Do you want more power and performance out of your Android phone? I know that this topic has been around the internet for quite a long time now. And there have been so many articles that teach people on how to optimize Android performance for their handsets. But this one has a more comprehensive explanation and might challenge your earlier knowledge about Android optimization. So here are the best Android settings to help you gain more juice and raw performance from your smartphone.
Before we start, I would just like to emphasize that this guide is best for those midranges to low-end Android smartphones. Flagship handset users will not notice so much of a difference, except maybe for the battery-life aspects and hardcore mobile gamers who want more frames-per-second out of their gameplay.
Still, anyone can use this guide if they want more performance improvement from their smartphones no matter how little it is. Feel free to optimize Android performance if you feel that your current best Android settings are not enough for you.
Best Android Settings
These are the settings on your Android handset that can affect the overall performance each time you use it. To optimize Android performance, you have to sacrifice some visual effects and some more. This will depend on your priority as a power user.
Most of these settings may already be familiar for you and some you may have already applied. But if you managed to make use all of these tips here, you can enjoy the best Android settings your smartphone can ever get.
Disable Native Apps
The App Manager on your smartphone main settings area is a vital point of this guide. In case you have not realized yet, the App Manager is not just for viewing the list of installed apps and uninstalling them if they are unwanted. The App Manager is also for resetting an app to its default settings, managing permissions, and disabling native apps.
If your smartphone is not using an Android One ROM, chances are, your device has a lot of bloatware that came with it. Xiaomi, Huawei, LG, and Samsung are known for this bloatware. The bloatware can be a brand’s proprietary app or a third-party app that you have no actual use for.
And what do you do with a useless app? You either uninstall them or disable them, whichever is possible. Sadly, there is some bloatware that cannot be uninstalled or disabled. In which case, just “Force Stop” it so it won’t take its share of processing and battery usage.
Disabling native apps can give you an extra “little” percentage on RAM and CPU power. It may not be significant on small and lite tasks but it will surely be important when you use a demanding app or games. This should also free up its share of minutes on battery usage.
It is also worth noting that when you disable native apps, it will also be helpful if you also tap on the “Clear Data” button. This is helpful for low memory smartphones as they will free up some kilobytes to megabytes of free space.
Finally, restart your phone. This way, the changes you made will immediately work.
Turn Off Animation
If you prefer speed over visual effects, this Android Settings will provide it for you. In order to do this, you should first enable the “Developers Options” inside the Settings menu. To do this follow these steps:
- Go to “Settings > About Phone > Build Number” or “Settings > About Phone > Software Information> Build Number” and then tap on the “Build Number” 7 times.
- Some smartphones have different places where they put the “Build Number” portion, so you may want to navigate and explore your Settings area a little bit. Or, if your Settings app supports the “Search” function placed on the top area of the screen, just type the keywords “Build Number” instead.
- After tapping the Build Number for 7 times, you should be able to see a pop-up notification that says “You are now a developer.”
- You may now get back to the main Settings list and find a new add-on named “Developers Options.”
- Tap into the Developers Option menu and look for the animation.
- Typically, it is in the default “1x” or “.5x” and you will need to tap on it to change it to “Animation Off.” You will now lose visual effect or the animated transition effect whenever you move from one window to another. But you will notice that significant instant response time at each tap you that you do.
Switch to Manual Data Usage
Typically, the Wi-Fi, SIM Data and Bluetooth are turned on by default. It will be best if you just turn them off altogether. And turn on the one that you actually use at the moment. You may not notice it, but having these features left on standby still use little CPU, RAM, and battery juice.
If you are an Android Nougat or later smartphone user, you can always edit the Quick Toggle on the Notification area at the top of your screen. Arrange the icons there according to your needs and frequency of use. This way, when you want to use a specific data access feature, you will only have to swipe and tap to enable it.
Just try not to forget to turn that feature off after using it. This method is very useful when you are on-the-go and battery longevity is very crucial for you. This is also helpful if you have a not-so-good battery life that begs for a replacement.
If Wi-Fi connectivity is available, always choose that option for online access. Wi-Fi is known to consume less battery juice so that should keep you online for longer.
Limit the Number of Apps Installed
It’s normal to want to install all your favorite apps and games on your smartphone. But the reality is, it is not smart.
