Over time it is normal for your phone to slow down a little as it’s memory fills up and you install more and more applications. If your phone seems to have slowed to a crawl then don’t worry, I’m here to help with a few tricks to optimise your android phone.
Before we get into the more complicated or drastic solutions to slower performance, it’s probably best to start with the simplest fix. Sometimes all your phone really needs is restarting. Restarting will clear memory and allow updates to apply. This can often fix some of the more common performance issues on your phone, so it’s well worth giving this a quick try before moving on to anything else.
Uninstall Unused Apps
If you’re anything like me your phone is probably filled with apps that you barely ever or never use. For me, these are often the apps that are the flavour of the month, or that I thought I’d be getting a lot of mileage out of at some point. I recommend having a look through your installed apps every couple of weeks and thinking about which ones you use. Android will even show you the last time that these apps were opened so you can see any that have gone unused for a shocking amount of time.
While you’re clearing out your unused apps it’s worth looking into how to remove any of the bloatware that your phone came with preinstalled. These apps are rarely ever used, but the process of uninstalling them can change from manufacturer to manufacturer, so have a look around for some guides on how to remove your particular phone’s variety. You might be shocked at just how much space you end up clearing.
You’ll probably be using Google Chrome as your web browser on your phone, so it is well worth optimising it to improve performance. The simplest way to do this is to activate the Data Saver mode through Chrome’s settings. This will help to cut down on your phone unnecessarily burning through the battery and using up your data.
Keep Your Phone Updated
While this is probably one of the most repeated pieces of advice out there, in regard to phone maintenance it really can’t be overstated. Making sure that both your operating system and apps are fully up to date will help your phone to run as smoothly as possible and use its resources efficiently. Software updates will also frequently come with solutions to security problems or flaws, so this can be really essential to protecting your data and phone.
However, if your phone is reaaally old, be careful before you perform a full system update, as this might be too much for your phone’s older hardware to manage. If you’re at this point though, I’d really recommend upgrading your phone to a more recent model if possible.
This should be your very last avenue of action to resolve issues with performance on your phone. A factory reset will completely clear out your phone and return it to the state it was when you bought it. This does mean that any files that are stored on your phone’s memory will be deleted, so be sure to move anything you want to keep over to some external or removable memory before resetting your phone.