If your Android device is slow, it will be obvious to you and is quite tedious. The phone might constantly freeze or lag when you open an application, or they might close and show an error message. This article will show you the solutions for a slow Android.
Why is your phone slow?
If your phone is quite old (over 3 years), then it is expected that your phone will become slow. As technology progresses and the demands of processes increase, your device will struggle to keep up with these requirements. However, if your device is quite new, there are a range of reasons which may be causing your device to be slow.
- Background processes - When you have been using your phone for a while, background processes may begin to pile up. This means that there are not enough system resources for you to complete the processes that you want to.
There is a simple solution to this: reboot your device. This will close all background processes, which may help to speed up your Android. It is advised that you reboot your device frequently (once a week is enough).
- RAM - The RAM on your phone holds instructions that are currently being run. If your RAM is full due to too many applications and processes running, then it will mean that your phone slows down.
- Cache - Every Android device has a cache partition. It is where instructions are stored temporarily so your device's CPU can access them faster. If your cache partition becomes full, it will cause your device to slow down.
- Storage - Although newer phones come with plenty of storage and the option to expand upon this by adding an SD card, it is possible that your device is low on storage.
- Unstable applications: Although Google attempts to remove unstable and unreliable apps from the Play Store, it is possible that you might have installed an unstable app that is causing your Android device to become slow.
- Firmware: The firmware on a device is the version of the operating system it is running. In this case, the firmware is the specific version of Android you are running. Every model of a phone will have its own firmware optimized for that device
- Malware: It is possible that you have visited a website online or downloaded a file that contained malicious software. The software can take control of your device and use your system resources to complete other tasks, which would cause the performance of your device to decrease.
Solutions to speed up your phone
There are many ways of fixing a slow Android phone if it is caused by the device's software.
Solution 1. Clear the Cache Partition
One simple way that might fix the freezing issue on your phone is by wiping the cache partition. The exact method for each device varies, so you will have to check the specific instructions on how to wipe the cache partition online for your device.
If your device is running an older version of Android, you can go into settings and select the storage option. You can then select the cache option to clear it. If your Android does not allow this, then you will need to do this by booting into recovery mode and then choosing to wipe cache partition. For Samsung devices, you will need to do the following:
- Power off Your Device
- For devices with a home button, you will need to hold the volume up, home and power button to boot in recovery mode. For devices without a home button, you will need to hold the volume up and Bixby. Then press and hold the power button.
- Use the volume buttons to go to "Wipe Cache Partition"; and use the power button to select it.
- Wait for the cache partition to be wiped and then reboot your Samsung by highlighting the reboot option.
Solution 2. Freeing up Storage
If your device's storage is full or almost full (less than 500MB free), then you will need to free up some space to speed up your phone. There are many ways of doing this, and some of them are listed below.
- If your device has a Micro SD card port (usually located by the SIM card slot), then use a Micro SD card. Move files such as photos or music to the SD card to clear up some storage.
- Cloud storage, such as Google Drive or OneDrive offer some storage where you can move files to. This will free up your Android's internal storage (1000 photos moved could free up to 1GB!).
- Deleting apps that you do not use often can be an easy way of clearing up storage. You can also use alternatives, such as using Facebook Lite instead of the Facebook app, to save storage space.
Solution 3. Firmware Solutions(Most Effective)
In most cases, if your device's firmware has been causing your device major issues, your manufacturer will have noticed this and may have released a software update. Check if you have any pending software updates in your phone's settings. If you do, make sure you complete these updates.
If you suspect that it is your device's firmware that is faulty, you will need to flash the stock ROM back onto your device.
Note: This will erase all data on your device so make sure you make a backup before completing this.
The easiest and safest way you can do this is by using the Fixppo repair tool for Android. This will automatically complete most of the repair process for you so that your device functions optimally again. It is recommended that you Fixppo to flash your Android. To use the Fixppo tool, you will need to download the Fixppo tool and install it on your PC. Then, you will need to follow these steps.
Step 1. Open the software on your PC and fill in the details for your device on the repair tool. Press the "next"; button and wait for your device to download the firmware. Make sure that all the details are correct.
Step 2. Once the firmware has downloaded, verify that all the information presented on your screen is about your device. Choose the "start option and put your device in download mode by following the simple on-screen instructions.
Step 3. Wait for the flashing to complete. Your device will automatically be flashed and might reboot a few times. Once it is complete, you can disconnect your phone from your PC and close the software.
In just 3 easy steps, your Samsung will be fixed if there was an issue with your device's firmware that caused it to be slow. You can also use software such as Odin however this is riskier and could cause your phone to become bricked.
Solution 4. Unstable Application/Malware
If you know an application is causing your device to be slow, you can uninstall it and then monitor the phone's performance to see how it will have changed. If you do not know which application is causing your phone to behave sluggishly, you can factory reset the device to remove all the data on it. Make sure you create a backup of wanted data.
The exact method to reset a device to factory settings varies however for most Androids, you will need to go into the device's settings, choose "reset options"; under the system and choose "factory reset";. Then set your device up as new and check if it is still behaving slowly.
Solution 5. Battery Optimization
Although it is unlikely that the phone's battery is causing it to be slow, it is possible. There are many ways of optimizing your battery.
- Turn off location services. These will drain your battery and should only be used when necessary.
- You could download applications from the Play Store that allow you to optimize that battery on your device and will clear the junk on your Android phone to help speed it up.
- Phones running Android Pie (9.0) have the option of adaptive batter. This can help reduce battery drainage and speed up your device.
The recommended method to speed up your device is to use the Fixppo repair tool if wiping the cache partition does not work. It is the safest, easiest and quickest method to repair your device and does not require any expert knowledge of Android.