9 Ways To Fix Slow Android Smartphone

Shivendra Nath


Using a slow smartphone can be a frustrating situation for many people. It does not matter, if you own the latest Android smartphone(s), after a year or two it may get slower. And the reason for slow android phone can be either software issue or hardware issue or even it can be both. And it will be much better if you fix your slow android phone.

I have been in this situation a few years ago with my old Asus Zenphone Max Android smartphone. And I know the pain of having a slow phone. Even my newer Android phone started hanging after one year plus of use. Thankfully, the fix was easier for the new smartphone. Anyways coming back to the topic, in this article I have listed 9 ways by the help of which you can fix your slow Android smartphone. So, without any delay let’s jump to the possible fixes.

Restart Your Phone:

If your android phone is not performing well or working slower then restarting your smartphone might make your phone fast. Restarting will close all those apps that are running in the background and taking your phone’s RAM and draining your battery. If you don’t know how to restart your phone, then perform these simple steps.

Steps to restart your Android phone:

  1. Press your phone’s power button for 5-10 seconds.
  2. A menu will appear with different options.
  3. Then simply tap on the “restart” option and your device will restart.

Free up storage space to fix slow phone:

According to Google, if your phone has less than 10% of storage space, it will face performance issues. If you have Google’s Files application on your phone, then it will become much easier for you to free up storage space on your device.

With the help of Google’s Files app, you can clean junk files present on your phone to increase space on your device. Along with that it also gives you the list of duplicate files present on your device, and you will gain space on your phone by deleting the duplicates.

Another thing about the Files app is that it will also suggests you to delete unused apps on your device and will also give you the list of unnecessary downloaded files that are taking up space on your phone. Apart from that if you want to store large files such as videos, songs etc. then you can add a memory card to your phone. This will also free up your phone’s internal storage.

Steps to free up storage on Android device:

  1. Head over to Settings.
  2. Tap on Storage.
  3. Then after that tap on Free Up Space and choose the files that have to be deleted.

Clear App Caches:

Clearing app caches can free up some amount of your android smartphone’s internal storage. Whether you browse the web frequently on your phone to read articles of any topic or you use various apps on your device. Clearing app caches may fix your slow phone. If you don’t know how to clear the app caches on your android. Then follow the simple steps:

  1. First go to Settings on your phone.
  2. Then tap on Apps option.
  3. Then tap on the App of your choice.
  4. After that, tap on Storage & Cache.
  5. And then tap on Clear cache option.

You can repeat the above steps for clearing caches of multiple apps on your device. And you may not face any performance issues on your phone after that.

Keep your all apps updated to fix slow phone:

There might be a chance that a particular app has some bugs in it which take up a huge part of memory of your device or any other issue might be there. As a result of this, your device may be performing badly. So, to eliminate this possibility it is better to keep all your apps updated from the Google Play Store.

Update the Android OS:

If you feel that your phone has become slow, then you should check for Android OS updates. Every software needs updates whether it is the operating system or apps of phone. Check that your device manufacturer has released updates for your phone or not. If there’s an update, try to update the phone to the latest Operating System version. As updating the OS to the latest version makes your phone more better than before. And it may make your phone faster and fix slow phone.

Lite Version Apps:

Some companies make the lite versions of their apps. If you don’t know what lite version of the app means, then let me tell you that lite versions of app are designed specifically for the device that have low memory or storage space.

There are several lite apps available on the play store like Facebook lite, Messenger lite, Spotify lite, Twitter lite, Instagram lite, Google Go, Amazon Kindle lite, so on and so forth.

Change Your Wallpaper:

You might be using video wallpaper on your android phone or any sort of dynamic animated wallpaper. Those kinds of wallpaper take up phone resources making the phone slow. So, the simple fix is that change your animated wallpaper to a static one. Doing so will free up the system resources that animated wallpaper was taking.

Install An Anti-Virus to fix slow phone:

There might be a chance that your android phone has viruses or malware in it. Try installing an anti-virus app and utilize the app to scan for viruses present on your device. And delete those viruses that are present on your phone. Viruses or malware takes up a significant portion of your phone’s resources to do something that will be dangerous, and it will never let you know what it’s doing. Also, if you sideload android apps then the chance of getting viruses or malware on your device is much higher.

Factory Reset:

If all the things have failed, then you should try Factory Reset your Android smartphone device. This will most probably work and fix your slow Android phone. As my old phone with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM started working faster after the factory reset. So, what does factory reset do? In simple terms it erases all the data present on your android like apps, photos, messages, contacts etc. and brings your phone to the initial stage. By the initial stage I mean to say that phone software will be reverted to the state when it was first created.

Note: Before factory resetting, take the backup of all the important files and other data.

So, to factory reset your android device follow the easy steps below:

  1. Head over to Settings.
  2. Then tap on System.
  3. After that tap on Reset options.
  4. Then select Erase All Data (factory reset).

One most important thing you should know before factory resetting your phone that your device must be charged enough or is in the charging state in case of low battery. Because factory reset can take some time to complete.

Wrapping Up:

Our smartphone helps us to perform many tasks like sending email, browsing the web, making calls etc. Having a slow phone is somewhat irritating. So, try above mentioned steps to fix your slow running phone and make it fast as it was before. Hope that you have gained sufficient information from this article and don’t forget to share this with your friends and family. And thanks for reading the article this far & keep visiting Novadroid360 for more tech articles.


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