How to speed up your Android smartphone

How to speed up your Android smartphone

A slow smartphone can be inconvenient and irritating - whether it is a low-end device that was slow when you first bought it, or an older device that has gradually slowed down. However, there are solutions that can help you improve the performance of your phone or tablet. This is why we have compiled a list of tips and tricks, which should give you the desired results!

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1. Identify the problem

The first thing to do is find out what is causing the problem: an app, multiple apps, the system itself? Trepn Profiler by Qualcomm will show you the real-time CPU load for individual cores, an overview of network traffic for both data and Wi-Fi, GPU loads and RAM usage and more.

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The first thing to do is identify the problem / © ANDROIDPIT

Trepn can also produce app-specific or system-wide profiles and contains various methods for displaying accumulated data. You can save your profiled data for offline viewing and analysis and even have performance overlays on running apps.

Once you've figured out your specific issue, you can move on to the solutions below.

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Real-time CPU usage for individual cores (left) and app profiling options (right). / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Free up some space

All of the photos and videos you have taken plus the apps you have installed can take their toll on your phone. It needs breathing room to run smoothly, and if it's low on storage, it can start to slow down. Thankfully, many Android devices provide options to do so without the need of installing 3rd party apps.

Head to Settings, then Storage (on some phones Storage could be a subdirectory of Device Maintenance or similar). From there you will be able to see how much space is being used and by what files or apps.

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Android provides plenty of storage management options / © NextPit

As you can see from the above screenshots, your device should offer a lot of storage management options. We used an HTC in this example, but the same applies to most Android devices. After tapping Free up space you will be able to delete downloaded files you no longer need or uninstall infrequently used apps. On Samsung, for example, you will simply get an option called Clean now, which will clear unnecessary files and app cache.

If your device doesn't clear app cache through its storage management options, you can also do so manually. Many applications that are image-heavy, such as social media networks, your browser, etc. tend to accumulate cache in the hundreds of megabytes or even gigabytes in some cases.

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Clearing app cache from image and video heavy apps is always a good way to make space / © NextPit

Many of the apps you have installed use data caches in an attempt to speed up operations. This is effective up to a point, but if you are running short of space, it can actually be counter-productive.

Finally, you can free up space by getting rid of preinstalled bloatware. In some cases you will be able to uninstall manufacturer apps completely, in others you can only disable them. Here is a detailed guide on which applications you can get rid of and how:

3. Cut back on the widgets

Although widgets are not all the rage like they were back in the day, many users still enjoy plastering their screens with them. However, while they might be fun or useful, they also take up their fair share of resources.

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Widgets can be a waste of resources, so kill any you don't really need / © ANDROIDPIT

If you have any widgets running that you don’t really need, consider disabling them.

There's no harm in having some active, but you will notice an element of slow-down if you have too many running at the same time, so just be a little selective.

4. Disable unnecessary animations and extras

Depending on the launcher you are using, you may find that there are various animations and special effects in place. These may look great, but they can also slow things down.

Check in your launcher's settings to see if there is a way to disable any of these unnecessary extras, and you could earn yourself a speed boost.

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Extras offered by your launcher could be slowing down your device / © NextPit

If don't use a launcher or the one of your choice doesn't have animation options, you can also change them by delving into the developer options (you can find out how to enable them here). After enabling developer options you can tweak animations or turn them off completely.

5. Close apps and free up RAM

Multi-tasking several apps makes it easy to switch between different tools, but there can also be an impact on performance. You can quickly close down any apps you are no longer using by calling up the running apps list and then swipe away any apps you want to exit. If you have developer options enabled you can also kill apps or services running in the background. We only recommend this step, if you are an advanced user, however.

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Terminating unused apps and freeing up RAM will help the speed of your device / © ANDROIDPIT

6. Do not install task killers or third party cleaners

Although it might seem like an excellent idea for more inexperienced users, task killers and 3rd party storage management apps usually do more harm than good. Android devices manage their RAM quite efficiently on their own. Besides, if a background application you need is killed, rebooting it takes longer and uses more battery. This can further slow down your device.

Although Cheetah Mobile's Clean Master is one of the top 4 apps on Google Play, its usefulness is debateable / © NextPit

Apps like Cheetah Mobile's Clean Master also clear app cache way too often - slowing down their operation instead of speeding it up. In other cases, apps similar to Clean Master simply don't do much or don't affect performance at all.

Finally, you should be concerned for your privacy and the security of your device when using such third party apps - many of them require extensive permissions and are not exactly careful when handling your data.

7. Restart your device

A quick and simple fix for a slow device is to simply restart it. This can clear out the cache, stop unnecessary tasks from running, and get things running smoothly again.

  • Just hold down the power button, select the Restart option, and then tap OK to confirm.
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Sometimes, something as simple as a restart is all that's needed for a speed boost / © ANDROIDPIT

8. Make sure your software is up to date

Do you keep swiping aside that notification to update your software? It only wants the best for you. Software updates are not always about new features, most of the time they also contain bug-fixes and performance enhancements than can significantly speed up your device's operation.

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Don't leave those system updates hanging / © NextPit

Make sure your software is always on the latest version available. You might not always be ready for a big download but don't put it off forever, either.

9. Dig deeper

You can also keep tabs on the apps that are using lots of battery by going to Settings > Battery.

You can also monitor RAM usage in Settings > Apps (or App Manager, depending on your brand of phone)

There's even more geeky goodies in Process Stats in Developer Options – if you don't have this setting enabled, go to Settings > About Phone and tap Build Number seven times until a notification pops up.

10. Root your phone

For advanced users, the unlocking the developer options is a mere taste of power, the first step on the path to the real arcane arts-rooting the phone.

With a rooted device, you have the freedom to install cleaner ROMs that can run more smoothly than your current setup, and even overclock the processor, cracking the whip on your hardware to make it run faster.

Just keep in mind these methods are not without risk. Rooting your phone is a complex process, and it can void your warranty. A careless user can end up breaking their phone's operating system. But the rewards outweigh the risks for many. 

If you feel confident enough to root your phone, we recommend reading through our guide first:

11. Factory Reset

Yes, it's that faithful old last resort that can save the day when all else is lost (and if you're doing this, all else will be lost). A factory reset will restore the phone to the condition the manufacturer shipped it in, which can do wonders to clean up obscure bits of leftover software and buggy code that could be clogging up performance.

Trouble is, of course, that you'll lose all your data. But if you've tried all our other tips and still aren't happy with the speed of your phone, then it could be time for drastic measures.

First of all though, you should do a backup:

Then, follow these instructions to carry out a factory reset:

We hope that you've found these tips useful to getting your device fast and fit again! We've also shared some other great apps for monitoring system performance on Android, apps to give your Android a performance boost and tips to increase available RAM on Android. From what we can see Trepn Profiler deserves a rightful place amongst these other A-listers.

If you're looking for more device-specific speed tips for older devices, check out these solutions:

Do you have any tips and techniques you use to speed up your phone? Do you have any apps you use optimize the process? Let us know in the comments!


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  •   46
    Deactivated Account Oct 2, 2019 Link to comment

    Replace your batter that is weak. Batteries loose capacity and voltage as they age, the loss of voltage is what really slows down your phone. We can not easily replace batteries anymore because the manufacturer want you to have to replace your phone.

  • marco sarli
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    Oct 1, 2019 Link to comment

    Good information

  • harshatecordeon Dec 26, 2018 Link to comment

    Smart tips

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    Deactivated Account Dec 25, 2018 Link to comment

    And at the end of the day when nothing works, purchase a new smartphone ensuring that it is not for a vendor with planned obsolescence for their devices in mind. :-)

  • Guttabkidme Nov 22, 2018 Link to comment

    Your launcher is not the only place to adjust animations. If you have developer options available" if not he explained how in the article" you can set windows animation,transition animation, and animator duration scales to zero. You can also got to settings apps notifications and disable notifications for any apps that are not relative and while you are there you can also tap mobile data for that app and restrict background usage.

  • Reg Joo Jun 26, 2018 Link to comment

    Rooting is the only real option(for me, to each their own). To be able to totally take all of a app off the phone, and clear caches completely, then change governors( cpu, gpu, I/O, etc..) goes a long way to a specific goal. A lot of this(not all) can also make a stock rom perform much better(as long as the phone’s rooted). These tips are good for stock, unrooted phones, but most won’t stick, after a reboot, and even after a factory reset, won’t speed up a already natively slow phone.

  • Rusty H. Jun 25, 2018 Link to comment

    About once a month, I boot into and delete the dalvik cache. Seems to pep it up a bit.

  • Dwarfer66 Jun 25, 2018 Link to comment

    Nothing new I see, as usual.

  • SinchanDey Blogs Mar 24, 2018 Link to comment

    Very useful tips, thanks for sharing. I would add a tip to the article from my experience

    * Never install memory cleaner apps or optimizer apps. They are known to be the main culprit in slowing down devices eating up the CPU power, running in the background.

