The Android operating system is one of the most popular mobile operating systems in the world right now. Though it is great to use and is functionally efficient, it is not known as the smoothest in the business. After an initial problem free run, the Android system is known to slow down and show considerable amount of lag, especially after installation of multiple apps. But some of the reasons for the slowdown can easily be avoided or rectified by following some easy tips from time to time. Here we list a few tips that can drastically improve the performance of your Android phone.
Clearing cache memory is a very important and necessary step that many Android users ignore and then have to make do with a laggy device that irritates them to no end. The way your apps run have an effect on the overall performance of the phone. A simple step like this frees up cache memory and makes sure your apps run smoothly and your device runs without any hiccups.
Go to Settings > Apps > Open individual apps and click on the ‘Clear Cache’ button.
With a brand new Android phone in hand, users have a tendency to browse the diverse Google Play Store and download a truckload of apps just to try them out. Though this is not an issue, it is our advice that users should make sure that they keep the apps only if they require them for daily use. Other apps which may not be used frequently should be deleted. This makes sure that your app memory is free and your RAM is not unnecessarily overloaded with apps running in the background.
Though the Android OS is designed to handle multi-tasking, the system is overloaded and the RAM used up to keep apps running in the background. Unless you require certain apps to remain open in the background for quick access, it is highly recommended to close down the apps using Androids built-in app manager or other third-party applications like Task Killer.
Like we said earlier, the Android OS will run smoothly as long as your apps are running smoothly and not overloading the system. One way to make sure this happens is to regularly update your apps using the Play Store. Developers find new ways to improve app efficiency and they incorporate these into their updates. It is best to make sure that your apps are using the latest software that their developers have intended for optimum use.
It is advisable to do a factory reset of your phone once in six months to clear out junk and make your phone as good as new. It is, of course, highly recommended to back up all data before attempting this.
Go to Settings > Backup and Reset > Factory Data Reset.
It also does your device plenty of good to restart it once in a while. It takes a lot of RAM to run apps and other services on a phone and the best way to clear RAM is to restart the phone. Save all data, exit all apps and then hit restart. A fresh start will smoothen out running processes and your device will run faster.
Live wallpapers hog a lot of memory and also drain out the battery. Turning off live wallpapers will significantly boost your OS performance.
Widgets are basically apps that are constantly running and taking up RAM. It is recommended to minimize the number of widgets on the home screen to a minimum amount or not use one at all.
A good quality, high speed memory card means that your phone will access files at a faster rate. Invest in a good Class 10 microSD card and you will notice a clear boost in Android performance.
Some system apps are pre-installed by default and have really no use. All they do is take up memory.
Goto Settings>Apps>All> and individually disable system apps which are redundant.
Though only recommended for advanced users, this relatively risky and tedious procedure will allow you to install a custom ROM and experience a host of new features, new versions of Android and a significant hike in speed. You can even remove all stock apps that may not be possible with the regular version of Android.