There isn’t much out there more frustrating than whipping out your cell phone only to have it take forever or crash during use. Over time a phone builds up bloat that can make it sluggish, unresponsive or even cause crashes. It makes you long for the day that you took it out of the box and it was super snappy and quick.
Just like most PCs, smartphones have periodic updates and are constantly downloading and installing new applications. The thing about smartphones is that many of us try out hundreds of apps, many of which we never delete once we stop using them frequently. This can not only take up much of the storage on the device, but also can cause performance issues as many of these apps are actually built to run in the background. Apps that aren’t updated promptly can also cause issues as they tend to fix performance issues in later “dot” releases of the app.
No matter what the reason for your sluggish phone, it makes no difference. You want a way to get your speedy phone back. Here are 4 tips how you can do that.
#1. Get Rid Of Not Needed Apps
This is bigger than a storage issue. When you have old apps that you don’t (or in some cases never) use, they are still making permission-based polling, syncing, and checking.
- Open your phone settings by tapping the gear icon and go to the apps menu
- Tap the downloaded tab and scroll through the list of installed apps to find apps that you have installed since you bought the device
- Tap the app label on any app that you haven’t used in more than 5 months. Then press clear cache, then clear data, then disable or uninstall the app. (this will differ depending on the options offered) Remember to be thorough so you don’t end up having to troubleshoot problem apps one at a time.
- Then test your changes by restarting the phone and see if you notice any performance increases. The most prominent ways to tell it has improved is by boot speed and screen scroll smoothing.
#2. Make Space On The Device
- Open the apps menu again
- Sort by file size
- Scroll through the first few most intensive apps and click the clear app cache within the label. This will free memory. Now retest.
- Now open the storage menu item.
- View internal storage graphical bar. If it’s full, install Storage Analyser (available in the Google Play Store) and run it. It will identify the largest files on your device and allow you to delete them. Many times if finds fantom files that have no current purpose.
#3. Update Current Apps Through The Google Play Store
- Launch the Google Play Store.
- Tap the menu icon at the top left.
- View “My Apps” tab.
- Update any apps that have updates available.
#4. Reset The Device To Factory Settings
- Navigate to Settings
- Scroll to backup and reset
- Tap the reset to factory settings button
- You will have to confirm and keep in mind that this will format the internal memory. So, if you have documents, photos, and music stored on your internal memory it’s recommended that you back-up your device to a free cloud server like DropBox.
- Let the device go through the reset process and reboot. This will be similar to when you bought the device.
- Once it has rebooted, make sure to go to settings > About this phone > updates. Check for any updates to the Android Kernel to ensure it is running on the most recent version of the core OS.
These are a few tips that just might put the pep back into your smartphone. Keep in mind that over time, even the most cutting edge and top of the line smartphones will begin to exhibit sluggish behavior. But, keeping a lean list of necessary apps will ensure that you keep the “bloat” from becoming a problem.