As much we would like to blame the period of time we’ve used our Galaxy S5 for its frequent slowdowns that does not mean we have to live with it. A few modifications in your Samsung Galaxy S5 settings can greatly improve its speed and performance to be as efficient as it once was.

1. Clear Cached Data

It is not unusual for your Samsung Galaxy S5 to build up all sorts of assorted data and app-based cache. Though these cached up data is developed to enable faster launching of apps, it can at times be counterproductive to your phone. Frequent deletion of cached data is one way of maintaining a seamless performance on your S5.

On your Settings, go to Storage then select Cached Data, tap Clear Cached Data and press OK.

2. Substitute your Launcher

The TouchWiz launcher is not known for its adding a speedy performance on Samsung devices. Trying out one of the alternative launcher apps available on the Google Play Store can be a solution. Though an alternative custom launcher app won’t necessary solve all your lag issues, it will rid your device of some of those problems brought about by TouchWiz.

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At most, your home screen will be much more responsive even if your pre-installed Samsung apps still run the same.

3. Prevent apps from running on startup

Galaxy S5 comes with so much bloatware that even on startup they automatically begin running and syncing processes in the background, this can have implications on the overall speed of your S5. An app like Greenify can be reliable if your phone has root access. This app can be set to freeze or stop apps from running on startup by default.

However, if you do not root access, try other app killer apps such as System Tuner, which automatically puts apps into hibernation.

4. Uninstall or Disable unnecessary apps

Your Galaxy S5 features Application Manager Settings that allow you to disable or uninstall apps that you don’t use often. Alternatively, launch the app drawer, at the top right select the overflow menu then tap on the Uninstall/Disable Apps option.

If you want to enable disabled apps, go to Settings then Application Manager and choose Turned Off.

5. Manage your App Update settings

Check that your installed apps or Google apps are not set to sync automatically, unless it is really necessary. If you have different Google accounts and Google apps syncing simultaneously, don’t be surprised if your phone starts acting up during the process.

The same applies to apps updating automatically. If you switch on your phone and a variety of apps immediately start updating, you won’t be able to do anything else with your phone. Go to your Play Store application and disable automatic app updates.

6. Remove widgets

If you home screen is just as it was customized out of the box by Samsung, you are using up most of your power, data and performance by allowing updates on widgets. This range from Samsung’s Galaxy Essentials and Geo News,  to S Health, My Magazine and Galaxy Gifts, most of which you barely use.

Widgets can be turned off or removed by a long-press and dragging them to the Remove option at the top of the screen.

7. Backup and Factory reset

For a fresh start, simply backup all your Galaxy S5’s data and do a factory reset. This is a straightforward process and you can restore all your backed up apps and data afterwards. Once that’s done, your Samsung Galaxy S5 will be performing faster than before.

On your Settings, tap Backup and Reset then select Factory Data Reset and choose Reset Device.

What other ways do you boost performance on your Galaxy S5? Let us know in the comments section.

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