A slow phone is just as annoying as a slow internet connection. You don’t want a device that gets you stranded the next time you try to send a quick, important email while on your way to the airport. Although Android is the most advanced mobile Operating System, certain user actions or device issues often lead to lags in performance. To avoid unexpected frustrations, you should be equipped to implement suitable measures so that you make your phone fast and return it to tip-top performance. Below are some 6 easy hacks to get you going.

1)      Uninstall bloatware

Any app that’s no longer useful should have no place on your device. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. Have it in mind that all the apps you’ve used are cached into your Android smartphone. That means they somewhat run in the background, which in turn degrades your device’s performance. If you’ve bought a new Android device, you’ll find that it comes with pre-installed bloatware. To uninstall these apps, you’d need to root your device. But rooting has its share of disadvantages too.

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2)      Update your handset

A lot of Android users still haven’t gotten into the habit of updating their devices. It’s super easy and just takes a couple of minutes. Whenever there’s a new update that has the potential of enhancing the overall user experience, most manufacturers will make it available on their handsets. It’s important that you learn to do so every once in a while. Rooted android smartphones cannot get OS updates.

3)      Clean cache

This is a surefire way to make your Android smartphone run faster. Temporary files and cache occupy space and use up resources on your device. This often translates to lags in performance. You can solve this problem by installing an app such as CM Cleaner, or Ccleaner, both of which are quick but effective solutions.

4)      Simplify your Home Screen

The Android home screen is the first thing that you get whenever you unlock your device. If it’s loaded, it can make your device slower. Make sure that you have only a few shortcuts on your home screen. Avoid live wallpaper, demolish unused widgets and remove unwanted app shortcuts. Consider using a lightweight third-party launcher.

5)      Remove unused files

Chances are that you have lots of unused files, images, music, video and other sorts of content on your smartphone. These files occupy the space that could be otherwise used for other applications that need it more, often resulting in a performance lag. Make sure that you frequently clean up your device, using tools such as CM Cleaner.

6)      Turn off Auto sync

Syncing can gradually make your Android smartphone much slower. So before you get started syncing all your Gmail accounts, think about the implications. If you’re already having performance problems on your device, you don’t want to make the problem any worse.

Once you implement these easy hacks, you should start seeing an improvement in performance on your smartphone.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool