7 Tips to Make Your Old Android Lean and Mean Again

7 Tips to Make Your Old Android Lean and Mean Again


Every year, a lot of new Android devices are launched by multiple manufacturers. Some have great improvements, while others are just new designs with the same internals with what you already have. So, if you’re planning to throw away your old Android and buy a new one because it’s already a generation older, hold on! You could save thousands of pesos if you’ll try to make your old smartphone or tablet new again with these seven tips.

1. Start again with a clean slate

Like your old PC, your smartphone will greatly benefit from a good ol’ reformatting. With every mobile device, there is a “Factory Reset” option tucked away inside the settings menu. Click it and read all the warnings. Doing a factory reset will erase every content on your device, from installed apps to photos and videos. Thus, allowing your Android to start with a clean slate. The downside though is that even installed updates are removed, so expect a long process of reinstalling the latest update after.

2. Install a cleaning software

If you don’t wish to do a reset, there are a lot of memory management and cleaning software on the Play Store. These are applications that automatically monitor your memory consumption (RAM) and free it up whenever needed. Some of these also offers more than that. They range from uninstalling of useless apps to storage analysis, which you’ll need in the next tips. If you’re a hardcore user, you may also root your device to get rid of hard-to-remove bloatware.

3. Only keep apps you use frequently

Now that we have an app monitoring the available memory or RAM, your internal storage could use some breathing space. Do you still use that application you’ve installed months ago? No? Well then, uninstall. Let go of the things that burden your smartphone’s performance. They are apps that consumes memory even when not in use. Balance things out by weighing which app you frequently use and say goodbye to those you haven’t for quite sometime. You’ll not only benefit from having more free space for future apps, but also from clutter from nuisance icons on your list.

4. Organize your files and folders

Speaking of clutter, let’s also clean up the files and folders saved on your smartphone. Being an Android device, you can access your smartphone’s folders through any file manager app or by connecting it to your PC. Put all the music files under your music folder, all the videos under your video or movie folder, and so on. How about your thousand photos? Back it up. Save it through any cloud service provider (Google Photos gives unlimited storage), or transfer it to your PC’s hard drive. Though, you might want to keep a copy of friends and pet photos for times when you wish to reminisce them.


If your smartphone has a microSD card slot, we strongly suggest to change the default storage for photos and videos to the microSD. And, allot your internal memory for apps. This way, your apps will respond faster that it normally would if they were moved to the microSD. And if you are planning to buy a new microSD card, purchase the Class 10 variants to avoid any slow down during usage.

5. Install a faster launcher

One of the advantages of having an Android device is that you can install a new launcher. Not only it will give your device a new look and better customization options, but it may also make your device run faster compared to the old stock launcher. We recommend Google Now Launcher, Apex Launcher, and Nova Launcher.

6. Upgrade your firmware

If your device is lucky enough to get Android firmware upgrades and updates, make sure to download and install them. Firmware upgrades and updates remove bugs and brings performance improvements. However, for the devices that are left behind, you can opt to root your device and flash a custom ROM. This option is not for beginners though so make sure you carefully study the process or ask for help.

7. Put on a new case

We’ve managed to clean or upgrade your smartphone’s software, now what about the hardware? Those dents and scratches will be an eye-sore when they become noticeable. For the finishing touch, you can make your smartphone look lean and mean again by giving it a new case. It could be any add-on protective casing or swappable covers. A new screen-protector will also do the trick.

It’s as good as new

With a fresh software, organized files and sparkling new look, you’re smartphone is now ready for another long adventure with you. Also make it a habit to clean your device. A microfiber cloth can help you wipe off any smudge on your “new” smartphone.

Bonus tip: Merge your duplicate contacts. Your contacts app could be plague by identical entries. It might be the reason why it is hard to identify which number is the active one.

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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8 Responses

  1. zedric001 says:

    You actually don’t need an app to free up RAM on Android. That is a misconception of many Android users. Android is different from Windows:


  2. Franz says:

    Don’t forget Greenify…

  3. Maganda at mabilis rin ang Aviate Launcher. :)

  4. Em0rej says:

    Or change your OS to Cyanogenmod. Gave my S5 a new lease on life.

  5. An app i been search is LeanDroid. I was thinking if this is working or not, So i can Install it and help my mobile bust up speed. Hope to hear your end else please advise.. Your LeanMasters[dot]com

  6. James says:

    I think, it’s better to moved all your old photos and videos that kept so long to a flash drive and transfer it all to your PC or laptop, (because putting it all on cloud storge is a little bit hassle, ‘cuase not all individual are using a computer or does have an internet connection in their house…only in the Philippines. ?) rather than having a microSD card to use on your phone. If your device does not support USB OTG, remove the microSD card, have some card reader and transfer all your old photos and videos to your PC or laptop.

    Having a microSD card slows down your phone…in my own opinion.

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