Your Phone – Faster, Longer Battery Life, No Unwanted Apps…

Have you ever wanted…

  • a faster phone?
  • Better battery life / longer lasting phone?
  • Get rid of those random apps that you never use?

We’ve all been there, and suffered the frustration.

Guy showing smartphone frustration

Smartphone frustrations – this guy knows what’s up. Thankfully, AmigoTips have something to say.

Instead of jumping ship and spending $600 on a new phone, transform your phone into a lovable, responsive, performance powerhouse it can be with AmigoTips.

Introduction – What is the problem here?

Your phone comes with many unessential apps (collectively called ‘bloatware’), most of which you likely just ignore and never use. These apps are usually the source for your smartphone woes and frustrations.

Bloatware. Time to remove these unwanted apps that come with your phone.

Bloatware. Time to remove these unwanted apps that come with your phone, finally.

“Please, how do you remove these unused, unwanted apps?!”

You cannot remove them. You’ve got carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile (in the US), as well as phone companies to thank. You can’t remove them… That is unless… you “flash your phone with a custom rom”…

Steps to a frustration-free smartphone

Quite simply, we will install (aka ‘flash’) your Android (like your Samsung Galaxy) smartphone  with a new Operating System (aka ‘custom rom’).

To those who have already tried this, you may be thinking,

If you've tried and failed, I feel you dawg.

If you’ve tried and failed, I feel you dawg. Thankfully,there’s AmigoTips

But follow AmigoTip, and it will be like installing yet another program on your computer – painless and too easy.

We will be installing the Operating System ‘CyanogenMod’, which is an Android-based Operating System with little overhead. “CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability“.

Cyanogenmod. Simple installation, for real.

Cyanogenmod. Simple installation, with AmigoTips.

…Yes, you will still have access to the usual Google Play Store, Google Maps, Internet browser, YouTube etc….

Your phone will be faster, last longer (battery) and have more free space for your photos and music and whatnot!

Note: You are obviously doing this at your own risk, for the better good. I have used a LG/Google Nexus 4 for this process. This process should be more or less the same for your device.

Our Bay-beh - the LG / Google Nexus 4.

Our Bay-beh – the LG / Google Nexus 4.


Enough talk; Steps:

1. Backup your stuff, as your phone will reset and you will lose your stuff otherwise. To help you, here is a basic checklist:

  • Photos / Videos
  • Music
  • Contacts
  • Bookmarks (internet)
  • Synchronise apps, like your calendar (such as aCalendar).

2. (Install Cyanogenmod.) Go to Settings, then Security, then tick Unknown Sources. 

Go into Settings, then Security, and then tick "Unknown sources".

Go into Settings, then Security, and then tick “Unknown sources“.

3. On your phone browser (such as Chrome or ‘Internet’), go to http://get.cm and download.

"http://get.cm" in your browser (I've used Chrome). Then 'download'.

http://get.cm” in your browser (I’ve used Chrome). Then ‘download’.

4. Install the Cyanogenmod app you have just downloaded, open it, and follow the few steps; it’s too easy.

Open ('OneClick.apk'), and install what you've just downloaded.

Open (‘OneClick.apk‘), and install what you’ve just downloaded.

After installation, Open the new app ('CyanogenMod Installer'), and follow the simple steps.

After installation, Open the new app (‘CyanogenMod Installer’), and follow the simple steps (as shown).

Tick "Camera (PTP)"... and then unplug your phone, as it says.

Tick “Camera (PTP)”… and then unplug your phone, as it says.

5. Go to Step 4 here, and download the Windows Installer on your computer.

Download the CyanogenMod Installer for your computer.

Download the CyanogenMod Installer for your computer.

6. Install what you have just downloaded (on your computer), and follow the steps on that…

Plug in your phone, and let the Installer detect your phone.

Plug in your phone, and let the Installer detect your phone.

If this shows up on your phone, tap "OK", k...

If this shows up on your phone, tap “OK”.

Let the installer download, and do it's thang. Will take a while!

Then, let the installer download and do it’s thang. May take a while.

… chill

Later, the Installer will detect your phone.  Click 'Install'.

Later, the Installer will detect your phone (As you can see,  I’ve used a LG/Google Nexus 4). Click ‘Install‘.

The next few steps are not very eventful, so no screenshots; just follow the steps… e.g. Next… Next… Next etc. … and then:

We are done!

:D

We are finished!

Your phone will restart, and you will need to set it up again starting with the language…

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Congratulations, you have finished! Your phone is now like ‘new’… only, faster, with longer battery life and no bloatware!

More AmigoTips:

  • Left-handed users, Rejoice! Go into Settings > Interface > Left handed mode! When on landscape, your softkeys will now be on the left side of the screen. Whoa! :o
  • For those interested in productivity and learning (such as students), check out these AmigoTip-recommended apps!
  • Once you add a Google account to your ‘new’ phone, you may need to update everything…
  • … and if you see that “Google Play services” is draining your battery, go into Settings > Wi-Fi > tap the botttom-right corner (3 vertical dots) > Advanced > untick Wi-Fi Optimization. (It’s unintuitive… ‘optimization’… but trust me,  it will keep Google Play services in check.
  • Remember that turning off the GPS is the best way to increase battery life. In the GPS settings (Settings > Location > Mode), ‘Battery saving‘ is effectively turning off the GPS.

cyanogenmod

Enjoy your ‘new’ smartphone, with lag-free (faster), ‘bloatless’ experience, with a longer battery life!


For the nerdier bunch: It is now very easy to go the extra step, and install Paranoid Android (a popular alternative Operating System to CyanogenMod), or other roms, after all of this (because, remember, your phone is now rooted, unlocked, and has ClockworkMod Reovery!). To install Paranoid Android, aka ‘Parandroid’, here’s a video:

Video to install Paranoid Android. You can do this after installing CyanogenMod if you want.


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6 thoughts on “Your Phone – Faster, Longer Battery Life, No Unwanted Apps…

  1. Hello, i was trying to get cm, but my phone is not supported (HTC Desire 601). Is it wise to continue with installation anyway?

    • Hi Toni.

      I am not sure about your phone. It’s not officially supported by CyanogenMod, and I have looked online but couldn’t find a clear or easy answer (XDA Forums).

      You could just try going ahead with the installation with this guide, and if your phone cannot proceed, I believe it will stop automatically at Step 6 and your phone data will not be wiped. (Do at your own risk :o)

      I have also found this. Once you get your phone rooted (Steps 1-18 in that website [To you other readers, your phone will be rooted automatically following the steps in this article]), you will be able to install other custom roms (whatever they may be, perhaps Paranoid Android using the instructions on this (last part with the video)) on your phone.

      We wish we could be more helpful; Can anyone chip in?

      All the best.

      • Thank you for your kind reply. I will try according to your description and hopefully managed to succeed. Again thanks fir help and very good step by step description.

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