How to Overclock your Android Phone

Nowadays Androids phones are rather similar to computers so many people more prefer to improve them than to buy new ones. As they have ability of overclocking it becomes real. This process can be useful when one wants to obtain more power from his Android phone and means the increasing of the CPU speed (or frequency). And special applications can help in this case.

Of course there are many questions about safety of this process. Undoubtedly, it`s rather risky. But you can decrease danger of bricking a phone in the case of bumping the CPU frequency no more than with 10-20% of all stock power.

By the way, one should remember than overclocking a handset from 1 GHz to 1.5 GHz doesn’t mean its constant running on 1.5 GHz, because that power will be used only when needed (for example, running games, 3D tools or multiple apps).

One of the most popular methods of overclocking can be realized with SetCPU, a special application for Android which is used for changing the CPU speed on Android devices with root access. It`s not just set CPU speed but show the information about the phone`s CPU, set custom profiles and so on. But SetCPU can only be used with phones with root access running Android 1.5 and above.

Of course, overclocking is unofficial operation. Nevertheless, if you are sure that you need more power from your device you should prepare it first of all.
  1. The first step will be to root the phone. You have to do it as you need to flash a custom Kernel to your phone but before it`s necessary to get the unlimited access on the phone. And rooting will do it possible. (In this case warranty will get void so be attentive).
  2. Install additional kernels and custom ROM on your phone. For this you should replace the Android Stock recovery with the CWM or TWRP Recovery.
  3. The next step will be to install the SetCPU program. It can be found on different resources.
  4. Now you are ready to overclock the processor.
  5. So select “always allow” (for root access). Then choose your device from the list below (“AutoDetect”). You`ll have the possibility of setting desired maximum and minimum frequencies.
  6. Don`t forget to select the “Set On Boot” (an option, which will help to have the settings restored if the device is rebooted).
  7. Select “On Demand” which improves correlation between battery life and performance. Here “Always Max” gives better performance at the expense of battery life and “Conservative” - the longest battery life with lower performance.
  8. “Profiles” includes other features for different settings.
Overclocking of your Android phone has been completed so you can enjoy its work.

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