  • md milhan Oct 29, 2017 Link to comment

    Great! Thanks for this info :)
    Always keep sharing tips..

  • Peter Harwood Aug 15, 2017 Link to comment

    Sounds like an app that's going to clog and slow your phone down even more? 😂

  • Andrew Burgin Aug 13, 2017 Link to comment

    Turning on developer option is one of the best ways to speed up your phone,battery doctor or purify,extends your battery plus close running applications on your phone and help keep your phone running smooth and fast,look for the best applications that include the Exit option,then you know it's not running in the background, copy all your downloads and applications to you micro sd card then install them

  • Reg Joo Aug 13, 2017 Link to comment

    Should the trepn profiler be installed on internal storage? If I know I don't need the app that I've opened, I swipe it away. I go into the settings for app started at boot, and disable things like browser(s)( except Firefox focus), play store(and turn off auto update) , messenger(regular, or lite, I decide), setup wizard, and some others. The moment you use any one of them, they'll run anyway, till you reboot again. I like to keep browsers on external (doesn't affect their speed), and I stay away from chrome. The last thing I do, is go into developer settings and adjust the animation settings( you gotta adjust for best response, depends on phone, there's no setting that fits all).

  • Dean L. Aug 12, 2017 Link to comment

    Identifying the problem can sometimes be an easter egg hunt, but it's nice to see that something's don't change. Killing apps, closing apps, and restarting the phone all continue to be the solution to reducing the lag.

  • Joseph Onuoha Jun 17, 2017 Link to comment

    Fortunately, it’s not the end of the world, and here are some tips to help you ‘fix’ your problem on How to speed up my android phone,

  • Tech2Post Apr 17, 2017 Link to comment

    nice information

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  • jack luter Mar 15, 2017 Link to comment

    The above key points are more benefited to save the battery from loosing power and by using an Android phone many apps are installed with less security that can be avoided.

  • Pranav Sharma Jan 15, 2017 Link to comment

    This was indeed helpful but i would like you guys to check this vedio which i found on YouTube And these Tips really helped a lot! You can find those on a channel named TechBuster In which they provide awesome tips and tricks...!!

  • Dec 22, 2016 Link to comment

    Thank You For This Great Info. But For My I Prefer The App cach cleaner Get From apk4freedownload . com

  • ramez elsayed Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

    History cleaner is a great app that let's you choose the cache you want to clean and selecting things like different call logs that you might not need anymore, pushing it self into your memory. Delete unneeded messages regularly. These are are real things that slows your phone down. My opinion try to upgrade your phone because you won't notice these problems anymore. I have an HTC one m9 and it's been running perfect at the same speed when I got it a year ago. 2015 flagships is a very good idea. They are cheaper now and runs great. You wouldn't need more than 3G of ram or 32Gb internal memory or a faster processor than the snapdragon 810. If you don't play heavy games you won't need anything else.

  • Steph Longbridge Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

    use cm to free memory in one-click.
    Do it a couple of time in a day, if necessary to avoid bottle-necks. But to not use it too often.

  • hama hama Sep 11, 2016 Link to comment

    Thanks maybe

  • Khan Sep 11, 2016 Link to comment

    Android once was new, working good. But these days, it does not work even. Most of phones start accidental music, messages, call and texts, even in screen lock mode. God knows, who will settle it.

  • Albin Foro Sep 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Update Dec 2017: A big problem, particularly after system updates, is build-up of old junk in the system cache - the cache partition can be wiped on most devices using a combination of the power and volume buttons (google your own device), that brings it up in a system menu. Cache wipe doesn't affect installed apps in the way a complete system restore does and can make a big difference. I also had a bad experience of Android M's "adoptable storage" install failures and running apps poorly, even off a fast Class 10 microSD on a low RAM tablet - encryption slows SD access so running from internal storage is faster. Greenify will hibernate unused apps, both to save battery and reduce resource demands when active, and a system ad blocker minimizes background checking as well as cleaning cartoon boxes off the user interface.

  • Parvind Chahal Sep 5, 2016 Link to comment

    but in practical use these tips does not work like its is written in article

  • Dave Smith Jul 12, 2016 Link to comment

    I use this:

    Works a charm & it's easy. It's integrated into the Smart Manager on the latest Samsung Phones nowadays.

  • Zoe Taylor Jun 30, 2016 Link to comment

    There is an easier way to speed up your phone, try All-In-One Toolbox, clean cache and boost apps with one easy tap.

