Tip: How to speed up your Samsung Galaxy S4

With Samsung having announced the new Galaxy S5, you may have begun to feel like your Samsung Galaxy S4 is already out-of-date, and might begin to think that it’s running a bit slow, especially if there’s a lot of content on it.

Luckily, we have a tip for you that will help speed up your Samsung Galaxy S4 and have it feeling brand new, and it’s as simple as having developer options enabled.

The little hack revolves around the animations applied to transitioning between windows and turning the device on or off. By simply turning this off, it contributes to making the device seem extremely snappy and fast.

First, you’ll need to enable the Developer Options hidden menu. To do this, go into Settings -> About Device and scroll down to “Build Number”. Now, tap on “Build Number” five times and you’ll see a notification saying that “Developer mode has been enabled”.



With that hidden menu now enabled, we can head on into it to begin fastening up our Samsung Galaxy S4.

  1. Head on in to Developer Options in Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the Drawing section.
  3. Of interest here is the Window Animation ScaleTransition Animation Scale, and Animator Duration Scale.
  4. Click on them individually to change the scale.

You are able to turn the animations off completely, or set them to 0.5x (default is 1x) so the animations will be double speed for those who would like to retain them.

You’ll notice your Samsung Galaxy S4 feels substantially quicker. Let us know your comments in the section below.

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  • aby

    Now developer menu is enabled. How to disable it now.

    • bastiaan

      In the upper right corner of the developer menu their is a on off switch. Good luck

      • rdsOLDschool

        What are the down sides (if any)
        to doing this?

  • Marsha

    I just did it!! This is so amazing, thanks for the tips!

    • magic

      Also works on the HTC One

  • JustSmilin

    My Galaxy S4 is my first Android smartphone. (My very first smartphone was the iPhone 4.) I’m still learning every day how to do new things, even though at first I was extremely overwhelmed by the change in OS. So I Said all that to ask this… Since I am such a newbie at the Android OS, I have no idea if doing something that sounds as simple as what you’re describing will void the warranty of my phone, so… Will it?

    • Nope, will not void your warranty.

      • JustSmilin


      • sammi

        Will this cause extra data usage?

    • Ananth

      Same here justsmilin

  • Anita Dossey Slater

    I was carefully following above instructions & as soon as I tapped device build # once it popped up “developer mode enabled” & I could go no further. I know that I have never enabled it & NO ONE else has ever touched it. Any ideas?

    • You should now see developer options as a separate menu in the settings?

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    See this on my s3. Is it safe?

    • Yep.

      • Ann

        i just turned off animation because my galaxy s4 was causing motion sickness. Will this affect my phone’s performance? It is a new phone. Should I trade it for something else or does this happen with all the newer phones? My last phone was a droid.

        • TouchWiz (Samsung devices) is very flowing with animations. I’d suggest something like a Sony Xperia Z3 or a Nexus device to get as close to stock as possible.

  • Marilyn Price Struse

    I, too am fairly new to smart phones. Although my phone is only a month old, I decided to go ahead and make the change to save it from slowing down as I load more apps, etc. The instructions were simple to follow. I was rather surprised that it said it was already turned on. Anyhow, I changed the three options to, 0.5. It is amazing at the terrific change. Everything is so much quicker!! Thanks guys. Keep up the great tips.

  • Beyond Redemption

    You Guys Rock!!!!

    I find all your tech tips 100% on the MONEY.

    My galaxy S4 is unbelievably supersonic after following the programmer setting dealeo…

    Thank You Guys…

  • Troy Wibberley

    1 quesstion and 1 comment.
    Q-Does developer need to stay on after the changes?
    C-I noticed my WatchOn app’s lock screeen widgit appearance changed. Coincidence or possibly WO update? I changed settings back to 1.0 and the WO was unchanged.

    • jbm504

      The last watch on update changed the widget appearance for me…

  • lloyd032182

    Its true! Super fast! Thanks!

  • Troy Wibberley

    1 question and 1 comment. Galaxy S4
    Q-Does developer need to remain on after the changes?
    C-I noticed my WatchOn apps lock screen widgit changed appearance. Coincidence? I changed the setting back to 1.0 restarted the phone and the WO widgit was un changed. Seems to be really slow to show after a restart.

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  • jbm504

    I changed all to .5 and typing was sluggish. I returned animator to 1 and it seems better.

    When you open developer mode you can also set your phone to not sleep when charging. I I always used that on my Motorola droids and was the only feature I missed when I got my s4. I just love this phone

    • Yeah I tried .5 and didn’t like it, so went ahead and just turned it off. Much better.

      • Ray

        When I turned the Dev mode off, the settings when back to the default of 1. Does this mean the Dev mode has to stay on?

        • Yeah, you have to keep dev mode on.

          • billy

            Dan, on my s4 I updated Facebook and now it want let me watch my videos, what can I do, of ya can send feedback to [email protected], thanks

      • meg

        I feel like I have my phone back!

