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[Tutorial]How to make your phone FASTER,BETTER and more efficient

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Hey guys as the title says this is a tutorial on how to make your phone faster more efficient and just all round better. To do this you'll be using a series of apps in different ways that all mesh together brilliantly. You don't have to do all of these tips (chances are your probably already doing one) but I'm sure you will find something that makes your smartphone experience a little (or alot better)
Everything here has been tested by me and has been confirmed to be working on my SGY
This will work on all android phones but is better for low-end ones
Also this tutorial doesn't require root but it works better with it
Links to every app I make reference to will be at the end of the post
Lastly I tried to include things that people wouldn't otherwise have done known or thought about that's y it doesn't have things like flash roms or kernels anyways now that that's out of the way let's begin

1. Install a launcher
K installing a launcher will speed up your phone assuming it's not 1 of those full featured launchers like Go launcher or ADW those will actually slow it down what I'm taking about is one of those stripped down launchers that at the expense of features,speed up your phone an example is a launcher like HOLO launcher I'll put a link but I think it'll be better for u to just search for 1 since you might not necessarily like it this brings me to my second tip

2. Moving launcher to System Memory
*Needs Root*
You're launcher is your most frequently used app your gonna have to be seeing it constantly so it only makes sense to place it on your system memory to speed up your experience you will need an app called link2sd then all you will need to do is select the launcher your moving hit actions then convert to system app you'll then have to reboot but if you don't have root just move your launcher to internal memory

3.Manage Apps that start at boot
K well this is 1 of the big ones (not so big if you have a faster device but still good) to do this you'll need an app called startup manager simply what this does is give you the ability to control which apps launch at startup this is GREAT for both low and high end devices since you can add or remove apps that start-up thereby speeding up or making apps that previously didn't startup, startup lol it's particularly great if you have alot of apps installed and if you have a phone with a low ram slow processor combo then by now you've probably experienced the phenomenon known as startup crashes where you turn on your phone it boots up and boom it crashes and this just continually keeps happening until about a half and hour later it boots up properly the reason this happens is because when you turn your phone on every app that needs to startup on system and internal memory boot up no problem but then comes the media scanner and now every app that's on your memory card tries to boot up which is a much longer list and your processor can't do this in a timely manner so your really small RAM gets overloaded then android starts offing apps in an effort to settle this while mess but that's only a temporary fix since they will still restart anyways android can only keep this up for so long before the inevitable crash this situation will only keep getting worse as you install more apps which need to startup at boot so anyways upon installing this app and going through the lists of apps that startup at boot you'll see a lot of unnecessary apps that don't need to startup at boot it will depend on you but some examples are

Tapatalk and XDA

These only need to startup to give you notifications as soon as your phone comes on so those are a no brainer

Messaging apps

Facebook,Whatsapp,Viber,Voxer,kik basically any messaging app they start at boot to give you notifications when you turn on your phone but that's kinda unnecessary cuz if you do in fact need notifications to these apps after u boot up u can simply open the app and the process which gives you notifications will stay in the background and wait for more notifications to come these apps alone can take up a boatload of ram Facebook is like 20mb whatsapp is like 10 viber is like 20 and I think Voxers around 15 kik like 15 that right there is like 80mb that's enough to crash your phone right there (if u have a low end device) and those are just rough estimates
Others
Other viable apps which can denied startup access are apps like Color Note and greader which I have absolutely no idea y they need to startup your list will obviously differ from mine just use your discretion it will depend on u an example of this would be for me dropbox I only use it to upload some files I want to share with people whereas the main purpose of to be able to automatically upload your files so they'll be available on your various devices but for me that obviously means it doesn't need to startup and be lurking in the background just ask yourself y does a particular app need to startup depending on the reason you'll know what to do here's some screenshots of apps I left enabled and 1s I disabled










You can also use this app to stop system apps from starting up but be VERY CAREFUL if you stop the wrong app from booting up you're phone won't even boot up the only ones I stopped were

Email
which is responsible for you sending emails

Samsung Home
Which is the launcher u get with creeds which I don't use

And

Walkman
Which is a music app your get with the ics trans theme from Creeds which I also don't use

Anyways according to the dev he says this works without root but works better with it I don't know about the differences in functionality since I'm rooted but I assume it'll work unless he is lying

Freezing Apps
*Needs Root*


App Quarantine is the app you'll be using
K this will require root by the way well anyways when you freeze an app it can't do anything it can't access system resources it can't stay on your RAM it won't even show up in your app drawer so this can be pretty good but problem is most applications have this as a secondary feature (link2sd titanium backup) and to access it would mean opening the app waiting a long time for it to load up searching for the desired app this long process limits the apps that you would freeze so I did some searching to hopefully find an app that did freezing and defrosting via widgets eliminating the need to enter the app this would mean i could quickly freeze an defrost apps so more apps could be frozen apps like messaging apps that I could freeze if I'm not connected to the internet or if I didn't want to talk to anyone apps like keyboards I don't use our even 1s that I use I could just freeze it when I don't need a keyboard ,my text message app if I didn't want texts or data managers which keep running even when I'm not connected or dropbox which keeps running in the background though I just use it to share files with friends below is a screenshot of examples


