Are you tired of your phone freezing? Do apps take too long to load? If so, your device might be overloaded with too many apps or media files. If this sounds like you, consider the following 5 tips to speed up your Android phone and make it run like new again!
1) Delete bloatware
You’ve probably heard of bloatware—the extra apps your carrier tacks on to your phone that are unnecessary. Some people delete these extras as soon as they get their new phones, but you should go one step further and disable them too. A Windows setting will save system resources and speed up boot-up time. Find the settings in your Application settings. If you want to find startup items that you may not be aware of, consider looking through all of them with the Tasker app or startup manager. Both are free to download from Google Play.
2) Do an overall clean-up
The first thing you need to do is to optimize your apps and improve your device’s performance. How? Uninstall apps that you don’t use anymore, clear app caches, and delete temporary files. Run an antivirus scan and get rid of any adware you may have downloaded without knowing it. Make sure that all your apps are up-to-date, so check for updates regularly. In case you don’t have unlimited data, update when WiFi is available instead of on mobile data or at night/early morning when there are fewer users online.
3) Update OS and Apps
Many people avoid updating their software because it takes time and they often don’t want to risk damaging their device. But, keeping your software updated is essential for protecting against vulnerabilities and keeping your phone running at top speed. For example, one of Google’s monthly security updates may have patched a flaw that could have let someone take control of your phone remotely. So, don’t delay: Update regularly! To find out if you have an update available, head into Settings > System > About Phone > Software Updates. This menu will also let you know when an update is coming soon—or if you’re out of date!
4) Limit Background Activities
Some apps continue running even when you’re not using them, and that can be detrimental to your phone’s performance. If you notice any apps with a red notification dot (exclamation point), tap it and go into your app’s settings. You should see an option called Background Activity, which you can turn off by tapping OK. This is useful for apps that run in the background unnecessarily, like Twitter or Facebook.
5) Uninstall unnecessary apps
While we’re big fans of free apps, some companies pay app developers to install add-ons on your phone that collect and report your data. Make sure you only download apps from reputable sources and check for unfamiliar permissions if you don’t recognize an app. When in doubt, delete it. If a pesky app seems irreplaceable, consider rooting your device and installing a different OS—if you’re comfortable with tinkering under your device’s hood, that is.
You’re probably familiar with clearing your browser cache or cookies. Cleaning out your cache on your phone is just as important as it is on your computer, and a good way to start is by tapping Settings > Storage & USB > Cached data. This process may take several minutes, so be patient. And don’t worry about losing valuable info—most cached data can be recovered later if needed. Another potential culprit for mobile slowness is extraneous apps that collect more data than they should.