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  • Thomas Sweed

    I just tried this and my phone seems much faster now. Thanks for the tip.

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  • John Jb Bruce

    Made a difference in response timing and quickness

  • LaB

    This fix hasn’t improved my phone’s speed at all. I’m on Sprint, if that matters.

  • adismiths

    Is faster

  • KSircy18

    I’m sorry I’m really new to this but I did everything on your list just now and it did work. My phone is so much faster. My question is what are the animations for? Like are they needed? Thanks!

    • They’re there for smoothness.

      • KSircy18

        Okay I was wondering because I didn’t notice a difference in my phone except that it was faster. I was also wondering if there was a setting I could use to turn my apps off when I’m not using them. I would still like notifications but I don’t want them lingering there until I decide to use them again. Is that available?

        • Jasmine

          If you press and hold the home button, it will pop up a menu showing which apps are currently running. You can swipe to the side to close them one by one or hit the icon that looks a trash can to close them all. Some apps will still send notifications(like Facebook) while most games won’t send notifications.

  • cc3

    What happens if you doable animations completely?


    Thanks Dan for the tip phone works way better

  • Sydney,RN

    Followed the above instructions from Dan Bartram and my gs4 is indeed a little faster/smoother. Thanks!

  • Big D

    You know anyway to fix a problem with very poor phone call quality? When I’m talking with someone they can never hear me. It just started doing this about 2 months ago. I’ve had the phone a year and a half

  • neverperfect25

    Yay! It’s faster. Thanks loads 🙂

  • S4 owner

    Thanks Dan….it feels like a smart phone again 🙂

  • Awatatah

    Works great! FYI do not turn off developer mode or it resets the settings to default.

  • Phillipworld

    I just did this on my S4. Worked like a charm!! Great tip. Phone feels is much faster. Thank you! Now my question is, where can I learn about what the other developer option features.

  • Dave

    Worked on my Note 2 also. Responds faster than my stock Nexus.

  • Mohammed Saad

    It improves my speed thank u

  • Much better

    Seems to have sped up the phone. Thank you!

  • Mark

    Great tips. Thank you very much.

  • Lolo

    thank you thank you thank you… much better. i still want more ideas! faster! faster!

  • fendux

    Well where can I find the developer options?

  • Mallik

    Could you also suggest, my Galaxy s4 response is very slow after using 32GB Class10 card form sandisk. I just followed suggested settings and i can see that difference, however i have unmounted my memory card well before this settings. Thank you !.

  • KK

    Awesome..sped it up almost immediately….any other ideas on reducing bloatware and speeding the system up?

  • Brenda

    Wow that worked!!!

  • Solomon


  • Zack

    Like going from a moped to a corvette! Thanks guys

  • Godfrey Ssali

    Thanks very much comrades, Maximum Respect for the great work that you do. I was starting to hate my phone for the slow response with a black screen when dialing a number, but its now very fast again. Cheers & stay blessed.

  • Ana

    Thanks! That went better than expected.

  • Godfrey Ssali

    Hello Androidguys,
    Please help. I went thru the instructions correctly as given, but whenever i save, it automatically goes back to the earlier default settings (1x). How can i keep it at 0.5 or off animations off completely???

  • Gus

    What if it didnt work?

  • sandra

    My phone is alot faster now, thank you so much for your tips.

  • Sara

    Omg wow! My phone was so incredibly laggy and after trying this my phone is super fast! Everything just pops up instantly. Awesome, Thanks!

  • CR

    It works. Now my s4 is very fast, thanks a lot.

  • wade brenckle

    I navigated to where I was supposed to be in development options.I clicked off on the items I was supposed to but when I turned the options off the green on off button at the top of the screen. the items I checked off on, were restored to 1. how do I correct that? thank you

    • wade brenckle

      after reading back and post I see that I must leave the green light on works great. another question is what can I do about making my phone buffer faster on videos? another question, can I make donations to you for your trouble and effort?

  • RAGZ

    WORKED! thank you so much. i almost did factory reset today but didnt have to after i found your page.

  • Amy

    Wow. That was so simple and now it’s super fast? Where have you been all my Samsung life??? THANK YOU!

  • Garry

    Thank you very much! It worked and it helped!

  • sissyxx

    It responds alot quicker cheers for that 🙂
    Champion 😉

  • Lorraine J

    followed all your tips and now very happy, thank you sooooo much.x

  • sMAC

    Thanks works better. I am just happy I can call myself a Developer now. So which language to I master first? Ruby or Java. Maybe I will start with FORTRAN, I heard that’s pretty hot right now. Thanks again, apologies for corn puns.

  • Neil Mathura

    great fix…..works great but now “Play Store” has gone bezzerk……it just times out

  • Ron Snyder

    I’m always a day late and a dollar short when in comes to doing these things but I’ve finally figured it out a and pesto chango it worked. My phone sped up. Big difference. Thanx for the help

  • Mary Ann Martinez

    Nice my phone is fast now THANKS love it

  • greg malakoff

    does this work with 6