Android Phones

Most of the modern Android phones are well-equipped with the latest technology to deliver ultra-fast processing speeds. However, often with time, many of these smartphones tend to slow down, mostly because of ‘junk’ data storage in the form of cached files and unused folders.

Thankfully, there are multiple methods that you can use to put some pep back into your Android phones. While these methods won’t make your mobile phone as fast as it was fresh out of the box, you may notice a significant boost in its overall speed.

Top 5 tips to speed up your Android phone performance

Uninstall unused apps

The first thing that you can do to make your smartphone a bit faster is to uninstall unused apps. These apps not only occupy precious RAM but also tend to run in the background. Uninstalling them will not only improve the performance of your Android phone but also claw back some extra battery life.

There are two ways to uninstall apps on your phone.

  1. Long press the app icon and drag it to the ‘Uninstall’ prompt that appear at the top of the screen.
  2. Long press the app icon and tap ‘App info’, then select ‘Uninstall’.

Use Lite versions of apps

In case you own an Android phone that possesses limited RAM and storage space, it makes sense to install ‘Lite’ editions of mobile apps where possible. Lite versions of the apps occupy less RAM and are less resource-hungry, unlikely with their fully-fledged counterparts.

You can find Lite editions of several popular apps on the Play Store including Google Go, Maps Go, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Skype, Spotify and many others.

Clear the cached data

You might notice that opening an app or a website on your smartphone for the first time can take a while. This occurs primarily because your phone doesn’t have cached data for that app or website. Cached data is basically the information stored on your Android phone after you open an app or visit a website. It helps apps and websites load faster after the first time.

For clearing your Android phone cached data, you can find several apps on Play Store. Plus, most modern mobile phones come with an in-built phone manager, offering this feature.

Upgrade to the latest Operating System version

Make sure that your mobile phone is running on the latest OS version. Google always keeps optimising Android with every new release. Updating the latest version of Android delivers you two fundamental benefits. First, as Google fixes several security bugs with every new release, so it actually makes your Android phone more secure. Second, upgrading to the latest version of Android frees up certain space on your phone which could help with faster loading times for the apps. It also improves the system smoothness of your smartphone.

Factory Reset

If you have tried all above methods but are still dealing with a slow device, it may be time to perform an ‘extreme’, yet effective method; a ‘Factory Reset’. Factory reset erases all your data and restores your phone to its stock state, and in doing so will get rid of everything you don’t want on your phone (so remember to backup what you do).

We’ll say that once more for emphasis; before conducting a factory reset on your smartphone, make sure to backup all your critical data. After you have done this, make sure to install only the essential apps – ones that you intend to use.

The Bottom Line

Like any other computing device, Android phones also tend to slow down after few years of use. However, you don’t need to worry. Just follow the methods described above to regain faster performance from your Android phone.