All computing devices slow down over time and this has nothing to do with the wear and tear. There is no such thing in the world of software and in most cases, the electronic components are very resilient. If they work well, they tend to keep on working. However, six months down the line, you start feeling that it has become very slow. When the phone was new, it was very fast. But now you start feeling it lag, start seeing apps load slowly. What is the solution? We share quick fixes that would make your phone fast again, almost as fast as it was when you had bought it.
Get rid of launchers
If you have installed any custom launchers on your phone, you should get rid of them. Launchers, even the best ones often slow down the phone. The only acceptable reason to use launchers is when the stock launcher is not good and is slow, which can be the case if you have a phone made by a Chinese company like Gionee. On some occasions the software that these companies put in their phones is not optimised well enough and in that case it is a good idea to use a third-party launcher. But be careful if you are going to use a third-party launcher. Don’t go overbroad and just stick to one launcher. If you don’t like the one you are using, uninstall it before installing the other one.
Close security apps
It’s true that Android may have some security-related bugs, just like any other operating system. But you don’t need to use a security app. Google has said this in the past. In most cases, security apps don’t do anything. They just eat the precious RAM and slow down the phone. If you want to keep your phone safe, follow safe practices — like not installing an app from a shoddy looking web page — and you will be fine.
Remove unwanted apps
Visit Settings > Apps and scroll through the list. We don’t realise but as we use the phone we often install apps that we don’t need, or maybe not even used, and then forget to uninstall them. Clean the list now and remove any apps that you don’t need.
Free up storage
When internal storage is full in a phone it can have a significant effect on the phone’s performance because fuller disks have slow read and write data speed. This introduces lag into the phone. Delete the unwanted data (apps, videos, photos) from your phone or copy the data into a computer to free up space on your phone’s storage.
Clear app cache
Apps like Facebook tend to collect and store a lot of data in their cache. Over a period of time, this can start overwhelming phone’s hardware. If you see the apps that are crashing again and again and have become particularly slow, clear their cache and stored data. To clear cache, go to Settings > Apps. Once you clear the cache, you may have to log into the said apps again and you will lose data (like WhatsApp images) stored by these apps on your phone. But clearing this cache can often speed up the phone.
Do the factory reset:
Once again, you should exercise this as the last option. Doing a factory reset means deleting everything you have done on the phone since you bought it and resorting it to its original software. This clears all the data on the phone and gives you a device that would feel refreshingly new even if its body bears marks of overuse. While factory reset is a fairly good solution to a phone that has become unbearably slow, it also means that you will have to install all your apps again and set up the whole phone again. You can reset a phone by navigating to Settings > Backup And Reset.
By Damilola Faustino