If your phone is slower than it used to be, there’s most likely a few possible causes. Read on to learn how you can get it back up to speed.
When you’ve had your phone for a while it can start to slow down and lose performance. That’s really annoying for a device you’ve probably spent a lot of money on.
Why is my Android running slow?
There are a number of things that can affect your phone’s speed. They may not all be impacting your device, but it’s important to give consideration to all of them to make sure you correctly identify the best way to improve performance.
The burden of newer apps and operating system updates
Google periodically releases new versions of Android that offer new and improved features, while at the same time developers are also making increasingly sophisticated apps. All of this progress takes up file space and places greater demands on the hardware.
Even if you haven’t installed any OS updates, you’ve probably downloaded newer apps (or updated your existing ones), which would have the same effect. New software is always designed to work best with the newest technology. The developers want to push the limits of what is possible.
Bloatware is weighing you down
Successive updates will increase the amount of bloatware on your device. Bloatware is software that is included on your phone by manufacturers. It takes up space and doesn’t do anything useful (at least, nothing users consider useful). On top of that, you can’t delete it!
There isn’t much you can do about firmware updates and bloatware if you want to stick with the official Android OS. If that isn’t an issue for you, installing a custom ROM could help. Operating systems like CyanogenMod offer a lightweight experience and do away with bloatware, which may make your Android device run faster.
You’ve filled your phone’s memory
This can be a big reason for your Android slowing down. The fuller your internal storage gets, the slower it will run.
You can check how full it is by opening the Settings menu and then tapping on Storage. This will show a breakdown of your phone’s storage e.g. how much space is being used for apps, how much for pictures, and so on.
One thing that can build up over time and uses a considerable amount of space is the cached files on your device. You can clear the cache for all the apps using Turbo Booster.
Beware of software running in the background
It’s not just the apps you are actively using that eat up your device’s processing power. Many will keep running in the background continuously from the time you first start them. If you have a lot of apps doing this, they will hog a big chunk of your phone’s memory and cause a drop in speed.
You can force quit apps to stop this happening. To do this, go to Apps in your Settings menu, and tap on the app you want to stop. On the next screen, tap Force stop. Repeat that for any other apps you don’t want to run in the background. Turbo Booster can do this automatically for you.
NOTE: Only do this with apps you won’t use for a while. Reopening an app can use even more processing power than running it in the background if you plan on opening it frequently. If there are apps running in the background that you never use, just uninstall them. Doing away with unnecessary background processes should boost your device’s speed.
Ditch the fancy home screen graphics
If you have animated wallpaper and a tonne of widgets on your home screen, it could also be contributing to your performance problems.
Too many widgets can affect your phone’s performance
These will not only use up processing power but also graphics and memory too. It may seem boring in comparison, but go back to static wallpaper, ditch the widgets and you will potentially see an improvement.
If nothing else works
As a last resort, you can factory reset your device. This should speed it up but you will lose all your data in the process.