We love the original Moto G here at AndroidPIT. It represented a total revolution in what you could expect from a phone that cost less than two hundred bucks. But a few years on it might have started to slow down a little, even with its near stock Android interface. Here's how to speed up the Moto G (2013) for better performance.
If general system sluggishness is noticeable you might have too many widgets being synced and updated on your home screens. Even when you're not on that particular home screen, widgets can be pushing data up and down constantly and otherwise consuming system resources. So unless you really use all of your widgets you might want to get rid of a few.
This is a little sleight-of-hand trick really, but it definitely gives the feeling of a faster phone, even if it doesn't actually speed things up. Disabling various animations on your Moto G will make swiping between home screens faster, launching apps snappier and add a sense of speed to pop-ups and menus.
You need to enable Developer Options first (go to Settings > About Phone and tap Build umber seven times) and then, in the Developer Options, scroll down until you see Window Animation Scale and Animation Duration Scale. Turn both of these off or at least set them lower than they currently are. For an explanation of what they do, read this.
Update your apps
There's a reason app developers are constantly updating their apps. Each update not only brings security and stability fixes, it also usually delivers performance improvements. The more updated your apps are the more likely your system will be running at peak performance. So go find yourself some Wi-Fi and update your old apps.
Clear your cache
There are two caches on your phone: one for apps and one for the system itself. The app cache temporarily stores data to make launching apps faster, but over time it can get a bit clogged up. Clearing the app cache is a bit like an F1 car pulling into the pits: it may seem to slow things down but in the long run it makes everything faster.
Just go to Settings > Apps to clear an app's individual cache or go to Settings > Storage and clear the Cached Data section.
To clear the system cache, you'll need to reboot into Recovery Mode. Turn your Moto G off, press and hold Power and Volume Down and then use the Volume Down button to highlight “Recovery” and press Volume Up.
You'll see the open Android screen where you need to press and hold the Volume Up button and then press the Power button and release both. You'll now see the Recovery Mode menu. Use the volume buttons to highlight “wipe cache partition” and press the Power button to clear the system cache.
Free up some storage space
One of the simplest ways to make your Android experience faster is to simply delete some stuff you don't need on your phone. If your Moto G has bunches off apps on it that you haven't used in months, delete them. Check your Downloads folder and delete anything you no longer need.
The same goes for photos or videos you don't need on your phone anymore, as well as temporary files that can be cleared out regularly. Freeing up space not only puts less pressure on RAM and system resources, it also gives you the room to grab some great new Android apps.
Keep an eye on RAM management
RAM is another big issue where a slow phone is concerned. If your phone doesn't have heaps of RAM – like the Moto G doesn't – them you want to make sure your phone is only dealing with the apps it needs to. Some apps are huge RAM hogs.
To see the worst offenders, go to your Developer options and Process Stats. Tapping individual apps in the list will show you how much RAM each app uses. If it's not an essential (or there are alternatives) you might want to consider switching. You can also download system monitoring apps to identify memory and battery suckers.
Reset your phone
This is the last-ditch solution. If you've tried everything you can think of and your phone is still not working properly, a factory reset can generally clear most things up. Especially following an Android update a reset is wise as it avoids an awful lot of the bugs that usually plague recently updated hones. Of course, you'll need to back up everything on your Android first, but the process is simple and a good habit to get into.
Is your Moto G as fast as ever? What else do you do to keep things running smoothly?