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How to Speed Up Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for maximum performance

These two smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, both have been a charm for Samsung this year and it would not be wrong if we say that these handsets are as powerful as laptops. Well, in this post we gonna share our best tips that can boost/speed up the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for best performance all the time.

It doesn’t matter that Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge has already got enough processing power that keeps them running best all the time. By the time we use our Android devices, they tend to become slow or if they have been loaded with tons of applications or compel with over customization, any of such action could easily lead to lag in performance and stability.

There is no need to root either to achieve higher performance on  Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Even a newbie could perform these tips and apply them to these handsets. There is no risk at all as well. You can revert them to default anytime.

Let’s unwrap these tips and apply on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for better performance, battery life, and stability, of course!

Tips to improve performance of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

1. Customizing the Animations

It always works and does very noticeable improvements on most of the Android devices running Android version KitKat and above.

How does it work? Well, simply it disables most of the Animations that come to display while doing regular actions such as app switching, closing, opening, swapping from one screen to another, etc.,

Reducing the Animations and their speed dramatically improves the performance and response time of the device. You will see improvements in-app switching and transitions will quicker than before.

→ How to
  1. First of all, to access animation control on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, you need to enable ‘Developer Options’ on it. Kindly visit →here to know how you can enable Developers Option on it.
  2. Once you enabled the developer options on your device, go to Settings →Developers Option.Developer Options on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
  3. Under it, scroll down to look for “Windows Animation Scale”, “Transition Animation scale” and “Animator duration scale”. And Set 0.5 value to each of them, also you can follow the below images.
reduce animation galaxy s7

Note: Set ’em all the 0.5 value for best performance.

Now restart your device so these changes could be saved. After reboot, just check your phone, open apps, switch from one to another.

Do you see any change? Sure, you’ll see good improvements in most of the actions under the user interface.

Do not forget to share your experience with us, if you see any improvement with the above-mentioned tip.

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2. Enable ‘Force 4x MSAA (for gaming purpose only)

If you are a gamer and one who loves to play games on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge or any other Android device then you can improve your experience a little bit more.

Once you get into the Developer options menu, scroll down to locate ‘Force 4x MSAA‘ option.

Now only one thing you have to do. Just enable the ‘Force 4X MSSA’ and restart the device.

The impact is low and you might not see good improvement, but surely it adds more smoothness and responsiveness to existing ones.

Important note: You should be aware that once you have enabled that ‘Force 4x MSAA’ option, it would consume more battery power to improve the gaming experience.

Simply you can keep it off when you are not playing games, thus it would not affect your battery anymore.

3. Disable Unused Apps

Since Android 5.0 (and above) has been launched, the tedious work of taking care of unused and unwanted applications has been sorted out to a very much satisfactory level.

Even one can now disable most of the stock apps on our device powered with Android 5.o or above. In the past time, we used to root our device to get ’em out from the device, but now it can be done easily even without rooting.

However there is one disadvantage too, we can disable them, but cannot remove them completely.

But surely it’s worth keeping them disabled because in that state they will not be running in the background, that means that will not consume any kind processing resources that simply outcomes improved performance in terms of return.

It goes very simple, more apps running in the background consume more RAM and processing power and affect performance.

Isn’t that good alternative and easy too? Let’s see how one can remove all unwanted and unused (you’ll select what to keep and disable) on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and have it improved in terms of performance.

→ How to
  1. Go to settings under phone menu
  2. Under settings, select “Apps
  3. Now under this menu, a complete list of apps will be there. Go one by one to them.
  4. Select the desired app, then click on “Disable” to disable it. Just like the below image:Disable an app on Galaxy s6
  5. Do the same rest of the apps which you think are not useful.

Go ahead and disable all the apps that you think that remains unused all the time or trash in your phone. At any point in time, if you feel that you require these apps, simply go back to the Apps menu and locate the app and enable it again.

4. Set Background process limit

This tip gonna help you to make your experience almost lag-free all the time. Since we are limiting the background processes from using available resources, which outcomes better performance.

To make it work, you’ll need to enable the Developer option first as we did mention above.

