It’s useful to know how to speed up your Android phone or tablet. After all, even the best phones can get slow or laggy sometimes and need a bit of a spruce up.
What’s more, with the tough financial times many of us find ourselves in these days, it’s reasonable for people to want to hold on to their tech a little longer than they otherwise usually would; pushing that upgrade back another year or so. In those circumstances, you’ll likely want to keep your older tech running as smoothly and quickly as it can. Part of that is learning how to speed up your Android phone or tablet that might be suffering a little under the weight of recent updates.
All you have to do is read on and we’ll show you how to instantly speed up your Android phone or tablet.
Note: This guide is based on Samsung devices running One UI 3.0 and above. Other devices may have different menu input options and the process for accessing developer options may be different, but it should be more or less the same.
How to speed up your Android phone or tablet
1. Open Settings and tap About phone.
2. Tap Software information.
3. Tap Build number seven times and enter your PIN, password, or pattern, when prompted.
4. Go back to the main Settings menu and scroll to the bottom. Tap Developer options, which will now be listed.
Note: On a Google Pixel, the Developer options menu will be on the System page. Here's a full guide on how to enable Android Developer options.
5. Tap Window animation scale.
6. In the next box, select Animation scale .5x.
7. Select Transition animation scale .5x.
8. Select Animator duration scale .5x.
And with that, you're done! You’ll now notice that switching between apps and opening/closing menus is lightning fast.
If you want to revert back to your previous settings, simply tap Developer options then toggle off developer mode to restore your previous settings.
Note: As the developer menu contains a lot of advanced settings that could potentially cause issues with your device, we don’t recommend making changes to any other options in there. If you do accidentally change anything you're unsure of, switching off developer mode by following the step above should undo any changes and revert your device to its previous state.
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