How to speed up your Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, LG G2, Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z1, HTC One X and any old Android phone

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Older phones like the Samsung Galaxy S2, LG G2, Google Nexus 4, Sony Experia Z1 and HTC One X may have only 1 gigabyte of RAM. Other Android devices may even have 512 MB. With newer, better apps that are memory-hogs coming out, it?s important that you know how to speed up your Android phone.

Keep in mind that newer apps and services are usually optimized for the latest generation of devices. Since you?re using older hardware, you?re going to have to compromise on something no matter what you do.

So how do you go about it? There are actually a lot of different methods on how to speed up your Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, LG G2, Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One X:

Method 1: Manage your RAM better

Don?t use task killers since they just take up memory themselves and only shut down processes temporarily. What you should do is use apps more judiciously and delete the ones you don?t really need. If you?re on the latest Android version your phone can handle, go to Settings>Developer Options>Process Stats and see which apps are your biggest RAM hogs. Delete these apps if you don?t really use them or remember not to open these apps while you?re using another heavy-resource service. Since you?re using older hardware, you have to be more aware of your usage.

Method 2: Implement a Soft Reset

Remove your SD card and turn off your phone. Take out the battery of your phone and wait 30 seconds. After waiting, put the battery back in and start the phone up normally. This stops all the apps running in the background and sort of lets you start ?fresh?.

Method 3: Do a Factory Reset

Sometimes, you don?t know what?s wrong with your phone anymore and you just want to make it clean and just like new (sort of). Make sure to back up your files and that your account?s been synced with Google Play or the cloud. Once that?s done, perform a hard reset to get rid of any services or hidden viruses running in the background. The method for a hard reset depends on your phone, but you can usually access a root menu by pressing the home button and the lower volume button at the same time.

Method 4: Upgrade to the latest firmware

Android KitKat 4.4 is actually designed to speed up low-spec devices like entry level phones and older Android phones. If your phone hasn’t received the update, you can look for the firmware online or on Samsung Kies if you use a Galaxy S2.


If you’ve done all this and you find some apps still crash or don’t run properly–tough luck. The apps you want probably need higher RAM and are more suited to newer hardware.

Still, I hope that one or all of these three methods are the best way for you on how to speed up your old Android phone. Keep in mind that the Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One X may not be compatible with newer apps and?services.

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