Everyone’s joy is to have that phone that works magic in how fast it performs its tasks (right!). A phone that opens multiple apps without slowing down, one that can stay a whole day without going low on battery within a few hours of use, one that can install multiple apps (depending on the internal storage of the phone), a phone where you can watch a whole video tutorial while taking down notes (check that out in the new google phone the Google Pixel). That is exactly what we get on purchasing that new android phone be it a Samsung, tecno or any android brand. We get that feeling of owning the best phone with an android OS. However, on a few months of use from the 6th month onwards or if it is a good phone model it can give you that great fascinating experience for up to an year or more, it certainly begins slowing down its working functionality. That is when we all begin talking about getting a new phone. Better off also getting the new iPhone in town (were it not for the price that would be the ideal phone for everyone). Well, what should we do to boost up the capability of our android phones before thinking of how to get a new one. Here are few tricks that can work out for your android phone.
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1. Free up the Memory Storage Space.
The internal storage space has a very huge effect on how fast your phone is running. The more internal storage space is used up, the more your android phone slows down its functionality as the flash storage capability also reduces. To free up the internal storage space, you need to delete all the files, folders, videos and images that you do not require. This can be done by going to the file manage option in the phone and selecting the unnecessary files that you do not require, and clicking on the delete option.
2. Clearing Up the Data Cache
Data cache in the phone is a memory storage area that stores a copy of information mostly from installed apps that might be needed by the phone user in future. This allows faster access to the information when required later on. Therefore most applications require some space in the cache and when the cache is full it slows down the phone’s capability. Clearing up the data cache will help improve your phone’s functionality.
To clear the data cache, go to the settings menu in the phone. Within the settings menu, click on the storage option and select the cached data option. A prompt will appear on clicking the cached data asking you whether you want to clear the cached data. Select the ok option and all the cached data will be cleared.
3. Reducing or Deleting the Widgets on Your Phone
Widgets are shortcuts to a larger app found in a phone. This is where one can click to access a particular application within the phone without having to scroll through the whole phone menu. More widgets on the home screen also reduces the functionality of your phone.
To remove the widgets from your home screen, long-press on the widget you wish to remove . A trash icon or an (X) icon will appear at the top of our screen. Drag the selected widget to the trash icon on top of your screen and the widget will automatically be deleted.
4. Uninstall or Disabling Unused Apps
Most of us, have that app that we might have installed due to the hype that we got from peers or because it was trending all over on google playstore but soon, the energy you had for using the app faded away and you no longer use it. This is the kind of app that we need to uninstall or disable. Disabling is helpful when you are currently not using an application but might use it later. This is used because it does not delete files related to the app and can be re-enabled later for use unlike deleting where all files related to the app are deleted. This helps to increase the functionality of the phone because the phone operates only on the necessary applications and the background applications that were unneccessary will not be available to slow down the phone anymore.
To uninstall the app, you can simply select the application by long-pressing on it and a trash icon will appear. Drag the application to the trash icon and it will automatically get deleted.
To disable the application, go to the settings option on your phone and select it to open. On the menu options in the settings, go to apps and click on it. It will display all apps. Select the application you want to disable and click on it. A disable icon will appear click on it and there you have your app disabled.
5. Disable the Animations
Animations are what make interactions with your operating system appear fluid and in correlation with the phone’s OS. However, they can cause the phone to slow down and later appear as videos with no moving effect. They do not add any functionality to the phone therefore disabling them will not cause any harm. To disable navigate to the settings options. Select developer options and a menu will appear. Select the animations option. A pop-up menu will appear showing the animations scale. Select on animations off. This disables the animations.
If your phone does not have the developer options, on the settings menu go to the option, about phone and click on builder number option severally until it displays a pop-up message saying that you are now a developer. This will automatically add the developer options section to the settings menu. Once developer options is added to the settings menu, follow the steps above on disabling from the developer options setting.
6. Factory Reset
This is is helpful but as a last resort when al the other above mentioned tricks haven’t worked for your phone. This will, however, delete all your installed applications except those that came along with the phone and it will also delete all your files and folders. That is the reason why this should be done only when all the other steps do not work.
To reset your phone, navigate to the settings option in your apps section. Within the menu list in the settings area, select the backup and reset option. It will open and display a menu. Select the factory data reset option and select reset phone. This will automatically reset your phone and prompt you to restart your phone. This will help boost up your phone.
Try the above steps before thinking of getting that new phone. Trick your android phone into working like a newly bought phone.
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