Have you ever experienced the elation of purchasing a new Android smartphone, only to have it fall prey to constant lagging and crashing after mere months of usage? Don’t fret: even the most tech-impaired users can deal with a slow phone. Before taking the device to a shop and paying an exorbitant amount of money to have it repaired, follow the steps below to pinpoint and troubleshoot the problem.
First, be sure that your phone is running on the latest software. Using older versions of operating systems prevents the phone from operating at its maximum capacity. Update to the latest version of the OS to make sure that the phone remains compatible with apps both old and new.
Even though your OS is updated, does your phone still lag? It might have too much info on it. Take a look at your phone’s applications and files. Most phones have multiple applications downloaded, but only a few end up being used. Likewise, some users keep many photos, videos, and music files, even if they no longer need them. Checking the phone’s storage information lets users know how these apps and files affect the device’s capacity. For example, storage apps like Photos and Docs occupy a lot of space, while shopping apps like Lazada and shouldn’t pose problems. To free up some MB or GB, you can transfer files to a computer or hard drive and delete or disable bloatware and unused apps entirely.
Next, check the widgets on your homescreen. Though these animated icons deliver information without launching apps and add flair to a static screen, they also use up battery and space to keep running. As with apps, you can reduce or completely remove unnecessary widgets to improve the phone’s performance.
If your apps, files, and widgets are all fine, the problem might be the phone’s cache. The more you use the apps on your phone, the more the device gathers stored data. Surfing the internet can also lead to the accumulation of huge amounts of cached data that typically go unnoticed. To remedy this, clear the cache. This ensures that you can continue using your apps and browsers to follow the news, sale events, shop at websites like Zalora and pop culture conferences without having the phone slow down.
Did you go through all the steps above but still end up with a sluggish phone? Try a soft reset to reboot it, which doesn’t affect the data but fixes problematic apps. However, if this fails, doing a factory reset might resolve the issue once and for all. A factory reset means that the Android device will be restored to its original, file-free state. Back up your data because this final option will delete everything that’s currently on the phone (you can always reinstall data afterwards). Once a factory reset is done, the device will be as good as new and as fast as it’s supposed to be.