7 Quick steps to make your old Android phone look totally new

Smartphones can remain perfectly trained long after their launch dates. However, they may start to look a little slow or be behind the curve after a few years of use; and the older and limited the device, the more pronounced the effect will be. But wait! Do not lose hope for the moment. A handful of simple steps can make your old Android phone look brand new. And if you still carry the smartphone as a daily driver or use it for more creative purposes, every little improvement counts.
7 Quick steps to make your old Android phone look totally new
So summon your internal mechanic and get ready; it's time to give your old Android phone a much-needed set-up; and a new opportunity for life.

Step 1: Clean your storage

Clean storage
The first is the first. Take a look at the local storage. Many phones have limited local space; and cleaning up clutter can help you a lot to make things work better.

First, open Google Photos (or if your phone is old enough not to come with the pre-installed photos, download it from the Play Store and then open it).

Touch the menu icon in the upper left corner of the application, select "Settings". Then select "Backup and synchronization" and activate the toggle that appears. Follow the steps to configure the synchronization; and then you wait while the photos make a backup to the cloud.

Then, you take the free Google Go files application and open it. Once you grant the application permission to access your phone's storage, it will show you a series of suggestions for freeing space on your device. Look in particular at the cards that tell you to delete junk files, duplicate files, downloaded files, large files and now redundant copies of your photos and videos synchronized in the cloud.

Remember to follow each of these steps and have a little patience. Well, let's move on.

Step 2: Get rid of unused apps

The second step that you must follow in the process of rehabilitation of your old Android phone is to eliminate the applications that you no longer use. These elements consume space in local storage (remember step 1?). And they also have the potential to slow down your smartphone running in the background and depleting resources.

On your home screen, you should see a card labeled "Unused apps". It lists all the programs that you have not opened in at least four weeks. Touch and scan the list. In my experience, sometimes things go wrong; for example, you can include a keyboard application that technically you have not "opened", but you have certainly used it; but if nothing else, it will make you think about what you do and do not really need.

With that knowledge in mind, go to the "Applications" section of your system's configuration, find the command to see all your installed applications, and look carefully through the complete list. With each application, ask yourself: Have I thought about this in recent months? If not, then you probably do not need it. Touch, touch the "Uninstall" button and continue with your life.

If an application comes pre-installed on your phone and can not be uninstalled, look for the button to deactivate it. (Use common sense with this, of course, and do not deactivate anything that looks like a system-level utility.) Applications like Operator Services, Exchange Services, Google Play Services and SIM Toolkit are prime examples of things you should not try to disable).

In addition to freeing up space and stopping the unnecessary use of resources, you may discover that eliminating clutter from your application makes it more efficient.

Step 3: Consider alternatives for light applications

Messenger lite apps
Unused applications are not the only source of smartphone deceleration; Applications that you use regularly may also be dominating more than your share of system resources and cause your device to stutter.

The most notorious culprit is Facebook. I can not tell you how many people I know who uninstall the Facebook application and suddenly notice that their phone works faster.

If you need to have Facebook on your phone, consider switching to the "Lite" versions of both the main application and the Messenger feature. They will use less horsepower while giving you access to the same basic things.

Other applications, such as Google Maps and Skype, offer similar light options. Meanwhile, Twitter pushes users aware of their resources to their mobile website, which is significantly less bloated than its independent application.

Step 4: Reduce the background data abusers

Many perfectly valid applications (for example: social networks and news services) are configured by default to perform frequent background checks during the day. In most cases, this activity is very unnecessary, since you probably only need the information flow of the service to update when you are actively looking for it.

Follow the first two steps in my Android data saving guide to find and tackle the bandits that consume a lot of data on your device. Reducing background activity should help your mobile phone run faster, and as an added benefit, it could also make your monthly service bill a bit lower.

Step 5: Make sure all your applications are up to date

Updated application
The next part is easy: now that we have cleaned and thinned your collection of apps, open Play Store on your phone, touch the three-line menu icon in the upper right corner and select "My apps and games". While connected to Wi-Fi, touch the button to update all the remaining applications that have newer versions available.

Previous versions of applications may have failures and be less optimized than their updated counterparts. To make sure you're always updated from now on, look in the Play Store settings for a line labeled "Automatically update applications" and confirm that it's set to update all applications automatically via Wi-Fi.

Step 6: Fix and speed up your start screen

The home screen is the heart of your smartphone's experience, and in older devices, in particular, it may be slowing down, both in terms of speed and in terms of its outdated nature.

An external launcher can refresh things on both fronts, without real problems, and there are plenty of recommended options. The free Launcher is a good place to start; It provides you with a clean, simple and fast home screen environment, modeled from the Google Pixel Launcher configuration (although with many more features and customization opportunities).

If you want even more power and control, Action Launcher will offer you many new and interesting tools to make your phone look like a more current model.

Step 7: Scale system animations

Animations in secure software can be nice. They can make a mobile operating system look polished, cohesive and complete. However, they can also make a phone look like a poky; especially when said device has had better days.

However, there is no need to fear: Android has a hidden way of making those animations less intrusive. Open the system settings, touch "System" and then touch "About phone". (On some devices, the "About phone" option can be in the main system configuration menu).

Scroll down until you see a line labeled "Software Version"; and, although it seems silly, touch that line seven times. Press the Back button, and you should see a new section labeled "Developer Options".
Software version
Let me be clear: this is a very advanced section of the Android configuration; and it's not something that an average user should generally get into. Unless you want to really risk ruining things, adjust only the specific areas mentioned here; and leave everything else in peace.

Now, scroll down until you see a section labeled "Drawing." There, you should find three configurations related to the animation; "Window animation scale", "Transition animation scale" and "Animator duration scale". Touch each of them and change its value to "Animation Scale .5x"; and be sure to select ".5x" - with a decimal.
Setting up window animation scale
Can you think of any other ways to make an old phone feel like new? Share them in the comments!

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