Android, from its humble beginnings as a mobile OS, has turned into a mature platform over the years, with each update adding new features and polishing the core experience even further. One of the big areas of focus was the user interface, with each incremental version adding new animations, new themes and new transitions for everyday activities on your phone or tablet. Unfortunately, for a lot of us, seeing those animations is often a waste of time, and it feels like it would be faster to just have things show up when they’re ready. Well, today we’ll show you how to do just that, by teaching you how to customize the speed of your animations and transitions on Android!
To do this, you will not need any extra apps or a rooted device. This technique should work across all Android devices, and it’s extremely easy to do. To start with, you’ll need to make sure you have Developer Options unlocked and enabled on your device. If you’re unsure about how to do that, don’t worry, as we have a page teaching you the process step-by-step, which you can take a look at by clicking here. So, once you have your Developer Options enabled, just go to Settings:
Once there, scroll down to the bottom and go to Developer Options:
In the Developer Options, the toggle at the top should be enabled, like in the picture below. If it isn’t, just tap the toggle to enable it:
The options we’re looking for to do this modification are located further down, in the “Drawing” section. This is what you’re looking for:
These values are the multipliers that the Android OS uses to determine how fast its animations and transitions should play. As you can see, by default, all of them are at “1.0x”. This means that they’re playing at the default speed. However, you can tap over any of the values and change them to something that suits you better. Since we’re looking to make the device faster, we should choose a lower value multiplier:
Or, if you want to disable them altogether, just pick “0.0x”:
Each of the values in this section corresponds to a different thing, but you should update the value on all of them if you want a consistent experience. The transition animator scale controls most of the animations you want, but there are always edge cases:
Of course, if for some reason you’d like to, you can also make the animations longer than usual by settings the values to something other than 1.0x. This makes for smoother, but much longer animations:
And that’s about it for today’s tip! As you can see, it’s extremely easy to do and it can have massive benefits. It’s incredible how much of the time on your device is spent just looking at the screen waiting for the pretty animations to complete – you truly don’t realize it until you disable them. I recommend everyone to give this a try, even if you’re not sure if you want to stick with it. It’s free, very easy to do, and it can totally change your experience. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!