. Again, get the tools only from Google Play.

Uninstall un-useful apps and reboot your device

If there are old apps installed on your device and you aren’t using the same no more, do uninstall the tools. In this way you will free the internal storage and you will be able to gain speed. Also, take care of the “idle” processes and apps and temporally reboot your smartphone / tablet. The results will not be huge ones but it will help; if you don’t trust me, test it and then we will talk.

Gain root access

Well, here we are; now we will talk about more complex procedures that can be applied when trying to tweak your Android based device. And, the first to start with is the root operation. By gaining root access you will remove the factory restrictions and default setting from your device. Therefore you will have access to the internal system and to the OS.

On a rooted system you will be able to install complex apps that requires root access in order to run, remove in built programs for improving the speeds and the battery life, customize and optimize the performances and so on.

Be aware though as the warranty of your device will be lost; the root operation isn’t official so you must follow dedicated tutorials suitable with your handset; else you will risk in bricking your beloved smartphone or tablet.

Install a custom recovery image

After gaining root access it is recommended to replace the stock recovery (that comes pre-installed on any Android based device) with a custom one, like CWM recovery for example.

With a custom recovery you can make Nandroid backups, perform maintenance, optimization and customization operations and you can also install a .zip file. Remember that the factory reset method can be applied also by using the recovery mode menu, so it is quite important to install this tool on your phone.

Update with a custom ROM firmware

Now, if you have applied all the tips from above and your device is still slow and you are still looking forward in improving its performances, then you must install a custom ROM on your handset.
A custom ROM is a free aftermarket distribution of the Android system, which means that you will be updating your smartphone with an unofficial software. The best is that these platforms are coming with its own features, apps and capabilities along with the stock Android ones; furthermore the same are optimized and customized for your device meaning that you will obtain more power from your gadget.

Take note that a custom ROM firmware can be flashed only on rooted systems that are installed with a custom recovery image. So, if you want to update your device with such software ensure that your phone / tablet is being prepared for the installation procedure.

SO, there you have it: that is how you can speed up and improve the performances of your Android based device. Do stay close to us as more Android tips, tricks and step by step guides / tutorials will be developed by our team. Also, use the comments are from below if you have questions or if you want to talk with us. Don’t forget to subscribe to Android Flagship for receiving our newsletter.

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Andy Stevenson

Andy is a senior editor here on Android Flagship and you can surely rely on its experience as the Android subject is more than a hobby to him. Andy is currently focusing on developing dedicated and detailed tutorials, tips and tricks, so you will be able to find its work through the “how to” section of our website. Also, don’t hesitate and contact Andy if you have questions or if you want to hear a second opinion about anything that’s related to the Android OS.