If you've used your smartphone for a while, you've most likely experienced the frustration of a long load time. Who has time for that? While it isn't always feasible to trade in your phone for the latest model, there are a few things you can do to speed it up ... without causing harm to your device's security or operating system. We turned to a panel of tech pros and gadget bloggers to find out what the best tricks are for speeding up slow smartphones. We asked all of them:
What's the single best way to speed up your smartphone?
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"There are several steps a user can take to speed up a smartphone..."
1. Update the firmware which fixes some bugs and improves smartphone performance.
2. Back-up all your important data and then reset your smartphone.
3. Check internal memory and move your media to external one
4. Go to Google applications and delete those apps which you are not using and even won’t ever use.
5. Delete App cache of those which you are using and will continue.
6. Disable apps which you are not using so they won’t run in the background (again from App manager).
7. Disable animations from settings.
8. Disable lock screen animation.
9. Restart your smartphone
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"As an iPhone user, I've found that the absolute best way to speed up my phone is by..."
Clearning out my RAM. If you're unfamiliar, RAM is an acronym for Random Access Memory. Software on phones depends on it in order to conduct tasks efficiently. So when you have a ton of apps open and working in the background all at once, most or all of your RAM could be taken up. This slows down your phone tremendously. Sometimes you can fix this easily by closing out all of your apps and only using the ones that you need. But often times, apps will still keep using RAM even after you've closed them. The way to get around this is by resetting your RAM. It can be done in two easy steps.
First, push the iPhone's power button and wait for slide to power off to show up on the top of your screen. Second, push and hold the home button for six seconds, or until the normal home screen shows up again. The result is a much faster iPhone as a result of refreshed RAM.
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As evidenced in a recent Internet traffic study conducted by the networking giant Cisco, connect to the wireless internet using LTE. In the span of five years, their research suggests an expected ten-fold increase from 2.4 exabytes in monthly mobile data usage in 2014 to 24.3 exabytes per month by 2019. One Exabyte is equal to one-trillion terabytes or one-quadrillion bytes. By comparison, all spoken language throughout all human history is 5 exabytes. As users spend more time using data-intensive applications, surfing the web, streaming music and videos, significant time-savings can be gained by making sure you smartphone is using the fastest wireless data networking protocol available to avoid waiting for content to be streamed or downloaded to your device. In short, upgrade your plan to a better network.
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"To find the best way to speed up a smartphone, let's consider why phones slow down in the first place..."
The most common cause of a phone slowing down is the device running out of memory. This happens when too many services are running in the background. The best way to speed up your smartphone is to restart it. Rebooting clears all these services running in background. Post that, you may want to uninstall applications you no longer need to ensure that your phone doesn't slow down again.
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"There are a few helpful strategies you can use to make a sluggish smartphone faster..."
1. Clear your RAM
Of all the storage space saving tips, this option is perhaps the easiest option to all of our solutions. If you want to free up RAM on your iPhone without completely rebooting, there is a faster way to get your iPhone up to speed again.
Unlock your iPhone and hold down the power button until you see Slide to Power Off. After this, instead of sliding the power off or canceling, press and hold the home button for a few seconds until you are returned to the home screen This should flush out your memory and make it so your iPhone works faster than before. By doing this you are turning off all background app activity. This is a quick and low maintenance way to make your iPhone operate at top speeds again.
2. Delete associated documents on your iPhone
Of course, apps aren't the only things that you can go through on your iPhone. There is plenty of storage taken by files associated with apps, but not taken by the apps themselves. If, for example, Pages seems to have a lot of storage taken by files associated with it, simply head into pages and delete documents you don't need anymore, or move them into the cloud, where you can still access them but they don't need to take up storage.
3. Turn off photo stream and don't join any others
Photo Stream is great, because it syncs photos from all your devices to your phone. If, however, you have a limited amount of storage, this can be really problematic, especially if you don't particularly need to see them all. Of course, it's important to note that these photos aren't full resolution, but they still take up a lot of space.
To disable photo stream, you can simply head to Settings, then to Photos & Camera, where you will see an option to switch off Photo Stream. Joining photo streams from other people is also a no-no if you want to save space on your device. Be warned that while this will free up space, it will also mean that your iPhone will not be uploaded to be seen on other devices, and vice versa.
4. Use iTunes Match
ITunes Match really is a great tool. What it basically allows for is for Apple to scan your music collection, and see which songs are in that library. Then, the iTunes equivalents of those songs will be added to your account, after which you can stream those songs or access them without having to store them on your actual device. Depending on how large your library is and how willing you are to delete a large portion of that library from your device, this could free up a significant amount of storage. It is important to note that iTunes Match costs $25 per year.
5. Don't use burst mode or HDR mode
Photos take up quite a lot of space, but when you take multiple photos at once, it takes up even more space. Burst mode essentially captures a number of photos in a quick burst, meaning that it is probably taking up much more space than you need. There are two options here: the first is to not take Burst Mode at all, and the second is to simply go through the photos taken and delete them after you use Burst Mode. Either one will result in the same amount of space being taken. The camera app makes this easy for you, allowing you to choose from one favorite photo out of the photos taken.
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"From my experience running an IT consulting company, the first thing to try for boosting the speed of a lagging smartphone is to..."
Restart it. Restart it regularly for good measure – let's say weekly, if not daily if you're trying to eek out extra time on an aging smartphone. It's the quickest and easiest thing to try and has a good chance of speeding it up.
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"If your phone gets slow, your can make things faster with a little developer fix..."
Navigate to system settings, then About > Software Information > More > Build number. Tap on the build number at least 7 times until you get a confirmation that you’re now a developer. This brings up the Developer Options menu in the main settings list. Navigate to Developer Options and scroll down to Drawing, then Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and finally Animator duration scale . These animations cover up lags as the system catches up. By default, they are set to 1x, but you really don’t need slow settings on a slow phone. So set it to 0.5x to get a snappier experience. You can also try uninstalling large apps that run in the background.
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Uninstalling the most resource-consuming apps. Our advice is to start with messaging apps, because they normally have heavy background processes running constantly in the background on your phone. You can, for instance, use the Facebook Lite app instead of the Facebook Messenger app, and uninstall all messaging or social networks apps that you don't usually use. Do so and you'll note a real change in your device. There are apps (such as Turbo Booster, which we publish), which help you identify which apps consume the most resources and therefore slow down your device.
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"In order to speed up your smartphone, there are a few things you need to know..."
I know that your question is about ways to speed up your phone, but I know that one of the common examples given is something like a Task Manager or an App Killer. Full disclosure: I used to sell cellphones and I'd see people come in all the time who installed one of these on their Android phone. These are bad news. It's like a registry cleaner for your PC. The effect is a placebo, and you run the risk of doing real damage to your phone's OS. The example I used to give when I sold phones is that it was like pulling the plug on your computer because your browser is frozen.
Android is smart enough to manage RAM most of the time, and a task killer circumvents that. In fact, Android (and most apps) will just silently load the processes in the background that the app killed soon after using it, because the apps don't use a hacky method to try and force them to shut down. (I am not talking about clearing apps in the multi-tasking, this will not hurt your phone. Rather apps that promise to free up RAM. are the bad ones.)
There are a few ways to speed up your phone, however:
1. Monitor your apps. Some apps are terrible when it comes to resource management. They'll run in the background when you don't need them or slowly eat up free RAM. For example, previous versions of Facebook Messenger used to do this. This can take some digging, but if you watch your battery screen as well as your memory screen, you'll notice apps using far more than they should. Pay special attention to the keep awake time, because that's when that app forced your phone to keep running at full speed. If you notice something getting aggressive, try uninstalling it and then monitoring performance.
2. Get rid of apps you don't use. Many apps have some kind of checker function. Even free games will periodically boot to download new ads in the background so that they are ready for if you play them again. Premium ad-free games will check Google for your license. Most apps do this intelligently and shut themselves off when they're done, but other's don't. If you don't use an app, just uninstall it. Google keeps a record of everything you installed in the play store under My apps. so if you want it again, it's easy to find.
