For those of you that have just picked up your shiny new Samsung Galaxy S5 or are planning to in the future this article is for you, we here at AndroidMeter have thrown together three things that you should do with your device as soon as it’s out of the box. Note that this is more geared towards the somewhat techy user and may not be the best choice for some casual or “regular” users. So without further ado lets jump right in.

  1. SWITCH TO ART! I can not stress this enough people, as soon as you take your Galaxy S5 out of the box switch it to ART before setting up or installing everything to make the process quicker. Switching to the ART runtime will eliminate some of that S5 lag that you will inevitably experience as well as increase your battery life slightly. Keep in mind that there are some apps that are not compatible with the ART runtime but they are pretty rare. In order to switch to ART you will need to first enable developer options, to do so go to Settings > About Device > tap Build number 7 times. Once Developer options are enabled go to them and click “Select runtime system”, from there click “Use ART”. Once that is done your device will recompile all of your apps which can take a couple of minutes but will be well worth the wait.
  2. Disable all of Samsung’s gimmicky crap. By default (at least on the T-Mobile variant) Samsung has a lot of gimmicky motion and gesture features enabled on the S5 that just eat up your RAM. In a previous post we wrote we talked about how at any given time the S5 would have about 3/4ths of its RAM being used when no actual apps were running in the background, these features are part of that problem. So to disable said features go to Settings > Motions and Gestures & Air view > from there disable those features by un-checking their boxes, this will save you some RAM.
  3. Disable Samsung’s notorious bloatware apps. When you first turn on your Samsung your probably going to notice that a lot of the apps on the phone are just Samsung bloatware apps that you are never going to use which means your probably going to want to disable them. So here’s how to do so, click the menu button at the top right of the app drawer, click Uninstall/disable apps, from there click the minus button next to the apps that you want disabled since Samsung does not allow you to actually uninstall it’s bloatware.
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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry