Speeding Up Your Android Device

Greer Jordan

 

Is your Android phone running slower than you remember? Buttons and/or touch-screen response time feeling slow or laggy? There are several reasons why an Android phone or tablet can slow down, not function properly, run low on battery, or just be a pain to use. This article could help get your device working properly again.

Android devices vary and dominate the marketplace. With that in mind, Android devices differ in many aspects, which can include some of the following:

  • Android software version.
  • Make, model, version, and mobile carrier attributes.
  • Custom modifications.

The following guidelines are for general troubleshooting. Keep in mind that the button layout, the ability to operate a desired task, how to get to the settings menu, and much, much more will vary across all Android devices.

The General Stuff

These are the must-dos for speeding up any Android:

  • Power-cycle or restart your device. (Do this at least once a week!)
  • Clear processes, notifications, and web browser tabs.
  • Remove, clean, and reseat all removable components, including: battery, SIM and SD cards.
  • Clear storage cache.
  • Do a software update.
  • Try a new battery. (Test or replace.)

If the above helped, great! If not, there are a few more things to check. An Android device generally wants around 10 percent of free space on both the device storage and the SD card. If they are packed full, the phone will never run to its full potential. Try some of the following to free up some space:

  • Move files onto a computer or cloud storage. (Google Photos has 15GB for free!)
  • Invest in a better/larger SD card. (Make sure it is at least Class 10 or throw it away!)

If your micro-SD card is not a Class 10, it basically means it is old and/or low quality! Back up your data immediately and replace the micro-SD because it is going to fail. If you are wondering how to tell what class-type your micro-SD card is, just look for a number on it between 1 and 10 that is generally printed on the side without the gold chipset.

Damaged Devices

If your phone is still bogged down, there are a few more things you can check. A damaged device can perform normally one day and deteriorate the next. Does your device have dents or a cracked display? What about water damage?
Water damage ruins electronics, and the symptoms can vary. All devices come with water damage indicators but the location of these indicators varies. If your phone has a removable battery, then there is generally a water damage indicator on the battery itself, and underneath the battery on the device. If your device does not have a removable battery, it may be located in the SIM- or SD-card slot. If you are having trouble locating the water damage indicator, do some Google research for your device and you should be able to locate it in no time.

Troublesome Applications
Lastly, check for troublesome applications that could be bogging down your device. Device-cleaning apps, battery-saving apps, and security apps are generally bad for your device. They hog up resources, disable features on your device, spam popups about spooky viruses, and generally want users to sign up for a paid app that promises virus removal. Go through your installed apps and remove all of these. If you feel like you must have these apps, just leave one (and only one) installed. I recommend “CCleaner” by Piriform. Find it on the Android Play store.
Remember! A good practice in choosing what app to download is to read customer reviews and check what the app’s rating is.

Factory Reset
Still bogged down? Back up everything important (SD card, computer, cloud storage) and factory-reset your device. Remember to remove your SD card before the factory reset! This will erase everything on the phone and restore the device back to factory settings.
If your device is still having issues after a factory reset, it may be time to consider some of the following ways to replace your device:
• Contact the manufacturer about a warranty exchange.
• If your device is insured, get a replacement.
• Replace your battery.
• Buy a new device.
Hopefully my guide on ways to help speed up your Android device has been helpful! Remember, Android devices vary. If you are having issues or cannot figure out to complete a task in my guide, Google research is your friend!

Greer Jordan is a member of the Information Technology senior seminar course and is planning on a career in a computer-related field. For more info about him, go to http://www.greerjordan.com/beacon-article.html

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