We’ve all dealt with the frustration of a slow and unresponsive phone, but luckily there are a few simple ways to get your phone up to speed. Before you call for backup, try these 6 tips.
Restart Your Phone
It seems cliche, but there’s a reason why this is the first thing any IT professional will suggest. Chances are your phone is on constantly, even if you’re not using it. The memory on your phone is used to store cache files and other files that you tend to access frequently, which slows down overall performance the longer the phone is on.
It’s recommended that you restart your phone at least once per week, letting it rest for at least 1 minute before turning it back on.
Turning it off and on again can be a quick and easy way to refresh your phone and solve little issues that come up.
Update Your Phone
We’ve all been there, the notification for a new update pops up and we automatically select “try again later”. Well, your procrastination could be slowing down your phone. Software updates are essential to keeping your phone running optimally. They keep your phone performing at top speed, introduce new features, and enhance your phone’s security.
If it’s been a while since your phone’s operating system has been updated, individual apps are likely running slower as they are designed to work with the most recent software version.
To check if your iPhone is up to date, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
On Android, go to Settings > About Device > System Update.
Update Your Apps
Just like the software that runs your phone, the software that runs your apps needs to be updated. App updates fix bugs that slow down the app and often come with enhanced security features. If you notice an app lagging or not working properly, chances are it needs an update.
To do this visit the App Store (iPhone) or Play Store (Android) and check under “Updates”.
Stop Automatic Updates
While you should be updating your apps regularly (see above), you shouldn’t be doing it automatically. If you’re trying to work and someone is constantly interrupting you, your work will inevitably take longer. Having your phone update automatically is like constantly interrupting your phone while it’s trying to work.
Automatic updates take place in the background while you’re using your phone, which means anything you’re trying to do simultaneously will be slowed down.
To disable automatic updates on iPhone go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Updates.
On Android, go to Play Store > Settings > Auto Update Apps.
Delete Unused Apps
The more you have stored on your phone, the slower it will run. Imagine carrying around a backpack all day with stuff you never use. That would slow you down, right? Having too many apps places a burden on your phone’s hardware and slows it down, just like an overstuffed backpack.
If you’re close to using all of the storage on your phone, it’s a good idea to take a look at which apps you don’t use and delete them.
You can do this automatically on iPhone in your settings by enabling the “Offload Unused Apps” feature. On Android you will have to do this manually.
Clear Your Cache
Caches are information the apps on your phone save, like browsing history or user preferences.
Clearing your cache is a good way to free up storage space on your phone without deleting apps completely. Note that clearing your cache can remove user settings, so this tip is best for apps you don’t use often.
To do this on both iPhone and Android, go to Settings, select the app whose cache you want to clear, and select the clear cache option.
If you’ve tried the above tips and are still having trouble with your phone’s speed and responsiveness, it might be time to seek a professional opinion. Our technicians are ready and happy to help repair your iPhone or Android.