5 Ways to Boost Your Android Phone’s Performance

If your Android’s performance is starting to sag, don’t worry. There are several steps you can take to restore your device to working order. Use these five tips to stay vigilant against performance lag by updating problem apps and managing system resources.

Want step-by-step instructions to speed up your device? Keep reading for 5 Ways to Boost Your Android Phone’s Performance, the second installment of our six-part Android Phone Makeover series.

1. Kill Background Apps

Android’s capability to multitask across several applications is great, but you don’t need the YouTube app wasting battery life and memory resources when running in the background. It’s best to completely close apps with the Advanced Task Killer app (free). Unlike Android’s built-in app shutdown, this download shows a single list of each running app on your device and lets you select the ones you’d like to turn off.

2. Keep Apps Up to Date
It’s not always the operating system that causes you grief. If you feel an app is slowing you—or your phone—down, check the Android Market for an update.

  • Launch the Android Market.
  • Tap the Menu Button.
  • Select My Apps.
  • Check each app for updates on the right.

3. Turn Off Background Data
Apps aren’t the only thing to run in the background. Such services as Facebook, Twitter or WeatherBug constantly download data so that when you launch them, all the content is up to date. That’s easy to stop.

  • Open the Settings app on your phone.
  • Click Data Manager.
  • De-select Background Data.

4. Manage Google Services
An Android device automatically includes access to Google services including Books, Contacts, Currents, Gmail and Google+. If you don’t need these services, turn them off and save your wireless radio the trouble of downloading more data (pictured below).

  • Open the Settings app on your phone.
  • Delete the Google services you do not want synced.
  • Click Accounts and select the appropriate service.

5. Defrag your Smartphone’s Memory
Just like a PC, your Android phone’s internal RAM gets a performance boost after undergoing defragmentation. A free app called Memory Booster ($2.99 for the full version) in the Android Market not only defrags your phone’s random-access memory, it also repairs data leaks from damaged apps. You can only run a memory boost every 10 minutes, but if you want to keep track of just how much RAM you retrieve each boost, set the app to send a notification when new adjustments are complete.

For a truly superlative uptick in performance, set the Boost Level to Ultimate (available in paid version only).

  • Launch the app.
  • Tap the menu button.
  • Choose Ultimate Boost.
  • Select Boost Level Manager.

By default, Memory Booster runs a system check on Startup, but in the paid version of the app, you can also set it to run a performance-enhancing check-up when the device locks. Check out Memory Booster in the Android Market.

  • Launch the app.
  • Tap the menu button.
  • Select “Boost at device lock.”

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  1. i told u so.com Says:



  2. David Says:

    Anyone who suggests that people use Advanced Task Killer obviously knows nothing about Android.

  3. Muntoo Meddler Says:

    Are you kidding me? One should not do ANY of these things. Task killers are a bad idea as is this “memory booster” app. “Defragmenting RAM”… do you even know how computers work? That’s the stupidest thing I have heard of — RAM is kind of like flash memory… it has virtually equal RANDOM access times so defragmenting is unnecessary. (Defragmenting is also unnecessary if you run ext partition on your hard disk.)

  4. Chris Says:

    This advice is horrible. Defragging ram is 21st century snake oil and is totally worthless. Even a basic understanding of computers should make it clear why. Advanced task killer and similar apps are widely discredited and are nothing but problems. The author of this article should be fired.

  5. Ravi Says:

    Hahahaha defrag your phone’s RAM??? Seriously, you’re not even recommending defragging the storage partition (which would still be stupid), but the actual RAM! Why don’t you just recommend restarting the phone? What next, should I get a fridge magnet and degauss the screen to make the pictures sharper?

    “Updating your apps” and “Manage google services” are the only good pieces of advice you gave. The former is just good practice, and the latter will only give a minimal performance boost (may not even be noticeable).

    Please refrain from giving Android advice … people who follow it will end up slowing down their phones, then assume that Android is to blame.

  6. Dan Says:

    Please, whoever reads this article, do NOT listen to the tips involving “task killers” or RAM. If anything, those will actually do more harm than good. This writer should be ashamed.

  7. kenhypno Says:

    “Some app programmers have decided to bring defragmentation tools to the Android community. But does defragmenting Android actually do anything? Or is it just an over-hyped way to speed up your device?

    The truth is: defragmenting your hard drive can actually do more harm than good. Androids use solid state drives, which operate in a different way than traditional mechanical drives. Unlike the hard drives you might find in your computer, Android storage devices use no moving parts – SSDs operate through the use of integrated circuits as opposed to rewritable disk drives.
    Why does defragmenting Android harm my system?
    SSDs automatically manage data placement. They don’t need to be defragmented on a regular basis because the files are always in their most optimum location. In fact, when you defragment an SSD, it shortens the lifespan of that drive. All SSDs have a finite lifespan due to their integrated circuitry (don’t worry, this lifespan is generally over 50 years long). When you defragment that hard drive on a regular basis, you’re putting undue stress on the drive and chopping down its lifespan.”

  8. rohit kumar Says:

    Actually it is true that the apps like task killer or ram booster slowdown your android smartphones or antivirus they can use lots of ram leading to slowdown or hang your android phones just install games or coll apps but in a limit our in excess leading to your android phones increase response time or operate slow

  9. David Says:

    i ill try to be as poliate as I could but these advices are counted amongst the worse I ve ever heard, Defrag on FLASH ??, Task Killer ??… please have a few hour reading session on these topics before even tryin to post such a misleading advices ! I feeel sory for people , that are exxposed top such lies , . Please do your own RESEARCH before even thinking about using Task Killer and defragging FLASH, its like somebody said u McDonald is healthy, and u would eat it beacause of it …

  10. Jaideep Says:

    Dude , task killer are bad !!! Don’t use them. What the background apps are doing is none of your concern. Sometimes they are just garbage collections. If you are killing them you are essentially not allowing such programs to free space. It might free space temporarily but in long run it will slow down your phone.

    You need to know what your apps is doing in background.

  11. none Says:

    Defrag an android device – YOU ARE FULL OF SHIT!!!

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