Google’s Android OS can be found on nearly every device on earth. It offers a lot of customization options and can be found in different skins and varieties. A common problem with Android (and other OS’s) is how slow it runs after prolonged use. A simple factory reset will solve the problem but that will require you to reinstall all your applications and restore your backups. In this guide, I’ll show you very simple ways to speed up your Android phone.
Method 1: Restart Your Device
The most simple way to speed up your phone is to restart it. It refreshes the phone and clears all running apps, background processes and cache to get things running smoothly again.
Hold the Power button, selection the Restart option and then confirm to reboot.
Method 2: Freeing Up Some Space
Too much music, documents, videos and other files on your device can affect your performance, so try to keep your phone’s storage as neat as possible.
- Open your File Manager application.
- Go through all the your files and folders and determine which ones you don’t need and delete them.
Method 3: Delete and Disable Unnecessary Apps
Having way too many apps definitely causes your phone so slow down. Unused apps a resource hogs, so it’s best to get rid of them. System apps cannot be uninstalled, but can be disabled.
- Go to Settings > Apps or its equivalent setting on your device.
- Select any application you want to install
- On the next page tap on Uninstall and then confirm your action
Disabling System Apps
- Go to Settings > Apps
- Select any system application you wish to uninstall.
- On the next page tap on Disable and then confirm your action. Be careful which system apps you disable, as they may cause unwanted effects to other components of your system.
Method 4: Clear the Cache
Cached data is saved locally on your Android phone so that the system can reduce the loading times of websites and applications. The cache can grow up very quickly and begin to clog your smartphone’s internal storage. You can clear the cache of individual apps, or you can clear the entire system cache.
- Go to Settings > Storage & USB
- Tap Cached Data
- Tap OK when you’re asked for a confirmation to clear cached data for all apps
Method 5: Remove Unnecessary Widgets
Home Screen widgets are useful, but they also consume resources and slow down your device. Widgets persistently look for data and updates which actually consumes battery, processor time and mobile data. There’s no harm using widgets, but the selective with them.
TIP: You can perform advanced speed optimization tweaks on your phone when your device is rooted. Rooting allows you to overclock your CPU, remove unwanted system apps, and install faster custom ROMS.