Today we are going to explain how to speed up your Wear OS watch by reducing its animations. Just as it happens on Android phones, smartwatches with Wear OS can also make the experience faster by reducing the interface animations. It’s a very simple trick that speeds up the smartwatch by slightly increasing battery life.
How to speed up your Wear OS watch by reducing its animations?
Operating systems have several tricks at their disposal to make the user perceive that their experience is smooth. The power of the components is key, also the optimization of the software. And there is another element that determines the perception of fluidity: system animations. Jumping between apps, returning to the menu, or displaying the watch settings: Wear OS also makes use of them. Do you want to speed it up? There’s a trick that never fails.
The interface animations enhance the perception of fluidity, but they have a downside: if the smartwatch is not very powerful, the user may be hampered because it is not able to execute the transitions smoothly enough. Therefore, disabling them can help if you want to speed up your Wear OS.
The settings for animations are not found in the general settings, but in the developer settings (as is the case in Android phones). Before customizing these animations you have to enable the relevant developer settings on the watch, the complete process is as follows:
- Access the settings of your Wear OS smartwatch and scroll down to “System”.
- Go to “Information”.
- Locate the “Build number” and press several times until the developer options are enabled.
- Enter the new developer menu (appears on the main settings screen) and find the three scale settings: adjust “Window animation scale”, “Transition-animation scale” and “Animation duration scale”.
- Enter the menu for each scale and set it to “Animation disabled”.
After disabling animations your Wear OS watch will feel faster as startups and app switching between apps will be done without any transition. Apart from this increased speed, the smartwatch should consume a little less energy; without the savings being huge, though.