All cell phones (yes, iPhones) slow down over time. If your device is blocked by different apps and you run out of space, this is inevitable. That does not make it any less frustrating … I mean, is there anything more annoying than a slow phone? My answer: No, of course not. It's the only annoying thing ever.
It can be difficult to pinpoint why your device is not running as it should – it could be any combination of factors, from missing hardware to overloading background processes. While it's true that Android used to be a Slogg, but thanks to improved hardware and general operating system optimizations, modern devices tend to work smoothly … until they do not.
Your phone stops responding, apps crash and you feel like taking off your hair. Before doing so, however, you should address the most common culprits and try to remedy the situation by following the simple solutions in this guide. You will be up to date again in no time.
: Remove unused apps
If you're an app junkie, you probably have more than a few apps that you rarely, if ever, use. These apps not only occupy storage space, but often run discreetly in the background and consume valuable system resources. The best way to find out whether unused apps are slowing down your phone unnecessarily is to enable Developer Options so that you can see a complete list of active processes and services. If the list is populated with processes that belong to unused apps. If you have enabled Developer Options, go to Settings, tap the Developer Options button, and then select Running Services to see all applications and services that are running on your device. Take a moment to scroll through the list and make a note of any applications you do not use, then go back to selecting "Application Manager" from the settings menu and you can uninstall them. Depending on the device, these menus may differ slightly. In the pictures below you can see how they appear on my Xiaomi Mi Max 2.
But what if you have apps that you can not or can not uninstall? Good news, because the Developer Options menu also includes a setting that allows you to limit the number of background processes that can run concurrently. Just tap the Background Process Limit option and you can change the default to 1 to 4 background processes.
Because you often restrict uninstalling preinstalled system applications (hust … bloatware), you can either disable them or root your device to permanently remove it.
Tip # 2: Use a Third-Party Launcher
To the chagrin of users like me, Android makers insist on heavily using their own devices skinned versions of Android. While some OEM launcher can add useful features, they are often poorly optimized, rarely updated, and add unnecessary bloom that makes everyday use sluggish.
If you suspect that your default launcher might slow you down, you should try a third. Party alternative that has been developed in terms of speed and efficiency. The best launchers are lightweight right from the start and allow you to customize individual settings and functions to suit your specific needs.
We've already covered the top five home screen launchers, but my personal favorite is the Microsoft Launcher, which was abandoned as my Mi Max 2 of the dangerous grips of Xiaomis MIUI. Not only is it snappy and fast, it also adds some really useful features that you can shout about, including the ability to continue on the PC and a high-performance mode that disables visual effects.
Tip # 3: Disable Animations
By default, Android uses animated transitions when opening and switching between different applications. These transitions take valuable seconds, which can add up and slow down over time. Reducing or completely disabling them is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make your phone feel faster – strong emphasis on the word here because this trick your device does not really accelerate traditional sense, but just save it Lost seconds. It does not sound like much, but the difference is really day and night.
To change the animation settings, you must enable Developer Options, and then in the Settings menu, and choose Developer Options. Scroll until you find the following settings:
- Window Animation Scale
- Transition Animation Scale
- Animation Duration Scale  Set either "Animation off" or "Animation scale .5x" for each animation to have faster animations than no animations.
Tip # 4: Free Memory
Low Memory Lets Your Phone Crawl Guaranteed – Android Needs a little bit of room for everyday tasks, and loading and referencing thousands of files on a drive repeatedly takes time and resources. Random files, applications, updates, and media can quickly add up, with occasional spring-time spills to free up space and get things under control.
You can change the storage space of your device by opening the "Settings" menu and tap "Storage." Here is the breakdown:
- Cached Data
- Images & Videos
- Apps & Application Data
Cached data is used to speed up general usage by storing bits of frequently used data so they do not need to be downloaded time after time. However, if your device is full, these cached data may inadvertently slow down the process. If cached data is corrupted or contains errors, it may also cause applications to freeze. Clearing cached data is an easy way to free up disk space and fix broken apps. All you have to do is tap "Cached Data" and select "OK" when prompted to delete.
If photos and other media take up too much space, you can either back up everything to local storage or use a cloud storage app that will let you automatically delete the files from your device after saving them. Google's Google Stock app allows free and unlimited automatic backups, provided your photos and videos are within the 16 megapixel and 1080p limits. It will also use your available Google Drive storage. I'm currently using Microsoft's OneDrive app, which automatically uploads my photos and videos to my 1TB OneDrive Cloud storage account, which is part of my Microsoft 365 subscription.
If you suffer from App and Download Bloat, you should uninstall anything that is not being used and take a moment to delete the download folder. Games can be a big culprit here! You can manually delete everything or use a storage manager like the Google Files Go application, which helps you identify and delete junk files and applications that you do not use.
Tip # 5: Install Lite versions of applications  When your favorite apps are upgraded, features are often added that increase storage requirements and cause them to run slower than before. Some of these updates may even make the applications incompatible with lower-end hardware. As a result, many popular apps are now accompanied by lite versions that slim down everything to include all but the most essential functions.
Facebook offers lite versions of both its Facebook application and the Messenger application. I've been using them both for a while – they're fast and efficient, and I do not feel like I'm missing any extra features in the full-fat versions.
Other popular Lite applications are the following – try them for another small performance boost: