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Developer Tips: Tune-Up Your Android for Speed and Performance

22 Jul

Modifying Screen Transitions

This tip involves reducing the animation and scaling on your Android. My Android Lollipop seems to “Pop” after making these simple changes.

To make these changes you will need to be in Developer Mode.

To access the developer options menu in the Settings app. Go to Settings, and then About phone, and then tap repeatedly on the Build number menu until the phone tells you that you’re a developer.

One you have activated a Developer Mode, you will go back to the Settings menu, and then tap the new Developer options menu. That’s where you can modify animations. You will be modifying three menu options, Window animation scale, Transition animation scale and Animator duration scale from 1x to 0.5x.

Once done restart your device and you should notice an appreciable performance on your handset.

How to Disable App Notifications

Bugged by annoying app notifications that just keep coming? If you don’t know already, these app notifications also drain your phone’s battery. If you want to turn them off, and you are on Jelly Bean 4.1 and above, here’s how:

  1. On any of your unwanted notifications in your notification bar, long presson the notification for a message box to appear.
  2. Tap on App Info > Untick Show Notifications > OK.

How To Check For android System updates

For Android users that are using Official ROM’s, you should regularly look for new updates to your system. To check for updates:

  1. Go to Settings > About phone/tablet.
  2. Tap on System updates.
  3. Tap Check now to look for system updates.

How To  Organize Homescreen Shortcuts With Folders

If you have a lot of apps installed, your homescreen will be filled with app shortcuts. Unlike the app drawer, the apps on your home screen are not ordered. You can create folders for your homescreen to organize your apps.

  1. If you have a large number of shortcuts on your homescreen, long press on any of the shortcuts and drag it onto another shortcut.
  2. A circle will appear around the apps, indicating that a folder has been created.
  3. By tapping on the newly created folder, a mini window will pop up with your apps in it.
  4. You can drag and drop additional apps into the folder if you like. You can also rename the folder by tapping on the text area at the bottom of the mini window.

How to Turn Off Auto-Correction

Nothing is more annoying than a phone changing your intended message! To turn off auto-correction:.

  1. Go to Settings > Language & input.
  2. Tap on the settings icon next to the keyboard that you are using, e.g. Google Keyboard.
  3. Look for Auto-correction and tap on it.
  4. Select Off to turn auto-correction off.

John Beck

I am a coder. I love the idea of taking a organic idea and tranforming it into a digital form.

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