Android vs iPhone boot times tested: which one is the fastest?


Which phone is the fastest to boot up?

This is not a question that you might be asking yourself on a daily basis, but since battery life is such a precious asset, and since people generally don’t like to be bothered at night, some manufacturers have built in the option to turn off your phone. If you turn off your phone at night, or if you are a developer who has to reboot the device multiple times, boot-up times do matter.

And it’s just plain fun knowing how long it takes for a phone to start.

So that’s why we took the device we had at hand and started booting, rebooting, and measuring the times. We tried this with apps installed, and with the phone fresh off a factory reset (hint: there is very little difference in actual boot times, only after you boot, some apps might start syncing and slow up the phone, which we are not accounting for).

And here are the results of our testing: the Android phones and iPhones that are fastest to boot in descending order. Any surprises?

Disclaimer: We’ve tested booting each of the phones several times to ensure the results are reliable, using the same method for each device. Start-up times still vary and the figure below should be taken as an approximate guideline with several seconds of allowed variability. Generally, results show that boot-up times can be faster or slower than the provided figure by up to 2-3 seconds at max.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4


Time to boot: 21.3 seconds
Software Version: Android 5.0.1, Build number LRX22C,N910FXXU1BOB4


Samsung Galaxy S6


Time to boot: 21.6 seconds
Software Version: Android 5.0.2, Build number LRX22G.G920FXXU1AOCV


LG G3


Time to boot: 25.3 seconds
Software Version: Android 4.4.2, Build: KVT49L.A1401987978


Apple iPhone 6


Time to boot: 26.1 seconds
Software Version: iOS 8.3 (12F70)


Apple iPhone 6 Plus


Time to boot: 28 seconds
Software Version: iOS 8.3 (12F70)


Sony Xperia Z3


Time to boot: 34.4 seconds
Software Version: Android 5.0.2, Kernel: 3.4.0-perfg3f600d1, Build: 23.2.A.1.62


Nexus 5


Time to boot: 37.6 seconds
Software Version: Android 5.1, Build: LMY47D


HTC One M9


Time to boot: 37.6 seconds
Software Version: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, Software number: 1.32.401.15


HTC One M8


Time to boot: 38.9 seconds
Software Version: Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, Software number: 4.16.401.10


Nexus 6


Time to boot: 53.3 seconds
Software Version: Android 5.1, Kernel: 3.10.40-geec2459, Build: LMY47E

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88 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

WW3 incoming,prepare.

4. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Got my popcorn ready, hope the patriot gets here soon.

7. waddup121 unregistered

TOO FAST

57. bataxstar unregistered

OnePlus? :D

99. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

showtime!!!

9. QWERTYslider unregistered

THESE PHONES ARE FAILURES DUE TO NON-REMOVABLE BATTERIES. Boot time is meaningless on a phone without a removable battery.

13. theo14461 unregistered

Note 4 has a removable battery.

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

You are a failure since Note comes with removable battery

19. Shocky unregistered

What's a removable battery got to do with boot times? I can sort of see the logic but it's hardly the ONLY time we need to power on/off our phones.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's a troll.

46. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I don't know what's funnier, Qwerty's comment or the fact that some seem to have missed the sarcasm.

62. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

dude I'm sure he doesn't see that logic. he just had to say something.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I am curious as to how a removable battery makes a difference with boot times? Please educate us.

49. QWERTYslider unregistered

The only time I reboot my phone is when I hot swap for a fully charged battery. Note 4 isn't in the thread title. All those trolling me know what you can go do to yourself.

58. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The same thing they did to your mother last night? (group activity)

81. g2a5b0e unregistered

Boo-yah! +1

63. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

dude if you boot your phone only when you swap batteries, I have bad news for you: "you know nothing John Snow"

75. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

You know nothing, QWERTYSlider.

86. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Note 4 isn't in the thread title." -QWERTYslider The S6, M8, M9, Nexus 5/6, Xperia, and G3 aren't either. Your point?

87. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

I never remove battery from my note 4.... don't speak stupid things!

97. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

More and more phones are going to come out without removable batteries. Sale records and survey indicate ppl don't really care about if their batteries is removable or not. Most casual phone users won't even know how many power their batteries have.

32. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

My lollipop S5 boots in 19 seconds, so yes. WW3 is coming.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Is it too late for popcorn? I've got the butter!

48. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Rest in peace all the touchwiz haters. Samsung rolls. Look at the time of m9 and iphone plus. What a joke. Not to mention the stock android running nexus too.

73. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Yes cause 28 seconds for the iPhone 6 Plus and 37 seconds for the M9 are just terrible, a person has to wait less than a minute for their phone to boot up, oh the dread! I don't even understand why this is an article or why it even matters. Only thing this article is for is to stir up fanboy wars. I have to boot my phone 1 time a month as i let the battery go completely down once a month, and i really don't think 28 seconds is going to cause me to have smartphone withdrawal. Get a life buddy.

67. Retrospective1

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

Think PA might need to do S6 again, UK s6 32GB booting in 16/17 sec over here in UK. justsaying

2. Sauce5 unregistered

This is really an article lol...... 25 seconds, 50 seconds, big deal. 1 minute out of your day wont change a thing. But hey, if you wanna stroke your penile instruments over this because your phone boots up in less than 30 seconds be my guest.

21. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

Then according to you speed tests are useless too. Milliseconds out of your day won't change anything

33. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

theres a big difference between reboot time and app time. Do you reboot often?

35. Sauce5 unregistered

He doesnt understand that. He doesn't understand that because he's blinded. He's blinded because he's defensive. He's defensive because he's closed minded. The list goes on.

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