How to speed up a slow phone in 5 minutes or less

File photo – men speak on their mobile phones on a beach in Mumbai Aug. 28, 2014.

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When it happens, it is terrible. Your smartphone suddenly becomes very slow and struggles to complete each small task. There are several things that may be causing the problem.

It can be a incorrect app, the lack of open space, beautiful effects or background processes, but one thing is for sure, you want to remedy this situation quickly!

Here is how you can solve the problem in about five minutes:

Turn off non-essential interface effects

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In case you haven’t noticed, but there are subtle graphical flourishes that add to your phone’s user interface of the polished look. Although this may be cosmetically appealing, they are really not of importance for the functionality of the phone. In fact, these effects can even slow down your phone!

Don’t worry, you can these effects on and off with these steps:

iOS: minimize animations, go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Reduce Motion then turn it off.

To reduce blur effects, go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Increase Contrast switch to less Transparency .

Android: It’s a little trickier on Android. First, the access to the hidden Developer Options menu by going to Settings and go to About Phone or About Tablet. Under this article, find the Build Number and tap it several times until you see the message “you are now X steps away from a developer,” where X is the number of remaining taps for the Developer Options are unlocked. After the seventh tap, the Developer options should be available.

After you enable the Developers Options to turn off animations, go to Settings >> Developer options and scroll down to ” Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale and turn them all off.

Keep your Android gadget from the Developer options turned on, or the animation settings are reset to the default settings.

Turn off background app refresh

Some apps work in the background and give you timely notifications, alerts and messages. This can be a great way to be kept informed of all times, but it comes with a price. These background apps are occupying precious RAM space and can slow your phone down.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop or limit background apps:

iOS: Go to Settings >> General >> Background App Refresh. Here you can switch between on and Off, universally or for individual apps.

Android: Go to Settings >> Wireless and networks >> data usage. Tap the three dots top right and tap “Restrict background data.”

Turn off automatic app and content downloads

Another handy feature in the modern smartphones is the automatic downloads and app updates. Instead of manually fetching each and every app update is available, you can just set your phone to retrieve and install them automatically.

It is one thing less to worry about, sure, but this can easily slow down your phone also!

iOS: you can turn automatic app updates go to Settings >> iTunes & App Store, then under AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADS, toggle Music, Apps, Books And Audiobooks, and Updates for.

Android: Open Google Play Store then swipe the navigation drawer. Tap on Settings >> Auto-update apps, and then select “no auto-update apps.”

Free storage space

With phones becoming more and more of our photo/video, magazines and apps ballooning in size, the space on your phone is not what it used to be. 32GB may have been enough in the past, but today, that can fill up really fast.

This has consequences for the performance of your phone. The more files and apps you have stored on your phone, the less space it has to work smoothly, slows down the performance. It is recommended that you have your photos, videos, and apps and delete those you no longer need.

Bonus tip: For your precious photos and videos, make use of a Cloud storage service like Amazon Photos or Microsoft OneDrive to automatically back up external.

Here are the steps to view and manage your phone’s storage:

iOS: Check your free space by going to Settings >> General >> store and for iCloud Use. On the “STORAGE” section, you see used and available space. Tap Manage Storage to check the space used by each app. Tap an app for an “App Delete” option.

Android: Go to Settings >> Storage. Here you can check how much space your apps and media consumption. Tap a category to the content. For example, tap the “Apps” section to review the storage used by each app and remove them if necessary.

If your Android phone you can store on a removable SD card, I recommend moving your files to that card also.

Soft reset your phone

If your phone is acting unusually slow, start with a soft reset is your best option. This is especially true if you have not restarted it for a longer period of time. A soft reset will clear your phone uses resources, RAM, and a hang up apps in the background.

To soft reset your phone:

iOS: press and hold the Home and Power button until the phone turns off and restarts. Press and hold these two buttons until the Apple logo appears. As soon as the Apple logo appears, release the buttons and your iPhone will proceed to boot to the home screen.

Android: To soft-reset a Android phone with a removable battery, just pull the battery, reinsert it and switch on the phone as usual.

To soft reset Android phones with non-removable batteries, press and hold the on / off and volume down buttons and keep them pressed until the phone is rebooted and the boot animation is shown.


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