Our smartphones have become the most vital technology of our lives. This makes it even more frustrating when their performance is lagging. Here are some steps you can take to help alleviate the issue.
Do you just have too much going on at once?
Most of the time, phones get a bit slow because they’re overwhelmed. Check your task manager and see how many apps you have running. Some you thought you’d closed may actually be still running. This is generally all you need to do; downloadable task killers are usually unnecessary and even dangerous. You may also want to reduce the amount of widgets you have on your home screen.
Clearing some memory
Check your data storage status You may find that you don’t have as much space as you thought, which can lead to severe performance issues. Deleting things using your phone UI often doesn’t actually delete things. Use the data storage management to ensure that things are deleted once and for all! Oh, and consider moving those photos and videos onto your computer!
Leaving it off for a while
Most of us have our phones on all day. Even when we’re supposed to have them off, we’ve usually only put them on silent. And modern phones are supposed to be quite resilient in the face of such constant use. Restarting your phone can be an effective way of speeding it back up. But it might be worth turning your phone off for a while. Leave it off for an hour or so while you go do something else. Like, I dunno, read a book or something.
Taking it to an expert
It’s possible that the problem you have won’t be solved using any of the above techniques. In fact, it may be so slow that it’s almost unusable at times. It may even crash sometimes. If this is the case, you should probably get an expert to look at it. Speak to professionals who specialize in fixing mobile phones. They may be able to advise you on what action you should take even if they think it doesn’t need a full-on repair.
Dealing with overheating
Phones can become slow because they’re overheating. Overheating would seem to be the result of strained memory. But if you’ve still got overheating problems, then you should take these steps as soon as possible. Again, switching it off for a while is recommended. But you should also ensure that it’s out of your pocket, too. Some people like it put their phones in the fridge for a couple of minutes, though this really only temporarily cools the system down!
How long have you had it?
Phones aren’t made to last. You may think that modern phones are so powerful that they’re probably going to last a long time. But that’s not how they’re built. Modern phones are purposefully manufactured so that they lose functionality within a year or so of ownership. This ensures that you think about getting the next model by the time your contract expires. It may be worth getting a new phone if this one can’t be fixed.