Feel like your phone is getting slower and slower? Be aware that this is a common problem with the latest generation of phones, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to replace it. LesMobiles.com gives you a few tips to give it a second youth.
Remove unnecessary applications
Application catalogs are full of hundreds of thousands of references that are tempting to download. However, for most of them, the usage you’ll get will be only a few minutes. So don’t hesitate to do a little spring cleaning.
But make sure you only remove applications that you know will be useful: some applications may be essential to the phone’s functionality.
Avoid widgets and LiveWallpapers
This advice is particularly relevant for people with Android phones. Widgets and WallPapers are indeed pleasant to use but they are very greedy: continuously active, they constantly consume RAM, in addition to being bad for the autonomy of the device.
Sort through your photos, music and videos
You may have a lot of photos, music and videos stored in your phone’s memory, which can affect the responsiveness of the device. Feel free to sort through all your documents. You also have the option of transferring them to your computer to store them in a place where they will take up less space.
Close unused applications
Today’s phones are multitasking: for example, they allow you to listen to music while browsing social networks or writing an SMS. A very practical feature that also requires a lot of resources on the phone, especially since most applications do not close automatically.
On Android, you’ll be able to access applications that are currently running by pressing the Multitasking button, to the right of the Home button on most Android devices.
Using the iPhone, you’ll need to press the main button twice to view the latest applications you’ve been using.
Update your phone
Smartphones benefit from numerous updates designed to make their use more fluid. These will be notified to you when a notification arrives. But be careful not to rush: it is wiser to wait for the first user feedback. And if you can see the improvement in responsiveness, go ahead and download the update.
Install an application to boost your phone
On the Play Store, there are applications to boost the responsiveness of devices running Android. Fast, efficient and intuitive: the CCleaner application, already well known on the PC, is one of the best of them. It will free up storage on the internal memory and SD card, and boost the phone’s RAM.
Restore the phone
If you have tried all of these solutions and none of them have been able to restore your phone’s strength, then you will need to restore your device.
But before you do this, make sure you backup all the items on your phone (we explain how to do this here) because the restore will remove everything you have installed on your phone from the beginning. Restoring your phone is easy:
On Android: Click the Menu button, then click Settings > Backup & Reset > Restore Factory Defaults (terms may vary by model).
on iOS: connect your iPhone to your computer by cable. Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes. In the Summary pane, click Restore.
If your phone is neither Android or iOS, please refer to your phone’s manual, or visit your phone manufacturer’s website.
Overclock your phone
Last solution, and surely the most risky: you can overclock your phone if it runs on Android, but this requires that your device is root. To do so, you will need to download an application (such as No-Frills CPU Control or CPUBoostLite) that will increase the clock speed as well as the processor voltage. But be careful, because if this operation will increase the reactivity of the phone, it will be at the expense of its autonomy. Remember that this operation is risky and may cause malfunctions on the phone.