How to speed up Android: the most effective methods
The smarpthone are now protagonists in our daily life, since they are the device with which most people interact the most together with PCs. The panorama of smartphone Android is very large, thanks to the fact that so many manufacturers rely on Android for their models. The breadth of models also corresponds to a wide range of performances, which on the less expensive models may leave something to be desired.
One of the aspects that most interests Android smartphone users is the fluidity and speed operating system on your device. This aspect can in fact become a problem especially on devices that are not of the high range and that they have a few years on the shoulders.
In this guide we will therefore go to see how to speed up android to the maxthat is how optimize the hardware resources that your smartphone offers in relation to the installed operating system.
- Check the apps that consume the most.
- Use the Google Files app.
- Use an optimized launcher.
- Use Google Play Protect.
- Install a custom ROM.
Check the apps that consume the most
The app they are one of the main components of Android smartphones. As a result, the functioning and software behavior of the individual apps has a significant impact on Android and the user experience. Therefore it can be useful to realize which are the apps that require more resources from the point of view autonomy. Let’s see how to do it:
- Access the System settings.
- Access the section Battery.
- Then go to Battery use.
- The screen will list the installed apps in order of consumption.
From this list you can see which apps consume the most. If you notice any app that requires a substantial percentage of autonomy and that you don’t use particularly, you can also think of uninstall it. Another viable route is the deactivate the app, which will make the app unusable and not run in the background without uninstalling it.
The above applies to Android 12 and Android 13, for previous versions of Android the settings items mentioned may vary slightly.
Use the Google Files app
The app Google files has several purposes and one of these consists precisely in optimizing some hardware resources of the smartphone.
Let’s see how to use the optimization tool:
- Install the app Google files and open it.
- Go to the section Clean.
- Scroll through the various tips to free up internal storage.
The memory optimization tool also allows you to delete cache associated with each app, or the various ones duplicate images and also the images in memory for which the backup to Google Photos.
Use an optimized launcher
The launcher it is one of the fundamental parts of the user experience on Android smartphones and therefore can particularly affect the perception of fluidity provided by the system in general. So let’s see which launchers are best known to propose customizations in terms of speed and fluidity:
- Nova Launcher still ranks first in the hearts of those who love third-party launchers. The launcher is very light, also in terms of consumption, and offers specific options to customize the speed of the system animations and the types of animations themselves.
- Pixel Launcher is the one developed on the basis of Google’s stock launcher, the one present on Pixel devices that are fluid and fast by definition.
- Action Launcher, one of the most updated third-party launchers of recent times.
- Nothing Launcher, the launcher that will accompany the first Nothing Phone and which will be characterized by essentiality and fluidity. You can download it on any smartphone updated to at least Android 11 via this link.
For more details on the launchers of the moment you can refer to our guide.
Use Google Play Protect
Google Play Protect is the tool developed by Google and integrated into the Play Store for user privacy and safety. Play Protect offers to carry out the analysis of the installed apps periodicallyto verify that all apps are working properly from a security point of view.
In other words, Play Protect will warn you in case one or more installed apps act as malware or they consume resources in an anomalous and indiscriminate way, advising you to uninstall it. In addition, Play Protect will also automatically suggest uninstalling the installed apps that are not used for a long time. Play Protect starts automatically and periodically but it is also possible to start a manual analysisthat’s how:
- Access the Play Store.
- Access the context menu by tapping on the personal profile icon.
- Access the section Play Protect.
- Select the option Analyze.
Install a custom ROM
The world of Android smartphones includes an important branch called modding, which indicates all the software customization operations that can be carried out on the devices that go beyond what is allowed by the manufacturer and by the official Google software. You will almost certainly need a support PC to carry out these procedures.
Among the best known operations we find the installation of one custom ROM, that is, an unofficial and customized version of the operating system. Over the years, the world of custom ROMs has seen many actors alternate, with different alternatives proposed, some of which even anticipated the features that we then saw launched in the official versions of the software proposed by the various manufacturers.
This route may prove to be the only alternative, or in any case the most suitable one, in cases where the smartphone to be speeded up no longer receives official updates from the manufacturer, because the software support period has elapsed. In this case, resorting to a custom ROM can prove to be the winning choice. The custom ROMs based on the Android Open Souce Project (AOSP) code include only stock Android apps and services, without the so-called bloatware or all the apps of the individual manufacturers that are pre-installed on the respective models. Also, custom ROMs are often based on Android versions most updated compared to smartphone firmware no longer officially supported, and this positively affects the user experience.
The installation of a custom ROM is an operation that edit system files, and it is very delicate because its incorrect installation could make it impossible to use the smartphone. These operations are usually not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and a hypothetical service intervention could cost dearly. Therefore, custom ROMs are only suitable for those who are quite familiar with it.
In any case, the procedures for installing custom ROM are now consolidated and therefore within everyone’s reach. Just read the guides carefully and ask more experienced users, such as those featured on the XDA forums, if in doubt.
In this guide you will find all the details on how to install a custom ROM on Android smartphone.