Most android tablets are prone to slowing down as you continuously use them. As time goes by, you might notice that apps which previously opened instantly now take a considerable amount of time to load. Moreover, web pages might take quite long to load; you experience lags while gaming, your screen becomes unresponsive and such. So, how can you speed up your tablet? Try these tips below to optimize your tablet’s speed.

1.     Get Rid of Unused Apps

As you progressively use your android phone or tablet, you may install apps that in the long run, you don’t even use them. These apps tend to take up most of your tablet’s space. Removing them will improve your write times and overall experience, especially if you’re running low on storage.

 In case, you have apps that you’ve previously downloaded, and you no longer use, uninstall them. You can uninstall them by going to your settings menu, tap on apps, and uninstall any app of your choosing.

2.     Remove Bloatware

Occasionally, phones from different manufacturers, come with pre-installed apps other than the standard ones that come with the Android tablet. Pre-installed apps are a significant issue, especially with Android.

These apps sometimes automatically launch whenever you turn on your smartphone or tablet, taking up CPU cycles and your tablet’s memory. Pre-installed apps cannot be uninstalled, but they can be disabled. To disable them, switch to your settings menu, select apps, on your apps menu, select the troublesome app(s).

3.     Free up Space

Freeing up space might be a bit helpful; it will only improve performance if you are running out of storage space.

Go to your Settings page, click on storage, this will tell you how much space is being taken up and by what. You can back up your images and videos on cloud storage such as Google Drive or DropBox.

 As for apps, click on the apps to see which ones are taking the most space. Further clicking the app, will tell you how much data is being taken up by the app itself, the information that it stored and the cache.

Cached data is the temporary files which the app syncs but they can accumulate with time. Be careful when clearing the app data, as it will make the app look as if you’ve just downloaded it, erasing any login information, settings, or data you’ve saved within.

Alternatively, to clear cache, go back to the storage menu and click on cached data, a pop-up message will appear prompting you to clear the cached data, click on ok, this will remove all cached data for every app.

4.     Disable Animations

First of all, if you don’t have developers’ options enabled, you need to do so.

Go to your Settings menu, tap on about phone, build number, and tap on it multiple times to unlock developer options. Go back to the main settings page and go to the new developer options menu. Scroll down the menu until you see: Windows animation scale, Transition animation scale, Animator duration scale. Change of them to 0.5* animation scale or turn them off.

This changes how fast or slow animations on the phone are such as the animations you see when opening and closing apps or switching between menus. The apps will now open or close instantly once you open it.

5.     Check Battery Usage

Check for apps that are draining the most battery. These apps also use a lot of processing power. Go to Settings>Battery, to see them. Some apps might just be using more battery because you use it more often. Check to see if they are any apps that are using more battery than you think they should, based on how much you use them. You don’t have to uninstall any of them necessarily.

Go to the specific app, peruse through the settings to find if there’s anything you can change that might reduce how much battery it uses. For example; you can try to disable push notifications or turn off location services or disable some feature you’re not using or reduce the frequency of how often it checks for new stuff.

6.     Remove Widgets

Indeed, widgets are amazing features; they enable you to interact with apps on your home screen. They display information like weather or app shortcuts. The weather feature automatically updates, the widgets could be helpful, but if you have a ton of them, they could be taking up a lot of resources like RAM and processing power. Consider cutting down on widgets. Remove them by holding the widget on your home screen, once you see the remove icon at the top, drag it to that icon.

7.     Chrome Data Saver

Go to Chrome>Settings>Data Saver

Data saver makes google compress web pages that you visit before sending the web pages to your tablet. As a result, you can browse with less bandwidth, and your tablet can load web pages quicker.

However, this method won’t work on encrypted sites. Data saver also shows you how much data you’ve saved because of using it.

8.     Install a Third-party Launcher

Download launcher apps such as Nova and Google Now from google play store. They will enable you to customize themes, animations, and icons. They are much faster and responsive than default launchers. After installing either of the apps, press the home button, select it as the default app, and click on Always.

9.     Turn off and on Again

Restarting your Android or tablet might help clear out background apps and free up RAM. It refreshes memory and reloads the operating system. To restart your android device, press and hold the power button, until you see the restart and power off options. This process might take a few seconds, and once your tablet powers on, you’ll see it perform a little bit faster.


When all else fails, do a factory data reset, this will permanently clear all your downloaded apps, videos, your photos. Doing a factory reset will make your smartphone or tablet appear as when you first bought it. Go to Settings>Back up and Reset/Restore>Factory Reset. Optionally, you can back up your files first.

Android devices tend to get slow with time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to buy a new smartphone or tablet.

About the Author James S

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