if your Android phone is running slower than it used to or not as fast as you think then this article is for you. I’m gonna be going over some important and specific things you can do to potentially speed up your Android phone so with all of them put together you should almost definitely see an improvement.
Uninstall Unnecessary Apps
let’s get started and these first couples might seem obvious so bear with me they are important so I do have to mention them so first up is obviously you should uninstall any apps you never use and are just taking up space in the App Store you can view a list of apps installed and how much space each is taking up it might look a little bit different depending on the version of Android but you could probably figure it out and it might also show the last time you use the apps so you can just start with the biggest apps you never use and work down from there having fewer apps installed means fewer things potentially trying to fight in the background and will free up flash storage which that in itself can potentially improve performance.
Pre-Installed Junk Apps
Also here’s something really important as you probably know a lot of phone manufacturers include a ton of bloatware and pre-installed junk apps that may seem like they can’t be uninstalled meaning if you select them on home screen and go to drag them you don’t have the usual option to uninstall them but there is another way to do this through their app info menu so getting to this menu will be different depending on your Android version and manufacturer but one way in recent versions is to long press on the app icon on the home screen and then just go to app info or you can open up the app so it’s running and then bring up the app switcher and then long press on the app icon which may bring up an option to go to the app info or just might show a little info icon no matter how you get to it once in the app info menu you’ll see a lot of options such as for stop some permissions stuff like that but here’s the key you see with normal apps you can uninstall regularly you’ll also see the option to uninstall here but with bloatware pre-installed apps that can’t be uninstalled you should have another option here called disable which effectively does the same thing now depending on your manufacturer it may or may not actually remove the apps files from the phone but at least the app will be removed from the home screen and won’t run in the background or anything unless you re-enable them so for bloatware sometimes that’s as close to uninstalling as you can get but still uninstalling unused apps and disabling bloatware should be one of the first things to try the next obvious thing to do is make sure your phone stays update obviously this isn’t something you have complete control over because a lot of Android manufacturers take their sweet old time pushing new Android versions. if they do it all for some older phones but if you do have updates available that you’ve been putting off you should stop doing that usually they do introduce optimizations and system performance improvements that will make your phone run better not to mention you need to stay up-to-date for security patches because nothing slows down a phone more than malware and nothing opens up your phone to malware worse then not being update I think you get the picture.
Try Using Light Versions Of Your Apps
All right number three one thing you can do is start using light versions of apps a lot of the most popular apps have alternative light versions that take up less space and aren’t so bloated so some examples include Facebook Lite Twitter Lite YouTube go now unfortunately sometimes these versions are only available in certain countries which is pretty stupid so just be aware that but if they are available it’s worth trying them.
Dynamic Wallpapers Consume More Power
Moving on the next thing you can do is make sure you use a static wallpaper instead of a dynamic wallpaper feature available on a lot of phones these days this has several benefits because dynamic wallpapers can use a lot more resources than you might think for example the ones that move around while your phone moves around are using the gyroscope constantly and take some extra processing power to keep updating the wallpaper even basic video wallpaper still might take up slightly more resources than a static image and depending on how old or low-power your phone is it might be significant.
Lightweight Launchers Can Be Really Usefull
One thing to try is using a different launcher one of the good things about Android is you can customize pretty much everything about the phone even the launcher itself which is basically the overall skin for Android. simply just search for lightweight launchers on Google(store) and find some good reviews some specific ones I saw a lot of people mention include lean launcher, Evie launcher, and kiss launcher these will change pretty much the entire look of Android so which one you go for will totally be down to preference, of course, be careful if you go to install a ton of new launchers make sure you uninstall the ones that you don’t end up using or else that will just be like more wasted space like we talked about before.
Calculate Your Power Consumption
okay next up we can do some detective work to determine which apps are using the most resources and then take care of them in several ways so what we can do is go into the Settings app and then the battery menu this might look different depending on your phone manufacturer but somewhere in there you’ll probably be able to find a battery usage menu showing well battery usage of different apps now you’ll need to do a bit of critical thinking here because obviously if you use an app all the time it’s likely going to use a lot of battery so you’ll have to look at what percentages each app is using and try to decide whether it seems reasonable compared to how much other apps are using based on how long you use them like if you use YouTube for several hours a day and it uses 30% battery and you see Facebook uses the same amount of battery after just using it for one hour clearly it’s more power hungry and we can assume if it’s using a lot of battery power that probably means it’s either using a lot more processing power while it’s running in the background sucking down battery life even when you’re not using it again.