How to improve Android's performance

How to improve Android's performance
A lot of people say that the beauty of Android is in its open nature, allowing you to personalize almost each and every aspect of the system. However, Android's open nature may also be seen as one of its weaknesses, as there are certain scenarios where the system can be treating consumers to a sub-par experience due to lack of enough processing time or memory. Most of those who can afford a top-notch flagship smartphone usually end up with a mostly smooth and snappy interface, but we all know that as our phones age, the tons of software and content that go through them each and every day eventually bog them down.

At some point, essential apps like the phonebook or the camera start to exhibit annoying long loading times, while browsing through the many homescreen pages filled with apps, directories and widgets just doesn't feel as fluid and snappy as it used to be. Well, good news is there are many things you can do in order to improve the performance of your Android device. Below, we're presenting you with a fine selection of tips on how to speed your trusty phone or tablet up, and while there can be no guarantee that you'll reach the desired level of performance, we think you should definitely try these out, before considering the decision to move on to a new device.

So, here's what you can do in order to improve your Android's performance!

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47 Comments

1. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

In my case launcher 8 pro helps a lot

2. SPASE

Posts: 257; Member since: May 03, 2013

great article, helped me out. cheers

4. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

I have no lag on my stock Note 3 after 9 months of use. Disabled some bloat, changed the stock contacts and messaging with third party apps, and that's it.

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have no lag with my Note 3 with no customization, live wallpaper and backend anti-malware running. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.security&hl=en

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

1. Root 2. Greenify 3. Freeze unwanted Apps and Bloatware using Titanium Backup there...........

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

+1. No need to install a custom ROM when you can make things improve just by rooting. It is also much simpler. BTW, do you still get OTA updates if you root ?

18. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Afaik rooting invalidates OTA updates

25. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Depends on the phone. Re-rooting might be necessary after update.

27. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I rooted my Gnexus and still got every OTA updates...up to kitkat

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I used to root my phone now i can get by without root. The danger of root is roger apps can compromise your phone security and change default system files. I don't recommend root to causal phone user.

39. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Root gives you so many cool capabilities, though. Including one of my favorites: http://www.xda-developers.com/tag/xposed/

10. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

you forgot something very important: in the developers settings disable all three animation sub-categories and check the force gpu rendering (helps in 95% of cases). these are really important steps.

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Don't forget about enabling ART for some KitKat users.

19. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

ART doesn't work on Samsung and other brands. It will be widely implemented on Android L though

23. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

ART is still experimental and only runs the basic optimizations, whereas Dalvik runs the basic ones at first and then, if necessary, the aggressive ones too.

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

or just get a nexus 5 and stop worrying.

20. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

What you are saying is a total myth. You really think Nexus devices are excused from performance issues? Former Nexus 5 owner

29. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Do tell a Nexus owner how bad it is?

13. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

There are two ways: 1. If you don't have much money: Take your Android device, put it in the bin and get any WP or just Windows device, that works the way it should. 2. If you have enough money: Take your Android device, put it in the bin and get an iOS or an OS X. :)

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

First of all there is no need for downgrade. Also what OS X has to do with all that?

16. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Let me quote Joulukas's comment from above: "Really - please tell me how switching to WP8 or iOS device would improve performance on my Android device?"

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The better way would be to take your wp8 phone, shove it in the ass turn on the vibration. Give me your number I would help out by dialing the number. Isn't it a delightful way to make up for wp8 lack of apps. Lol!

21. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

this is the reason why i sue wp and not android... NO NEED FOR ALL THIS SHIIITE problem with wp? lock then unlock your phone. problem persists? restart. problem solved. android has 1, ONE advantage over wp...apps thats it. name one deal breaker that is not on wp... custom roms dont count

28. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Customization and personalization doesn't count? Openness doesn't count? Independent development doesn't count? Enjoy your closed phone, with limited app support, and limited customization. Enjoy the fact that developers DON'T WANT to waste their time making apps for a platform with so TINY a market percentage. Enjoy your features that are months or even years behind Android and iOS. Enjoy your FUGLY interface. Enjoy scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, and scrolling to find the app you're looking for. Yeah, Android has 1 ONE advantage over WP. The fact that it's NOT WP!

42. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

- we can customize both the wallpaper and lockscreen. - independent development also exsits in this ecosystem. - closed means more stability, deal with it. - we don't enjoy the fact that official development projects and developers are such a..holes and ignore wp. but we can deal with it because many times independent developers create far better apps for these services than their original developers for other platforms. - wp only has a tiny market share because people are ignorant towards the system. they immediately label it as "windows=crap", without any research whatsoever, which is just utterly dumb. - wp had and has a sh ton of features that were a first on the market, and is keeping/stepping up the pace with the other two os's - by fugly you mean revolutionary, that redefined the design language across both android and ios? (magazine ui, blinkfeed, material design, and the list goes on.) - i enjoy scrolling, however, but because i'm definitely smarter than you, i simply pin my most used stuff on my start screen to access is immediately and see all the info needed on the tiles, and to find an app i wait for it... press the search button and type in 2 letters to find it instantly. pretty cool, huh? well, i also tell you: enjoy your stut...stut...stut...stut.... lag :D btw: thanks captain obvious for the article! even an 8yr old know these things

43. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Who will read such a long winded posting? Get to the point!! No money for high end Android phone? Cry like a baby. Lol!

44. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

people with brains read such long posts. clearly you're not the targeted audience. but congratulations for being this miserable. moron.

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Please explain why I should be misery. I have both WP8 and several high end android phones. Speaking from actual experience wp8 is really a poor man smart phone. Always begging developer to build apps. Begging Microsoft for the long overdue WP8.1 update. Only to be completely forgotten now that unified windows is announced. Stupid bottom 5%

46. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

you're miserable because your only damn reason to bash on my explanation is that i must be poor and don't have the money. congratulations, that's really smart. fyi i could buy any of the highest end smartphones running android, but i don't. because i'm not that dumb to waste my money on crap. and also i don't want to buy outdated flagships every 6 months or at most annually. why is wp8 a "poor man" smartphone? can you explain in detail? btw noone is begging for app development. the wp community has talented people who make awesome apps just as good if not far better software than their official counterparts, as i wrote above. also, pls do mind and look up the lifecycles for wp 8 and 8.1. and your last sentence... just made you even more pathetic than before. kudos! not wasting any more time on you kiddo.

47. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Stupid is what stupid does. Endless amount of whining to people that don't care. You like to crap all over Android article and you blame me for calling you stupid. Stick around for 2015 and we shall see how Microsoft treat their WP8 fans. How they treat their WP7 fans with promise that they will get upgraded to WP8. Well, does a half fu*k WP7.5 ring a bell?

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