→How to

  1. Tap on ‘Settings’
  2. Scroll down, and tap on ‘Developer options’
  3. Under it, scroll down, to get “Background process limit
  4. Tap on it, and select “At most 4 processes”
  5. Exit there, and restart your phone.

We highly recommend you to keep it up. It does not have any bad impact or causes an error. I’ve been personally using it on my OnePlus 3.

5. Scale down the DPI

DPI helps to adjust the on-screen content on our smartphones. For most of the users, this is something that remains unused/unheard of all the time.

If you learn about this and customize it properly, it can boost the overall performance of your phone. Basically, you can customize the DPI value through Developer Options — smallest width/minimum width.

Basically, if one reduces the DPI value from the default, it would increase the on-screen content, and make things smoother.

And if one uplifts the same, it tends to make things appear smaller on the screen. For readers, this option comes very handily. It can improve readability very well.

Reducing the DPI value would reduce the stress from processing, and graphic units to rendering the screen. And that simply makes your device outperform compared to performance before changes.

-How to
  • Tap on Settings
  • Go into the Developer Options
  • Then locate Smallest width (or minimum width)
  • Change the default value to 340
  • Exit the Settings, and reboot your phone

Once you change the value, you’ll see the immediate effect. The on-screen content will become big. You should be able to notice that the user-interface has become smoother.

And readability has improved on Galaxy S7 as well.

6. Keep S-Voice Turned off

Since we are keeping our eyes on most of the major changes that could help achieve better performance on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, we can’t let the S-Voice feature be untouched.

Samsung has equipped its Smartphones with a feature which know as S-Voice, a rival feature that stands against Apple’s Siri, Cortana, and Google Voice. However, most of the time it remains unused and it impacts the performance of the device indeed.

Although in Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the feature could be used very effectively, still it needs more development and implementations so it could complete.

Instead, you could use Google Voice, it works beautifully. And keeping the S-Voice feature turned off will surely give another performance boost to your device.

Otherwise, you can surely skip this #tip because we have a few more to share with you. Let’s see how we can Turn off S-Voice feature on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge:

→ How to
  1. Open your Apps drawer
  2. Look for S-Voice and Open it
  3. On the upper right corner of the device’s screen, you’ll see 3 vertical dots as options menu, tap on them and then look for the settings option. Tap on it to launch it.
  4. Under the Wake-Up section in the middle of the screen, uncheck Open via the home key just like below:S Voice Disable on S7 and S7 Edge

That keeps this feature remain off and it does affect performance very positively.

7. Switch to another Launcher app

Since the start, Samsung is making many changes to their Touchwiz user interface but still, it lacks many features and options that we usually get on other launchers.

Even though Samsung has brought many major changes to its existing user interface in Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, still it won’t be able to give that much freedom and customization options that others do.

It is somewhat common that most of Samsung’s users switch to another launcher because of that. They come with Touchwiz user-interface, quite boring and lacks customization features.

Apart, it is a little bit bulky and slower too.

To make your device look more premium and personalized, we recommend to use other launcher applications and Nova Launcher is my favorite one.

With lots of customization features, it offers better performance and readability too. You can download the Nova Launcher from Google Playstore from below link:

Download link: Google Playstore

Below are the most recommended Nova Launcher settings for best performance on Samsung’s and all Android devices that supports this launcher.

→ How to
  1. Download and install the launcher on your device.
  2. Now long press on the Desktop and then select Settings
  3. Now Select Desktop and put the following settings:
    1. Icon layout -> Icon size 100%, Label -> On , Font -> Condensed , Shadow-Single line ->On
    2. Persistent search bar -> Lollipop
    3. Scroll effect -> Simple
    4. Add icon to Home screen -> Off
  4. App & widget drawers put the following settings:
    1. Scroll effect ->Simple
    2. Infinite scroll -> Off
  5. Dock settings:
    1. Dock icons -> 5
    2. Icon layout -> Icon size 100%, Label -> On , Font -> Condensed , Shadow-Single line ->On
  6. Folders settings:
    1. Folder preview -> Grid
    2. Folder background -> Circle(gray icon)
    3. Transition animation -> Zoom
    4. Icon layout -> Icon size 100%, Label -> On , Font -> Condensed , Shadow-Single line ->On, Color -> Black
  7. Look & Feel
    1. Icon theme -> Lollipop
    2. Scroll speed -> Nova
    3. Animation speed -> Fast

With the just using such launcher with optimum settings /recommended settings and limiting Animations (we did in very first tip), you’ve almost set User Interface to work at the very best possible performance.

8. Clear cache memory

It happens that by the time we use our smartphones, they tend to become slower and slower, which usually happen to all Samsung’s devices.

The problem is quite common these days and there is a simple solution to that as well. Whenever we launch any application, it creates some files so it can work properly and these files get stored under the cache memory.

And each time we open an application, such files keep on increasing and grab some amount of memory over there, and eventually, the memory gets full or about to full, which makes the device perform slow and it causes lags as well.

The easiest way to get rid of such issues, one can simply clean the cache memory.

You can follow our dedicated guide that helps to deal with such issues over Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge:

7. Disable JavaScript to Speed up Internet

This is the most interesting and likely to be a very less shared trick that improves the internet speed while surfing to a very measurable extent.

Most probably you haven’t heard of this anywhere else or might only some of you do!

What does it do?

Well, basically a website includes many JavaScripts that run when we visit them. They are embedded for some functionalities and even if we disable them, it won’t affect the content of that website.

If you would prefer content rather than functionalities, you should disable them.

It gives a tremendous boost to your existing internet surfing and saves a lot of your data package.

Since most of the advertisements that appear on websites use JavaScripts, once we have disabled it, they won’t be appearing anymore.

That means in that way you can get rid of those advertisements and pop-ups. (However, it will impact online publishers like us!)

→How to
  1. To disable JavaScript, Open up your browser
  2. Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner to get to Settings,
  3. Under settings, there should be an ‘Enable JavaScript’ option under content settings or under Advance (it appears in different sections for different browsers.)
  4. Disable it, and then restart your browser.

Believe me, it can almost double your surfing speed and save your internet data.

Important note: It is not a permanent solution, there will be many sites that won’t open until you enable JavaScript, so you should enable it again to visit that website.

The JavaScripts generally take some time load and they are a bit heavy coded too. Definitely you gonna see tremendous internet surfing speed on your Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge or you can try it on any other smartphone.

9. Use dual-channel to boost downloading speed

Do you know that Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge come with a very unique feature named “Download Booster” and it can speed up your downloading speed up dramatically?

It allows using WiFi and 4G connection together! Did you get it?

Yes, you can use them together that outcome combined downloading speed. If you have a file of 3O MB or more and you want to get it downloaded as soon as possible then you might want to try this option.

To turn on this option, follow below:

  • Open the ‘Settings‘.
  • Tap “More connection settings”
  • Toggle “Download Booster” On

Note: Remember that it will be using your 4G data along with WiFi, so it could eat up your data or remaining balance.

10. Disable unwanted Widgets

Widgets surely make the home screen area filled with good resources, but if you are not using them, then probably you should not be using them.

Basically Widgets are small applications, they keep running in the background, they eat some amount of RAM too. Most of us never use widgets or use only about one or two.

Disabling them would surely do affect a device’s performance and battery life since they won’t be utilizing processing and battery resources anymore.

→How to
  1. To remove a widget, tap and hold the widget.
  2. Drag the widget to Remove and release it when it turns red.

You could be choosy! Remove all those widgets that you are not using. Whether you use them or not, they keep using your device’s resources.

In case you’ve rooted your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge already, then you must get these apps listed →here to make your device perform better in all aspects.

Read:

11. Disable Auto-Sync frequency

Perhaps, for some people, disabling auto-sync could be very drastic as it syncs our most of the data to our Google account as a backup and for safety purposes, but it worth trying if concerned about the performance of the device.

Since Auto-Sync works in the background to pull up new data and sync it to our Google account, it consumes countable processing power each time.

So keeping it off will eventually keep the device’s processing power free from that sync process most of the time and it could be utilized to do other things.

→ How to
  • Tap on ‘Settings’
  • Scroll down to locate, and tap on ‘Accounts’.
  • At the top right, tap on three dots button to bring further available settings, account settings
  • There you’ll see “Auto-sync data”. Un-tick the checkbox and you’re done, disable auto-sync.

