Slow Android smartphone? Seven tips to make it go faster!

Slow Android smartphone? Here are 7 great tips to make it go faster! Why does my phone get slower over time? Why is your Android smartphone so slow? I read on a site that cockroaches are born, grow, reproduce and die. Cell phones do not have so many phases- they are “born” and become slower and slower until their owner has more patience and replaces it with another.

Slow Android smartphone? Seven tips to make it go faster!

In this tutorial, we will see what you can do to make your phone faster. We will focus on how to speed up your Android smartphone to the maximum, these tips will be useful even if you buy a new mobile phone.

How to speed up any Android phone

  • go to your phone settings.
  • Go down and select “Phone Information”.
  • Press repeatedly on “Build Number” until the message “You are a developer” is displayed.
  • Return to the settings menu and now enter the ‘Development Options’ tab.
  • Go to the ‘Drawing’ subsection.
  • Below we will find “Window animation scale”, “Transition animation scale” and “Animation duration scale”.
  • Touch each one of them and deactivate it.

Slow Android smartphone? restart it

The number one rule of computer science- in case of doubt it is restart. A reboot will not make your phone faster permanently, but it is a measure that does not require any effort on your part, so it is worth trying.

Ideally, it is not necessary to restart a mobile phone to make it faster, because the system is responsible for “cleaning the house” on its own, but the reality is different. Therefore, previous versions of Smart Manager – the Samsung optimization app – offered you the possibility to restart the device every day at a given time, to “improve its performance”. We don’t think it’s essential, but simply if you notice that your Android Smartphone goes slower than normal, restart it.

Uninstall unnecessary applications

It doesn’t matter if you use them a lot or a little, any application for the mere fact of being there uses the precious resources of the mobile, to a lesser or greater extent. If you have applications that you have never opened for months: uninstall them without mercy. You can always reinstall them again later if you need them.

Uninstalling any applications you don’t use can make your phone faster and leave more memory and storage space available for other applications you use every day.

Your Phone gets slower? Switch to light applications (Lite apps)

The phone, old or not, is a smartphone and therefore you want to use the applications on it. The problem is that the official applications are always heavier, but fortunately, we have more and more additional versions- light applications.

These are basic versions of applications where priority is given to reduced data usage and reduced storage space. They are often designed for developing countries or with unstable networks like India, you can download them from Google Play.

Some applications with light versions are Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite, Skype Lite, Shazam Lite, Google Search Lite or LinkedIn Lite.

Clean the phone from unnecessary files

One of the negative things we bring to our phone from the PC is to fill the memory with useless files, which we need to periodically delete to make it go faster. Some misleading applications like Clean Master have done nothing but take advantage of them.

It is true that some applications can create files and forget to delete them when you no longer need them or that the application cache can take up a lot of space, but these files do not slow down your phone with its simple existence- the important thing is that you have enough free space for the file system to run at full capacity. Ideally, 25% is enough.

To leave space available, you can take different paths. Pass photos and videos on your PC, copy them to the cloud, use applications like File Go or manually review with a file manager to delete heavy files. Remember, a cell phone with no free space is a slow cell phone.

Slow Android smartphone? Restore factory settings

If you think your cell phone was faster first it’s true, because that’s the way it is. During the months and years of use, you have installed more and more applications. Restoring a phone’s factory settings is a quick way to boost speed and get rid of errors.

If uninstalling the applications and deleting the files manually seems like a difficult task, try resetting the factory settings. You will lose all your data, accounts and settings, so be sure to make a backup first.

Restoring the factory settings is equivalent to “formatting” the mobile device, so you have the possibility to start over and make better decisions about which applications you want to install and which you don’t. It is also particularly useful if we want to speed up our Android smartphone to the maximum.

Let’s learn how to do a hard reset on an Android device


Generally, I do not recommend rooting the phone unless you know what you are doing, and this time is no exception. An old phone will not only be faster for root, but you will have access to more tools to improve its performance.

With permissions as superuser, nothing can stop you from uninstalling all applications, including pre-installed bloatware, removing all the files you want, no matter where they are and making the most of tools like Greenify to control hibernation and suspension, protecting the limited resources of an old cell phone.

Big problems require great solutions and if you really want to make important changes to speed up an old cell phone, root is almost essential. Another option you can consider is to change the CPU configuration to make it more aggressive or even overclock it. I don’t recommend this procedure, but if you’re desperate because your phone gets slower over time, you just have to try this process.

Slow Android smartphone, install a custom ROM

Relative to the previous point and to desperation- when you have tried everything and your phone is still incredibly slow, your only resource could be to install a custom ROM created by the developer community.

Not all ROMs are excellent or are perfectly finished, but if you follow the instructions to the letter and don’t mind installing and reinstalling several times until you find one you like, you can find a gold mine. Some ROMs are created precisely for the purpose of creating a faster or lighter version of the system, or for upgrading to a newer version when the manufacturer has already left the phone.

Again, it’s not an option to recommend on the first try, but rather as a last resort, unless you’re used to modifying your Android. Installing a ROM is not too complicated but it requires several processes, lots of patience and, if you are unlucky, it may leave your phone unusable.

Let’s learn how to install a custom ROM on an Android phone

We hope these tips have been useful for you!

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