Handy Method for Speeding Up Your Android Device

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  1. dgstorm

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    If your Android smartphone is feeling a bit laggy lately, or if you would just like it to feel even snappier, there is an easy method to add some pep to the UI experience on your phone. First you have to enable developer options on your device. This is usually pretty easy to do for most Android phones. It's different for many devices so you will first need to Google "developer options for XXXX smartphone" (of course replacing the Xs with the name of your phone). For the Nexus 5, it's really easy... you just need to go to Settings > About Phone > Build number and tap on the build number 7 times in succession. You will then be greeted with a friendly notification that you are a Developer for your device.

    Once you have activated developer options, you will need to look for the following three sections (which may be on the main screen or in a sub-section):

    • Window animation scale
    • Transition animation scale
    • Animator animation scale
    At this point you will probably notice that the default animation speed for each of these is 1x. To make it faster, you need to reduce the number to .5x or smaller. Afterwards many of the things you normally do on your phone will feel noticeably snappier. (We tried it here on the Nexus 5 and were surprised by the results.)

    Enjoy!

    P.S. - We have word that this was the primary tweak that Apple recently used when they updated iOS to 7.1 in order for it to feel faster for iPhone owners. How sneaky and crafty of them...
     
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    I've been shutting the animations off since way back. Feels much snappier and instant
     
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    Yup...I have been doing this ever since I could with Android. I also do this with desktop OS's too.
     
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    No noticeable difference on my Galaxy S4, or 2012 Note 10.1, but cool nonetheless
     
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    Me too, first thing I do when I get a new phone.
     
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    I just did it on my note 2 and it made a huge difference in speed, pages open way faster. Thanks!

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    Since I hate animated everything, I have always turned off this 'feature'.
    And the 1x 'stuff' has been a play field for me since JB-4.3. I like the faster screen responses when you shut off the animation scaling, and I don't use the .5 scaling, all animation is OFF.
    I prefer an uncluttered feel, and animation forces that cluttered feel, even if it is only for the animation. A faster screen gives one the assumption their phone is faster and more responsive.
     
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    I just bought a Note 3 and I can't seem to fins the developers options....I know I have seen it before.
     
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    Go to settings, about phone, build # tap it seven times, and developer options will be on your settings

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    If you really want to see what these settings are effecting. Set them to 10x, it really shows the transitions well. Of course after playing set them back to .5x or zero.
     
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    Is this essentially undoing "Project Butter?"
     
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