One of the biggest and most popular benefits of rooted Android is being able to boost performance. Today, I’m going to tell you why you don’t necessarily have to root Android to enjoy faster performance.
Here are the best tips you can implement today that can speed up Android without requiring root access.
Change Animation Scale
This is one of my favorite Android tips ever. It goes to work instantly. It noticeably “speeds up” your device (or at least makes it look significantly faster). It’s also ridiculously easy to activate.
First, you’ll need to enable the hidden Developer Options panel from the Settings menu. To do that, you go to your Settings menu, then head to the About section of the device and tap your build number 7 times in a row.
Once you’ve done that, the Developer Options menu will appear under your normal settings screen. Open that settings menu and you’ll see a bunch of stuff you probably don’t understand (like “Force RTL layout direction”).
But scroll past those options to settings like Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. Each of these settings is set to 1x by default.
However, you can increase these settings to .5x to literally double the speed of your Android device.
You see, these settings all control the speed at which every window on Android opens. By cutting the speed to .5x, your Android will feel significantly faster – guaranteed.
If you’re weird and want to feel a slower version of Android, then you can also scale down your animation to 10x.
Ultimately, this tip doesn’t actually speed up your device or increase its performance. Instead, it just makes it look like it’s way faster. But who really cares?
We get it: when you first got your phone, you were so excited to download every app that looked cool. Now it’s months down the road and you realize you no longer need a fart prank app.
To uninstall apps, just go to your Settings menu then find the Application Manager. Companies like Samsung make this setting weirdly difficult to find (it’s hidden inside the general Apps menu). Then, scroll to the DOWNLOADED tab and clear out any apps you no longer like or use.
Keep in mind that you can always re-download paid apps. So if you paid a few bucks for an app and are hesitant about deleting it, just remember that the payment is linked to your Google account forever.
Clear Out Old Photos
You ever notice how Android feels so incredibly fast out of the box before gradually slowing down over time?
In a lot of cases, that’s simply because your phone’s internal storage is filling up with a bunch of crap you don’t need.
As mentioned above, you can uninstall certain apps to clear out some of that crap. If you’re still noticing slowdown problems, however, then another major source of slowdown is your photos album.
On newer phones, like the Galaxy S6, each photo with the phone’s main camera takes up anywhere from 4.5MB to 6MB of space, if not more depending on your panoramas and PhotoSpheres.
All of that space can add up quickly. I recently went on a trip to Europe and noticed my phone slowing down about 4 weeks into my trip. When I looked at my phone’s internal storage, I only had about 1GB of space remaining on my 32GB internal storage from all the photos I took.
With that in mind, you might want to hook your phone up to your computer and wipe out old photos (after backing them up to your hard drive or to cloud storage, for example). If you use services like OneDrive or DropBox, then the automatic photo upload can be very helpful.
Clear App Cache
After wiping out the big chunks of data mentioned above, you can optimize the apps that you do use by clearing out their app caches. You can actually install apps that automatically clean out the cache of every app you own (like App Cache Cleaner).
If you prefer clearing out app caches on your own, then you can do that from the Application Manager menu. I don’t recommend doing this to apps like Facebook unless you want to sign in again. But certain apps – like Reddit apps – that save a lot of random background data can benefit from a routine cache cleaning.
Get into the habit of clearing out app caches every few months to make sure your phone’s internal storage is clutter free and optimized.
If you do end up using apps like App Cache Cleaner, you can actually tell that app to clear caches every hour, every 4 hours, every 8 hours, or whatever other interval you choose. You can also choose to clear caches automatically after you exit an app. On the flip side, this requires the app to constantly run in the background, which can reduce your Android performance even further – so be careful.