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7 sure-fire ways to speed up your Android smartphone

ByGB Blog Official 2017-01-17 7093

Explains to Android users why Android smartphones slow down over time and show them how to solve this problem in 7 effective ways.

Compared to iOS devices, the openness of the Android ecosystem promises convenience and the freedom to customize. But one thing that seems to plague Android devices is the increasing lag that appears over time, seriously affecting their usability. Why exactly does this happen? And are there any effective ways to resolve this issue? YES! Read on to discover how.

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Why does Android phone get slower over time?

Smartphones are similar to computers, creating junk files and caches. Numerous app installations can also compound this issue, even causing crashes. Let's take a closer look.

#1. Low Specifications

Alongside high-spec flagships are incredibly basic Android devices that still enjoy strong market demand primarily due to affordability.

A low spec smartphone typically has a low amount of RAM (under 1GB) and/or a very slow CPU. Right out of the box, the performance is sub-standard so installing apps will inevitably cause slowdown due to insufficient RAM and CPU power.

Smartphone Hardware

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Xiaomi Mi Mix and OnePlus 3T

#2. Installed (and running) too many apps

Everyone loves apps, they boost productivity and they're great for entertainment. But it's a double edged sword, folks: every app you open runs in the background eating up precious RAM. Extreme loads can also cause overheating which further degrades Android performance. This can even affect relatively high end phones.

Too much apps on smartphone

#3. Too much junk data and cache

We previously mentioned junk data and cache – this also applies to file remnants following uninstallation, APKs, upgrade packages, etc. If you don't clean your device regularly, all of this accumulates further slowing your phone system.

too much junk data and cache

#4. Other issues

Smartphone getting older

Due to planned obsolescence, all electronics are designed to fail. Phone hardware naturally declines over time, which will impact the phone performance.

Viruses or malware

Due to the open nature of Android's ecosystem, users can freely download apps online – some of which may have viruses, malware, or worse. In the very worst case scenarios, the smartphone can be bricked.

Outside damage

Apart from internal hardware and software causes, external damage can also cause the smartphone to become slow. Examples are physical drops, water damage or even being submerged. One simple solution is to use a heavy duty protective case, to minimize physical damage.

How to make an Android phone work faster?

We can take proactive steps to address slow speed: cleaning the cache and useless data, preventing RAM over use, and removing viruses and malware.

Method #1. Only download apps from official websites and major App stores like Google Play. Never download untrusted applications or APKs. To further enhance phone security, install a reputable security app like 360 Security.

Android APP on Google play

Method #2. Do not install too many apps and uninstall rarely used apps to free up RAM and storage. Live wallpapers and large applications are also not advised for low-spec phones.

Method #3. Clean your phone frequently with dedicated apps available. Develop it into a good habit.

For detailed information on Method #2 and #3, refer to our useful blog post.

Method #4. Do not run too many Apps at the same time as this requires significant resources. Only launch the ones you need right now and close extra ones in the background.

Method #5. Close active apps correctly. You might think closing an app is simply tapping the Home button but, nope, that's actually wrong. Tapping the Home button just shunts the active app to the background without shutting it down. It's still working there, consuming your CPU and RAM.

Long press the Home button to display all the currently open apps on the screen.

Drag/slide the app you want to close to the top or side (depends on Android version) to close it.

close active apps correctly

Alternatively, long press the Home button to display all open apps; then choose the Close All option (again depends on specific Android version).

press Home button to display all open apps

You can also lock the ones you want to maintain by dragging it to the bottom, the lock icon will appear over the app.

smartphone lock icon

However, some persistent apps cannot be closed in this way, and need to be forcibly shut down.

Enter Settings -- choose Application Management -- tap x to close the app.

close apps in Application Management

close apps in Application Management

Method #6. Rebooting your Android every few days can automatically release and purge your RAM.

Though the above methods are helpful in preventing Android slowdown, some junk is harder to remove. So the very final method we suggest is to restart your phone.

Long press the Power button until the following options show on and simply tap Restart/Reboot button.

restart/reboot button

Method #7. Reset your Android phone. This is the last resort option: it completely removes all the cache/data from your phone permanently – including apps, messages, contacts, documents, etc., and returns your phone back to its original state.

But DO remember to back up all your important data, otherwise, they will be gone permanently.

Performing Data backup:

Enter the phone's backup function -- tap Create new backup -- choose the data you want to keep -- click Start Backup button to back up the selected data to your SD card (make sure your SD card has enough storage space for the backup files).

enter phone's backup function

If you don't have a SD card, insert one; if your phone doesn't support external expansion card, copy the important/personal files to your computer.


Open your Android device, go to Settings.

Slide the screen to the bottom, find the More option and tap it.

Choose Factory data reset.

Decide to Erase all or not, then tap Reset phone.

reset your phone

Now wait for a few minutes while your phone is restored to its primary state.

Special Note:

Some people say that FLASHING A ROM can help to restore the phone to the optimum state, which has the same effect as a RESET. However, it carries significant risks. If you flash your phone with the wrong ROM, it can seriously affect critical areas such as battery consumption, system responsiveness, and worse. While you can flash it again, it's difficult to restore the phone to the original state.

My Sad Story about ROM FLASH

Yes, I have done it before, however, the result made me regret it a LOT!

The battery consumption went insane, draining the battery in just 4 hours. The system became sluggish and apps would even crash during use. Bottom line: I DO NOT recommend it!

Flashing ROM is a major risk, do it only after serious research and consideration.

These methods are all easy to apply and practical. But if, after trying all of them, your Android device is still slow, the most likely reason is that it's simply too old. Maybe think about upgrading to a new one that saves both valuable time and energy. Gearbest is a great asset for phone shoppers with premium smartphones at the best online prices, together with excellent warranties and class-leading support. Don't buy your next phone until you have looked here!

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