8 Simple Fixes for Anyday Android's Performance Issues

SlowDroid: 8 Simple Fixes for Anyday Android's Performance Issues

by Ashok Poolla | 28-Nov-2015

Naturally, your Android device was probably faster than when you first bought it. performance issues through time is a common problem. the following guide should help you restore your Android to it's Prime.

Why is your Android Plodding through time?

  • overtime, many things change. identifying the problem is a critical step, an app, a misconfigured setting,an unattended warning, hogged RAM Usage, a background service, the system itself, anything, can just contribute to its good or bad performance.
  • if you are savvy enough, for monitoring and analytics, you can use apps like Trepn Profiler, Kernel Auditor from the PlayStore.

How to Restore your Android to its Prime?

1. Removing Unwanted Applications

  • generally overlooked upon, the reason for this being the common-winner is, CPU resources are conserved (for more cardinal tasks).  
  • go to Settings -> Applications

2. Cached Data

  • Clearing the cached data is productive when apps become sluggish.
  • Through time, this can also free up a ton of your space as well.
  • Just-in-case an application goes haywire, this should be able to fix it. 

Find Cached data under Storage. (this option might be deprecated for later versions of android)


3. Greenifying Apps

  • Contrary to promises by 'Speed Boost' apps, Greenify is a nifty performance tweak for your Android device.
  • What it does is, Greenify puts selected apps into a Hibernation state --which means they can't stay in background after they are Greenified.
  • No! This will not affect the app's functionality. Do note that, some apps need to stay alive in the background such as Networking apps like Messenger --to receive push notifications. Greenifying such apps is not a good idea as you will be missing out on stuff.


  1. Download and install 'Greenify' from Google PlayStore.
  2. Open Greenify and follow on-screen instructions to allow permissions (Accessibility service, Usage access etc).
  3. Select and Add apps to the Greenify queue.
  4. Also setup any required additional features from the Greenify settings menu.
Note: apart from important apps, the more apps greenified, the better.

4. Disabling Bloatware

What is Bloatware?

  • Unwanted software that manufacturers ship with their devices. most of these apps are never put into any productive use.
  • These apps cannot be uninstalled as they are a part of the System app-space. albeit, most of them can be Disabled through the Application Manager.

How to remove bloatware?

Go to Applications in the Settings Menu.

  • identifying bloatware is simple, it's just like uninstalling unwanted apps, except here it is Disable them.
  • Pay heed while disabling bloatware, if instead, disabling critical System apps might break things.

5. The Auto-Sync Delusion

What is Auto-Sync and What does it do?

  • Google being android's big daddy uses Auto-Sync to push content and services (Photos, Keep, Mail, Contacts, Calendars etc) on the go.
  • Any third party app can use Auto-Sync services by registering an account (Settings -> Accounts). They usually do this to keep their content more live and refreshed.
  • As useful as it sounds, Auto-Sync is important, but it's a nightmare for those Battery-nervous.
  • However, you can Disable Auto-Sync from Settings -> Accounts -> Menu as need be.

6. Unused Radio Services

  • With all the powerful devices we hold, most of us leave them turned on. As evident it is, using services like Wi-Fi, Mobile Data, Bluetooth, NFC, Location etc consume a significant amount of battery.

Power Control Widget to Turn on Switches Manually when required

  • and manifest, turning them off peruse can save you battery as well if thats what all you care about.

7. Software Updates

  • Software updates can fix most of the issues on your device because they bring along bug fixes, feature improvements and enhanced stability.
  • Albeit, most manufacturers do not supply OTA updates frequently because of time needed to be dedicated for refurbishing changes. No! they are not universal.
  • for devices other than Google's own, manufacturers must provide updates. but, if you are an XDAian, you seldom wait to try out custom ROMs.

8. Other Minor Tweaks

  • Reduce the screen timeout. 1 min is optimal.
  • Reduced brightness saves significant amount of device-juice.
  • Reduce Animations to give yourself a speed boost.
  • Remove unwanted widgets. it's does'nt yield much. but, it's something.
  • Install 'Startup Manager' and remove unnecessary user-apps from startup.
  • If nothing else works, try a factory reset.


Present-day Androids are getting smart and intuitive, dulling the need for manual gestures. what are your reflections? drop down in the comments section below.