There can be fewer things more frustrating than when your smartphone starts to stutter and lag when trying to do even the most basic of tasks.
Unfortunately, even if you have shelled out for a top of the range model, 6 or 12 months down the line, it’s almost inevitable that the device will start to slow down in some way or another, especially if you use it frequently.
And for those of you who bought a budget or mid-range device, smooth and speedy performance may be elusive after just a couple of months.
If you think the performance of your mobile device could do with a bit of a boost, then there are a few simple tricks you can start doing right away which will help to your Android smartphone run faster.
1. Remove or disable any unused apps
Removing unused apps in order to free up space on your device can make a big improvement on the performance of your smartphone.
Head over to Apps in the Settings menu and scroll down the list of the apps installed on your device. If there are any which you do not use regularly then it’s time to remove them.
A word of warning here though – make sure you don’t delete any important system applications. If you are unsure, search Google to find out what exactly the a particular app does.
2. Make sure your device is up to date
There is a reason why your system software and apps have regular updates. Developers will often find bug fixes and other improvements that will help your device work more efficiently.
Generally speaking, and as with the recent Android Lollipop 5.0, these updates are released Over The Air (OTA), which means your device is updated automatically. It is also always a good idea to make sure your apps are also updated.
You can do this by visiting the Play Store and heading over to My Apps and making any updates there.
3. Clear your cached data
The cache data stored on your phone should actually help your apps run quicker. However, over time cached app data can end up taking a sizeable amount of space on your device. By clearing the cached app data every now and again you’ll be freeing up some of this space, which is especially if it’s from an app that you no longer use.
You can clear the cache on your phone by heading to Settings>>Storage>>Cached data, as shown above.
4. Clean your home screen
Live wallpapers might look great but the reality is they suck the life out of your battery and can seriously affect the performance of your device. If you use a live wallpaper and are having problems with lag and stuttering then consider replacing the wallpaper with a static, stand alone image.
If you can’t do without your live wallpaper, then it can be a good idea to remove any used icons or functions and keep the amount of widgets on your homescreen to a minimum. Think in terms of the less things your device has to process on your homescreen, the better the all round performance.
5. Perform a factory reset
This is the most drastic step and be warned that you’ll lose all the data on your device if you decide to take this route. However, by performing a factory reset of your phone can be a great way of removing all the junk its amassed over time and getting it to return to its original condition.
If you do decide a factory reset is what your phone needs to get it back in tip top condition then please make sure you back up and important data or files first. A factory reset can be performed by going to Settings and hitting Backup & Reset – Factory Data Reset.
Do you know of any other tips that can help improve performance and help your Android smartphone run faster, if so let us know in the comments section below.