Speed up your slow and laggy android smartphone (eg. HTC One, Samsung Galaxy) or tablet

After a few months you may find that your once fast smartphone or tablet slows down and gets laggy.  My HTC One M7 was the fastest phone when I bought it, where I could launch and browse an app with no frustration.  A few months later and even making a phone call became a frustration.  I would touch the phone icon on the homescreen and the wait for the dialler was taking longer and longer.  This wrting is using the HTC One M7 smartphone but you can also apply the same procedures to any smartphone or tablet.

I reverted to Clean Master Phone Boost, which helped a great deal but I found I had to run the app once or twice a week.

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The main problem I found was the bloatware on the device.  Bloatware is apps that has many features and uses the devices resources considerably.  So the solution is simple to uninstall all the bloatware, especially the apps that I did not use.  The problem is that the most of the bloatware was apps that HTC had preinstalled on the device.  These types of apps cannot be removed.  So the answer was to disable any preinstalled apps that I did not use.  Also to uninstall any bloatware that I did not use.

Find and uninstall bloatware:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to apps
  3. Go to running
  4. Uninstall any apps that use alot of RAM

For example, the HTC One M7 comes with Zoodles (Kid Mode), which is an app for kids.  It used run in the background when I switched on the phone even though I was not using it at all.  Another is the web browser.  The HTC One M7 comes with Google Chrome and the Android Stock Browser.  I never used the Android Stock Browser as Google Chrome is a pretty good browser on the HTC One M7.  The android stock browser again runs on startup and cannot be uninstalled.  The following shows the steps on where to disable the apps which you cannot uninstall.

Here are the steps on how to disable apps that cannot be uninstalled:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to apps
  3. Right swipe to go to the all category
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  4. Touch the app that you could not uninstall
  5. Choose disable
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List of apps that I disabled as I was not using them:

Disabled apps that does help performance:

  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Google Play Music
  • HTC Power to Give
  • Internet
  • Kid Mode
  • LinkedIn for HTC Sense
  • Talkback
  • Tips & Help

Other apps that I disabled:

  • Android Live Wallpapers
  • Auto Rotate Widget
  • Auto sync widget
  • Basic Daydreams
  • Bluetooth widget
  • Bubbles Livewallpaper
  • Calculator Widget
  • Calendar widget
  • Cloud Print
  • Data dashboard widget
  • Data roaming widget
  • Face Unlock
  • FM Radio Widget
  • Get started
  • Google Text-to-speech engine
  • GPS widget
  • Holo Spiral Live wallpaper
  • Internet
  • KeyVPN
  • KeyVPNService
  • Mobile data widget
  • Music visualization Live wallpaper
  • Music widget
  • People Widget
  • Phase Beam Live wallpaper
  • Profile widget
  • Ringtone widget
  • Screen brightness widget
  • Screen timeout widget
  • Sync all widget
  • Transfer
  • Wifi Hotspot widget
  • WiFi widget
  • Japanese Font

The Result
I found there is definately a performance boost for my phone.  The performance is now the same as when the phone was brand new.  I only have the apps that I need on the phone, which must be more than 50 apps but the performance is very good.  The battery life has increased drastically and now the phone easily lasts the whole day.

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