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Speed Guide: How Make Your Slow Old Phone Feel Brand New Again

Whether you have an Android or an iPhone, eventually your device will begin to slow down. Over time, you’ll notice that it can’t quite keep pace with what you’re asking of it. And, eventually, it feels painful to operate.

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Why does this happen?

Well, one reason is software creep. Over time, developers release increasingly resource-intensive apps.

Think about how little memory and processing power the original Nokia operating systems required. Hardly anything. But then, over time, more complicated OSs became available. And they required more resources to run them. Thus, in turn, consumers needed more powerful phones and so on.

That’s essentially what’s happening when your phone gets old. It’s no longer able to keep up with the requirements of the operating system or individual apps. And so it begins to slow down.

Another common issue is that your phone’s memory is too full. Again this manifests as slow speeds.

If you have a slow phone, try using some of the following fixes to sort it out.

Clear Your Cache

Every time you go on the internet, your phone collects bits of data in something called a cache. You can think of a cache as a kind of vault, storing information it thinks you might need next time you go online to speed up your experience.

Over time, the cache can build up so much that it actually hogs all your phone’s resources. And when this happens, doing something as simple as browsing the internet can get painfully slow.

Learning how to clear cache on iPhone and Android, therefore, is one of the simplest methods available for getting more performance from your device. It’s not complicated. And once you’ve done it one, you can do it a thousand times.

Delete Files You No Longer Need

Files and apps can also take up a lot of room on your phone, slowing it down.

Phones work just like regular computers. They have the same basic architecture: a central processing unit, memory to store short-term information, and then slower storage for everything else.

Filling up your storage doesn’t usually matter for the first 80 percent. However, once you start approaching 100 percent full, you can start running into serious issues.

You see, sometimes, your phone memory isn’t large enough to contain all the information that the processor needs to process. So, naturally, it leans on your storage, using it temporarily to store bits of data. If that storage isn’t there, however, your phone can slow to a crawl, or even freeze altogether, preventing you from using it for anything.

Deleting apps therefore is one of the best ways of improving operational space. It also helps to get rid of any additional files, photos, or videos that you no longer need as these take up a tremendous amount of space.

You can go into your settings and click on “storage” to see which types of files are taking up the most room. You’ll often find that videos and images from your texting apps are taking up the bulk of the space.

Factory Reset Your Device

If none of these fixes work, then you might need to factory reset your device. This operation sounds scary – and you can’t reverse it once you’ve done it. But it can help you get more life out of your phone.

First, go into your phone’s settings and back up all the information you want to keep.

Then click the general management tab and select reset. Then click reset settings.

Doing this will put the phone into a fully reset mode. It’ll take a little longer than a regular reset to get back to normal. However, once it has, you should notice a change in the performance. The phone should feel snappier. And, because it’s working more efficiently, the battery should last longer.

Update Your Operating System

If that doesn’t work, then you might want to try updating your operating system.

On the iPhone, you can check whether your phone is up to date by going to settings, general, then software updates. It should tell you whether you have the latest iOS.

You can do something similar on Android. However, please note that some older handsets cannot support newer operating systems and will crash if you try to install them.

Kill Background Processes

Over the years, your phone accumulates dozens of apps, many of which you don’t actually use. This wouldn’t be a problem if these apps were completely silent and didn’t hog system resources. However, many of them are still operating in the background, guzzling both battery and processing power.

Shutting off background processes can help a great deal. They help to preserve your data allowance and speed up all the other apps on your phone.

Apps aren’t the only source of background processes. The phone itself can sometimes generate bottlenecks when connected to WiFi. If you notice that your handset slows down whenever you connect to the internet, try setting the phone to a low data mode. Doing this will reduce the number of background processes, and prevent data-hogging WiFi from wrecking your experience.

Adjust The Graphics Settings

Believe it or not, your phone has graphics settings, just like your desktop computer. Some of these are basic and necessary. But many are fancy and hog system resources.

Take motion, for instance. This setting turns on parallax effects for icons and alerts. It’s great for getting a clearer view of your screen. But it’s by no means essential. And given the fact that it is so graphically-intensive, it can actually reduce the quality of your experience. Just go into accessibility settings and turn off the “reduce motion” option.

Clear Cookies

Here’s another thing you can try: clearing cookies.

Cookies are little files on your phone that allow it to load websites faster. It sounds like a great innovation – and it is. But if cookies build up too much, it can actually affect how your device runs. Sometimes, it can slow it down unacceptably.

To clear it, go into browser settings and then clear history and data. The internet might be a little slower for a while, but it’s worth it for better overall performance.

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