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How To Switch From Dalvik To ART Runtime For Android 4.4 Devices

How To Switch From Dalvik To ART Runtime For Android 4.4 Devices

by Abhishek VoheraMay 1, 2014

One of the amazing features of Android 4.4 was a new runtime called ART runtime which should eventually replace the Dalvik runtime. The new Android Runtime which is ART, promises to cut out a substantial amount of overhead by losing the baggage imposed by Dalvik Runtime.

Android Run Time, ART is a new way to execute the apps on top of the Android operating System. “ART is a new Android runtime being introduced experimentally in the 4.4 release KitKat. This is a preview of work in progress in KitKat. It is available for the purpose of obtaining early developer and partner feedback.” – Android developers.

ART runtime

You can also say that ART is still and ongoing project. But now it have been lots of months and major of the application runs smoothly on this new Android Run time. The time when it was new the Android apps such WhatsApp , Titanium Backup and many more were not running properly. Infact all the time I open WhatsApp it used to get crash. At that time I switched back to Dalvik Runtime.

Now almost all the apps are supported in ART runtime and many developers and the organization have updated their apps to run smoothly in this new ART runtime. ART works on the logic of AOT – Ahead Of Time where as Dalvik runtime works on logic of JIT – Just In Time.

How To Switch From Dalvik To ART Runtime

Step 1 : Go to Setting option of Your Smartphone.

Step 2 : Now Go to Developer Options.

Step 3 : Over there you can see “Select Runtime” which is 4th from top.

Step 4 : Select the option – “Use ART”.

Step 5 : You are done, the phone will restart now and all the apps will be upgraded.

ART Steps

Soon the Android Run Time will be fully functioning with the upcoming versions of Android which might be Android 4.5 or the Android 5.  So this was all about the ART and if you having any questions about it, fire it up on the comment section below.

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Abhishek Vohera
Abhishek Vohera is the Founder and Chief Editor at Above Android. He is from Mumbai, India. Abhishek is a Software Engineer at Multi-National Company by profession and Blogger and SEO expert by passion. He is crazy about Android and a true Google Fan Boy.
  • Tc foo

    When I change my nexus 5 runtime to art , it prompt a message to request reboot , after reboot I check the runtime is still dalvik .can you help me to solve this problem ?

    • I would suggest you to Shut Down the phone and start it again and then try to change the runtime and let all the apps get upgrade(Will take few minutes). If Still the same issue is coming then do reply. We Will help you.

      • Suresh Suri

        yeah boss all apps are upgrade but did not get home screen. show unfortunately app has stopped androidsystemui
        plz help me boss

        then how to change runtime dalvik…

  • Adrian Gonzalez

    When I press the lock button it doesn’t lock and when I hold it for a long time the turn off option Pops out? It only happens when I’m running on art runtime why?

    • I dont think that there is any issue of software or runtime…but if it happens with you…there might be a bug…but for me it was working normally…anyways it would be better to opt for art after few updates from android.

  • Tomi Szücs

    i have a sony xperia z and i cant see select runtime i have android 4.4.2 on my phone. Why cant i see it ? thanks

  • Ishika Agarwal

    I have moto g can’t see what should I do