When you first get your Android, it’s love at first sight. You enjoy how fast it runs and streams media but slowly, with use, the speed of your smartphone might decline. We understand your pain, which is why we’ve written some tips on how to speed up a slow Android:
If your Android is working slowly, try these steps in order. After each step, restart your phone to see if it resolved your problem.
- Check your network for a slow connection. Your wi-fi or mobile carrier might be the culprit. Make sure you check your connection settings. If everything looks about right, you can always call your ISP and ask them what is up.
- If this doesn’t work, restart your phone. See if this fits the bill.
- If after restarting your phone doesn’t work, check for Android updates. Do this by going to Settings, selecting System, tapping Advanced then selecting System update. Here you’ll see your update status. If you need an update, follow the screen prompts to do this.
- Check your storage. Open Settings, then select Storage. When less than 10% of storage is available, it can cause issues with your Android. Clear up some space and your phone should get its mojo back.
- Check for app updates. Head to the Google Play Store, tap the menu, then tap My apps & Game. Tap on Update all.
- Close apps you aren’t using, by going to Settings, then Apps & notifications, then selecting the app you want to close. Hit Force Stop, then tap OK.
- If this doesn’t work, restart your phone in safe mode. Safe mode turns off all of the apps you downloaded temporarily. Press down on your power button, and hold it down. You will see “safe mode” at the bottom of your screen. If, while in safe more, and your problem goes away, an app you downloaded is probably causing your trouble. Remove downloaded apps one by one, and after each removal, restart your phone. See if removing the app has fixed your problem.
Still not fast enough? Bring your phone to any cell phone repair shop and get it fixed. Here are some other general tips to help you speed up your lagging Android:
Clear Cached Data and Clean Storage
You can do this with Google’s file management app. It will analyze your Android, point out unused files and apps, and lets you easily transfer files. You can clear cached data here pretty easily as well.
Install Lightweight Versions of Apps You USe Frequently
Facebook is great, but it takes up a lot of memory and storage. Thankfully, it has a lightweight version that works just as well. However, it manages to use just a fraction of the resources that the full app does.
If you use Messenger, Facebook has a lightweight version of this app as well. Twitter and Uber also have lite versions to consume less resources, as does Skype. Google also has lightweight versions of YouTube and Google Search.
Straighten Up Your Home Screen
Although live wallpapers are cool, using one can slow down your Android significantly. If you notice that your phone slows down when you switch between apps or leave an app to return to home, try using a static background and see if that fixes your issue.
Turn off Ambient Screen
Having your display always on is convenient if you want to check incoming notifications and you don’t want to unlock your phone, but this consumes precious battery life. If your battery is draining quickly and slowing down your phone, turning off ambient display can easily fix this problem.
Turn off Bluetooth When You Don’t Need It
When you turn off unused radios like wi-fi, data, or Bluetooth, this can speed up your phone and extend your battery life. If you’re not going to use Bluetooth all of the time, switch it off when it isn’t in use. If you’re a fan of convenience, you can use the app “If This Then That” to automate this.
Avoid Battery Optimizers
Most battery saver apps, surprisingly, can be causing your phone to slow down. These apps typically just stop apps from running in the background and clear your cache. Unfortunately, you’re left dealing with adware, and sometimes, even malware.
We hope these tips cleared up your problem. If they didn’t, you can always go nuclear and factory reset your phone. Make sure you have backed up your data before hand, using ADB or the cloud, and look up your manufacturer’s specific directions on how to do this.