Is your Android running slow? There are a ton of possible causes for this. Sometimes the answer is as simple as: "It just got old". But, more often than not, there is more to it than that.
With that being said, let's get right into it and check out a few possible solutions for this!
1: Get Rid Of Bloatware
Bloatware is basically pre-installed software that comes with your phone. Could be from your carrier, manufacturer, Google, or all 3.
There are 3 issues with bloatware:
- We usually don't need it
- It consumes precious space
- And most importantly, it can slow down our device
So, if you're experiencing the "Android running slow" issue, then there is a good chance that bloatware is to blame. Obviously, the same thing applies to any useless extra apps that are installed to your phone!
That's because even if you're not using them, many apps will keep on working on the background and that's something that can seriously slow down your device.
The solution is to get rid of any useless stuff. You can do it either by using your:
- Settings app/launcher
- A 3rd party uninstaller
How to Remove Apps With The Settings and Launcher
Nowadays, many launchers allow you to uninstall apps very easily without having to go through extra steps. Now, do keep in mind that the process may slightly vary from launcher to launcher and some may not even offer this feature at all.
As you can see in the image above, Google's stock launcher allows you to uninstall apps simply by holding down the app that you wish to uninstall and then moving it over to the "Uninstall" icon.
Now, let us not forget that certain pre-installed apps are not removable by default. It is possible to remove them with root access. But, that's a topic for another time.
In case that your launcher generally doesn't allow uninstalling, you could try using something like Go Launcher or your setting's app.
Now, again, this process may slightly differ from phone to phone depending on the Android version and skin. That's how you do it on stock Android:
- Open the Settings app
- Go to "Apps & notifications"
- See all apps
- Select whatever you want
- Click on "Uninstall"
Easy as that.
How to Remove Apps With A 3rd Party Uninstaller
For someone who's got numerous apps that need to be removed, removing everything one by one can be a tedious process. In such cases, a 3rd party uninstaller can prove to be a lifesaver.
There are multiple options in the Play Store. But, for the sake of convenience, we're gonna go with Easy Uninstaller. It's free and it gets the job done which is all we need.
- Install Easy Uninstaller from Google Play
- Select the apps that you want to remove
- Press "Uninstall"
- Wait for the process to finish
Uninstallers that ask for root access will usually allow you to uninstall system apps as well. Careful with those.
2: Android Running Slow? Try Rebooting it
It's been several years since Android became a mainstream operating system. Yet, somehow, there are tons of people out there who don't know that reboots every now and then are pretty much mandatory.
That's because rebooting is a process that clears out the temporary memory and starts up the phone in a fresh-like state.
Once more, the process, may slightly different from phone to phone. But, not to the point where this won't help you.
- Hold down the power button
- Press "Restart"
- Wait for your phone to boot up again
And that's about it. Depending on how fast or slow your device is, you may have to wait for a while till the reboot process finishes.
3: Remove Your Widgets
Widgets look beautiful and they often also add a bit of functionality to your phone. However, they also require a bit of horsepower to work.
Depending on how powerful your phone is and how many widgets are running at the same time, this could be a solid factor for the overall slowness of your device.
Removing a widget is as simple as holding it down and moving it towards the trash/bin icon. Really, that's all there is to it.
Interactive widgets are usually the ones that ask for more power. But, if you can do it, removing all of the widgets is recommended.
4: Stop Killing Background Apps With Task Killers
Closing a few apps that you don't need manually isn't a bad idea. As long as you're sure that they won't restart automatically, sure, go ahead.
However, using a task killer that eliminates everything in the background, may be a bad idea.
The reasoning behind this is that an app that keeps on restarting as soon as you kill it time and time again will slow your device even more compared to just leaving it running on its own. So, stop using task killers.
Task killers are not to be confused with trash cleaners. Actually, cleaning up your cache and other temporary/useless files is highly recommended!
5: Keep An Eye Out For Heavy Apps
Certain apps are heavier than others and may end up slowing down your phone. Facebook is known for being one of the apps that cause the whole "Android phone running slow" issue.
There is only one way to find out which apps are troublesome and that's through trial and error. Simple. Uninstall something and if you notice a difference in performance, then that was a heavy app.
If you absolutely can't afford to uninstall a specific app, look for a light alternative. For example, there if Facebook and there's Facebook Light.
Do keep in mind that certain apps do get heavier over time. So, just because an app used to be fine for your phone a few weeks or months ago, doesn't mean that it's going to work just as well now.
This happens because as time goes on, developers optimize their apps for newer devices with more powerful hardware. Thus, our older phones end up feeling slower and slower as time goes on.
6: Perform A Factory Reset
A factory reset will restore your phone to a brand new condition. However, it will also delete all of your data. So, only keep this as a last, desperate alternative.
The process of performing a factory reset may slightly differ from phone to phone. So, do keep that in mind. For stock Android Pie devices, all you need to do is:
- Go to Settings
- Reset options
- Erase all data (factory reset)
And that should do it. Wait for a few minutes till the factory reset finishes and you should be good to go.
Again, don't forget that this deletes all of your data. Always keep backups of your important stuff!
Android Running Slow Fixes: Wrapping Up
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