CyanogenMod is known as one of the fastest Android ROMs available. For many of us with older devices though, it’s not exactly speedy unless you make some tweaks to it. I run a Motorola Droid 4 with Cyanogen 12. The hardware isn’t exactly built for Lollipop, so some changes need to be made. Here are a few changes I made to my Droid that made it super fast like it was a new phone. Give them a try on your own device if you Cyanogen runs slow.
Note: Some of these changes may cause damage to your device. I am not responsible for your results. Use these tips at your own risk.
1. Overclock the CPU
Take advantage of the capabilities that comes with rooting your device.
- Enable “Developer Mode” by going to “Settings” > “About phone” or “About tablet“, then tapping “Build number” 7 times.
- Go under “Settings” > “Performance” > “CPU settings” and do the following:
- Select “Processor” and set “Maximum CPU frequency” to a higher setting. I personally go with the highest setting you can choose. You may need to research what setting is recommended for your device. This may reduce the life of your hardware, but it’s totally worth it.
- Set “Available governors” to “Performance“.
- Enable “Set on boot“.
2. Animation Settings
If your device is still slow after the changes above, you may also want to do the following:
- Under “Settings” > “Developer options“, scroll down to the “Drawing” section and adjust the following settings to a low setting or “None“.
- Window animation scale
- Transition animation scale
- Animator duration scale
- Uninstall unused apps.
- Move apps to the SD card.
- Delete widgets from the Home screen.
Restart your device and it should now fly. Feel free to post your own optimization tips in the comments section.