February 8, 2013

5 Tricks to Speed Up Any Android Phone 4.0+

5 Tricks to Speed Up Any Android Phone 4.0+

1. Update Transition Speed
Transition is the animation you see between opening and closing apps. Transition speed can make your phone feel much snappier. If you change the transition speed to be faster the time you normally wait for a app to open can be cut in half.

1.       Go into settings (menu > settings)

2.       Scroll near the bottom of the screen and select developer options

3.       Find the options for “windows animation scale”, “transition animation scale”, “animation duration scale.”

4.       One at a time select one and you will see that by default the speed is set to 1x. Change the setting for each to .5x

2. Stop Unused Applications
Some apps run like someone having a conversation with no one. We’re not listening! Your phone has a habit of running applications in the background in case you needed them again. Here are two ways to help with the apps you don’t need open anymore.

v  Smart Memory Booster helps with removing unimportant apps from running. These apps can slow your phone down and it can even help improve your battery life. When you download and open Smart Memory Booster there is a gauge showing how much memory is being used at that time. You want this gauge to point closer to the left to free space. Right below the gauge is the boost button. Simply tap on it and wait for a few seconds. Done!

v  The second method is to limit how any programs you allow to run at one time. This is a new feature that was introduced on Android 4.0/ Ice Cream Sandwich. What this will do is when you reach a particular limit of apps that you have running at once it will close the oldest one to prevent it from running when you are no longer using it. Follow the steps below:

Ø  Go to settings (menu > settings)

Ø  Scroll near the bottom of the screen and select developer options

Ø  Find the option (near the bottom) for “limit background processes”

Ø  You are then given a set of choices to choose from. 1 processes at the most, 2, 3, and 4. If you are one that lightly uses the phone for internet purposes I would suggest that you choose the option for 1 or 2 processes. 3 or 4 processes are also good.

3. Control Screen Rotation
Oh the good old screen rotation. It’s great and convenient at times and slow and laggy at other times. When you are using your phone you are able to rotate the phone in a 90 degree manner to allow the screen to change to landscape. Sometimes we want the phone to remain in portrait mode rather than change to landscape and while you don’t want to phone view to change you have to wait for the phone to go in landscape and then wait for it to go back into portrait mode. To prevent this we should tell the phone what position we would like it in when we want it. Auto Rotate Switch (free in the Play store) allows you to turn rotation on or off on demand. The way you access it is by pulling down the notification bar and choose the mode you prefer it in. Because this app runs in the notification bar that means you can access it while you’re inside any app (besides some games). No root required!

4. Restart Your Phone Daily
The number one easiest way to speed up your phone is to restart it! Simply turn your phone off and back on can sure any abnormities apps may have had but couldn’t resolve itself. The main concern is to ensure that the phone itself remains functioning as it should. This is a rule of thumb to at least restart your phone at least once a week but for speed purposes once a day.

5. Turn on Wi-Fi instead of using 3G/4G

This point helps with the speed of both your internet and your phone. Use Wi-Fi when it’s available! Using Wi-Fi instead of 3G or 4G does two things. Wi-Fi is faster than both 3G and 4G so using Wi-Fi will allow faster internet connectivity and response time. Second using Wi-Fi relieves many resources that the phone uses to allow the cellular radio to be used. One app that will quickly allow you to access your Wi-Fi settings is Wi-Fi Widget (one tap switch). It will allow you to place a widget on your desktop to allow you to turn Wi-Fi on and off and choose Wi-Fi networks in your area.


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