Has your smartphone become terribly slow? Well, you’re not the first to this. If your mobile phone is no longer “very first hair” or its technical characteristics are not very advanced, you must accept the fact that some slowdowns in the animations and a few seconds of waiting before starting an application are things to be taken into account. . This, however, does not mean that there is nothing you can do to improve (at least a little) the situation.
There are some small tricks that, if put into practice, allow you to speed up the phone and improve the experience of using Android and iOS . Obviously I’m not here to promise you miracles: unfortunately when the hardware of a device, be it a smartphone, a tablet or a computer, is no longer in step with the times there is not much that can be done (if not buying a new model).
Now, however, let’s ban the chatter and see immediately what are the measures you can take to improve the responsiveness of your mobile phone. The guide, as easily understood, is dedicated exclusively to Android terminals and iPhones, given that they are the most used platforms in the world. Courage: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next paragraphs and, above all, implement the “tips” that I will give you. I wish you happy reading and I wish you good luck in optimizing your smartphone!
Disable unnecessary animations
The animations have their undoubted importance, as they make use of the more pleasurable smartphone. When dealing with a rather dated terminal, however, they can create quite a few problems: they slow down the transition from one application to another and give a “laggy” effect that would make even the most seraphic person in this world jump on the nerves. .
Fortunately, you can try to remedy the problem by going to the phone settings and turning off (or, in any case, limiting) the system animations. Here is in detail how to proceed on Android and iPhone.
- Android – go to the phone settings , select the Info on phone item from the menu that opens and tap on Build number 7 consecutive times, in order to unlock the developer settings. Then go back to the settings menu, select the Developer options item and proceed as follows.
- Select the Window animation scale entry and set its value to 0.5x or to Animation Off (if you want to turn off animation completely).
- Select the Transition animation scale entry and set its value to 0.5x or to Animation Off (if you want to turn off animation completely).
- Select the Animator Duration Scale entry and set its value to 0.5x or to Animation Off (if you want to turn off animation completely).
If you use an alternative launcher instead of the “stock” Android one, such as the excellent Nova Launcher , you will need to go to the settings of the latter and adjust the settings related to the animations from there.
- iPhone – go to the Settings app (the gray icon with gears on the Home screen), select the General> Accessibility items from the menu that opens and apply the following changes.
- Go to Reduce transparency and move the toggle relative to the Reduce transparency option to ON , so as to disable the transparency of the menus and the Dock bar.
- Go to Reduce motion and move the lever relative to the Reduce motion option to ON , so as to eliminate all system animations, which will be replaced by a quick fade effect.
Once you have disabled the animations of Android / iOS, you should notice a small improvement regarding the fluidity of use of your device. For more information on how to disable animations on Android and iPhone, see the in-depth study I just linked to.
Uninstall unused apps
Let’s make one thing clear: uninstalling unused apps is not an operation that speeds up the phone automatically. However (especially if you use Android, where apps can act in a profound way on the behavior of the system), this operation could help you to eliminate all those software that weigh excessively on the RAM or on the processor of the mobile by limiting its performance.
To uninstall applications on Android , go to the Settings> Apps menu , select the All tab , press the button (…) and select the item Sort by size from the box that opens to sort the applications based on the space occupied on the device memory . At this point, locate the apps you intend to uninstall and press first on its icon and then on the Uninstall button . When doing this, be careful not to remove any system apps (eg Google Play Services). Understood?
To uninstall apps on the iPhone , on the other hand, go to the Settings menu > General> Free iPhone space , tap on the name of the app you want to remove and delete it by pressing the Delete app item if you do not want to keep the data relating to the app (irreversible action) or on the Uninstall app item if you want to free up space while keeping the documents and data connected to the application. Alternatively, you can go to the Home screen, keep your finger pressed on the icon of the application to be deleted and press the (x) that appears at the top left of the icon itself.
For more information on how to uninstall apps on Android and iPhone, take a look at the guides I have already posted on this on my blog.
Reset the phone
If following the directions above you have not been able to speed up your smartphone, try resetting the device by returning it to factory settings. By doing this, you can resolve any software conflicts that are causing the slowdowns you experienced on your mobile.
Before doing this, however, make a nice backup of all your data (which will inevitably be lost following the reset) and then read the instructions I gave you in the guides on how to reset Android and iPhone, so as to avoid committing some error in completing this delicate procedure.
Specific advice on how to speed up Android phone
If you have an Android terminal available , you will probably find specific advice on how to speed up devices running Google’s mobile operating system useful . Here are some that can come in handy.
- Use a few widgets and disable live wallpapers – widgets allow you to have a lot of useful information always at hand, but if poorly designed they can consume a lot of battery and take up precious system resources. The same goes for animated wallpapers, which despite being very beautiful to look at, incredibly slow down mobile phones, especially the oldest ones.
- To delete widgets, keep your finger pressed on them and drag them to the Remove button that appears at the top.
- To replace live wallpapers with a static wallpaper, uninstall them from the application management panel (as we have seen before) and choose a traditional wallpaper from the Settings> Display> Wallpaper menu .
- Use an alternative launcher – some alternative launchers, such as the excellent Nova Launcher , allow you to make the Android home screen more responsive. Try them. To replace your current launcher with another, download the new launcher from the Play Store, then go to the Settings> Home page menu and put the check mark next to its name.
- Monitor applications – Some apps, such as System Monitor , may help you identify applications that are causing excessive CPU and RAM usage. Use them to “find” the apps that take up the most resources on your smartphone.
- Run a malware scan – Android devices, unfortunately, are the target of a lot of malware. If your smartphone has become slow at any moment it may have been infected, so download an antivirus for Android (eg Avast , AVG or Bitdefender ) and check that everything is in order.
- Install a custom ROM – in the most “desperate” cases, to speed up a phone with Android, there is no better solution than to install a custom ROM. Custom ROMs are modified versions of Android that often include numerous extra features and optimizations over the standard one. Installing them is not easy (also because you have to find a ROM that is 100% compatible with your device, otherwise you risk doing everything but speeding up your phone), but their use can bring even older cell phones to new life. . To install a custom ROM you need to unlock the phone’s bootloader , install a custom recovery and proceed toinstallation of the operating system . Since it is a relatively complex procedure to carry out, I suggest you take a look at my tutorial on how to root Android in which I have explained to you in greater detail how to proceed.
For more information on how to speed up Android, consult the guide I dedicated to the topic: there you will find other specific advice on how to proceed.
Specific tips on how to speed up iPhone
Neither custom ROMs nor alternative launchers can be installed on the iPhone . The widgets are there, but they are confined to their special screen and do not “drain” the energy of the phone like those for Android (the bad ones of course). In essence, the freedom of maneuver granted to the user by the Apple operating system is very limited … at least until the jailbreak is performed.
If you have unlocked your iPhone by jailbreak and notice a certain slowness in the execution of the apps, you may have installed “tweaks” that have burdened the system excessively. To normalize the situation you could open Cydia and remove the tweaks that you think may be responsible for the problem, or you could remove the jailbreak by resetting your “iPhone by” in DFU mode (you can find all explained in my tutorial dedicated to the topic).
Another piece of advice I could give you is not to update iOS to the most recent versions which, as known, tend to “castrate” older devices … but in reality it would be a bad advice. By not updating iOS to the latest version, in fact, you would get benefits in terms of performance but you would make your smartphone vulnerable to all the security flaws that Apple has “covered” with software updates in the meantime. And then it must be said that with the release of iOS 12, even the oldest smartphones have acquired new life, thanks to the software optimization made by Apple.
Mistakes not to make to speed up your phone
To conclude, here are some mistakes NOT to make to speed up your phone (be it an Android smartphone or an iPhone). Many of these errors consist of procedures that are useless and, in some cases, even harmful.
- Do not install “aggressive” task managers (on Android) – those that, just to say, automatically stop all processes running on the phone. They often do more damage than anything else. Instead, use apps like the aforementioned System Monitor to personally monitor app behavior and decide which one to remove (if necessary).
- Don’t force quit applications (especially on iPhones) – as I’ve told you before, quitting apps running on the iPhone is useless. iOS optimally manages RAM and automatically “frees” memory when it’s needed. Forcibly closing an app can even be counterproductive: it forces the operating system to recharge it completely (when the user has to reuse it) thus wasting computing power and battery. The same goes for Android, but on the operating system of the “green robot” there are applications that can act in a more profound way on the behavior of the system and therefore, on some rare occasions, forcing the closure of some app could help (but in any case you have to do it sparingly).
- Don’t “overclock” your smartphone if you don’t know where to put your hands – on the Internet there are many guides related to smartphone overclocking. While some of them are very good, I strongly advise against following them if you are not really prepared on the subject. Randomly changing your phone’s parameters could lead to untold damage. Then don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!