  • Nulty Mc Jun 28, 2016 Link to comment

    Does your Android always being slow and hot,I suggest you to try

  • cj orey May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I have lg ultimate 2 tracfone..a great phone..but last few facebook is lagging when I click on it to open.suggestions? thanks..

  • bong salvador Nov 14, 2015 Link to comment

    I used Shutapp..totally close backgroud app.

  • Dave Jarratt Nov 12, 2015 Link to comment

    Don't suppose you have tips for an S3. Mine has developed the " Unfortunately the process android ( whatever I opened be it Text,phone,contacts,etc) has stopped. I notice in my Settings -All Prgrammes, there are no bytes recorded against the Android System File. Plaese don't say the only cure is "Factory Re-Set" cos I feel like just getting a bigger hammer.DAVE.

    • Charles Schuler Nov 18, 2015 Link to comment

      Let me ask, did u do what this article said and go into "Settings > Storage> (here u should see data values for Apps, Pics, Downloads, etc.)>Misc. or Misc. Files? and when u tap on it brought u into a list of files with check boxes next to them as mentioned by this article.. If u cleared out System Files then u might have erased everything. *You have to remember that in your file manager in Android folder when opened has a sub-folder usually named .data*** opening this folder displays "No Files"..... This isnt true, the files are hidden from user access as protection from user error... The files are emulated, meaning the value might say "0.00KB" but the files are in seed there. This careless article telling readers to open Storage and clear out files in the Misc. section is rediculous as this Misc. Folder has some important Android system files "hidden" there. I did something similar years ago I opened All Apps and opened data storage page for Google app and talked "Clear Data" instead of "Clear Cache" and it wiped out all of my personal data I stored with Google. What a pain wiping out your Gmail Account info as it is the primary account used by Android! **TIP*** "If you have to factory reset since your phone is out of order, use a computer to access your Google Account and DISCONNECT YOUR PHONE FROM GOOGLE ACCOUNT BEFORE RESETTING. IF YOU FACTORY RESET WHILE YOUR DEVICE IS STILL SIGNED INTO GOOGLE IT WILL WIPE OUT YOUR DATA FROM GOOGLE SERVERS. I found out the hard way and lost all my saved passwords and about 200+ Bookmarks! And after factory reset couldn't log into Google account because "unknown device" was all I got attempting log on...

      • Amber A. Dec 7, 2015 Link to comment

        Thank you for the comment, bc I almost deleted all the sub folders under misc.

  • Sue Boyde Nov 11, 2015 Link to comment

    How about tips to speed up Android phones in general? This only covers two specific models. - mind you, I've had my Moto G for 9 months and its still fast. Maybe these are the only two that have a problem.

    • Mark G. Nov 12, 2015 Link to comment

      The points mentioned in the article are fairly universal in that they will work for the majority of Android devices.

      • Sue Boyde Nov 12, 2015 Link to comment

        Yes. To start with, I saw the first few line of the article - links for 2 phone models - and then a huge ad, so I assumed that was all there was.

  • Abdihakim Bashir Nov 11, 2015 Link to comment

    hi every bady i have a one problem that so i need to solve it please help me
    my problem is: my galaxy s5 has not working at the touch screen so is the new i doese't used and it is not working

  • Erdeveloper Android Aug 1, 2015 Link to comment

    If you want to speed up your phone, just remove all apps you don't use. Example how fast some app could be try AppUseFree or PhoneUseFree from qooqle play.

  • Shaz Mason Aug 1, 2015 Link to comment

    My Samsung Galaxy S6 overnight turned itself off , now all I have is a blue flashing light help needed pls .

  • Huy Pham Aug 1, 2015 Link to comment

    Dolphin is quite lagging and unstable when it comes to downloading in general with many broken files but sure comes with a whole lot of rare and useful functions such as flash and a reliable video capture system, not mention the versatile and clean display.

  • vertito sta. maria Jul 11, 2015 Link to comment

    if u want to speed up your phone . just remove facebook app and messenger . you will see the difference

  • Lev S Jul 8, 2015 Link to comment

    after downloading an voice recorder app on my phone it suddenly became very buggy and all apps will crash or not respond even after uninstall. Beside factory restore any other way I can clear the bug or the problem?

  • uwiragiye simon Apr 16, 2015 Link to comment

    hello dear members , i have an issue of being stopped on whatsapp....if i try to my number i see this message that says are no longer allowed to use whatsapp service on this number +250788708948 how cat tell me how to overcome this issue.thanks alot. give me feedback please

  • Carolyn Flaherty Apr 16, 2015 Link to comment

    Your Android is a powerful device, but powerful output means powerful input. In other words, the more you use your device the quicker you're going to drain the battery, and batteries drain quickly on Android devices.

