Six ways you can breath life into your old Android device

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You own an Android phone, it’s probably a couple of years old or even less but suddenly you realise it is not working like it once did.

We’re all familiar with the signs, navigation starts to get sluggish, opening apps takes much longer than it should and the battery struggles to make it to dinner time.

Here are six simple tips that could breath life into your old Android smartphone or tablet:

Remove apps you don’t use

All smartphone users should get into the habit of checking which apps they use regularly.

If you run low on storage space, this can slow your device down. Review what apps you use and remove any that you haven’t used in a while. Removing unused apps can also help to improve battery life and performance – especially if the apps are running constantly in the background.

Head over to Settings and select Application Manager and remove any apps you do not use.

Remove widgets

While Android widgets can bring additional features to your phone, the more widgets you have the bigger the drain on your phone’s resources.

As with unwanted apps, delete any widgets you dont use.

Clear cache

A simple tip but one which can instantly free up space and give your device a much needed speed boost.

Clearing the cache on your mobile web browser and other apps is a great way to reclaim some of the all important storage. Delete cache by going to Settings > Storage.

Check which apps are running in the background

Head over to Applications Manager to review which apps are running in the background. Some of these may be running without you even realising. Closing these apps will help to free up memory and improve performance.

Go Settings > Applications > Application manager to perform a Force Stop on individual apps.

Manage internal storage

You can help to keep your Android device snappy and responsive by making sure your internal storage is kept as low as possible. This means that anything saved directly to you phone should be transferred to a memory card, your computer or saved in the cloud. Apps like Google Photos will automatically save your photos to the cloud free of charge, meaning you don’t have to save them directly to your phone.

Other data which is typically stored internally includes WhatsApp conversations or text messages, much of which can probably be deleted.

Consider using ‘Lite’ versions of popular apps

Some of the most popular apps now offer ‘Lite’ versions of their Android apps.

The stripped down versions are aimed at users with older phones or slow data connections.

The Facebook and Messenger apps are both available in Lite versions which take up less storage space and require less processing power. Use these over the full versions and you are likely to see a big boost in the performance of your smartphone.

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