Whether you are buying your first Android smartphone or replacing your current Android phone, it’s the device’s physical features and hardware specifications that influence your purchase decision. Apart from physical looks, applications, and battery power, what we look for in an Android phone, its operating system, CPU performance and memory capacity.
However after using your cherished smartphone for a period of time, you may feel that your phone is responding slower than before. You may find your favorite apps opening sluggishly after you have tapped their icons. Almost all Android phones, at some point in their existing life, face this issue. This problem has more to do with available apps and stored data, than you dropping your phone, unintentionally.
Your phone’s inbuilt memory space gets full, over the time, with camera photos, downloaded content, installed applications, cached data, and music and video files. Low internal storage area, gradually, affects the overall performance of your phone. Go to Storage section of your Android phone settings to know about the current status of your device memory. You can also check the storage information of your inserted memory card, here.
Settings-> More-> select Storage
Use these following 9 simple tips to solve your beloved Android phone’s speed issues. If problem persists, then you can rush to your nearby phone repair shop!
- Restarting your phone when it becomes unresponsive– This is a simple step that you can try before moving on to other given methods. Press (and hold) Power button to select Restart option.
- Clearing phone memory cache– Majority of apps use individual cache of data for easy and fast access. With time, the data caches get bigger in size, as you use those apps more. When you search Google or visit websites, all your browsing information, get cached, too. You can clear all cached memory areas through following options:
- Use Application manager to clear cache of an individual app.
Settings-> More-> Application manager-> app_name-> Clear Cache
- Use Storage section of device settings to clear cache of all applications
- Force stopping and closing the running apps– All those applications running in the background use up system memory as well as keep the CPU of your phone quite busy. Using several apps, simultaneously, tends to burden the CPU and takes up sizeable part of system memory. Your phone starts to hang a lot and responds late to your touch screen actions. These scenarios can be handled by given methods:
- Using Home button– Press down Home button to bring up the list of apps currently in use. Swipe away the app that you want to stop quickly.
- Using Application manager– This method is used to force stop apps from running in the background.
- Uninstalling unnecessary apps– Check your Applications list and get rid of all those apps that you no longer need. This is will, significantly, free up your device memory.
- Deleting or moving files to external memory card– You can simply delete the files and folders residing in your phone memory. These are contents that you have downloaded from internet, gotten via Bluetooth, temp files, backups and app folders. If your handset has an external memory card within, then you can move them to that memory card to vacate device memory space. Likewise, you can save your data to PC and online cloud storage such as DropBox and Google Drive.
- Disabling screen widgets– Widgets on Home screen serve either as shortcuts or quick-access apps. Too many active widgets also slow down the phone performance. So limiting the number of active widgets on your device screen may speed up your phone.
- Configuring Launcher settings- You can select and disable superfluous features of the launcher such as animations and special effects.
- Downloading and installing Cleaning apps- These utility apps assist in identifying and deleting junk files and redundant applications residing within your phone’s internal memory space. You can get these apps from Google Play Store, such as, CCleaner, Clean Master, History Eraser, and App Cache Cleaner.
- Running Factory data reset– Make backup copies of your phone’s contacts, messages, and important files for reloading, before attempting factory data reset.