How to Make Your Samsung Galaxy S5 Faster

galaxy s5 faster

With its 2.5-GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the most powerful phones around, but like any other Android device, there’s room to make it faster. From time-sucking animations that serve as transitions to unwanted apps that steal precious system resources, there are a number of small annoyances slowing the phone down. Here are 5 ways to speed up your Galaxy S5.

1. Disable Animations in the Galaxy S5’s Software

Every time you unlock your lock screen, a small special effect, which looks like rippling water or exploding colors, appears. When you switch apps or go back to home, the screen looks like it is zooming open. All of these animations look nice but waste time you could be surfing the web, checking email or performing other key tasks. If you want to get rid of special effects throughout the UI, you’ll need to turn off lock screen special effects,  home screen transitions and animations in general.

To disable lock screen special effects:

1. Tap Lock screen on the settings menu.

select lock screen

2. Select “Unlock effect.”

Unlock effect

3. Select None.

Unlock effect None

To turn off home screen transitions:

1. Long press on a blank area of the home screen. A list of options appears.

home screen

2. Tap Home screen settings.

Home screen settings

3. Select “Transition effect.”

tap transition effect

4. Tap None.

Select None

To turn off other animations, including app open animations:

1. Navigate to About device in the settings menu.

navigate to About device

2. Tap the Build number 7 times. You will get a message saying that “Developer mode has been turned on.” A developer options icon will now appear in the settings menu.

tap Build number 7 times

3. Navigate to Developer options in the settings menu.

Developer options

4. Tap “Window animation scale.”

Window animation scale

5. Choose “Animation is off”

Animation is off

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for “Transition animation scale.” and “Animator duration scale.”

change transition animation scale and animator duration scale

MORE: Galaxy S5 Features: What to Enable and Disable

2. Remove Unwanted Apps and Bloatware

Thanks to your carrier, your Galaxy S5 will likely came loaded with lots of bloatware, which ranges from useless services to shopping apps. Some of these unwanted apps even run services in the background that eat up precious system memory. While it’s not possible to delete most of these apps completely (unless you root your phone), you can disable them. Follow these steps to prevent bloatware from running and hides it from the app drawer.

To disable unwanted apps:

 1. Navigate to the app drawer.

2. Select “Uninstall/disable apps” from the menu. 

uninstall / disable apps

3. Select an app you want to remove. A dialog box appears asking for confirmation.

Select app to disable

4. Tap Disable or Uninstall depending on which button appears. Uninstalled apps will be deleted completely.


Tap Disable

5. Repeat this process for other bloatware apps.

3. Turn Off the S Voice Home Key Shortcut

By default, the Galaxy S5’s home key launches Samsung’s S Voice voice assistant if you double tap it. However, even if you never perform this action, the system waits a moment every time you hit the home key, just to see if you’ll hit it again to get to S Voice. If you turn this function off, the home key will take you straight home as soon as you tap it.

To disable the S Voice Home key shortcut:

1. Launch S Voice. You can find it in the app drawer.

S Voice

2. Set up S Voice if you haven’t already.

Set up S Voice

3. Select Settings from the menu in the upper right corner of the screen.

Select Settings

4. Toggle “Open via home key” to off.

Uncheck open via home key

MORE: How to Disable the Galaxy S5’s Annoying Touch Sounds

4. Clean Your Cache

Every app you run maintains a cache in the Galaxy S5’s storage system. Over time, as the apps each get larger caches, the system slows down  By deleting these caches on a regular basis, you can limit lag.

To clear the app cache:

1. Install App Cache Cleaner from the Google Play store.

App cache cleaner

2. Open App Cache Cleaner. A list of apps and their cache sizes appears.

3. Tap Clear to erase all the app caches.

Tap Clear

3. Select Setting from the menu.


4. Tap Auto Clear Interval.

Auto Clear Interval

5. Choose how often you want the cache to clear on its own. We recommend a time frame between 1 hour and 12 hours. You can also decide to clear the cache manually as needed.

Auto Clear Interval

 5. Turn Off Background Data for Some or All Apps

Your email, social networking and even some shopping apps ping the Internet on a regular basis, looking for updates. Every time these programs hit the Web looking for new messages, they’re not only sipping your bandwidth and battery life, but also taking up system resources and slowing your phone down. While you need to get alerted by your work email account the moment a new message comes in, you may be able to wait for that Facebook or Instagram update until you manually check for it on your own. 

To disable background data for all services:

1. Select Data usage from settings.

Data usage

2. Open the context menu by tapping the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen. 

Select menu

3. Uncheck “Auto sync data.”

Auto sync data

4. Tap Ok.

Tap OK

To disable background data for Gmail and other Google services:

1. Select Accounts from the settings menu.

Select Accounts

2. Tap Google.

Tap Google

3. Tap the name of your account.

tap the name of your account

4. Uncheck the Google services you wish to disable background data for.

Uncheck background settings

To disable background data for Twitter:

1. Select Accounts from the settings menu.


2. Tap Twitter.

Tap Twitter

3. Uncheck “Sync Twitter.”

 Uncheck Sync Twitter

Some services, such as Facebook, require you to disable background data from their own menus. To disable Facebook background data.

1. Navigate to the Facebook settings menu.

Facebook settings

2. Tap “Refresh Interval.”

Tap Refresh Interval

3. Select Never.

Select Never

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Bailey Says:

    Great tips thanks,

    One to add is the “auto sync free” app. You can set it to turn on syncing only when your phone is charging/on WiFi. Its pretty nifty.

  2. Yanfer Says:

    How to stop that the galaxy S5 SM900F erase my shortcuts when I restart my phone.

  3. Tom Says:

    Great information and a valuable resource.

  4. Paul Says:

    These are amazing tips. Thank you for sharing. Followed all the steps you mentioned, even bought the cache cleaner app. :)

  5. Mark Meyers Says:

    Most Helpful and easy way to speed up the Galaxy S5. My phone is super quick now with no lag time all thanks to this really clear tutorial

  6. zoli Says:

    This was really helpful, thanks a lot!

  7. Chris Says:

    This was really helpful, and made a huge difference. Thank you.

  8. Julio Molo Says:

    THANKSSSSSSSSSSSS, helpful info!

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