We all want our devices to keep the highest performance levels; but, sometimes, our demands are bigger than what the device can handle. If you want to increase your phone’s performance here are a few tips, advices and habit changes that could help you keep your smartphone running fast.
Respect your device
One of the first steps towards optimizing your smartphone’s performance is knowing what it’s capable o: when it comes to speed and performance, the most important features in your device are RAM, processor speed (measured in GHz), and number of cores. These will dictate how many tasks it can perform at the same time and how fast it can perform them. Know your device’s specs, try not to do everything at the same time, and you will most likely get better results from your smartphone.
Keep your apps updated
If some apps start crashing or taking more time than usual to load and work, checking for updates is one of the best options, since out-of-date software tends to slow down as time progresses and manufacturers and developers focus on the newer versions, eventually leaving the old ones behind.
Keeping the OS updated is also good… but sometimes it’s not the best idea
Like apps, operative systems have regular updates, more or less frequent according to their creators. Usually, the newest version is designed to be faster and more efficient than its predecessors but some models aren’t really prepared for these updates, thanks to their lower RAM capacity or lack of storage space (one example of this was the iOS 9 update for iPhone 4S: it was compatible with iOS 9, but experienced some difficulties and ended up working better with iOS 8).
Before updating your phone’s OS, check the system requirements in terms of recommended available storage size and recommended RAM: most OS nowadays are designed for devices with at least 1GB, so if you have a 512MB RAM phone you should think twice before updating.
Take out the trash: remove unnecessary apps and files
It’s quite common to have a considerable number of apps and files that you don’t use or need to have in your phone: downloaded and/or duplicate files (like photos), stock apps or apps that you downloaded out of curiosity but ended up not using after some time are a few examples of files taking up valuable storage space and RAM capacity.
If you go through you app list and file folders you will certainly find apps you don’t need or use, duplicate photos (before and after applying filters and touches), a bunch of photos you took before finding the right plan, .pdfs, music files, etc. and you will probably be amazed at how much space all of this takes up and how much free space you will gain after getting rid of all those apps and files you don’t really need to carry around on your device. If you don’t want to part ways with all those photos and memories, you can also use an SD Card (when possible) or a cloud service, which gives you access to files without taking up internal storage space.