  • Moussa Apr 15, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm referring to you @Madars Mar .

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  • Moussa Apr 15, 2015 Link to comment

    I have a note 4and I never had to download a booster for it SO I don't Know what you're talking about.

  • Leslie Anne Chatterton Mar 12, 2015 Link to comment

    I would dispute your claim that Android users have to be "worried about lags". My OnePlus One has never had that issue and it is almost a year old. IOS users have other issues... it is no more perfect than Android IMHO.

  • Madars G Mar 12, 2015 Link to comment

    ios users dont have to be worried about laggs, but android users have to download boosters becouse their phones are slow. that sucks

  • Leslie Anne Chatterton Jan 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Coloured boxes have nothing to do with it.

    Your phone comes with "user" access; this means there are many things you cannot do. "Rooting" gives you full, unlimited administrative access to the heart of your phone. This allows you to remove "built in" apps and change the operating system (the rom) to 3rd party alternatives with more features. It also makes it very easy to ruin the phone if you don't know what you are doing. Only take this step if you are prepared to do a lot of research and proceed very slowly and carefully.

    You have been warned!

  • Koit Kranig Jan 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Can anybody tell me what is rooting in android 4.4.2? Is it in about the phone and red screen with android 4.4..2 logo and some colored boxes flying around?

  • James Ahn Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

    Other tricks:

    1) Wipe your phone
    2) Install alternative apps that run FB, etc.
    3) Custom OS

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    Deactivated Account Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

    +1 on the recommendation for "App Cache Cleaner - 1Tap Clean". I've used it for a few weeks based on another AndroidPIT recommendation back then, and it sped up my phone greatly after deleting the crap cache.

  • Hans Meiser Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

    I guess even Win8.1 will do a better job. Gonna get a Lumia 630 today for just €99 and will report here.

  • Amat Mulisha Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

    No lagging on ios?

    • Hans Meiser Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

      Yep, no lagging - never.

      • Dimitar Berberu Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

        Google & you can find that ios can lag even it is designed for a few devices with limited functionality (much easier).
        Android is more generic/complex multitasking system that runs on many more devices including future Internet of Things (eg. cameras, watches...) - not as easy to implement.

        Your 'investment' will be tested when you have to mix & learn multiple interfaces.
        My investment was decided on a conclusion that I need a universally available (not just <15%), scalable (Chromium), with removable micro SD to back up & share with PC/Cameras without sw/cables. To move Android from one to any other brand is a matter of minutes by moving the SD with all content & apps & simple login. Try it on ios. Android apps can work on Chromium & other platforms.
        Horses for courses.

        You are right on windows (value for money). I expect Windows to eventually pick up on mobiles with a 'familiar' interface.
        Unfortunately Microsoft killed Nokia.

      • Choon Keat Apr 19, 2015 Link to comment

        Why not try remove S5 and S6 SD card?

  • Mark Rgs Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

    Fanboy 🔝

    • Hans Meiser Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

      No, just somebody who invested in a better product.

  • Hans Meiser Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

    Problems iOS-Users don't have.

    • Lexcorp Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

      My devices:

      1.- Moto X 2013 (4.4.4)
      - Time To open an app: 0
      - Lag: 0.

      2.- iPad 2 (iOS 8)
      - Time To open an app: zzzzzzz...
      - Lag: zzzz.

      3.- iPhone 4 (iOS 7)
      - Time To open an app: zzz.
      - Lag: zz.

      iOS users have lag. A so much in some iDevices.

      • Hans Meiser Sep 22, 2014 Link to comment

        What's your definition of a lag, pls?

      • Catch The Jackal Mar 28, 2015 Link to comment

        Are you serious? Mentioning these models: failure

    • James Ahn Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

      What?! Apple has it even worse--when you install iOS 8 on your 4S lmao lags like a mother and destroys battery life, even Apple warned not to DL it hahahaha.

      • Hans Meiser Sep 22, 2014 Link to comment

        What's your definition of a lag, pls?

  • Amat Mulisha Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

    Clean master and greenify is perfect combo. Also after u restart ur phone. Leave it a while to processor doing its job. Heat also make ur phone lag and slow. Its also bad for ur battery. So keep ur phone stay cool

  • Collin Page Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

    Nice app to clear up space is CCleaner also

    • Koit Kranig Jan 21, 2015 Link to comment

      It takes lot of space also, about 30Mb, too much

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