Well, one of the main ways (source URL) to speed up an Android Phone is basically to remove bloatwares. I haven’t got around to do it for the longest time because my phone was still under warranty and removing bloatwares required my phone to be rooted (i.e. voiding the warranty). Finally, my warranty is over and I’m finally doing it.
Device Name: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Android version: 4.4.2
Baseband version: N9005DXUGNH1
- Rooting my Note 3
How-to: Root International Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Runs on 4.4.2 KitKat
Regardless of your phone model, it’s pretty simple to find root instruction on Google. I just google ‘root sm-n9005’, and got plenty of result. Your only job is just to pick out the most comprehensive instruction.
- Install System app remover (ROOT) and Titanium Backup Pro Apps
Basically these 2 apps helps to be able to Remove or Freeze system application/ bloatware which you are unable to do in your Application Manager. Actually, having Titanium Backup would suffice. I just happened to be using System app remover first to remove bloatware and then stumble upon Titanium Backup afterward. Another thing to note about Titanium back up is that apparently, you would need to purchase the PRO version to be able to freeze app.
More on How-to Freeze/Remove phone app: here. or here.
- Start Removing Those Bloatwares!!
I know that there are a bunch of defaults apps come with Samsung but I really don’t know that there are just so many of them. So yeah, if you are not aware you would be bombarded with shock and confusion as which app should you remove/freezing. Well, don’t worry, there’s a list. Yes there’s always a list. Before looking at the list. You have to understand something about removing / freezing an app. As far as I know, removing is completely uninstalling the app, which is not so advisable if you’re not really sure what you are doing. Freezing on the other hand is safer because it’s a reversible process. So mostly I freeze the app, and only remove the ones that I’m pretty sure I’m never gonna need it. So yes the list. There quite a few lists that you may want to refer to which I did.
– List of Bloatwares created and contributed by XDA Developers.
– Another bloatware list from XDA forum.
– Another list I found on AndroidCentral which contains some apps not listed in the ones on XDA.
– Safely Removable System Apps on Note 3 from Androidviews.
– My Own List after referring to all above and done on my phone.
- Stop Using TouchWiz
If you don’t already know. TouchWiz is notoriously slow. So there are two that I would recommend – Nova Launcher Prime or Google Now Launcher. I’m using Google Now Launcher because it’s free and Nova isn’t. Also it’s simple and straight forward not so many setting and configuration like Nova. So if you like more control and customization, you might want to go for Nova.
After 4 steps, my phone is so smooth and fast now. Regardless of your android device model, you can always do this just that you would probably need to Google the instruction that suites your device model. Cheers!