6 tips for speeding up your mid-range Android

Samsung Galaxy

1) Keep your phone storage 25% empty

The lower and middle range phones have to get by with less memory than the more expensive top range phones.

To compare two Samsung Galaxy models, the behemoth S20 Ultra packs 128GB storage and 12GB RAM, while the more modest A20e has 32GB and 3GB, respectively.

While both top range and lesser range models run faster with 25%+ free space, mid-range phones’ storage fills up more quickly, so it’s important to manage your files.

There are many ways to free up your phone’s memory. The most obvious method is to routinely go through and delete media and apps that you no longer need.

If you’re very popular, it’s worth disabling  “WhatsApp’s”  automatic media sync.  Photos and videos from your groups will quickly clog up your memory.  To do this: open Whatsapp > click the three dots in the top right > Settings > Chats > turn off Media Visibility.

If you’re one of those folks who just can’t throw anything away (i.e. a hoarder), there’s Micro SD cards. You can add as little as 4GB, or as much as 512GB to your storage depending on the model.  However a SD card is only suitable for storage and you cannot run Apps from it – i.e. it does not act as RAM.

To insert the SD card open your SIM slot and insert the card, then open the My Files app > tap the three dots and select Edit> select the files/folders and tap Move > tap SD Card > choose the desired destination folder > tap Done.

2) Don’t hoard, clear your cache

You can also clear the cache (where items are stored or even your trash/junk folder) on your phone, like you would your internet browser. Just go to Settings > Storage >CLEAN NOW.

You can, if you wish, select particular apps to clear – to do this tap Other Apps, then select Clear Cache on the ones you wish to clean up.

Not all Android phones have the same interface and some have inbuilt programs that help you clean up your phone and optimise the phones performance.

The  Alcatel 5 comes with Smart Manager pre-installed (accessible in Settings), which can be downloaded for any Android device, should you want an easier way to manage your phone files.

An example of an Android phone are Samsung phones.

3) Turn off animations

A sneaky way to speed up your Android (an example of Android phone is Samsung but there are many others which use Android software) is to turn off transition animations. These little swooshes and swizzles that come as standard aren’t exactly important for the running of the phone, and they can actually slow down less powerful devices.

To turn them off, you must first enable Developer options– go to Settings > About phone > then tap Build number a few times.

Once this is done, go to Settings > Developer options > now set Window animation scale, Animator duration scale, and Transition animation scale to zero.

4) Enable Lite Mode in Chrome

The experience of lag when browsing the web from lower specification Androids need not be a fact of life when you become aware of  Lite Mode in Chrome, a handy function that compresses pages, meaning quicker page loads and reduced data usage. You can find it in Chrome’s Settings menu.

With Lite Mode enabled, pages load much faster, though images are lower quality.  One thing to note is that the pages are sent to Google for compression before you view them, so if your data speeds are low, you might encounter issues here.

5) Restrict background services

Whenever  a new app is uploaded to a phone you may be asked me if you  want to restrict it.  If you tick ‘yes’ it will  keep the phone’s CPU (Central Processing Unit) focused on other things. If you’ve allowed your apps to run in the background, you can change this by going to Developer Options > Apps Inactive apps. Now just untick all the apps that don’t need to be active all the time. There is no downside to this as – each time you manually open an app it will update, so you won’t be losing out.

Samsungs phones will have all of these features.

6) Use GPU rendering

Another techy one. This trick forces your Android’s graphics processing unit (GPU) to render some 2D elements that would otherwise be handled by software. To enable it, go to Developer options > Force CPU rendering. This does use a bit more power though, so expect to lose around 10% of your battery life.

Android software/operating systems appear to have endless customisation available to the user.

I trust that you have found these tips useful, whatever device you own. Now move on, armed with the knowledge that you saved money on your phone, and didn’t compromise on time.

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