Most Android devices deliver lightning fast performance at its first months of use and go sluggish in course of time due to a number of reasons. I know several people who bought their dream device and detested it after a few months of use due to never ending loading screens! Here, we present a few tips for maintaining your new device’s efficiency and cleanliness or recovering your phone from frustration.
Clean up your Home screen
Almost every bit of Android is flexible to personalization. However, junking with too many items like widgets, folders, shortcuts, etc. may ingest more RAM. Therefore, you should keep only high-priority items on Home screen. Also remember that setting heavy Live Wallpapers are very similar to running a small game in the background. Opt for nice static wallpapers for smoother use of the device.
Avoid unnecessary multi-tasking
Multitasking is one of the main features of Android. It lets you get involved in multiple apps simultaneously. However, this feature may also allow certain apps to run in the background even if you have exited from them. This will result in serious RAM wastage and lag. To close such parallel running apps, open app-switching screen or task manager and clear their thumbnails. This will save your precious RAM and ensure a better smooth performance.
Go for Third-party launchers
Default launchers (OEM Skins) are, usually, very large in size due to numerous effects, animations, etc. They may appear to be pleasing, but are actually damping your device. Migrate to third-party apps like GO Launcher, Nova launcher, etc., and enjoy similar user interface which won’t compromise the device’s performance. Also, you will get additional personalization areas.
Turn off unwanted facilities
Reach ‘Quick Settings’ from the notification area and uncheck all unwanted features. Keeping your phone’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location (GPS), NFC, etc. unnecessarily on will suck both your juice and system resources. Another way for doing it is installing CCleaner and leaving that job to the application. Disabling auto-sync is also a good option. By doing it, you will get optimum performance, prolonged battery life and data savings.
Keep your device clean
Most applications on your Smartphone store cache files after each use. These are residual temporary data files. Android OS is packed with a cache sweeping mechanism, which may not give desired results all the time. Also, your phone won’t frequently trigger it. Here is the role of third-party cleaner apps. These apps let you perform complete elimination of temporary data manually. CCleaner and Clean Master are such great tools!
Uninstall unused applications
Junking menu screen with too many applications will ruin your device’s performance. Therefore, uninstall all unused applications in your phone. This will help you free up some storage and also get rid of unwanted notifications. You will get better battery backup too. For further clean up, block all bloatware and pre-installed applications also.
Install a Boot Manager
Do you know your Android OS automatically pushes a number of applications to RAM at boot up time? It is these applications that consume most part of your Random Access Memory. Use a good boot manager like Startup Manager to disable unnecessary applications on startup. You will see a considerable decrease in startup RAM usage after using it. It will also reduce lags while playing high-end games.
Eliminate Trojan horses
Like your PC, your Android device is also vulnerable to viruses and malwares. Unless you have implemented proper malware prevention measures on your device, there are chances for malware infection from untrusted storages (USB, memory cards etc.), network, etc. Apps from unknown resources, unknown executable files, etc. will act as Trojan horses (carriers of malware) in this case. Malware may take over your device within seconds and slow it down gradually by pushing background applications (those won’t be displayed in running apps). Install a trusted Antivirus solution such as Kaspersky, keep it updated and scan regularly for detecting and eliminating threats. It will not only kick performance up a notch, but also secure your important data. Don’t hesitate to pay for such software, as prevention is always better than cure.
Get latest updates
Your device may not perform well even if it has a great hardware unless the software part is clear. Most innovations will have some bugs, which vendors will fix through updates. Most updates will fix bugs and ensure higher level device security. Update both your phone’s firmware and apps. Updates will ensure optimum performance in most cases.
If none of above helps!
Above-given tips are not tweaks! They are just optimization techniques for attaining the performance offered by manufacturer. In short, they can realize your needs, but won’t do miracles. If after these advises the original performance of your device is not recovered, please check for hardware failures. Chances are there for faulty hardware, which ruins hardware by overheating or some other means. Try reinstalling your Android too!