Let’s be honest here: don’t you just hate it when your Android starts glitching and lagging for no apparent reason? When that happens, there is no need for panic — if your Android phone or tablet isn’t working as it usually does, getting it back up and running should be an easy process. Try these easy fixes before calling the experts to schedule a maintenance repair, replace your device with a newer, more expensive model, or throw the darn thing out the window.
Here are the best ways to try and fix the issues affecting your Android device speeds.
Why Is My Phone So Slow? Issues and Fixes
Clear Your Cache
To help speed up your phone, try to clear your cache – the one that manages your apps and your web browsers. The steps vary a little, so pay attention to the following directions.
To Clear Caches for Your Apps
- Go to Settings > Tap on Apps & Notifications.
- You will see a listing of app categories. Go to your choice category (the Other apps category tends to have the biggest list).
- There you will have access to a list of your apps in that category and how much space they use up on your phone.
- Hit the Clear Cache button on the right side. That’s it! Clearing your cache will clear up that much-needed space.
If you wish to delete all your cached data at once, you will need to Google your Android model to see if you have this opportunity. Android models tend to vary, so you may have that option.
To Clear the Cache Android Web Browser – Chrome
- Open Chrome, and find the three dots icon close to the address bar.
- Go to History, then hit Clear Browsing Data.
- You can delete your cache just from the last day or go back weeks. If your phone is dangerously slow, it might be a good idea to clear the cache from older dates.
- Hit the Cached images and files box, then the Clear Data button.
Remove Unused Files and Applications
Having full storage reduces your device’s speed. While clearing your cache frees up a lot of storage on your device, it might not make a scratch if you have many apps or loads of photos and videos. Deleting things you don’t need can free up storage as well as operational space. So, delete those unused files, pictures, videos, documents, and anything else you can find.
If your Android device is lagging, you need to free up some space. Find the culprit on Settings > Tap on Storage and consider deleting the big storage users from your device.
If you’re too attached to the big storage users, opt for the army of small apps you don’t mind getting rid of. Remove these stuffy apps and give your phone some air.
Pictures and Videos
Most of the time, pictures and videos are the real things taking up the most space on people’s phones? Try to back them up to your computer whenever you can, and delete them on your phone to free up some space.
Update Your Big Storage User Apps
Another effective way to speed up your Android device is to keep your OS and applications up to date. Updating your apps keeps your device protected and allows the systems to run smoothly.
One method is to get rid of Android crapware, the pre-installed apps you never use. Try removing them to free up storage on your device.
Sometimes apps get bugs that result in the CPU on your phone working extra hard, slowing your device down in the process. Updates are often issued to get rid of those bugs. So, keep everything up to date.
To Update Your Apps
- Open the Google Play Store.
- Go to Menu >Tap on My Apps & Games.
- Apps that have updates available can be found under Update. Tap Update – the new version will download to your phone.
- If you want your apps to update automatically, go to Menu > tap Settings, then Auto-Update Apps.
- Choose any network Wi-Fi, WI-FI with cellular data, or Wi-Fi only to let apps update. We recommend using Wi-Fi only to prevent unnecessary data usage.
Restart or Reset Your Android Device
If you have tried all the fixes above and your Android device is still experiencing slowdowns and glitches, it might be time for a total wipeout. A factory reset will restore your phone to its default factory settings.
- Make sure to back up your phone before initiating a reset, then go to Settings.
- Go on General management > Tap Reset.
- Tap Reset Settings.
NOTE: if that doesn’t work, opt for a full Factory data reset.
When Did the Slowdowns Start?
Sometimes Android devices slow down for no apparent reason. Before trying some of the steps above, start by restarting your phone. Most of the time, shutting it off and turning it back on often fixes small glitches. If you are still having issues after trying the steps above, you may have a hardware issue. We recommend you get it checked out to see if it can be repaired.
A few culprits could be behind the sudden slowdowns of your Android, but thankfully, there are solutions to find and fix them. If your Android is starting to lag, chances are it’s nothing too serious. These issues can be fixed most of the time by either clearing out data stored in your phone’s cache, removing any unnecessary apps or updating the operating system to get it back up to speed.
If none of the above do the trick, your device may have a battery or other hardware problem that requires professional support.