In the hidden developer settings, users can lower the animation scales. This makes Android smartphones significantly faster. atechbook explains step by step how this works.
No matter if you own the newest or the oldest Android smartphone – faster is always possible! And especially with increasing age, the performance of the smartphone decreases noticeably. A secret menu offers the right screws to get more performance out of the device. atechbook shows how it’s done!
Unlock developer options and make Android faster
To be able to change the secret features, you first need to enable the developer options. While these can be found in every Android smartphone, they remain hidden from the user by default. A detailed guide for those trying to get into the hidden menu for the first time can be found here . For everyone else, as a refresher:
Open Settings and scroll to the bottom. From there, tap About Phone (on some devices: Device Info) and scroll to the end again, or tap Software Info. Now tap on the build number as many times as necessary until the message You are now a developer! appears. Normally you have to tap the number seven times.
Back in the settings, there is now the Developer Options section at the end.
Caution: Playing around with the developer options can render the smartphone unusable.
Which settings can improve the performance of the device?
Here we present two different approaches on how to make your Android smartphone faster:
1. window animations, transition animations and animator time.
These settings allow you to specify how long animations should last when opening windows, transitioning between windows, and all other animations. By default, animations are displayed at 1x duration. So if the animation scale is set to 0.5x, all animations will already be displayed at half the time. This makes the operation when opening and switching apps seem much faster. If you do not mind that animations are completely missing, you can also disable them completely. This makes the operation of the Android device even faster overall, but the transitions are no longer as smooth as with the animations.
2. background process limit
While the animation settings have an effect on the speed of your device in any case, limiting the background processes is only useful in certain cases. Generally speaking, the default limit on Android is that the more RAM, the more apps can remain active in the background. However, the user can limit the number of background processes or even set it to 0 completely. This can be helpful for smartphones with little RAM, for example, if you want to open an elaborate game, since it then has more resources available.
After the gaming session has ended, the default limit should be reactivated. Background processes like GPS tracking and email synchronization remain unaffected by the limit, by the way. Thus, you will still receive emails and push messages.
Also interesting: How much RAM does my smartphone really need?
Caution when dealing with developer options
It should be noted that limiting background processes is not always recommended for modern high-end smartphones with a lot of RAM, since this removes apps from the cache and they have to be reloaded when they are used again. This not only consumes a lot of power, but also time and is therefore usually not useful when it comes to making the Android smartphone faster.
The same applies to the option Do not save actions. This should not be enabled under any circumstances, as otherwise the smartphone is more likely to become a “dumb” phone. When this option is enabled, all activities are immediately deleted when the user closes it. The result: longer loading times when switching between apps and shorter battery runtimes.