Smartphones are growing ever more complex and multifunctional, yet with every upgrade we still find ourselves plagued by the occasionally frustrating slow experience. Although the reasons for your slow phone may be multifarious, here we run through some sure fire ways to speed up your mobile.
Of course, whether you have an iPhone or an Android device opens up the possible solutions, so we will be attentive to both here.
Get a New Mobile
It seems odd starting with something so severe, but in a lot of cases your slow mobile is simply old-fashioned. We are not talking about a one-year-old device here, but those mobiles that are many models behind. If that’s the case, you should consider trading in for a more contemporary option. If your device is relatively new, then its time to run through the real tips and tricks.
Close Non-Essential Apps
Given that your smartphone keeps your previous windows up and running, you should consider closing them after use. In an iPhone simply double click the hold button and swipe you unwanted window to close. On an Android device, you usually launch the recent App window, tap and hold the unwanted app and swipe it. This will stop your background Apps from using up excess memory and slowing down your smartphone.
Scale Back Animations
This mainly applies to Android devices. Navigate to your About device in your phone’s Settings, then tab the Build number label seven times. This activates a Developer options entry in the menu. Here you can turn off animations on your phone, scaling them down to 0.5x for safety. This will cut down your memory use and speed up the device.
Delete Unwanted Apps and Data
This is somewhat of a no-brainer. Just like other electronic devices, unneeded apps clog up your smartphone. Apps that are not in regular use are simply taking up your precious storage space. Consider a monthly digital cleanup of your mobile clutter and delete all those apps that are not necessary. Furthermore, consider regularly transferring your pictures and other mobile data to another device to free up space.
Disable Background Refresh
This is mostly for iPhone users, although variations can be made to Android and other models. Some apps are programmed to refresh in the background, particularly email and messaging apps, using up data and memory. To turn these off on the iPhone, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and choose which apps to disable. It’s as easy as that!
Clear Your Cache
If you find your browser slowing down in particular, try clearing your browsing cache through your app browsing settings, be it Chrome, Safari or something else. To clear your cache in Safari, for example, follow the directions from Settings > Safari and simply click “Clear History and Website Data”. In Android devices, you can clear out temporary data in the Settings > Apps > Storage > Clear Cache procedure. It is always good practice to regularly delete your browsing cache.
Organise Your Home Screen
Page after page of apps just does not look good. It is good practice to compile your apps and widgets into sections to free up memory use. Not only is this aesthetic, it should make navigating apps smoother in the long run.
Turn Off Auto Updates and Downloads
This is another simple procedure which involves navigating your app settings and preventing regular updates. These updates and downloads often use up data and memory, but they also prevent usage when you need to use your phone. Consider updating your apps and phone in your down time, such as at night.
If Worst Comes to Worst: Factory Reset
As a last resort, the factory rest is an effective means of speeding up your phone by simply wiping it of everything and starting again. Just head to Settings > Backup > Reset on an iPhone and similar procedure on an Android device. The downside to this is that you will lose everything on your device, so make sure you back everything up.