Speed up you Ageing Android Phone with these Handy Tips

This might sound familiar to most Android phone users — what was once a beast in terms of performance, starts getting sluggish. The interface starts stuttering, apps take longer to open. Some would blame the phone maker for deliberately slowing it down to make you buy the newest product. The simpler explanation is that yesterday’s smartphone hardware just isn’t powerful enough to handle the increasing complexity of today’s software.

Whatever the reason, here are a few tweaks that could get your old phone to behave faster than it.

REDUCE ANIMATION SPEEDS

This is the easiest way to see a noticeable improvement to the interface speed. First, you’ll need to enable “Developer Options”. Go to Settings > About and look for “Build Number” (it could be hidden inside a menu called “Software Info” on some phones). Tap it seven times to enable the hidden developer menu. Now, go back to Settings and you should see “Developer Options” near the “About” option. Select it and scroll down to find the following three options: “Window animation scale”, “Transition animation scale”, and “Animator duration scale”. Choose each of these options and select “Animation scale 0.5x” on all three. Doing this should show an immediate improvement in interface swiftness. You can turn the animations off entirely also if you prefer.

CLEAR MORE SPACE

Rule of thumb — you should have at least a couple of gigabytes of free space on your phone for smooth functioning. A quick way to make space on your phone is to clear photos, videos, WhatsApp media and other downloaded media from the Gallery app. A painless way is by installing Google Photos, letting it back up the media you want and then using the “Make Free Space” feature from the side-menu.

Apps use your phone’s internal memory to temporarily store files for efficient functioning — this is referred to as cache. But this cache starts piling up over a period of time, consuming gigabytes of your phone’s storage. Clear cache by going to Settings > Storage and find an option called “Cached data”. Click it and confirm deletion of cached data. Just remember to not do this often; those cache files are useful for apps to quickly load its contents instead of rendering them over and over.

By Rohan Naravane

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