Even though we are constantly hearing about new phones being released that have as much power as last year’s laptops did, it’s important to remember that a lot of people are still using low end, older Android devices. If you are one of them, and you want to make you phone work at least a bit faster, there are some things that you can do under its hood. Even though you can do a lot with just installing one of the available launcher apps, if you really want to tweak how your phone is working, you’ll need to root it.
Launcher Only Solutions You can do one of the following things without rooting your phone, while some of them won’t even require you to have a launcher installed.
Removing Apps and Widgets You can do this one even without a launcher, but it might be easier with something like LauncherPro on your phone. Simply put, some of the apps are so badly written that they might remain active in the background, even when they’re not doing anything of use. Removing all the apps that you are not using, as well as all the non-essential widgets will do wonders for the speed of your phone.
Reducing the Number of Home Screens HTC Sense is just one of the Android skins that comes with many home screens. While it may be convenient, especially if you have a lot of apps that you are frequently using, remove as many home screens as you can , and you are bound to notice an improvement in your phone’s speed.
Check the Memory Usage
Most launchers give you the opportunity to see how your memory is being used. Depending on your habits and the way you use your phone, you may find a preset that will enable you to get a bit of extra power from your phone, so make sure to check under the ‘memory usage’ tab in advanced settings section.
Rooting Your Phone
Even though it may sound a bit technical to someone who never considered it, rooting a phone is usually quite simple and almost risk free. However, there is no universal way to do this, and you’ll have to find the tutorial for your exact model. If you are considering doing this, you should be warned that rooting your phone will void its warranty, and that there is a light possibility of bricking your phone.
Installing a New ROM
While your phone doesn’t need to be rooted in order to do this, it does have to have its bootloader unlocked, which often goes together with rooting. ROMs are basically specific, customized versions of Android, and you can find a number of them out there that have been made to help the phone work as smoothly as possible.
While you will need to flash a custom kernel beforehand, which will probably also be more demanding on the battery, you can easily overclock your phone and get it to work much faster, with the increase in battery drain being the only downside.
There are a number of apps that you can use on a rooted phone to remove otherwise inaccessible preinsallted apps that come with most phones. While these bloatware apps don’t always have a major impact on your phone’s speed, uninstalling them or simply freezing them form activating on their own could make a noticeable difference.
Article by Samuel Evans blogger and writer for Mobile Shop Samuel currently exploring everything related to mobile phones and gadgets. He is a proud owner of Nokia Lumia.