I also at a time had the launcher that I don't use (Samsung home) frozen but have since defrosted it since startup manager stops it from starting and as long as I don't open it the app won't run in the background and its always good to keep a backup launcher just in case

Linking Apps
*Needs Root*
-Skip if you have large internal memory-

Okay were on linking apps to sd card to do this you'll need to partition your sd card using a PC app like mini tools partition wizard or just use cwm with your phone am just gonna briefly explain the CWM method

KEEP in MIND THIS WILL ERASE ALL YOUR SD CARD DATA
So make sure to back it up onto your PC

1.Well first you'll CWM (duh!) or the skin of CWM for galaxy y owners and an app called link2sd installed an well an sd card
(See end for links)

2.Now that you've got everything above completed
Turn off your phone and boot into recovery by pressing. Skip the next step (step 3 if you don't have a galaxy y)

volume up+ home+ power

3 You'll see a menu to select and scroll you use home (for selecting) volume keys for moving up/down select apply update from sd card select the cwm file now you'll see another menu come up

4. Scroll down select advanced then select partition sd card now you'll see a menu come up

5.The menu will contain sizes these are the sizes you can partition your sd card to you can select anything up to 1gb (1024Mb) of storage keep in mind that in this storage will not be able to store anything but apps that you linked using link2sd

6. Now you'll see another menu come up titled select swap size now select 0mb

7. Now hit reboot recovery then reboot you phone

8. Open link2sd your suppose to see a menu come up select ext3 then reboot and now your suppose to be able to link apps to your sd card to do this simply open link2sd select an app then select create link

If this didn't work for you
Google doing this with mini tools partition wizard

Or if you didn't understand my explanation Google doing it with CWM

I didn't go into detail because this had been discussed already over and over again

Anyways how this helps its that the read write speeds of your memory slow down the more they fill up and since many apps use your internal memory to store files this will speed up your phone by speeding up how quickly they read/write those files also when your phone's internal memory is almost filed (20mb remaining) everything just goes haywire you're phone slows down it'll stop you from receiving messages and you won't be able to install any apps linking stops all that another benefit of linking is that the apps u linked can't boot up when you turn on your phone immediately they have to boot up after link2sd mounts the second partition meaning your apps on internal memory boot up then alot of sd apps boot up then link2sd mounts the 2nd partition and apps there boot up and the remainder of sd card apps boot up by booting up this way it means they're no clogs or places where your processor is to slow so your RAM gets overloaded this may seem like a convoluted way to boot up but it meshes together great

Startup kill
K this 1 is more of a complimentary process to do this you'll need advanced task manager k this app is a task killer but quite frankly I think task killers are useless since if your on froyo (2.2) or up tasks you kill just start back up again but that isn't what I use this app for what I use it for its startup kill which at boot kills a lot of apps freeing up some RAM for a while allowing some apps to load them eventually the killed apps load and all its right with the world

After I did all those things minus using a stripped down launcher (I like my launchers customisable) my phone boots up waaaaay faster I haven't experienced a single startup crash and my phone just operates all round better hope this helps someone

Seeder
*Needs Root*


-You'll need an app called seeder-

Okay let me start of by saying there is alot of controversy surrounding this app some people say it does absolutely nothing and is simply a placebo effect that people are seeing others say it does absolutely everything and speeds up there phone quicker than quick anyways from what I understand android has to constantly produce random data for apps to access pool of random is only do large so when an app or game that requires alot of this random data is opened lag is present as android fights to produce random data fast enough what this app does is increase the size of the random data pool allowing more to be available which hence solves this lag problem honestly I haven't noticed any big difference but u can try for yourself
(See end for links)
Original Seeder Tread

Zipping Apks
I don't know about other file managers but ES file explorer can install an apk that is within a zip file this means that u can store all your app apks in zip file to save space u can either store them in one big file or if u really wanna save space store them individually to do this simply tap and hold a apk them tap compress

Quick tips

I noticed that if you freeze a keyboard and reboot that the keyboard doesn't show up in locale and text and the only way (that I found) to get it back is by unfreezing and rebooting so if anyone knows another way I'm all ears

I also noticed that linked apps can have widgets but when you reboot your phone they disappear

Keep checking your memory by going into system settings> applications> running services this will give you an u idea of what's running and how much RAM it takes up I use this every time I set a live wallpaper to see how much memory it takes up I also use it to see what apps to add to my "freeze list"

If your just gonna be using advanced task manager for startup kill make sure to stop it in running services when you turn on your phone the process is only 3mb though but it's 3mb you could be doing something else with

