Is your Android device slowing down? Already thinking about getting a new phone?
You don’t have to! It is normal for a smartphone to slow down or not run so smoothly after a few months of usage. Usually, an Android phone begins to lag, 16-18 months from the date of purchase. In this post, I will share why this happens and how to speed up your Android phone performance without having to buy a new one.
Why do Android smartphones get sluggish after a few months of usage?
The CPU and RAM on your phone are two major components that make your phone work. CPU provides computing power to your device and RAM is the memory. If the load on these two components– under any circumstance– becomes unbearable, your phone begins to lag.
Furthermore, Android OS comes with a lot of preloaded apps that most users don’t even use. You cannot uninstall these preloaded apps. Once you install the ones you want from the Play Store, background activities increase and the performance takes a hit. This is the main reason why Android devices slow down a few months from the date of purchase.
What are the best ways to speed up Android device performance?
1) Uninstall all unneeded apps
I understand that you can’t uninstall apps like a calculator or some free of cost Microsoft products, but you can surely remove the ones that you installed once upon a time, but now don’t use it as much. You can also go for apps that allow you to manage multiple social media accounts without having to install an app for every single one.
2) Turn off Google auto-sync
Google has a feature called auto-sync that helps you manage your messages, emails and other data in your Google account. For instance, once you turn auto-sync on your phone, you won’t have to enter your Google password while logging in from your phone. This is a great feature but sadly, it slows down your phone. Turn it off by following the instructions given here.
3) Optimize the home screen
Since performance is your main concern, you have to settle for a mediocre-looking home screen. Delete the icons on your home screen and use a preloaded wallpaper with solid background colors. Plain black or blue are the ideal ones. Next, make sure you don’t have any screen savers running in the background.
4) Keep your phone updated
This is one of the biggest mistakes Android users make. They don’t update their phone OS and apps thinking the new updates will consume more space. But this is not true. Software updates come with crucial bug fixes and optimized code.
5) Clean up the RAM to make some free space
Before you go ahead and clean up the RAM manually, make sure you check the amount of free space in your phone’s internal memory. If the memory is less than 2GB, go to Settings–>Device Care, your phone will automatically begin to calculate the temporary files in the memory. Once it is done, click on clean.
When is the right time to say goodbye to your Android phone?
The life span of an Android phone varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Other factors determine how long the phone will work optimally. In my opinion, you should be happy even if your phone works fine for two straight years. Smartphone usage has gone up by 0.3 billion since last year. This graph from statista estimates the number to reach 3.8 billion in the year 2021.