How To Speed Up Your Galaxy Note 3 [10 Tips]

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note is a true beast. It sports a powerful Snapdragon 800 Quad Core CPU or a Exynos 5 Octa CPU accompanied by Adreno 330 or Mali-T628 GPU. There’s a 3 GB RAM. Samsung has fixed in a massive 3200 mAh battery to add life to this device. These specifications surely make this device a great choice and easily win the battle when standing next to the latest flagships of different manufacturers, but these specifications still might not be enough to make this device fast enough to perform different tasks.


There’s always a room for improvement. While playing with my Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900, I applied some changes and found that my device started working much better than before. The changes require no hard and fast rules, so I couldn’t resist myself to put them up here. I’ve compiled up the best tips that will help you to make best out of your Galaxy Note 3. Let’s move forward and apply the changes on your Galaxy Note 3 and test its performance.

Disable “Open via Home Key” for S-Voice

Did you ever note that pressing the home key on your Galaxy Note 3 takes quite long to take you to the home screen? Well, that is because of the S-Voice. When you double press the home-key, it opens up the S-Voice and that is what’s slowing down the performance of your device’s home button. In able to make it work faster, you need to disable the S-Voice’s “Open via Home Key” option. Here’s how you can do it.

      1. Open home screen on your Galaxy Note 3.
      2. Double tap the home button.
      3. Bypass the S-Voice activation screen if you haven’t already.
      4. Once done, press the options key and tap “settings” in S-Voice
      5. In settings > general > uncheck the 3rd option “open via home key”.
      6. Close S-Voice now.
      7. Open the app drawer or any other application now, and try pressing the home key. It should be much faster now.
      8. That’s all.


Use a Static Wallpaper – Avoid Live Wallpaper

Live wallpapers surely look cool and are liked by so many users. Live wallpapers sometimes play the role of a game as you can play with the effects on your device’s screen. But that’s not a good thing at all when you come to know that it’s slowing down the performance of your device, and it’s also draining the battery of your device. The effects in the Live wallpapers are the processes eating up your device’s RAM and CPU for no use. This slows down navigating through the app drawer or home screens on your Galaxy Note 3.

In order to make your device work a little faster, it is recommended that you should always use a static wallpaper. Using a static wallpaper won’t run any extra processes and will make it a lot easier to navigate through your device without any speed hiccups. To set a static wallpaper, long press your Galaxy Note 3’s home screen, tap Set Wallpaper > ¬†Home/Lock Screen Wallpaper > Select wallpaper from anywhere except “Live wallpapers”.


Disable Animations:

Another way to speed up your Galaxy Note 3 is to disable the Window, transition animations and animator duration scale. These animations generally occur whenever you’re switching between application or you open any new application. You must have noticed that applications take a quite long while switching, this is only because of the animations that load before the application opens up or gets switched. Here’s a little activity to get rid of the animations.

      1. First off all you need to enable developer options on your Galaxy Note 3. In order to do so, go to Settings > More/General > About Device > Tap the build number for 7 times and the developer options are enabled. Now get back to the More/General Tab > Developer Options.
      2. Once in developer options, scroll down and find “Window Animation Scale > Tap it and turn it Off”.
      3. Now tap “Transition Animation Scale > Turn it Off”.
      4. Now tap “Animation Duration Scale > turn it Off”.
      5. Now open any application or switch between applications, you will find it much faster now.

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Remove Animation Effect From Lock Screen

Samsung has loaded new animation effects on the Galaxy Note 3 including the Watercolor, Particle Effect, Light Effect and Ripples Effect. When these effects are activated, they slow down unlocking your device. It always is a good idea to avoid the use of any of these effects as it fastens up unlocking your Galaxy Note 3. In order to turn off the effects follow these steps.

    • Go to Settings > Personal > Lock Screen > Unlock Effect > None.

Once selected “None”, try unlocking your device and it should be fast enough now.Lockscreen

Get Rid of TouchWiz – Use a Custom Launcher

Samsung’s TouchWiz isn’t a great choice to stick with. The launcher is full of features that slow down the working and functionality of your Galaxy Note 3. In order to get rid of the TouchWiz launcher, it is recommended that you use a custom launcher. I’m using Google Now launcher and it works quite flawlessly. You may use it or try using Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher or some other that suites you the best. You will definitely find the difference between TouchWiz and other launchers.


Clear up your RAM with time

After you use an application, make sure that you clear up your device’s RAM. Leaving an application running at the background will put much burden on the RAM and it might result in slowing down your device’s performance. In order to clear your RAM, follow these steps.

      1. Long press the home button.
      2. Swipe away the applications shown in the task manager.
      3. Now press the very first button at the lower left corner now.
      4. Tap the “Clear memory” button.
      5. That’s all.


Turn off background process

Sometimes, some applications launch the background process that are not shown in the task manager. These are the background processes and can be found in the application manager only. These processes might play a role in slowing down the performance of your device as well. Here’s what you can do get rid of these background process.

Go to settings > more/general > application manager >swipe through the “running” tab > find the process that’s not in use and stop it.Background Processes

Root your Galaxy Note 3

Android’s greatest characteristic is the root access. Once rooted your device, you can easily go beyond the boundaries and make a number of tweaks to your device in order to get the maximum out of it. There are tons of applications that require root access and enhance your device’s functionality to the maximum extent. For example, you can perform CPU Under & Overclocking, you can remove bloatware applications, you can make changes to your device’s system and a lot more.SuperSu

Remove Bloatware Apps [Root]

Samsung has loaded the Galaxy Note 3 with a number of useless applications that are called Bloatware. Removing these applications will not only free up the extra space on your Galaxy Note 3, but will also boost up the performance of your device. Here’s our guide that explains how you can remove bloatware from your Android device.Bloatware2

Kill Startup Applications [Root] 

Whenever your device boots up, there are so many applications that start up with your device as well and eat up the RAM and CPU. It’s hard to point out these applications as these might not even appear in the application manager. A very nice application to perform this task is the System Tuner. You can use the “Startups” tab in the System Tuner and kill all the applications that startup with your device. This will make your device turn on faster and will also make it work faster.System Tuner1-tile

That’s all. There surely is a number of so many other ways to enhance the performance of your Galaxy Note 3, but these are the best 10 I came across. In case I’m missing any important, don’t hesitate to mention it in the comment box below. Thank you all.


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