Here's how to create a widget for app quarantine

1.Tap and hold on a blank area of the home screen

2. A menu will come up select widget

3. A menu will come up now select App Quarantine


4. You'll see this


5. Wait for that to finish loading then scroll down and select the app u want a freeze/unfreeze widget for


6. Put the app in place and simply tap if you want to freeze or unfreeze


If an app doesn't show up in the list when trying to create a widget for app quarantine go into app quarantine and freeze it then try again to create the widget it should show up now


IF I HELPED U BE SURE TO PRESS THAT THANKS BUTTON

LINKS
Holo Launcher

Startup Manager

App Quarantine

Advanced Task Manager

link2sd

CWM skin

Es file explorer

Seeder
Original Seeder Tread

If anyone has any other tips that you think should be added can you please share

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SHORT VERSION
Links to all apps used are in the bottom of the first and third post

Install a launcher

Installing a strip down launcher like HOLO launcher instead of a full featured one like GO! launcher or ADW can really speed up your device

Moving launcher to system memory
*Needs Root*


Your launcher is your most frequently used app so moving it to your faster system memory will speed up your experience to do this you'll need an app like link2sd then all you will need to do is select the launcher your moving hit actions then convert to system app you'll then have to reboot but if you don't have root just move your launcher to internal memory

Manage apps that start at boot

-You'll need an app called startup manager-

With this u can manage apps that start at boot and remove unnecessary ones some examples are

Stop Apps like
Xda
Tapatalk
Facebook
Whatsapp
Viber
Voxer
Kik

Those need to start-up to give instant notifications on boot this is unnecessary as u can simply open the app to receive these notifications

Then there others like
Color Note
And greader

Which I don't know why they need to start-up

Then some may depend on personal preference like for me

DropBox

I only use it to share files with my friends so it doesn't need to start-up

Freezing Apps
*Needs Root*


-You'll need an app called App Quarantine-

Frozen Apps can't access system resources this is great if you know what to freeze with this app you can freeze and unfreeze via widgets

Examples are

Messaging Apps
Could freeze if I'm not connected to the internet or if I didn't want to talk to anyone

Keyboards
I don't use our even 1s that I use I could just freeze it when I don't need a keyboard

Text Messaging App
When I don't want texts

Data Managers
Which keep running even when I'm not connected

Dropbox
Which keeps running in the background though I just use it to share files with friends below is a screenshot of examples



Linking Apps
KEEP in MIND THIS WILL ERASE ALL YOUR SD CARD DATA

-Skip if you have large internal memory-

So make sure to back it up onto your PC

1.Well first you'll CWM or the skin of CWM for galaxy y owners and an app called link2sd installed an well an sd card
(See end for links)

2.Now that you've got everything above completed
Turn off your phone and boot into recovery by pressing. Skip the next step (step 3 if you don't have a galaxy y)

volume up+ home+ power

3 You'll see a menu to select and scroll you use home (for selecting) volume keys for moving up/down select apply update from sd card select the cwm file now you'll see another menu come up

4. Scroll down select advanced then select partition sd card now you'll see a menu come up

5.The menu will contain sizes these are the sizes you can partition your sd card to you can select anything up to 1gb (1024Mb) of storage keep in mind that in this storage will not be able to store anything but apps that you linked using link2sd

6. Now you'll see another menu come up titled select swap size now select 0mb

7. Now hit reboot recovery then reboot you phone

8. Open link2sd your suppose to see a menu come up select ext3 then reboot and now your suppose to be able to link apps to your sd card to do this simply open link2sd select an app then select create link

If this didn't work for you
Google doing this with mini tools partition wizard

This frees up space on internal memory

Startup Kill
Download advanced task manager and enable startup kill and nothing else

Seeder
Download seeder and tap ON

Zipping Apks
This saves space some ES file explorer can install apks from within a zip file u can zip the apks and save alot of space

IF I HELPED U BE SURE TO PRESS THAT THANKS BUTTON

LINKS
Holo Launcher

Startup Manager

App Quarantine

Advanced Task Manager

link2sd

CWM skin
If anyone has any other tips that you think should be added can you please share

Seeder
If anyone has any other tips that you think should be added can you please share

Original Seeder tread

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App quarantine allows the use of widgets for freezing and unfreezing since you can do this so quickly rather than entering link2sd and freezing 14 apps then having to always go in to unfreeze a single app it would mean u could freeze apps that u otherwise wouldn't if u watch my screenshot I never would have froze half those apps with link2sd it means no opening of the actual app link2sd takes forever to load can u imagine waiting like that everytime u need to freeze an app that's y App quarantine is better
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Almost forgot guys if an app doesn't show up in the list when trying to create a widget for app quarantine go into the app and freeze it then try again to create the widget I'll add it to the original post

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My phone is not slow
but thanks for the handy guide will try if at all it becomes slow :d
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Phone not slow WHAT u do own a galaxy y right

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