Your Android device probably seems faster when you first buy it, but what happens over the next few months? It starts to slow down, apps take longer to open, and it doesn t feel as zippy as it used to before. Well as it happens, it is a common problem faced by a lot of Android smartphone users, and you re not alone. Fortunately, it is not the end of the world, and here are a few tips to help you fix your slow Android smartphone, and optimize its performance.Before we go ahead and fix issues, it is important to first identify the core problem. Bloatware, screen animations, app cache, unnecessary widgets and apps running in background are some of the common problems that cause your Android smartphone to slow down. Now, let s take a look at how to fix these issues. ALSO READ: 5 tips to keep your Twitter account secure Also Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to IndiaAlso Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
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App and system cache are among the primary reasons that slow down your device, but the problem is easy to fix. There are two ways to go about it, you can either download a cache cleaner app from Google Play Store, or manually clean each app. Cleaning the cache will not only help speed up your Android device, but also help save some space on it.
Cache cleaner apps like CCleaner, Clean Master and Avast Cleanup & Boost are some of the popular apps you can try. Just install the app and run it. It will analyze the cache from all apps and show it. You simply need to tick the things you need to clean and tap on clean. It s that simple. ALSO READ: 10 tips and tricks to save your Android smartphone battery
Another way of doing it is head over to Settings -> Storage -> Cached data and tap on fix / clean. Do note, the options may be a bit different on different phones. For instance, on some Samsung smartphones, you need to head over to Settings -> Device Management -> Storage. Similarly, on Sony smartphones, you need to head over to Settings -> Storage & Memory to clear the cache.
UI animations and transition effects add an intuitive touch to your smartphone experience, but at times, these animations also start slowing down your phone. Turning off the animations will not only free up processing power, but also help speed up your device.
To disable animations, head over to Settings -> About Phone -> tap on Build Number for about seven times to unlock developer options. Now, tap on Windows Animation Scale, Animator Duration Scale and Transition Animation Scale and turn them off. That s it, reboot your smartphone and it should be a little faster now. ALSO READ: 9 easy tips to clear your Android s internal storage
Uninstall unused apps, disable bloatware apps
A lot of us have a bad habit of installing apps that we don t use too often. Sure, you wouldn t want to download an app every time around when you need it, but there are two issues here. These apps not only hog space, but some of them keep running in background, utilizing memory, and thus making your device run slower. It is better to uninstall such apps and free up the space.
Some smartphone vendors pre-install few apps, that cannot be uninstalled. To get rid of such apps, you ll need to root your smartphone, which is a tedious process, and will void your smartphone s warranty, so I won t recommend it. However, you can still disable these apps by heading over to Settings -> Apps -> select the app and tap on disable.
Sure, widgets look cool and add a touch of flavor to your smartphone home screen. They show the information you need without having to open the app. But the data that widgets display keep refreshing every time around, which hogs data, processing and some system resources. ALSO READ: 10 smart tips from Google every Android smartphone user must know
To speed up your device, it is better to remove the unnecessary widgets that you don t need. Simply tap and hold on the widget, and then tap on remove.
Factory data reset
Not a lot of people would like this option, but it should be treated as a last resort when everything else fails. Factory reset will wipe all your data — contacts, messages, photos, music, apps and more — but it will get your smartphone to the factory condition as it was before when you first bought it.
If you are going for a factory reset, ensure that you take complete backup of your data. To do a factory reset, head over to Settings -> Backup and Reset -> Factory Data Reset. The options may change from one manufacturer to the other. For instance, on newer Samsung smartphones, you ll have to head over to Settings -> General Management -> Reset -> Factory data reset.
The above tips should help you speed up your Android device to a good extent. Do give them a try and let us know if it worked in the comments section below.