A very quick and effective trick to boost Android Studio

As an android developer, we get to spend a huge chunk of our time on Android Studio, the Google’s official compiler for developing native Android apps. Over the years, it has evolved into a very powerful IDE with lots of features and functionalities. But there are still some problems, which hasn’t been fixed yet for a lots of developers due to various reasons such as Gradle build time, Android Studio speed etc.

Gradle —The Biggest Nightmare of Every Android Developer

There have been many articles including official documentation on how to speed up. Some works and some not. But this article is not about gradle build time. Rather this is about more common but frustrating problem: slow Android Studio. Let’s see how to speed it and make it faster in some very easy ways.




⚙️ Android Studio Requirements

According to Android Studio’s official system requirements, it takes at minimum 3 GB RAM to run smoothly. Honestly, its a lot and I believe that is the biggest cause of being it too slow all the time.

The Android Studio’s System Requirements from their [Official Website](https://developer.android.com/studio/)

The android developers are always complaining about the speed of Android Studio and how its slow ALL THE TIME. This makes overall development slow and frustrating. It affects productivity negatively.

Some Memes from DevRant ([https://devrant.com/search?term=android+studio](https://devrant.com/search?term=android+studio))

So enough chit chat. Let’s see how to make it a lot faster in a very easy way.


🚀Speeding Up Android Studio

You might have read different tricks such as Offline Gradle, increasing memory in gradle.properties file, disabling Instant Run and so on. Let me show you a very easy way, shared by none other than Jake Wharton on Reddit about a year ago.

A [comment from Jake Wharton](https://www.reddit.com/r/androiddev/comments/7sxhig/android_studio_slower_when_using_kotlin/dt88pgn) on a [post on Reddit](https://www.reddit.com/r/androiddev/comments/7sxhig/android_studio_slower_when_using_kotlin/)

So, let me show you how to do this.

First, click on File -> Settings -> Plugins to open dialog like this.

The Plugins section in Settings in Android

Now, disable or Check Off all the plugins which not usable for you. I have disabled following:

  • Android APK Support

  • Android Games

  • Android NDK

  • App Links Assistant

  • Copyright

  • Coverage

  • CVS Integeration

  • Editor Config

  • Fabric for Android Studio

  • Firebase (App Indexing, Services, Testing)

  • Github

  • Google (Cloud Tools Core, Cloud Tools for Android, Developer Samples, Login, Services)

  • Markdown Support

  • Mercurial integration

  • hg4idea

  • Settings repository

  • Subversion integration

  • Task management

  • Test recorder

  • TestNG-J

  • YAML

Now, you dialog will be something like this:

The Plugins section after disabling some plugins in Settings in Android

Now, click Apply -> OK and restart Android Studio. You’ll feel the difference instantly I bet.


🤔 What If I Need Any Plugin Later?

For example, at some point your app needs Firebase App Links and you want to use the plugin. Then just enable it for a temporary time. Do your work. And then you can disable it again.


💡 More Suggestions From Readers of This Article

Thanks to all the readers including you for reading and appreciating this article. It means life to me. Some readers have been kind enough to share their suggestions to speed up Android Studio through comments, twitter, and other ways.

  • Linux performs better for Android Studio than Windows.

  • Android Studio needs at least 8 GB RAM to run better.

  • Change your Hard Disk to SSD. Loading/Compiling/Designing/Writing time will be reduced even in 4GB RAM.

  • Use Power Save mode from File Menu that will reduce lots of background work.

  • Change and configure Highlighting Level to Syntax or None from bottom right corner of status-bar. Remember this will disable syntax highlighting of error code.

  • If you are using any antivirus , make sure to add Exception of all android studio directories (android, java, .android, .gradle, .androidstudio(version number) all those folders ). So it won’t try and Scan those while you are using Android Studio. It makes it even faster.

Thank you Ivan Panasiuk, Sooraj R, Chila Kasonde, M Bip, Yogesh Gosavi, and Jeorane - Costureiro

I hope this will fix your problem and make your Android Studio faster and your app development faster. 😃 Happy App Coding.


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