You were probably amazed at how fast your Android phone was when you first got it. Over time you have come to learn the value of patience as your device is not as fast as it used to be. Now, there’s no need to worry because there’s no major problem with your phone. However, if you want to get back that old response your phone is giving you, there are some things you can do in order to achieve that without having to install some third-party apps. Read on to find out some tips to restore your Android device’s out-of-the-box speed that you’ve once loved.

1. Spare Some More Room

 

Those photos and videos you have taken a few months ago, along with those apps you have downloaded from the Google Play store can contribute greatly to your phone’s sluggish response. If you notice that your phone’s response is like a jogger running out of breathe, this may be the right time to give it some room to breathe so that it can run smoothly again.

You can check how much space you’re already using by going to your phone’s Settings, then tapping on Storage. One of the first steps you can take to free up some space is to go to Settings, then tap Apps. Browse around and see which apps you can remove and live without. You may notice that you have some apps installed a couple of months ago that you barely use, so these are the ones you should get rid of first.

To uninstall an app, just tap it on the list, then tap the Uninstall button. You can do this procedure as many times as you want for those apps that serve useless to you. You can also add extra space by cleaning out any files you may have downloaded. To do this, go to Settings, then tap on Storage, and then go to the Downloads section. Select the files you want to remove, and just place them in the trash. If you want to free some more space, you can do so by tapping the Cached Data option. This is because a lot of apps you have installed use data caches in order to speed up some of their processes.

To clear the cached data, just go to Settings, then tap on Storage, and then tap Cached Data. However, clearing the cached data is only effective up to a certain point, especially in times when you’re really running out of space.

2. Lessen Those Widgets

Keep in mind that although widgets do serve as useful tools in making your phone navigation easier and faster, they are also consuming a significant amount of resources just like everything else on your phone.

Make a quick check on how many widgets you have running and how many you actually use. You may want to disable those that you’re not really using at the moment. It’s not really a big deal that you have some widgets running in the background, but you will notice that there is a noticeable difference in the speed after disabling a few. Learn how to be picky and just enable those that you really need.

3. Stop Apps Running in the Background

It is essential that one of the first things you need to check for are the apps that are running background processes and how much each of them eat up your phone’s memory. Power hungry apps running in the background can greatly affect the speed of your phone. To determine which apps are making your Android phone crawl, you need to enable Developer Options.

In Developer Options, there is an option where you can tap Process Stats, which will tell you how much time your key apps are running, as well as the amount of RAM they are using.

 

If you pinpoint some apps that seem to be swallowing a huge amount of power or running in the background much more than it should, making your device slower, then it’s better to just disable the app in your App Manager, force stop in the Running tab, or just uninstall if you don’t really need them.

4. Reboot Your Device

This is a quick and simple fix if your Android phone is acting up like a snail. Restarting it can stop unnecessary app tasks from running, clear out the cache, and get things running back to normal. If you have never restarted your device before, the process is actually a no-brainer. Simply hold down the Power button, tap the Restart option, and then tap OK to confirm the action.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 9:51:13 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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