How to speed up your device without root access

Android 301

Every once in awhile, you come across a device that just isn’t as snappy as you’d like for it to be. Scrolling seems to be slow, and animations are just as annoying. Well there is a secret way for you to be able speed things up a bit, without downloading any other apps.

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If you’re halfway savvy about Android, you know there’s a secret option in the Settings application. If you head over to the About section on your device, and tap the build number 7 times, you can unlock the Developer Options panel. From here, there is a bunch of techie mumbo jumbo that most of us don’t really need to mess with. However, it also holds some valuable settings.

For example, if you’re into Rooting your device at all, you will need to access this panel to enable or disable USB debugging. Also from this panel, you can set your device up to verify any applications that may be installed via USB. This is also for developers and for those who download APK’s online and need them transferred to your device.

Today, we are going to be sliding down the panel just a bit further, down to the animation scales. Nestled under the “Drawing” sub-section, there are three different animation scales for you to tinker with; Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale.

When your device is fresh out of the box, or freshly restored, all three will be set to 1x. However, if you select any of the three options, you are presented with different settings for each one, rating from off all the way to 10x. The higher the number, the slower the animation for each one.

By changing these settings around, your animations will be visibly faster. In turn, this means that your device will appear to be running faster. Changing the animation scales won’t actually speed up your device, but instead, the reaction time that the devices use for these animations will be reduced.

You can also turn them up to 10x, (these ones don’t go to 11), but then you’re animations will be ridiculously slow. That will pretty much defeat the point of speeding up your device, but hey, to each their own.

If you would like to know how to do anything else to your device, drop us a comment below and we’ll be sure to get it covered for you.