The Samsung Galaxy S5 is already one of the fastest smartphones out there, but sometimes being fast enough just isn’t… well, enough. In this article, I’m going to share with you five ways to make the Galaxy S5 faster and more responsive – or what I like to call “Beast Mode.”
Speed Tip #1: So the first step to activating Beast Mode, or at least making the Galaxy S5 feel more responsive is turning off the double-tap to S Voice feature on the home button. So I already covered this in my tips and tricks video on the Galaxy S5 but in case you missed it, and you happen to be somebody who doesn’t use S-Voice (look up-right, quote “As in you’re on of the 99.99%”), do this by going into the phone’s system settings, tapping on S-Voice, and then unchecking the Open via home-key option!
This results in the home button no longer having to wait and see if you’re going to double tap for S-Voice, which in turn takes you to your home-screen almost instantaneously.
Speed Tip #2: But it’s still not technically instant, due to TouchWiz’s relatively slow animations which just won’t fly in this world where instant gratification is almost an expectation so step number 2 is to either reduce or completely eliminate all animations. Now doing this isn’t as straight forward as disabling S Voice but it still doesn’t require any kind rooting or jailbreaking (look up-right, quote “Looking at you iOS”, as all you have to do is unlock developer options.
You can do this by going into the main system settings, tapping on About Device, then hitting on the build number option about 7 or 8 times until the phone tells you that you’re now a developer. After doing that, hop back into the main system systems, tap on the newly available developer options, and set the window, transition, and animator scales down to either .5x to cut the animation times in half, or if you feel like being really crazy turn them off completely.
The result is a pretty much instantaneous home button response and on top of that, it also makes opening and switching in between apps feel a little bit faster as well.
Speed Tip #3: The third step in activating Beast Mode is to turn off the lock-screen effect, which you can do by going into the system settings, going to lock-screen, tapping on the unlock effect option, and then finally setting it to none. Turning off the unlock effect makes getting straight into what you want much faster on the Galaxy S5, which can make pretty big difference when you think about how many times you lock and unlock your phone everyday.
Speed Tip #4: The fourth step is to uninstall or otherwise disable unwanted apps that may be taking up some of those precious system resources despite the fact that you may not even be using them. To find out which apps are running in the background, go to the main system settings, tap on application manager, swipe over to the running tab, and take note of any apps that you don’t want or use that are hogging up RAM. Once you’ve got an idea of the apps you want to remove, swipe over to the all tab, tap on the applications you want to delete or disable, and then hit the uninstall or turn off buttons.
Speed Tip #5: So, those first four steps alone should make the Galaxy S5 feel like a much more responsive device, but if you’re like me and you always want to take it to the next level, I’ve got another step you can try out that may significantly boost the performance of your apps. So if you watched the How Google Is Making Android Faster video I did a while back, you know that I’m talking about ART.
But before we go any further, I want to warn you that enabling ART can cause some of your apps not to work properly, so think long and hard before doing this last step, but if you just have a need for speed and want to try it out anyways, go into the main system settings, go to the previously unlocked developer options, tap on select runtime system, select the Use ART option, and then finally press the OK button to restart the device and enable ART along with its more efficient AOT compiler.
Now, the difference in speed and responsiveness from all of these steps isn’t going to be night and day, as we’re not changing any of the physical hardware on the phone, but we are tinkering with the software just enough to where if you were to use even just one of these steps on your S5, you should see or at least feel a slight increase in responsiveness, and of course if you use three or more, you’ll be running on full on BEAST Mode.