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Overclocking your Android device: Everything you need to know

The Android based smartphones / tablets had become more and more similar with a notebook or computer in both performances and usability (you can use your device for watching HD movies, for taking high res pictures, playing games, develop apps, organize and plan your work strategy and a lot more), so now most of us rather choose to buy a tablet or a high end smartphone with a “generous” display, instead of using the classic notebooks. That’s why, when having an Android device, you should always find new ways for improving and upgrading the performances, as it’s really unpleasant (mostly you can’t afford it) to buy a new smartphone from time to time.

And since the best way for powering up the performances of your Android handsets is to apply complex and risky operations, you should always do a proper research before tweaking your gadget. Else, you can end up in bricking your phones and that’s not a good thing especially due to the warranty aspect: when performing unofficial methods, the warranty gets void. Anyhow, during the present tutorial we will discuss about Android overclocking; basically, by reading the following lines you will be able to find out everything that’s related with the overclock operation, from advantages and disadvantages to proper ways in which you can speed up your Android devices.

You should overclock your Android smartphone / tablet if you want to obtain more power from it, as by overclocking we understand: increase the CPU frequency / speed in order to receive better performances. So, the overclock operation applied on a smartphone or tablet is similar with the one performed on a PC or notebook as both will increase the CPU frequency; the best is that is hard, almost impossible to burn your phone’s CPU (especially if you follow and use dedicated tutorials) by overclocking as the mobile CPUs are coming with more safety mechanisms to prevent CPU from burning up, this compared with computer’s CPUs.

So, is Android overclocking safe? Well, we can say yes, though you should overclock only 10-20% of your stock frequency, or else your device will encounter another issue: battery drain. Anyhow, let’s say you overclock your handset from 1 GHz to 1.5 GHz; now this doesn’t mean that your Android device will constantly run on 1.5 GHz, as that power will be used only when needed (running games, or multiple apps, showing HD movies or running 3D tools).

As already mentioned, usually, after overclocking the CPU, the Android users are complaining about battery drain issues. In order to increase the power and also keep the battery performances I recommend you to bump the CPU frequency only with 10-20% of your stock power.

Well, now you know what Android overclocking refers to. Furthermore, we will be checking on how to prepare your device for such operation and how to actually apply the same.

Overclocking – pre requisites

Of course overclocking the CPU frequency is an unofficial operation that has nothing to do with Android, Google or your phone’s company. Therefore, before completing this method you have to prepare your device. Unfortunately, here come the negative aspects, all being related to the warranty of your handset: it will get void. However, if you are about to overclock your device, first read and apply the tasks from the following list.

  • Root your handset. Bumping the CPU performances can be performed only if you flash a custom Kernel; and for doing such thing you first have to unchain the system of your smartphone / tablet.
  • By gaining root access you will also gain access to the internal system of your handset (the factory restrictions will be removed) so the warranty will get void.
  • You can restore the warranty by downgrading to stock Android OS, or by updating with an official Android update.
  • Replace the stock recovery with a custom one – like CWM recovery or TWRP recovery. The stock recovery can’t be used when trying to flash a custom Kernel, so the custom one must be previously installed.
  • Take note that many custom ROMs are coming with custom kernel that supports overclocking; so if your device is currently powered by a custom firmware, then overclocking might be already enabled – in that case you don’t have to flash the custom kernel.
  • It will be important to backup the data that is being saved on the internal storage of your Android device, because usually wiping operations are being required (when installing a custom ROM software or custom kernel).
  • Also, it will be a good idea to make a Nandroid backup for saving the current ROM – you will be able to restore the same after overclockinng.
  • A computer will be required, your handset and its USB cable.
  • On the computer you will have to install the device’s drivers and there shouldn’t be running any security tools.
  • You should charge the battery of your smartphone / tablet before beginning the process and you should also enable the USB debugging option from its system.

That’s all; you are now ready to overclock your Android device, so let’s see how to do that:

Well, as already stated several times now, a custom kernel is being required. Therefore, you will have to follow a suitable step by step guide that can safely be applied on your device; don’t install a custom kernel by yourselves as you can end up in bricking your phone.

Do remember that most of the custom ROMs are coming with kernels that enable overclocking. In that case you can skip the operation mentioned above.

Then, after enabling overclocking you need to download one of these apps: SetCPU, No-frills CPU Control, or IncrediControl; install the tool on your device and run the same. Follow the on-screen indications in order to increase the CPU frequency, reboot and that’s it.

So, that was all for today; now you should know almost everything about Android overclocking. Do use the comments area from below if you have questions or if you want to talk with our team (if you have problems with your handset try to resolve the same by using the guide from here) – we will assist you as soon as possible. Also, stay close because we will bring overclock tutorials suitable for almost all the Android based smartphones / tablets out there.

