If you notice that your smartphone has started to run slower, you can fix the situation with just a few clicks using the hidden features of your device. Most of these functions are located in the developer menu, which is hidden from ordinary users in the bowels of the Android operating system. Fortunately, activating this menu is quite simple, SMI writes.
To enable developer mode:
Open “Settings” and go to “About phone” → “About software”. On the page with information about the system, click on the item “Collection of numbers” 7 times in a row. After each press, the system will inform you of the number of steps remaining before activating the mode, after which a valuable item with a secret menu will appear in the phone settings menu.
In the menu for developers, you can find several items that will help speed up the operation of your phone.
Speeding up the system using the developer menu
#1. Graphics Accelerator Setup
The first point on how to make your operating system run faster without lags and brakes is hidden in the “Hardware Rendering Acceleration” group of settings called “Disable Hardware Overlay”.
By default, all smartphone applications, as required, are processed either by the main processor or by the graphics accelerator. The hardware overlay feature enables forced rendering of the application interface using the GPU, and thus frees up some resources for the central processor to increase its performance. After disabling the hardware overlay, each of the programs used in the phone is assigned its own part of the video memory.
Despite all the advantages, when activating this function, don’t forget about the scale. For example, if the GPU of your smartphone is too weak, it may slow down the processor in the final rendering, and vice versa, if in resource-intensive applications the main processor will not be able to provide the task video accelerator, you may encounter also blocks.
#2. Disable Multi-Smoothing
The next step to speed up the phone is to disable the “Enable 4x MSAA” (“Force 4xMSAA”) option. The feature, also known as multi-smoothing, helps achieve more edge detail in games and is primarily aimed at high-performance smartphones.
Using Selective Object Scaling technology, including this setting, improves graphics in games, making images smoother and pixels less noticeable. If your phone does not differ in high operating speed, constantly heats up or loses charge quickly, then this feature should be turned off.
#3. Personalization Animation
You can make your smartphone faster and increase the speed of opening applications and windows using animation settings (“Window animation”, “Transition animation” and “Animation duration” items, which are hidden in the “Drawing” parameter group). By default, unlike these dots, the default animation value is 1x.
Usually this number indicates the speed of the animation from 400 to 600 milliseconds. To reduce the time for opening windows and smooth transitions between applications, you can reduce this value to 0.5x or completely disable animation by selecting the “No animation” item. It will increase the speed of your work with apps and make your smartphone faster. At least visually.
#4. Increase operational memory by limiting background processes
Many android users mistakenly believe that minimized apps cause low RAM issues on smartphones, but this is not entirely true. When the app is minimized, it actually ceases to be active at that time, but continues to store some cached data in the system, allowing you to quickly return to it if needed.
The background processes and services of some applications, which continue to consume phone resources even after they are closed, are more “voracious”. Some of them, for example, the process responsible for delivering notifications in social networks, is really necessary. However, there are also things you can do without. It is possible to significantly reduce the consumption of operational memory in standby mode and increase the speed of the smartphone by forcibly limiting the use of background processes.
There are several options in the developer menu that provide advanced control over the phone’s background processes. For example, using the “Suppress background activity” option, you can limit the operation of applications after they are downloaded, and using the background ANR setting, you can view notifications when an app running in the background mode has stopped responding.
In order to speed up the operation of the smartphone, we are mainly interested in the “Limit background processes” parameter. With its help, you can manually limit the number of background processes running in the phone and thus control the use of third-party services during the operation of the gadget.
By default, this parameter is set to “Standard limit”. However, if your phone has recently become too thoughtful, we recommend changing the value to “No more than 2-3 processes”. Thus, you limit background processes and reduce the RAM consumption of your smartphone. If after enabling the background process limit, you suddenly stop receiving important notifications from messaging services or social networks, adjust them. How to do it, we wrote in detail here.
#5. Deleting System Error Log
Lack of memory in the smartphone is another reason why the smartphone can become too “intrusive”. If you’re good at standard garbage collection methods and try again all possible applications to speed up the system, it may be time to use less obvious tools. For example, you can delete the SysDump log dump, which contains accumulated data about the state of your system.
This log is intended to record operating system errors and over time may contain a large amount of data that is generally of little use to a simple user.
It is possible to enter the hidden menu, where there is a log with entries about errors, by dialing the secret code *#9900# in the “Phone” application. And to assess the effectiveness of such cleaning, before using it, do not forget to check the amount of free memory in your smartphone.
After entering the combination, you will come to a hidden section, where you need to select the “Delete dumpstate / logcat” option. Just click on this item and wait for the cleaning to complete. The inscription “Dump result – Delete success” will inform you of the success of the operation. Thus, all system error records stored in the memory of your smartphone will be deleted. Click “OK” and exit the search menu.
After that, you can go to “Memory Device” again to check how much space has been cleared. If your phone is more than a year old, chances are that with the help of our method, you can free up around 1 GB of internal memory. Ok, that’s pretty bad for a simple combination in the dialer.
#6. Clear system data cache using special hidden menu
It’s no secret that not all cache on your smartphone needs to be cleaned – sometimes it’s just necessary for the normal functioning of the device. For example, the browser cache allows you to load site pages faster, and the cache generated by the virtual machine (Dalvik cache) is automatically cleared, so it does not require additional actions from the user. However, there is also such a type of cache, which must be cleared, as it can cause problems in the operation of the phone.
Today we will tell you how to clear the system data cache using a special hidden menu. Access to this tool is through the Android Recovery menu, which, in addition to clearing the system cache, allows users to access other hidden functions of the Android operating system. For example, here you can also reset the system to factory settings, test graphics, or check the overall system health.
To clear the cache using the Recovery menu on Android devices:
Turn off the power to the smartphone. Connect the USB cable to the computer’s charging socket. Press the power button and the volume up key until the secret menu appears on the phone screen. Using the “Volume Down” button, scroll down to the “Wipe Cache Partition” item, which is responsible for quickly clearing the system data cache of your smartphone. Press the power button to confirm cleaning. On the next page, the device will again ask you to confirm your choice. Use volume buttons to select “Yes” and wait for the cleaning process to complete. After returning to the menu, select the item “Reboot system now” and wait for the device to restart.