Your Google Nexus tablet may slow down over time. But there’s lots you can do to give your Nexus tablet a speed boost.
Along with our general advice on speeding up an Android tablet, here are several other steps that can help improve your Nexus tablet’s performance.
Clear some Nexus storage space
Your Nexus tablet may become slow and unresponsive when stuffed with apps and files. Take a look at what’s eating up your storage space by tapping Settings > Storage. Select a category to dig further. Uninstall apps you no longer use – you can download them again from the Google Play Store if you later change your mind. Freeing up even more storage space will help, so move all your photos, videos and music to your computer or to online cloud storage.
Close background apps on a Nexus
Many apps run behind the scenes, even when not in use. This can cause your Nexus to run slowly. In Android Marshmallow, you can check which apps are running under Settings > Memory > Memory used by apps (in previous versions tap Settings > Apps then the Running tab). Select an app and tap the small Information button at the top-right. Next, choose Force Stop and OK to close it.
Clear the Nexus app cache
Each app on your Nexus has its own cache of data, but if this gets too large or gets corrupted, it can become more of a hindrance than a help. To speed up your tablet, you can either delete the cache for individual apps or wipe it for all apps at once. Go to Settings > Storage > Cached data, then tap OK to confirm you wish to clear it all.
Limit automatic syncing
If your tablet accesses your email and Facebook accounts, plus services such as Google Drive, then it automatically syncs them in the background to provide the latest information. But all this syncing can be detrimental to your tablet’s performance. Go to Settings > Accounts, then tap More actions at the top-right of the screen and turn off Auto-sync data for all your accounts.
If this is too drastic, turn off background sync for individual apps or reduce the sync frequency instead within an app’s Settings.
Tidy the Nexus home screen
Android’s live wallpapers look great, but can slow down your tablet, so use a static image instead. It’s also worth limiting the number of widgets on your home screen, as their constant refreshing places a drain on your system. The less cluttered your home screen is, the better your tablet will perform. To remove a widget, press and hold on its icon, then drag it over Remove at the top of the screen.
Disable Nexus animations
Make your Nexus tablet feel snappier by turning off or reducing animations. You’ll need to enable Developer options in order to do this. Go to Settings > About tablet and look for Build number. Tap this seven times until you see a message about being a developer. Now go back to the previous menu and tap Developer options, listed under System. Scroll down to find Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. Tap each in turn and set it to .5x or off.