Phones like the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are some of the fastest and most powerful on the market, but this quick trick can make them even faster. Here we’ll show users how to speed up the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge in a matter of seconds simply by changing a few hidden settings.
With beautiful screens, fast powerful processors and 4GB of RAM these smartphones are as powerful as laptops from just a few years ago, but software changes keep them from being even quicker. There are several ways to improve performance with new launchers, custom software, rooting and other technical things, our trick is real simple. In fact, all it takes is a few changes in settings. No special skills, knowledge or rooting is required.
Anyone can do this. Whether the Galaxy S7 is your first Android phone, or you’re a seasoned Android expert. It takes less than one minute and the difference can be very noticeable. We’ll be changing three settings, and below is a video showing which ones, where, and explaining what it does. The video below uses an old Galaxy S4 with an old version of stock Android, but the steps are all the same.
This simple and easy trick works on the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, an older Galaxy Note 5 or S6, or any Android smartphone or tablet for that matter. This trick will make any Android smartphone or tablet faster.
It’s actually very easy, and makes a lot of sense. We’ll start by unlocking a hidden developers menu in settings and changing three settings that speeds up animation effects and transitions. Those pretty zooming and fading effects while going from app to app.
This is an easy trick everyone should know, and a great one to share with friends and family as well. It could even help performance on an old device, improve battery life and more. Lets get started.
The first step is gaining access to a hidden developer option in settings on the Galaxy S7, or whatever device is being changed. The video above explains how, and the link below is a bit more detailed. Or, just keep on reading.
Owners will need to start by pulling down the notification bar and selecting the gear-shaped settings button. Once in settings navigate to the last panel titled “System” and select “About Device”. Then where it says “Build Number” tap that box seven (7) times. This will enable the hidden developer menu of settings, which is where we change a few things and speed up the Galaxy S7.
Speed Up Your Device
With the developer menu unlocked we’ll need to navigate there and change three quick settings about halfway down the screen to speed up the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge. Follow the video above, or the screenshots below.
Head to Settings > Developer Options > and Scroll down a little more than halfway to Window Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale, and Animator Duration Scale. These are all set to 1x. Turning these values up (higher numbers) you’ll see animations and screen transitions get extremely slow, that’s not what we want. Owners can try it just for fun, but we’re actually turning them down, or off completely.
Now just change all three of those settings in the blue box above down from 1.0x to 0.5x value. Now when users open apps, swipe through screens, or do anything all the animations and effects will be cut in half, and twice as fast. The phone will instantly feel almost twice as fast, and that’s because everything is swiping, flowing, or opening faster and with less pretty animations.
With Android 5.1 or Android 6.0 Marshmallow Google and manufacturers have added lots of animations or effects to opening apps or windows. Even pulling down the notification bar on the Galaxy S7 users will see all those little icons (WiFi, Bluetooth) quick settings at the top slowly get bigger and slide into place as the bar is fully pulled down. They expand with a pretty and neat little animation.
Windows fade away slowly as they’re swiped, apps open from a corner and expand to cover the entire screen with animations and effects that all look neat but take extra time, and battery life. Turning the settings above down to 0.5x make them all twice as fast, and could even save battery life. These animations won’t be as visibly noticeable, but they are still there.
Keeping these three settings at .5x keeps the Galaxy S7 looking pretty and fancy, without making it slow. Some users may want to turn them off completely, which many do, and that’s completely ok too.
It’s recommended that users restart the device after changing these settings to make sure it is applied throughout the system. Try it today and enjoy a faster Galaxy. If it seems too fast, stutters, or you don’t like the changes simple revert back to 1x using the same steps mentioned above. Enjoy!