It has been 5 months since the release of Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Although it’s still too soon for a smartphone to show any signs of lag in performance, there are a few things that you can do at your end to speed up Galaxy Note 8 performance.
As a general rule of thumb, keeping your Android phone updated and using lightweight apps (wherever possible) is better for performance but that’s relative to each phone. If the hardware capacity allows a normal app download then you may not be able to get a ‘lite’ version.
In this post, you will come across practical, tried & tested methods to speed up the performance of Galaxy Note 8. So, let’s get to it.
Root Galaxy Note 8
Rooting is a well-known method for Android devices that offers users a number of possibilities that are originally restricted by the manufacturer. Although rooting voids warranty altogether, so it might not be a good option for someone who wants to keep their warranty intact. Also, rooting requires some technical knowledge, if not expertise. If you do not know what you’re doing, it’s best to not step into it at all.
There are many ways to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and if you’re interested, you should read how to root Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Tune up the Galaxy Note 8 ‘Performance Mode’
Most users do not think to alter the settings of their preconfigured phone. But doing so will not only increase your performance and User Experience but it will also cost you a great amount of battery life.
If wasting some of that precious battery isn’t a problem for you then,
- simply head to Settings, Device Management then choose Performance Mode.
- By default, Galaxy Note 8 performance will be optimised. So change that to Game and restart your device.
You will experience a smoother performance especially when you are busy gaming.
Tweak Animation settings in Developer Options
This method is not unique to Galaxy Note 8. In fact, every older phone running KitKat or Jelly Bean have found this option quite helpful.
If you haven’t done this already, the steps outlined below would definitely help with speeding up Galaxy Note 8 performance.
- Open Settings (either from the notifications bar or the preinstalled app).
- Look for About Phone and select it.
- Search for Build Number and tap on it 7 consecutive times until you see that the Developer Options has been unlocked.
- Go back into Settings and choose Developer Options that is a newer addition to this list.
- Scroll down to find Windows Animation Scale.
- Here, change the three options- Windows Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale and Animator Duration Scale to 0.5x from their default settings.
What this accomplishes is that it alters the rate of change in animation and transition taking place on the frontend of your device.
These animations are mostly very quick but observable when you hit the Home button, or swipe through screens and switch between apps in the docker.
When you decrease the scale to 0.5x, the timing for such animations to load is decreased by a half and allows you to open windows a bit more faster, sift through menus quicker and enjoy a smoother UI.
Although you can decreased them all the way to zero but it is best to test the 0.5x at first.
Like Galaxy S8, your Note 8 also has 4,262,400 pixels. Its 2960×1440 resolution is pretty demanding for the processor and GPU. Unless you are gaming 24/7, such a higher screen resolution is not needed.
Lower resolutions can help to run your device a lot smoother and faster.
One good thing that this phone packs is that it offers users to decrease the resolution all the way down to 720 Pixels, which is pretty damn good!
To do this-
- Open Settings.
- Select Display then Screen Resolution.
- Drag the slider all the way to the left to HD+ (1480×720).
Lowering the resolution will ease the load on CPU and GPU of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and boost the performance as well.
Clear the cache
Although the cache data makes your phone faster by fetching information saved in the local storage for the commonly used apps or websites, it is sometimes good to clear it all up and allow it to pile on again.
While some say that clearing up cache memory is not needed, others disagree. It is okay to let the cache storage accumulate information as long as there’s only a couple of apps that you use on a regular basis, but if it is a lot of them that means the cache will take longer to respond and hence a lag in performance.
On the positive side, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a built-in feature that’s little known to users. Here’s how to get there.
- Open Settings.
- Search and select Device maintenance.
- Hit ‘Optimize now’.
Don’t expect magic to happen right away. Your phone might actually get a bit slower before it increases in speed and overall performance. Allow the device anywhere between a few hours to a couple days.
Uninstall unnecessary apps
While browsing the Google Play Store, you tend to install many apps that you might not actually need. It’s okay, we have all been there!
But when you hold on to them for a longer period of time and never make any use of them, it is best to uninstall and save some memory and speed up your Galaxy Note 8 as well. Keep in mind that that many of these apps run in the background and seek a lot of permissions, which means they are the reason behind your device’s diminishing speed and lowering battery life.
Uninstall everything that you do not use, perhaps from Samsung or your phone carrier provided apps, and notice the change in your Galaxy Note 8 performance.
To do this, simply go to:
- Settings then Application Manager and then select the All tab.
- Pick all the apps that you want to get rid of, no matter how attached you are to them.
- If there’s something you cannot uninstall, disable them.
Get rid of the widgets and declutter your home screen
Widgets are cool, and sometimes, they are even helpful, but they do consume a lot of battery power and hinder the phone performance. It’s best to take them off your home screen and keep it as light as possible.
Choose a plain wallpaper over a live background
Live wallpapers are all the rage, but they do come at a heavy price. One of the quickest ways to insanely improve Android battery life is to perform the following task.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap Wallpaper and hit Choose wallpaper and then tap Gallery.
- Locate the plain wallpaper or download the app ‘Plain Wallpaper’.
- Apply set to wallpaper on lock screen and you’re done!
Wipe the device for good
If all else fails, then you can Factory Reset the phone and bring it back to the way it was when you bought it. Although keep in mind that factory data reset will delete everything existing on the device, so do back up before performing this task.
The process might take some time, but it will be pretty fast later on.
That’s all folks! Do share your experiences with testing out these methods. Which one helped you out the most?