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Did Your Phone Slow Down? Here’s How To Speed It Up

We all probably had that moment when we realised that the phone we bought not that long ago started running suspiciously slow. What’s going on here? Do you need to buy a new one again? In this article, we will tell you why your phone slows down and how to speed it up again.

Too Many Processes Running In Background

One of the main reasons your smartphone slows down is too many processes running in the background. As time goes and you keep using your mobile, you install new apps. Some of them open on startup and keep running in the background. This uses increasingly more CPU and RAM resources. Likewise, if your home screen has too many widgets or live wallpaper, they also use the same resources and make your device slower to use.

How to Fix It: First of all, remove unnecessary widgets and disable live wallpapers.

After you've done that, it's time to uninstall the apps you don't use. Some apps that came with your phone cannot be deleted, but you can still disable them.

To do that on Android device you need to:

  1. Go to Settings -> Apps and make sure that All apps tab is selected for a full list of apps on your phone.

  2. Find the app you want and tap on it.

  3. Here you will have the option to Disable or Uninstall it.

To delete an app on the iPhone:

  1. Tap and hold the app.

  2. Tap Delete App.

  3. Tap Delete.

Your Smartphone Storage is Full

Another serious reason why your phone became so slow might be because it's running out of storage. And the more cramped your device's storage drive becomes, the slower it gets.

The main culprit here are videos, images and sound files. But your smartphone's cached data adds to the problem too.

How to Fix It: First, check how full your phone’s storage is and clear the cache. Keep in mind that you will be logged out of the websites you're logged into, so make sure you remember your passwords.

On Android:

  1. Go to Settings --> Storage.

  2. Tap Clean Up.

  3. Tap on Junk Files.

  4. Select System Cache and App Cache.

  5. Tap Delete.

On iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings ->> Passwords & Accounts.

  2. Tap Safari.

  3. Find and tap Clear History and Website Data.

  4. Confirm by tapping Clear History and Data.

Now, check how much space do your photos, videos and other files take up. If you cannot delete them and free up the disk space, consider using an app like Google Photos. It allows you to upload all your photos and videos into the cloud.

There are two options, free and paid. The free one lets you upload an unlimited number of files but reduces the quality a little bit. Don't worry, you probably won't even notice. But if that's a big issue for you, choose a paid version, which is only £1.59/month for 100GB.

New Versions Of Apps And Operating Systems Need More Resources

The third major thing that might be slowing your mobile is the app and operating system updates. This one is tricky because in these updates developers include not only the new features but various bug fixes and improvements that keep your phone safe from hackers and viruses.

How to Fix It: Unfortunately, there's not much you can do with the updates as they are needed for your device's security and stability. What you can do though is to use light versions of apps which tend to use less of your phone's resources.

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