In that way, you can disable Auto-sync on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. It works and conserves countable power consumption and internet data.

12. Improve the charging rate

Well in this bonus tip, we gonna let you know a very lesser know trick that helps to charge any Android device at an improved rate.

Let’s assume, your phone has only about 5% of the battery level and you have to leave your house within 10 minutes. Now you’ve got only 10 mins to charge your device. What you could do to have it charged better compared to what it does generally?

The trick is quite simple.

You’ll only need to get to the quick settings panel and enable ‘Aeroplane mode‘ and put your device charging. You’ll notice that now it would be charging a little faster.

The significance could be little, but surely you could measure it own.

It ends our list here. We will surely do update this post as soon as we come up with other trips and tricks to improve the performance of the device.

Do you have any other tips?

Also, we would like to hear from you and we’d love to know your secret to tune the Android device in the best manner, your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

If this post helps you in any manner, make sure to #share and #comment below!

Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta is a tech geek and founder of AndroidCure, a popular blog dedicated to Android users. 

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32 Comments

  1. Excellent job! Best list I’ve seen!!!
    I am also trying out 2 other things under developer options, I turned on “aggressive Wi-Fi/cell handover” that way when working outside going in and out of my house, it doesn’t try to hold on to a weak wifi signal, and I also turned on “Keep mobile data turned on” which leaves it on even while on Wi-Fi so the switch to network data is fast.

  2. Disable power saving mode – downclocks cpu (i think) and makes phone less smoother (enable it, but uncheck “reduce performance

    Restart phone – free memory and fix memory leaks and an overall refresh

    Update phone (bug fixes, improved stability)

    Use some sort of memory free tool like samsung smart manager

    Disable live wallpaper

  3. My overall Antutu score on the Galaxy S7 Active went from 99,432 to 135,639 after applying most of your recommendations. I didn’t replace the launcher and I also set all unused apps as inactive in developer options / Inactive apps.
    Thanks!

  4. Appreciate The Awesome Work…Nice And Tidy Tips Which Are Indeed Very Useful…BASIC,Easy to Understand And Without Much Compexity… THANKS A TON!!… :) :)

  5. Deepak Ji!

    Very impressed with all the tips in your article, I have been through many on the web and yours is the most useful that I found.

    I use my phone as a business tool more than for social media and like them to be running at top speed and be reliable. I change phones every 4 months. My current phone is the S7 Edge.

    I would be recommending this artile to those who I know will find it useful too.

    Thank you for the hard work you put into it.

    Anis

  6. On android nougat update of s7 edge , default apps settings doesnot have the “disable” option ,frustrating, why the hell antutu benchmark , geekbench and chrome consuming more than 400 MB ram even i am not using them!

    1. Hi Shah,

      I can imaging how frustrating that would be. In that case, I would suggest you to keep Background process limit enable for your device.

      That should help you, I guess!

      Be cool!

  7. Thanks! I just switch from an iPhone 7 plus to the s7 edge. I am your tips helped a lot. And the Nova Launcher is MUCH faster that touch wish. Thanks.

  8. Hi. Good article. Please think of a way to force Download Booster to kick in on our requirement. Like my booster is ON but I just downloaded a 126mb file and it didn’t do it’s job.

  9. Thank you very much for boosting my phone, ecepee under developers mode, background processing I checked utmost 4 then restarted my device. My device turned auto to standard limit why?

  10. Both my WhatsApp video and Snapchat video wouldn’t work but after doing step 1 and 3 both are working again and phone is much quicker at responding .

  11. I tried all the tricks and they made only a small difference. I finally decided to go for a factory reset and that did the trick. Phone is running like new!

  12. There are apps that prevent us in using Developer Option. They ask to disable Developr Options. So I’d say these adjustments aren’t permanent. Cos we have to turn off the Developer Mode to use certain apps. And by doing so, the phone status comes back to normal as if nothing happened.
    The changes aren’t saved.
    Not practical I’d say.

    1. Hi Steve,

      I appreciate your efforts and sharing that useful knowledge. I totally agree with, and somewhat it is good that these settings aren’t permanent. Just in case when troubleshooting some problems, it won’t be hard to find if these settings causing that problem.

      Cheers!

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