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Our 10 best tips for speeding up your phone

A slow Android smartphone isn't something to worry about. Whether it was slow when you bought it because it was low-end, or it was a fast phone that gradually started to slow down once it got older, it's something that can be fixed. We've got a complete guide full of tips for how to speed up your smartphone, and you'll be pleased with the quick results!

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1. Identify the problem

The first thing to do is find out what is causing the problem: an app, multiple apps, the system itself? Trepn Profiler by Qualcomm will show you the real-time CPU load for individual cores, an overview of network traffic for both data and Wi-Fi, GPU loads and RAM usage and more.

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The first thing to do is identify the problem. / © ANDROIDPIT

Trepn can also produce app-specific or system-wide profiles and contains various methods for displaying accumulated data. You can save your profiled data for offline viewing and analysis and even have performance overlays on running apps.

Once you've figured out your specific issue, you can move on to the solutions below.

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Real-time CPU usage for individual cores (left) and app profiling options (right). / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Free up some space

All those photos you've taken and all of those apps you’ve installed can take their toll on your phone. It needs a little breathing room to run smoothly and if it's running low on space, it can start to slow down.

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Android includes ways to free up space and speed up your device. / © ANDROIDPIT

You can check how much space you have left by heading to the Storage section of Settings.

One of the easiest ways to free up space is to tap Applications and see which apps you can uninstall.

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If you've had your phone for a while, there are probably several apps you can remove. / © AndroidPIT
  • Tap the entry for an app you no longer need and then tap Uninstall. You can repeat this process as many times as necessary for any apps you feel you can live without.

There are other ways you can free up space. The files you have downloaded are probably still sitting in storage wasting space and can be removed.

  • In Storage, tap Downloads, select the files you want to remove and then tap the Trashcan icon
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Downloads and app caches occupy valuable space that could be put to better use. / © ANDROIDPIT

Many of the apps you have installed use data caches in an attempt to speed up operations. This is effective up to a point, but if you are running short of space, it can actually be counter-productive.

  • To free up this space, hit the Clear cached data option and then tap OK to confirm.
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Free up as much space as possible. / © ANDROIDPIT
  • More files ripe for deletion can be found in the Miscellaneous files section.
  • Tick the boxes next to any types of file you'd like to remove – backups, files received via Bluetooth, playlist files, and so on – and then tap the Trashcan icon.
  • You can keep an eye on how much space you have freed up when you look at the Available space section.

You can also disable any apps that came pre-loaded on your phone but you don’t use. If you have rooted your Android, you can actually get rid of these apps, but if not, you can go to the app properties and disable it to prevent it from running and using up your phone’s resources.

3. Cut back on the widgets

All those widgets you have running on your home screen may be useful, but they also take up their fair share of resources.

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Widgets can be a waste of resources, so kill any you don't really need. / © ANDROIDPIT

If you have any widgets running that you don’t really need, consider disabling them.

There's no harm in having some active, but you will notice an element of slow-down if you have too many running at the same time, so just be a little selective.

4. Disable unnecessary animations and extras

Depending on the launcher you are using, you may find that there are various animations and special effects in place. These may look great, but they can also slow things down.

Check in your launcher's settings to see if there is a way to disable any of these unnecessary extras, and you could earn yourself a speed boost.

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Extras offered by your launcher could be slowing down your device. / © AndroidPIT

5. Close down apps and free up RAM

Multi-tasking several apps makes it easy to switch between different tools, but there can also be an impact on performance. You can quickly close down any apps you are no longer using by calling up the running apps list – press and hold the home key and then swipe away any apps you want to exit.

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Terminating unused apps and freeing up RAM will help the speed of your device. / © ANDROIDPIT
  • While you are at this screen, tap the pie chart icon to the lower right of the screen and then move to the RAM section.
  • Tap the Clear memory button and any background processes that are running unnecessarily will be closed down.

6. Restart your device

A quick and simple fix for a slow device is to simply restart it. This can clear out the cache, stop unnecessary tasks from running, and get things running smoothly again.

  • Just hold down the power button, select the Restart option, and then tap OK to confirm.
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Sometimes, something as simple as a restart is all that's needed for a speed boost. / © ANDROIDPIT

7. Make sure your software is up to date

Do you keep swiping aside that notification to update your software? It only wants the best for you. Software updates are not always about new features, most of the time they also contain bug-fixes and performance enhancements than can significantly speed up your device's operation.

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Don't leave those system updates hanging. / © AndroidPIT

Make sure your software is always on the latest version available. You might not always be ready for a big download but don't put it off forever, either.

8. Dig deeper

You can also keep tabs on the apps that are using lots of battery by going to Settings > Battery.

You can also monitor RAM usage in Settings > Apps (or App Manager, depending on your brand of phone)

There's even more geeky goodies in Process Stats in Developer Options – if you don't have this setting enabled, go to Settings > About Phone and tap Build Number seven times until a notification pops up.

9. Root your phone

For advanced users, the unlocking the developer options is a mere taste of power, the first step on the path to the real arcane arts-rooting the phone.

With a rooted device, you have the freedom to install cleaner ROMs that can run more smoothly than your current setup, and even overclock the processor, cracking the whip on your hardware to make it run faster.

