It is noticed that Android Phones are fast and zippy when they are new and end up becoming frustratingly slower, as they get older. Hence, we are providing below a number of steps that you can make use of to Fix slow Android Phone or Tablet.
Fix Slow Android Phone or Tablet
Your Android Phone or Tablet can be classified as slow, if the Apps on your device are taking longer to open, getting slower to use and you can clearly notice the delay while switching between screens.
If this is the case, you can either think in terms of buying a new Android Phone or try to get more out of your existing device by following the steps as provided below.
Close All Apps
Having multiple Apps open on your Android Phone at the same time can cause slowdowns. Hence, the first thing to do whenever you notice a slowdown is to simply close the Apps that you are no longer using.
You can close Apps by tapping on the Task button, which is usually found at the bottom of the screen or on the bottom bezel on most Android Phones.
Tapping on the Task Button will bring up all the open and recently used Apps in a cascading window, allowing you to close All the Apps by tapping on Close All option or close individual apps by tapping on the X button located at the top right corner of the App window (See image below)
Restart your Android Phone
Sometimes the slowness of your Android Phone or Tablet might be due to a stuck process or a minor technical glitch and the easiest way to fix this problem is to restart your device.
1. Press and Hold on the Power Button, until you see the option to Power OFF on the screen of your Android Phone (See image below).
2. Next, tap on the Power OFF option and allow you device to completely Power OFF (See image above).
3. Wait for 30 seconds and then press on the Power Button again to Restart your device.
Restarting the device basically acts like a cleansing process, shutting down stuck processes, refreshing the memory and reloading the operating system on your Android Phone.
Update to the Latest Version of Android
Make sure that your device is running the latest version of Android as available for your device. Newer versions of Android are likely to have many fixes, designed to improve performance and enhance the security of your device.
1. From the Home Screen of your Android Phone, tap on Settings.
2. On the Settings screen, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on About Device.
3. On the About Device screen, tap on Software Update.
4. On the next screen, tap on Update Now option.
Your device will check for software updates and inform you whether or not you are running the latest version of Android Operating System as available for your device.
Clear Cached Data
In case you haven’t cleared Cached Data on your Android Phone for a while, it is likely that there is a lot of outdated cached data laying on your device some which may also be corrupted.
Hence, follow the steps below to clear all the Cached data on your Android Phone.
1. Tap on Settings > Storage.
2. On the Storage Screen, tap on Cached Data.
3. On the pop-up, tap on Delete to Delete all the Cached Data on your Android Phone.
Delete Unwanted Apps
Over a period of time you will have accumulated many Apps on your Android Phone and you won’t be using many of these Apps. All these unused Apps are using resources on your Android Phone and slowing it down.
Hence, follow the steps below to delete Unused and Unwanted Apps from your Android Phone or Tablet.
1. Tap on Settings > Applications > Application Manager.
2. On the Application Manager screen, tap on the App that you want to Delete.
3. On the next screen, tap on Uninstall to Delete this App from your Android Phone or Tablet
Similarly, delete all other Apps that you believe are just sitting on your Phone. You should really go hard at this task and Delete all the Apps that you haven’t used in the last 3 months.
Note: You can always download the Apps later on in case you really need them.
The problem of Bloatware is common on Android Phones, with most Android device manufacturers having a tendency to preload their own version of Apps and software on their devices.
However, these preloaded Apps from the manufacturers end up being a duplicate of the Standard Android Apps that come with the Operating system.
Hence, it makes sense to remove or Disable manufacturer supplied Apps, in order to prevent the possibility of some of these Apps Launching automatically on your device, using up memory, CPU and slowing down your device.
Another problem with Manufacturer supplied Apps is that they cannot be uninstalled, but you can certainly disable them.
1. Tap on Settings > Applications > Application Manager
2. On the Application Manger screen, tap on the Manufacturer’s App that you want to Disable.
3. On the next screen, tap on Disable.
In case you are suffering from a slow device, it is a good idea to disable Apps that you are never going to use.
Disable Live Wallpaper
While having a live or animated wallpaper looks cool, it ends up using resources and can slow down your Android Phone. Hence, it is a good idea to switch to a static background.
1. Tap on Settings > Wallpaper.
Make sure that you choose a Photo or Default Wallpaper, instead of choosing a Live or Animated Wallpaper.
In case you have a number of Widgets installed on your device, it is time to cut down on widgets. Unlike App Icons, widgets like Weather and News Feeds are running in real time on your device and consuming resources.
You can remove widgets by pressing and holding on the widget, until you see the Remove Option come up (See image above).
Simply drag the Widget to the Remove Section and drop it there (See image above).
Clear Up Device Storage
Over a period of time tons of unwanted stuff gets into the Storage of your Android Phone – Unwanted Photos & Videos, Screen shots which are no longer needed and all kinds of Downloads which you may not even be aware of.
Deleting all the unwanted stuff from the Storage of your Android Phone can have a good effect on the speed of your phone and create more storage space for things that really need to be stored on your Android Phone.
Delete Photos & Videos
Photos and Videos take up a lot of storage space and you can free up a ton of storage space on your Android Phone by deleting all the unwanted Photos and Videos on your Android Phone.
1. Open the Gallery App On your Android Phone or Tablet and make sure you are in Albums View.
2. Next tap on the Camera Folder in the Gallery App (See image below).
3. Once you are in Camera Folder, Delete All the Unnecessary Photos and Videos in the Camera Folder
Delete WhatsApp Photos & Videos
By default, WhatsApp Messenger saves photos to your Android Phone and there should be tons of WhatsApp Photos stored on your device.
1. Open the Gallery App On your Android Phone or Tablet and make sure that you are in Albums View.
2. Next, tap on the WhatsApp Image Folder in the Gallery App (See image below)
Note: You may have multiple WhatsApp Image Folders
3. Delete All the Unnecessary Photos and Videos in WhatsApp Image Folder.
In future, you can prevent WhatsApp from downloading Photos and Videos on your Android Phone by using steps as mentioned in this article: How to Stop WhatsApp From Saving Photos to Android Phone.
Delete Screen Shots
You will have many screen shots stored on your device that have already served their required purpose and are no longer needed.
1. Open the Gallery App on your Android Phone or Tablet and make sure that you are in Albums View.
2. Next tap on the Screenshots Folder.
3. Delete All the Screen Shots that you do not need.
To get even better results consider transferring all the Photos and Videos to your computer and delete everything from your Android Phone.
Delete Miscellaneous Files
1. Tap on Settings > Storage.
2. On the Storage Screen, tap on Miscellaneous Files.
3. On the next screen, tap on Delete All option to delete all the items on this screen.
Reducing or Disabling Animations can result in considerable increase in the speed of Android Phones and Tablets. In order to do so you will have to access the Hidden Developer Options on your Android Device.
To learn more about this, you can refer to this article: How to Speed Up Android Phone Using Developer Options.