Having unnecessarily too many apps and games installed on your smartphone consumes not only a significant amount of storage, but also CPU, RAM, and battery. Most apps nowadays are programmed to auto-start when they detect an internet access. Take for example Facebook, Google Chrome, and Instagram.
If you have those three apps on your smartphone, chances are, your phone is already in for a lot of activity. Now, imagine if you have more apps that behave like those three mentioned apps? What do you think is happening in the background for your smartphone’s precious resources?
The best Android settings for you will be to limit the apps installed on your smartphone. And only choose the ones that you frequently use or play. This part will be under your discretion. But just so you have an idea, limit the number of games from 3-5 only. You do not need 10 games at once. But then again, that is up to you. By the way, if you want games for your Windows PC, check out our Android games for PC page.
My advice to you is that, finish a game first and then uninstall it to replace a new one. That way, your device won’t be cluttered of too many unfinished game titles for nothing.
The same goes for the apps. Install the ones that are necessary for your everyday life. Other apps that are less important or have only one or two uses will have to be reinstalled only when they are needed. This will lessen the auto-starting apps that eat up all your system resources. You will have more raw power for your Android device and longer battery usage as well.
Use Less Widget
This tip is only applicable for those that use widgets for not so important purposes like visual entertainment. Widgets are for easy access to urgent information that you need. Things like reminders for your To-Do list, weather (if it matters to you), or some online social media access that needs urgent attention.
Widgets use significant battery juice, RAM, and CPU. That is a fact. No matter what other tech gurus are telling you, they are system resources hungry. So if you want to use your system resources wisely, use a lesser number of widgets.
Use Simple Display Setup
Another battery, GPU, RAM, and CPU hog is your display. Did you know that the more pages you use on your main desktop, the more strain you give to your GPU?
If you look into the battery usage graph on your battery settings area, you will see that the display is always on the top 5 major battery user. So putting more pages on your main desktop display will also result in more GPU power. And with it, the battery, RAM, and CPU will also follow. It is a domino effect.
If your smartphone is using an AMOLED display, it will also be helpful if you use black wallpaper. The color black uses less to no battery juice.
Also, if your device is using Android Nougat or later, you should be able to adjust font size and display size right from the Display settings. I just found out that my old cheap tablet with the Nougat ROM has significantly improved speed, performance, and battery life when I adjusted the font and display size to bigger. This option is not for everyone especially if you prefer high-resolution displays. But if you won’t mind, you can try this as well.
Do Not Install Battery Optimizer
These kinds of apps are probably the most misleading apps on the Google Play Store. For the longest time since Android has made its debut on the mobile market, battery optimizers are probably there as well. And they made us believe that they can improve battery life and other performance-related to our Android smartphones. They may have done some tweaking but I assure you, they have done more issues than be helpful.
In basic understanding, how can a battery optimizer optimize a device’s battery life when they need to be always online and running to monitor other apps? That principle alone is questionable. In order for them to keep running in the background, they will have to use CPU, RAM, and battery juice as well. Not to mention the ads that pop up every now and then on the lock screen while you are charging. Yes, ads are notorious battery-drainers on smartphones.
Ads are only good for a few amounts as they are the means for developers of these apps and games get paid. But when it comes on an annoying number, the user-experience becomes trash.
Some popular Android reviewers said that “Force Stopping” apps do not really help especially on the RAM usage as Android have significantly improved on RAM management. That is the truth but only half of it.
You see, in real-life usage, you do not use all apps on your smartphone at the same frequency. Some apps you use every minute, and then some you use once a day or once a week. So for those apps that you use once a week, the RAM and CPU they use while on standby are still system resources that you should be using for other demanding apps. Or the system resources they free up if they are “Forced Stop” will not have to use small battery juice.
Now, the Greenify app makes Android smart RAM management even smarter. You can choose to exempt or exclude those apps that you regularly use from being forced stop. Then, have those apps that you rarely use on automatic force stop.
With my more than a year use of Greenify, I have tested that this is the best way to optimize Android performance automatically. You can try it for yourself here. The best part is it’s free.
If you want your device to perform better and the battery to last longer, it would be wise to consider these tips. For now, these are the best Android settings for your device. This will optimize Android performance on the deeper level. They may not be noticeable immediately, but they will surely be helpful when you need that extra power and juice the most.