How to Speed Up Your Android Phone
With all the talk lately about how Apple is purposely slowing down its older phones, Android users might be breathing a sigh of relief. However, they may also notice that their phone doesn’t seem as snappy as it once was too! It’s true that over time PC’s and phones experience natural slowdowns as they age due to the fact that applications require more resources, or that the phone itself is getting bogged down with cluttered files and apps. There are a few ways you can restore your phone to the speed you experienced when you first purchased it.
Both PC’s and phones typically come with some applications pre-installed. This is usually due to deals that the software makers create with the hardware manufacturers. Most of the time many of these apps can be uninstalled or disabled. Go into the settings on your phone, and find the applications. You can select the application you want to remove and then tap the uninstall button. Be careful not to uninstall something that you aren’t sure what it is. Some applications are required for the phone to run properly, even though you may not understand what it does.
Install Lite Versions
Some applications take up a lot of memory, processor power, and more. Often these “heavy” apps offer a lite version that can give you basic functionality of the app without sacrificing your phone’s speed. Facebook offers a lite version of its app, and a lite version of its messenger app, both of which aren’t nearly as resource intensive as their full version counterparts. Do a search in the Google Play Store for lite versions, but make sure they are still created by the original application creator. You could wind up downloading a false version that could wreak havoc on your device.
Make Sure Your Phone Is Updated
Often hardware manufacturers and Google themselves will add performance improvements to updates they release. These can really boost the speed on your device (as opposed to the Apple updates, which apparently slow your system down). Once the phone is updated to the newest version, and your applications are up to date, you may see your system improve.
Clean Up Files
When you have a ton of pictures on your phone or a lot of applications you no longer need, it may be time to perform a clean up of your device. When you are at or near capacity on your phone, the system will slow down no matter what, because there just isn’t any space for it to perform the tasks it needs. If you are one of those people who like to try out several different apps until you figure out which one you want to go with, make sure you remove the apps that you didn’t choose. Also, make sure you backup your photos to the cloud, either through Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon Photos, or Google Photos and then delete them from your device. You can free up a lot of space, AND a lot of speed by cleaning it up. Beware of applications that offer to clean up your device for you. There are many that don’t do what they claim to do.
Perform a System Reset
When all else fails, resetting your phone to factory defaults is sure to speed up the device. It can be a bit of a pain though. You need to make sure you write down all of the apps you use on a regular basis, and then make sure to backup your photos and files, and any applications that don’t store your data in the cloud. Once you are sure you are done backing up, Go to your settings and then find the reset. It could be under “general management” or in another section of your settings. Perform a Factory Reset and once it is finished, redownload all of the applications you need.
Following one or all of these suggestions is sure to make your phone just as speedy as the day you got it!
Eric is the owner and CEO of Protek Support and is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional). He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Information Technology (IT). He is an IT Services expert in a variety of technology related fields. Some of these fields include document management software/hardware, enterprise level networking and VoIP phone systems, as well as large scale software implementation projects and the setup of small business networks.