  • Alan

    Is “BRICKING” a technical term? If so what does it mean? Turning it into a useless brick? Or do you mean BREAKING ie causing it to malfunction?
    Please excuse my ignorance.
    Regards and thanks,
    Alan.

    • joe

      Yes bricking means breaking or making your device non functional. Basically a paper weight. They refer to it as bricking because there wont be anything wrong with ur device physically. Rather it will be in a state that will be unrecoverable if yoy didnt take the proper precautions.

    • prashant jadhav

      Bricking means to damaged the rom or memory forever. You can restore the device which is soft bricked or halted on bootloop by flashing factory image.

      • Apolzan Marius

        hmmm,where did u learn about all that stuff ? on street ? to make a permanent phisical damage to memory is by really damage the memory,not with software,all the damage u can do with software is fixable,just install the rom again and there u go,all working again,briking and breaking it refers of the same thing,that ur device is like dead,unless u will falsh back on it the rom,original or custom,same thing

  • dannish

    how to flash ftf file
    in flashtool kernel flashing

  • weird

    Hi im confused as to how to fully utilize the benifit of having the phone rooted, with rom and kernel.. I was successful in flashing all of those by just following instructions. Because my only problem is the lag on my galaxy tab 3 t211 so lag really frustrates me thats why I tried everything I read just to fix it. But the thing is, after all these installations, i really dont know how to actually how to speed up the processor or increase batt life and other benifits that I can have.
    Last night I tried flashing kernel. After flashing successfully it replaced the screen and apps of the previous infamous rom I was using. Where are all those apps went? Because I like it I restore the back up of that infamous rom hoping it will all comes back and still kernel is there. But after restoring, kernel is gone. Im confused. I thot they suggested to flash kernel after rom but why kernel replaced rom? Please help.. my tab gsm now I can still see delays. I dont know how to overclock and I dont know if the rom I installed has a kernel feature in it.. I appreciate your advice. Thanks

    • prashant jadhav

      You can’t remove lag on tab3 t211 due to cheap dual core marvell processor used by Samsung.

    • IreMinMon

      I’m afraid the guy’s right, why the heck would you buy Galaxy Tab, there’s so many better tablets….
      Nevertheless, tablets are tablets, don’t be afraid for battery life, set maximum frequency up 30% and minimal frequency at the smallest amount possible.

  • IreMinMon

    Sounds sexy I might try this, but more processing power consumes more battery.

  • henryque brito

    more confussed how to fully this is bvenifcit the phone , i really frustreates me thats , beacause my only problems, i tried flash kernel , after flashing in the screen sugges6ted to flash kernel after rom but restoring kernel is gone to

  • pahul

    well i m confused that how to chnge my normal recovery mode to the cwm recovery mode

    • FrostBurn :D

      You can install the CWM zip from your stock recovety . i think that how they meant to change it 😀

  • manoj

    man visit my website three you can boost u r phone 40000 m hz

    • Jamie Kelly

      omg rly plz snd me a link 2 ur siet… 40,000MHz You have to be joking, there aren’t even computers that can go that high let alone support it, so i highly doubt that you can get a phone’s CPU running at Forty Thousand Megahertz

      • FFF

        mini hertz*

    • Panagio Tsaou

      Zu git ani 9590s thir amirite?

  • aditya

    i m using hcl me tab connect v3… i already rooted it.. please tell me how can i upgrade android versions, custom roms, overclocking.. it runs on a cortex a9 dual core processor 1.2ghz.. and gellybean version

  • raj achar

    Hi , I hv a samsung galaxy grand duos ..the one with dual core …. I recently had problem with the phone so had given for service. .guy has flashed the phone. He has installed a android which looks different. . How do I get back the old android which comes with the phone….
    The current version says
    android version 4.2.2
    Baseband version I9082DDUBNB1
    KERNEL VERSION
    3.0.31-1329016
    BUILD NO.
    JDQ39.I9082XXUXNX1
    This entire menus are different how do u restore the original android..pls help

    • xenorazeel

      That’s the latest ota update from samsung for galaxy grand..

    • esquivel

      i recommend you keep the android that you currently have (jelly bean?) as it is by far the best android version (not sure about marshmallow). anything after that has only caused problems and limitations (inability to write to external sd, extremely bad “phone” app where the alphabet banner does not appear in contacts any more, sketchy ram manager where in order to clear up ram you have to scroll down a bit, general tendency to copy the iphone). just man up and get used to the os that the technician generously installed on your phone.

  • shmobi

    I have canvas micromax hd …i want to root and overclock my phone..would u tell me how to root ..with whick kernel and rom

  • Brian Alleyne

    Hi, is there a way to do this overclocling ota? I have an original Motorola Xoom WiFi mz604. I don’t mind paying for the service. Thanks.

    • Nick Alexander

      Nope. Have to root.

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