How to speed up an Android phone using developer options

Your Android phone has hidden settings that can be accessed to keep it running faster than ever. If that sounds interesting, let’s go ahead and take a look at the steps to speed up Android phones or tablets.

Speed ​​up Android phone

It’s a well-known fact that hardware specs alone can’t make a device run faster. Software and graphics play a big part in the speed of a phone or tablet. This can be clearly seen in Apple devices, which perform exceptionally well mainly due to their well-designed software and graphics.

The good thing about Android devices is that they run on an open-source Android operating system, which allows anyone to modify or tweak the software to get better results.

With that in mind, every Android phone and tablet has developer options that are hidden from regular users. However, it’s really easy to enable developer options on most Android devices and get access to the hidden developer menu.

After accessing developer options, the next step is to tweak 3 sets of settings that control the speed of animations on your Android phone. As surprising as it may sound, tweaking animation settings can almost double the speed of animations on your phone, resulting in a much faster Android phone.

Steps to speed up Android phone or tablet

Follow the steps below to enable developer options on your Android phone first and then tweak animation settings in developer menu to speed up your Android phone or tablet.

1. On the home screen of your Android phone or tablet, tap settings.

2. On the Settings screen, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and then tap About the device (Over the phone) option.

Via the device option on the Android phone

Note: The equivalent tab for “About device” on HTC and LG phones is “Software information”.

3. On the About device screen, scroll down to build number Possibility.

Build number option on Android Phone

4. Start typing now build numberuntil you see a pop-up saying “You are X steps away from being a developer”.

You are just a few steps away from being a developer popup on an Android phone

Note: For Xiaomi phones, tap on “MIUI version” instead of Build number.

5. Keep tapping build number until you see the “You are now a developer” popup. On most Android phones, you need about 7 taps to become a developer.

6. After becoming a developer, go back to the settings screen by tapping back arrow (See image below)

From the Developer Options screen back to the Settings screen.

7. Once back on the Settings screen, scroll down and tap developer options.


Note: On some Android phones, you may need to tap settings > Additional settings to access developer options.

8th. On the Developer Options screen, scroll down until you find the set of 3 animation settings – Windows Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale, and Animator Duration Scale. By default, each of these settings is set to 1X (See image below)

Animation scale settings on Android phone

9. Tap first Windows animation scale.

10 On the next screen, change the Windows animation scale from its default value of 1X to 0.5x (See image below).

Change the Windows animation scaling settings to 0.5x

11. Similarly, tap transition animation, Animator Duration Dial and change their animation scale values ​​to 0.5X.

Changing the animation scale values ​​to 0.5X will display animations on your Android phone almost twice as fast as before, making your Android phone much faster than ever.

In case you want an even faster Android phone, you can choose Animation OFF Option for windows animation scaling, transition animation scaling and animator duration scaling (see screenshot below).

Disable animations on Android phone

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, setting the animation scale to OFF means you won’t be able to see animations on your Android phone. However, disabling animations can certainly make a phone run faster, and this might be a better option for older Android phones that may have become painfully slow.

More ways to speed up Android phones or tablets

Over time, tons of unwanted data get into your Android phone’s storage – unwanted photos and videos, screenshots that are no longer needed, and all kinds of downloads that you might not even know about.

Deleting all unwanted content from your device’s memory can have a positive effect on your Android phone’s speed and also free up more space for things that really need to be stored on your Android phone.


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