This one trick will make your smartphone faster

This one trick will make your smartphone faster

We all want a faster phone experience, so today we'll show you one very simple trick that is guaranteed to make your smartphone faster. There are no apps involved, no tricky fiddly bits and no root permissions required; just 10 seconds of your time and about 15 button presses. Let's do this.

What we're going to do is disable the transitions and animations on your phone. These are the settings that control what happens when you swipe from one screen to the next, or one app to another. They also control how quickly popups appear. 

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You'll need to enable Developer Options for this trick. / © ANDROIDPIT

If you want more information on what these features do, there's an explanation at the bottom of this article, but if you just want the solution to a faster smartphone, read on.

1. Go to your smartphone's Settings, scroll down to About Phone and tap it.

2. Find Build Number and tap it seven times until you see that Developer Options have been enabled.

3. Go back up to Settings and tap Developer Options.

4. Scroll down to Window Animation Scale and tap it. Set it to 'Off'.

5. Tap Transition Animation Scale and set it to 'Off' as well.

6. That's it.

Want to know what's in the secret sauce? Here's an explanation of these two settings, along with a mysterious third setting that no one seems to understand.

AndroidPIT LG G4 Developer Options window animation scale
You can change the speed at which windows appear on your phone. / © ANDROIDPIT

What is Window Animation Scale?

Window Animation Scale is the length of time that Android takes to animate a popup window. If it is set to '10x', for example, it will take a long time for a popup window to appear.

To see it for yourself, set Window Animation Scale to '10x', go back up to Settings and then go back into Developer Options. You should see a very slow popup window warning you about messing with things. Now, go back and set it to 'Off' and try again. Much faster, right?

AndroidPIT LG G4 Developer Options transition animation scale
Transition animations can be seen between home screens, app launches or menus. / © ANDROIDPIT

What is Transition Animation Scale?

Transition Animation Scale is basically the same thing, but for transitions between screens, such as between one app and another, or when launching an app from your home screen.

This one is super easy to understand. Set it to '10x' and press the home button. Takes a while, huh? Now, set it to 'Off' and enjoy instant transitions.

AndroidPIT LG G4 Developer Options Animator Duration Scale YouTube
Animator Durations control the speed of the 'loading' animation. / © ANDROIDPIT

What is Animator Duration Scale?

This is the third option in the list that nobody seems to understand properly. Changing the settings here doesn't seem to make any visible difference to speed and that's because it doesn't. So what is Animator Duration Scale?

It basically just controls the speed of 'loading' animations. To see it in action, set it to '10x' and launch YouTube (or any other app that takes more than a second to load). See how slow the little circular loading animation is?

If you set Animator Duration Scale to 'Off' and launch YouTube again (be sure to clear it from your Recent Apps list so it isn't saved in cache), you'll see that there is no circular loading animation at all. Setting it anywhere above 'Off' just makes that animation faster or slower, but it doesn't actually speed anything up with regards to the operation of your phone.

Does your phone feel faster now? Did you know about this trick before?

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  • Only animation duration scale have left on 0.5, the othes two are of.

  • I'v done this a pretty long time ago, buth on all thre scales I have 0.5 as it was recomended some times before and my Nexus 5 was realy faster after that.

  • Thanks, Kris. Very helpful. I have an H-810, which I'm using with Consumer Cellular. My provider helped me with the settings for the phone, but I do not believe "off" was the default setting(s) for these functions. Of course, with your kind help they are now off. Ralph L. Seifer, Long Beach, California.

  • Seems like I just need to keep my Galaxy Note 3 since nothing have really changed. Are there any suggestions to prevent my phone from draining so fast? I've already shut down or stopped a lot of apps from running.

  • yeah, this trick is really working. do you have some for faster draining of batteries?
    if you have please send it to me

  • any disadvantage on this? like battery draining or anything?.. and do we have to keep developer's option on?
    thank you so much for this..

  • Sadly when I went to about phone I tapped what I think is the phone build 7 times and nothing happened. I am a noob and a cave man regards Android phones including apple ones well. Lol

  • You just changed my life.

  • Unfortunately when I did this I was unable to get to a few websites. Will keep trying tho

  • was on 1x on my Moto g 2014, and yes, it has an impact on how fast works now, thank you ;)

  • wow thank you for that one very much helpful

  • this is really worked....

  • Both are turned off by default on my AT&T LG G4. :(

  • Wow didn't realize there's that many ppl that didn't know about this that are interested enough in mobile that they'd come to sites like this. Works great on underpowered devices but not needed on most flagship's, especially since the animations are part of what makes Android so nice.

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    Deactivated Account Aug 20, 2015 Link to comment

    I tried this a while ago, my moto x definitely felt visually faster but I realised I prefer the animations active, visually slower yes, but smooth and easier on the eyes...

  • Mike Aug 20, 2015 Link to comment

    Ok, so let's see how this plays out

  • Hey Kris, Thanks a lot! Really its working fine with my phone! Awesome trick!

  • thnx....

  • My opinion is that developer mod is only for developers! We all should just enjoy our phones without making such changes.

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