Phone slow? How to speed up an Android Mobile Phone

Android Running Slow? How To Speed Up Your Android Phone

May 14th, 2015

Yes you can easily speed up your Android Phone:

Your recently purchased, or long term android phone, is running very slow and it is infuriating.

If you’re like me and always want to get the most out of your tech and have reached the end of your tether with constantly buffering screens and slow performance then look no further. For you we have created a one stop guide to giving your Android phone that much needed boost.

Simply follow the following 5 simple steps:

  1. Remove those unnecessary apps

Delete all apps that you never use. Over the course of owning a handset many of us will get through quite a lot of apps but may forget to uninstall them once they have reached the end of their enjoyment life cycle.

Some of these apps will be using up the RAM memory in your phone, and in doing eating up the much needed processing power that runs your phone, just by being installed.

Your phone will have come with a number of pre installed apps. Many of these you will never have used so delete them.

Uninstall apps

Deleting the apps on your phone is fairly simple – if you head into settings and navigate into your app manager you will be able to get an outline of every app installed on your device. On some handsets this may be easier or harder to find due to it possibly being nested within other sections.

Browse your list of downloaded apps

Click on an app that does not need to be installed

Remove the chosen app using the “uninstall” button

Don’t be afraid to remove an app, be ruthless in your decisions as at the end of the day you can choose to reinstall the app if need be.

The aim of this process is to cleanse your phone of any potential apps that combined together could be a massive power drain on your device’s speed.

  1. Sort out your storage space

This makes a surprising difference: the apps, photos, videos and music can clog up your android phone, leading to a gradual decrease in performance speed.

This is why it’s a great idea to remove the unneeded items that have accumulated over the course of owning your handset.

Internal storage

To do this you can first head to your storage management (located in the settings app) to see what’s taking up the most amount of space then navigate to where these are stored on your phone.

For example your pictures and videos will be stored in your gallery whereas the downloads will be in your files.

Navigate to where the media is located

Highlight or select what you would like to remove

Permanently Delete these from your device

As with all these steps make sure you are actually deleting what you no longer want or need on your phone and nothing that you consider to be precious.

  1. Clear the device’s cached data

Cached data is what many apps use to store data locally on your device to remove the need of having to download an image or piece of content every single time it is opened.

Now you may be thinking “hang on a minute, isn’t this a good thing?” well yes, technically this is a great thing. It can work wonders in speeding up media.

However there are some drawbacks to this such as some cached data taking up vast amounts of space on apps that are no longer in use.

Clear cached data

This is why it is a great idea to clear your cached data every once in a while. The great news about this is it’s just about as easy as every other step listed here.

Open up the settings on your android phone

Navigate to the storage section

Click on the cached data segment

Tap okay on the recently popped up “clear cached data” box

4. Stop and clear any apps running in the background

Even when you’re not using an app it can still be running in the background.. By stopping these apps from running you will be able to free up a lot of RAM that is normally used to quickly open and use multiple apps at once.

Free up RAM

Sometimes it is the most inconspicuous of apps that end up using the most amount of your precious RAM, luckily stopping them is as simple as pushing a single button depending on which device you are running.

Head back into your application manager

Slide across to the the “Running” tab

Click on the app you no longer want running

Tap on the stop button to close that app

Remember to always be careful with which processes you choose to end as sometimes they are necessary for your phone to function in the way it should.

  1. Factory Reset

    If your Android is truly a dying comrade in the race for eternal speed then it may be time to take drastic actions: Factory reset

    Do you remember that feeling of having a brand new piece of technology? How it would load content almost instantly and feel both nice and smooth?  If all else fails then it may be time to reset your android phone back to its factory settings.

    This will mean that any data (or potential problems) will be erased completely leaving you with a virtually brand new handset software wise.

    This is not to say that it will completely fix any speed issues you may be having but it will certainly make a difference.

    Factory Reset

    WARNING: This WILL erase EVERYTHING from your phone, including text messages, non-backed up contacts, photos, videos, musics, apps and app settings.

    Only do this as a last resort.

Open up the settings app

Scroll down and tap on “Backup & reset”

Tap “Factory data reset”

Press “Yes”

Following all of these steps should ultimately boost your android phone’s speed to at least double of what it was before, if not then you may have to consider replacing the handset completely due to technical complications.

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