Just keep in mind these methods are not without risk. Rooting your phone is a complex process, and it can void your warranty. A careless user can end up breaking their phone's operating system. But the rewards outweigh the risks for many. 

If you feel confident enough to root your phone, we recommend reading through our guide first:

10. Factory Reset

Yes, it's that faithful old last resort that can save the day when all else is lost (and if you're doing this, all else will be lost). A factory reset will restore the phone to the condition the manufacturer shipped it in, which can do wonders to clean up obscure bits of leftover software and buggy code that could be clogging up performance.

Trouble is, of course, that you'll lose all your data. But if you've tried all our other tips and still aren't happy with the speed of your phone, then it could be time for drastic measures.

First of all though, you should do a backup:

Then, follow these instructions to carry out a factory reset:

We hope that you've found these tips useful to getting your device fast and fit again! We've also shared some other great apps for monitoring system performance on Android, apps to give your Android a performance boost and tips to increase available RAM on Android. From what we can see Trepn Profiler deserves a rightful place amongst these other A-listers.

If you're looking for more device-specific speed tips, check out these solutions:

Do you have any tips and techniques you use to speed up your phone? Do you have any apps you use optimize the process? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Rooting is the only real option(for me, to each their own). To be able to totally take all of a app off the phone, and clear caches completely, then change governors( cpu, gpu, I/O, etc..) goes a long way to a specific goal. A lot of this(not all) can also make a stock rom perform much better(as long as the phone’s rooted). These tips are good for stock, unrooted phones, but most won’t stick, after a reboot, and even after a factory reset, won’t speed up a already natively slow phone.


  • About once a month, I boot into and delete the dalvik cache. Seems to pep it up a bit.


  • Nothing new I see, as usual.


  • Very useful tips, thanks for sharing. I would add a tip to the article from my experience

    * Never install memory cleaner apps or optimizer apps. They are known to be the main culprit in slowing down devices eating up the CPU power, running in the background.


  • Great! Thanks for this info :)
    Always keep sharing tips..


  • Sounds like an app that's going to clog and slow your phone down even more? 😂


  • Turning on developer option is one of the best ways to speed up your phone,battery doctor or purify,extends your battery plus close running applications on your phone and help keep your phone running smooth and fast,look for the best applications that include the Exit option,then you know it's not running in the background, copy all your downloads and applications to you micro sd card then install them


  • Should the trepn profiler be installed on internal storage? If I know I don't need the app that I've opened, I swipe it away. I go into the settings for app started at boot, and disable things like browser(s)( except Firefox focus), play store(and turn off auto update) , messenger(regular, or lite, I decide), setup wizard, and some others. The moment you use any one of them, they'll run anyway, till you reboot again. I like to keep browsers on external (doesn't affect their speed), and I stay away from chrome. The last thing I do, is go into developer settings and adjust the animation settings( you gotta adjust for best response, depends on phone, there's no setting that fits all).


  • Identifying the problem can sometimes be an easter egg hunt, but it's nice to see that something's don't change. Killing apps, closing apps, and restarting the phone all continue to be the solution to reducing the lag.


  • Fortunately, it’s not the end of the world, and here are some tips to help you ‘fix’ your problem on How to speed up my android phone,


  • nice information


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  • The above key points are more benefited to save the battery from loosing power and by using an Android phone many apps are installed with less security that can be avoided.


  • This was indeed helpful but i would like you guys to check this vedio which i found on YouTube And these Tips really helped a lot! You can find those on a channel named TechBuster In which they provide awesome tips and tricks...!!
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  • History cleaner is a great app that let's you choose the cache you want to clean and selecting things like different call logs that you might not need anymore, pushing it self into your memory. Delete unneeded messages regularly. These are are real things that slows your phone down. My opinion try to upgrade your phone because you won't notice these problems anymore. I have an HTC one m9 and it's been running perfect at the same speed when I got it a year ago. 2015 flagships is a very good idea. They are cheaper now and runs great. You wouldn't need more than 3G of ram or 32Gb internal memory or a faster processor than the snapdragon 810. If you don't play heavy games you won't need anything else.


  • use cm to free memory in one-click.
    Do it a couple of time in a day, if necessary to avoid bottle-necks. But to not use it too often.


  • Thanks maybe


  • Khan Sep 11, 2016 Link to comment

    Android once was new, working good. But these days, it does not work even. Most of phones start accidental music, messages, call and texts, even in screen lock mode. God knows, who will settle it.


  • Update Dec 2017: A big problem, particularly after system updates, is build-up of old junk in the system cache - the cache partition can be wiped on most devices using a combination of the power and volume buttons (google your own device), that brings it up in a system menu. Cache wipe doesn't affect installed apps in the way a complete system restore does and can make a big difference. I also had a bad experience of Android M's "adoptable storage" install failures and running apps poorly, even off a fast Class 10 microSD on a low RAM tablet - encryption slows SD access so running from internal storage is faster. Greenify will hibernate unused apps, both to save battery and reduce resource demands when active, and a system ad blocker minimizes background checking as well as cleaning cartoon boxes off the user interface.

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