How to speed up the OnePlus X for better performance

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The OnePlus X is both great and great value, but its processor is a bit behind the times and can sometimes feel a little less speedy or less sharp than rival smartphones. If your X isn’t hitting the spot, it is possible to make its performance snappier. Read on to find out how to speed up the OnePlus X.

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The OnePlus X is great value, but it can feel a little slow sometimes. / © ANDROIDPIT

OnePlus X performance: what to expect

The processor in the OnePlus X is a Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3 GHz, which is decent but not spectacular: some reviews have suggested that it’s a 2013 processor in a 2015/2016 smartphone.

The Oxygen OS does a good job of making things feel smooth, but if you’re expecting stutter-free performance from the most demanding games you’re probably going to be disappointed.

How to speed up the OnePlus X on LTE

There’s a big problem with the OnePlus X if you live in America: it doesn’t support the 700 MHz frequency band (LTE bands 12 and 17), which is the one most commonly used by AT&T and the one that T-Mobile is in the process of moving to.

That means you’re likely to encounter problems finding or staying connected to LTE on either firm’s network, with the OnePlus reverting to the significantly slower HSPA network instead. You could always move to Canada, where the OnePlus works happily with LTE on most carriers, but unfortunately in the US you’ll struggle to get a decent signal.

The best bet is to find public Wi-Fi, which tends to be faster than HSPA.

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One really odd omission is the lack of support for the US's most commonly used LTE frequencies. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to speed up the OnePlus X by disabling animations

Disabling animations won’t make your processor run any more quickly, but it removes a potential slowdown and definitely makes your phone feel faster.

To disable them, enable Developer Options by going into Settings, scrolling down to About phone and tapping Build number seven times. Once you’ve done that you want to go into those options and look for Window Animation Scale and Transition Animation Scale. Set both to 0.5x and your phone will immediately feel snappier when you’re moving around menus and launching or switching between apps.

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Disabling animations can make launching and switching feel speedier. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to speed up the OnePlus X by using Performance Mode

Developer Options has another trick up its sleeve: you can choose the performance mode of your device.

If you click on Performance you’ll get a scary warning about potentially damaging your device. It’s worth keeping an eye on your OnePlus if you’re using performance mode – if you’re already having overheating problems in certain apps then performance mode is a very bad idea – but it does make the device noticeably quicker in everyday use.

Unfortunately, there’s a price to pay for that, and it’s significantly reduced battery life. As a rule of thumb, expect to get roughly half the battery life you’d get when running your OnePlus X in power saving mode.

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A bit of housekeeping can make your OnePlus X feel significantly more responsive. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to speed up the OnePlus X with a bit of housekeeping

Cleaning the system cache can help improve a sluggish smartphone (Settings > Storage > Cached Data > Clear Cached Data), and using an app such as Greenify to prevent unwanted apps loading on startup can improve startup times and reduce the workload on your phone’s processor.

It’s always a good idea to disable or remove any apps you don’t need, so have a look through your app drawer and cull a few that you don't use anymore.

If you’ve noticed a slow-down over time then a factory reset can make everything feel shiny and new again – but don’t forget to back up anything important first, including login details and other crucial data.

To factory reset your OnePlus X, simply follow the steps below:

  • Turn it off and then press and hold Volume Up and the power button for 10 seconds until you see the Android image.
  • Press the power button again to select recovery mode and use Volume Down to navigate to Wipe Data / Factory Reset.
  • Use the power button to confirm, then confirm that you want to delete all user data, by using the power key.
  • Finally, select Reboot System Now to perform the reset and reboot your OnePlus X.

If you’d rather perform the operation from within Android, go into Settings > Backup & Reset > Factory Data Reset. It does exactly the same thing with fewer button presses.

Once the phone has been reset you can then restore everything from your backup. You did make a backup, didn’t you?

Have you encountered any performance issues with your OnePlus X? Did you find a solution that isn’t listed here? Let us know in the comments.

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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    Deactivated Account Jun 6, 2016 Link to comment

    Great tips! Used the disabling animations one and downloaded the greenify app. Curious about the experience!

  • Alex Apr 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Hope this tips works in other devices as well!

  • Kellie Apr 7, 2016 Link to comment

    Can me set microSD card as primary storage?? Why the apps being transfer to SD card but internal storage does not increase??

  • Harrison Shen Feb 28, 2016 Link to comment

    The "Performance Mode" setting's only for the got me all excited for nothing.

    • Joey Navarro Mar 9, 2016 Link to comment

      I swear that the option was there in a previous update..?

  • Alex Garcia Feb 27, 2016 Link to comment

    It would have been a purchase but.... Limited LTE coverage in 2015/2016 in USA is a turn off despite the good looks/specs of the phone

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