No matter if you call the newest or the oldest Android smartphone – faster always! And especially with age, the performance of the smartphone drops noticeably. A secret menu offers the right screws to get a little more power out of the device. TECHBOOK shows how it works!
Unlock developer options
To be able to change the secret functions, you first have to activate the developer options. Although they can be found in any Android smartphone, they are hidden by default. Detailed instructions for those trying for the first time to access the hidden menu can be found here. For everyone else to refresh:
Open the settings and scroll to the end. Tap “Over the phone” (on some devices: “Device Information”) and scroll to the end again or tap “Software Info”. Now tap on the “Build number” until the message “You are now a developer!” Appears. Usually you have to tap the number seven times.
Back in the settings, there is now the area “Developer Options”.
Attention: Gadgets with the developer options can make the smartphone unusable.
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What settings can improve the performance of the device?
Here are two different ways to make your smartphone faster:
1. Window animations, transition animations and animator time
These settings allow you to set how long the animations should last when opening windows, when moving between windows, and all other animations. By default, animations are displayed once (1x). If the animation scale is set to 0.5x, all animations will be displayed in half the time. As a result, the operation appears much faster when opening and switching apps. If it does not matter that animations are completely missing, they can also switch them off completely. This makes the operation even faster, but the transitions are not as smooth as with the animations.
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2. Background process limit
While the animation settings always have an effect on the speed of your device, limiting the background processes is useful only in certain cases. In general, the standard limit for Android is: 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 them to 0 completely. This can be helpful for smartphones with little RAM, for example, if you want to open a complex game, because this then has more resources available. After the gaming session has ended, the default limit should be reactivated. Incidentally, background processes such as GPS tracking and e-mail synchronization remain untouched by the limit. So you will still receive emails and push messages.
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Take care when dealing with developer options
It should be noted that in modern high-end smartphones with a lot of RAM limiting the background processes is not always recommended, as this apps are removed from the cache and need to be reloaded when re-use. This not only consumes a lot of power, but also time and is therefore usually not useful. The same applies to the “Do not save actions” option. It should not be activated under any circumstances, otherwise the smartphone will become a “dumb” -phone. If this option is activated, all activities are deleted immediately when the user closes them. The result: longer loading times when switching between apps and shorter battery life.
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