How To Speed Up Your Android Device

The Android OS is a limitlessly powerful device, but one that must be harnessed correctly if super speed is sought after. Luckily, there are a few steps that you can take to speed up your device!

The guys over at Pocket Now have created a video tutorial that will show users how to speed up their Android devices, and these seven simple steps can really speed up your device.  Let’s open up those Android settings and speed up your device!

First, you’re going to want to disable your screen animations. Do this by going to Settings>Display>Animations. Doing this will free up the amount of time it takes for your device to switch between different screens or applications, making it a static switch.

Next, disable your browser plugins, or turn them to “On demand,” so that your device will ask you when to start applications. Do this by going to Browser>Settings>Plugin. The plugins control different aspects of a webpage, such as anything running Flash, and can really slow down your device when trying to load a webpage. the fastest option is to just turn them off, but turning it to “On demand” will also lighten your load times.

Next, using a third party launcher, like Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher, will help greatly improve performance. While only two are mentioned, there are several home screen replacements out there that work wonderfully, though I suggest Launcher Pro as it is my favorite by far. These help improve performance by really focusing on making your device faster in any way possible.

The next step is possibly the easiest, and almost seems like commons sense; turn off your live wallpapers! These wallpapers look really cool, and usually are set automaticly when you first get your Android device, but they suck up a lot of processor power! Just turn them off and put a static image on them!

Next, reduce the number of widgets and/or icons on your various home screens. The widgets suck a lot of processor power, as they have to update often at times, and the icons take up processor power by having to load their individual images. Although icons don’t seem to use a lot, it all adds up, so use folders to store your icons!

The next step is a crucial one, and one that you probably should do more than you already do, and that is uninstall apps. Apps that you don’t use that sit on your device can sometimes can run in the background and drag down your performance, so deleting any that you don’t use will greatly aid your performance.

The last step is to reduce the frequency of data updates by going to Settings>Accounts. In this area, you’ll see the different accounts that you have associated with apps and your device, and also if they update and what they update. By changing these settings to lower the amounts of updates, you can improve your performance by limiting how often things like Twitter or Facebook update!

The suggestions in this video really help a lot with performance:

Want to see more cool Android apps? Check out Google’s Music Beta and Smart CallerID for Android.