How to speed up the Nexus 6P for faster performance

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We reckon the Nexus 6P is the best Nexus ever, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect: there are times when it feels a little sluggish despite its powerful processor and decent amount of memory. If you’d like to give its performance a boost or just make it do what you want more quickly, read on to discover six ways to speed up the Nexus 6P.

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The Nexus 6P is pretty quick, but there's always room for improvement. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Use developer mode to speed up animations

One of Android’s best tweaks is the Developer Mode. This is where you can reduce the amount of time animations take in order to make your device feel faster. It's hidden by default, and to enable it you need to use a special method. 

To enable Developer Mode, go into Settings > About Phone and tap Build Number seven times. You should now see Developer Options at the bottom of the Settings page; go in there and change window animation scale, transition animation scale and animator duration scale to 0.5x each. The difference that makes is quite remarkable.

2. Unlock it with your fingers

The Nexus 6P has a fingerprint sensor, which for no good reason Google has lumbered with the daft name of Nexus Imprint.

Using the fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone saves valuable seconds, and while that sounds sarcastic we’re serious: over the course of a week those little savings soon add up to something substantial, and if you also use your fingers to authenticate Google Play purchases that’s a lot of passwords you’re skipping. To enable the fingerprint sensor go into Settings > Nexus Imprint.

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Use the fingerprint sensor for faster unlocking and to authorize purchases. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. Launch the camera with the power button

Need to shoot something in a hurry? Forget unlocking the phone and finding the camera app, just tap the power button twice. That opens the stock camera app; you can set a different camera app in Settings > Apps > Camera > Open By Default > Clear Defaults.

Once you’ve done that, double-tap the power button and your Nexus will ask you to choose the camera app you want as the default. It's a simple tweak that will save you an enormous amount of time over the life of your Nexus, and it can make the difference between getting the perfect photo or missing it altogether.

4. Factory reset it

If you’ve noticed your Nexus slowing down over time, a factory reset may restore it to its original sleek self. Remember, though, that with the exception of firmware updates, anything you’ve put on it will be wiped. You can easily restore from your Google account, but of course, you’ll need to ensure that’s been synced before you do it. As with any major system thing, make sure you have a backup of anything important – not just files and photos but any login details you might need too.

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If your Nexus starts to feel sluggish, a factory reset might help. / © ANDROIDPIT

Factory resetting your Nexus 6P using the settings menu couldn’t be simpler: just go to Settings > Backup and Reset and choose Factory Data Reset. This will delete the data and restart your phone, hopefully without any of the problems that you’re trying to fix.

5. Use its own charger for faster charging

If you want to get the fastest possible charging for your Nexus, make sure you use the charger that came with it: while the Nexus 6P has fast charging, it isn’t the Quick Charge technology that you’ll find in some other Android phones.

That means if you try and charge it with a Quick Charge charger you’ll get worse performance than with the Google-supplied charger. It’ll still charge, but it won’t charge as quickly.

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The Nexus 6P can charge other devices, but make sure you use its own charger for fast charging. / © ANDROIDPIT

6. Customize Quick Settings

This is more about improving your performance than the phone’s performance, but the end result is still getting things done faster.

If you swipe down the Quick Settings menu and then tap and hold the Settings icon, you’ll see a pop-up telling you that System UI Tuner has been added to settings. In Settings, go to System UI Tuner > Quick Settings and you'll be able to tap and hold the tiles to rearrange them.

Do you have any top tips or favorite tuning apps for the Nexus 6P? Let us know in the comments below.


Gary Marshall

Gary Marshall

Former lion tamer, Girls Aloud backing dancer and habitual liar Gary Marshall has been writing about technology since Google was two guys in a garage. He's written for many fine magazines, newspapers and websites, written a range of how-to-books and a novel, co-written a BBC documentary series and dishes out weekly tech advice on BBC Radio Scotland.

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  • Sijoy Thomas Nov 28, 2017 Link to comment

    #1 definitely speeds up a nexus 6p even with 80% memory usage! Thanks for the tip

  • 田中智大 Feb 2, 2017 Link to comment

    #1 Definitely. WAY TOO COOL!!

    You WILL know that the difference this makes is quite remarkable as it says.

  • James Agg Feb 1, 2016 Link to comment

    Is this a joke? I have had the phone since November. its not felt sluggish at any stage, its the most buttery smooth phone I have ever used, what are some people on!

  • Guypt86 Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Thanks for the tips
    By the way where can I find these kind of toys (next to the phone)?

  • Jerv Testulon Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Just use elementalx kernel

  • Aaron Thomas Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    My Nexus 6P 128GB scored 79232 on AnTuTu v6.0.1 stock with minor adjustments

    • Mark Sampson Jun 8, 2016 Link to comment

      85000 Stock 32gb running preview 3 beta. Was getting 80k with M. The pic of 56000 seems a bit low?

  • John s Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    I agree Parvind, I am so tired of Clickbait articles with absolutely ZERO new information.........

  • Shashank Taneja Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Pretty useful thanks

  • Parvind Chahal Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    all time these same line for every phone.....find some new things

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