3. Reboot your phone. Android is great at managing RAM most of the time, but it can hit bumps along the way. Sometimes core apps, that you can't disable or uninstall, might get a memory leak. I usually reboot my phone once a week or once every other week.
4. Check your notification bar. If an app is showing something in your notification bar, it usually means that it's taking up a little bit of memory. If you notice an app popping up over and over again when you're not interacting with it/not getting useful information from it, it could be a sign that the app is using memory unwisely. Also, if you have any app that's pushing ads to your notifications, just uninstall it. Not only are they annoying, but the apps that include this function have a higher probability of not being coded properly.
Tonia Baldwin is a Corporate Director at A1 Connect, providing companies of all sizes with business mobile phones.
"Quite simply, the best way to speed up your smartphone is to..."
Clear the cache, just as you would with your computer. Caching is great for speeding up browsing in the sense that you’ll get faster connection from previously visited sites, but too much can have an impact on overall speed as stored information is kept on the hard drive.
This means that there’s less memory and less room to function. ROM is being used up and as a knock-on effect, a smartphone’s ability to work at full capacity is compromised. On the bright side, it doesn’t take too long to clear; it’s simply a case of clearing the cache from settings.
iPhone users can go to Settings -> Safari -> Clear History and Website Data. To clear app caches, delete the app and reinstall it – provided you have a backup of data you need.
Android users can open their browser go to Menu -> More -> Settings -> Privacy & Security -> Delete Personal Data for web based cache. For app caches go to Settings -> Apps -> Clear Cache.
Now you should be up and running smoothly once again.
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"The best way to make a slow smartphone faster really depends on..."
The smartphone you're talking about. For iPhones, I would suggest regularly checking and adjusting which apps have access to your background app refresh. This is a setting that's located within general settings and contributes to slower phone speed. By adjusting which apps have access, you can make it so that apps aren't running in the background even when you're not using them.
For Android devices, I would suggest restarting the device. This will help clear your phone's cache which can make a noticeable difference in speeding up your phone's performance.
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"The single best way to speed up your smartphone is to..."
Free up the RAM! Free up the RAM of your smartphone by closing the web browser tabs. Most smartphone users aren't even aware that most web browsers have tabs and those store data in the RAM, which makes the phone run slower because of clogged up memory. You can instantly speed up the smartphone or any other smart device by closing the web browser’s tabs and restarting the device.
Ashley Turner is director of Gadget Valuer – one of America’s biggest gadget trade-in comparison sites. Launching in 2009, the founding team wanted to create a completely independent cell phone trade in comparison website after running an actual phone recycling site. Such experience in the recycling market means Turner is constantly in touch with the latest trade-in trends and consumer habits.
"The first step in speeding up your smartphone is to..."
Identify the problem. Could it be your cell phone is being slowed down by apps, configuration of the device storage, or the phone's RAM? Without being a total whiz kid with your phone settings, you often don’t know what's inhibiting your phone's performance. The best course of action is to download an app to evaluate your device. Below are some examples of popular apps that will aid you in getting the speed back on track.
Useful apps include:
1. Battery Doctor – Analyze what is slowing your phone down.
2. Trepn – App specific and system data performance analysis.
3. CCleaner – Optimize your Android phone in seconds.
4. Clean Master – Clean up junk files and cache.
5. Google Drive – Store your videos and photos in the cloud.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from 4 tricks to speed up internet on your Android smartphone via WhistleOut.
"One of the best ways to speed up the Internet on an Android smartphone is to..."
Clear out your cache.
Apps and services slowly build up caches that, in time, can eat up precious system resources. Ours is in pretty good condition because, thanks to a steady flow of review units, we rarely have a single phone for more than a month. You, on the other hand, may have built up megabytes of cached data in multiple apps.
You can go through and clean them all out individually, or you can download an app to tackle it all at once.
To do it manually, go in to Settings and then to Applications. Select an individual application that you use often, like your browser or a news reader, and find the Clear Cache button. Do this for all of your most-used apps.
If you’d like to do it all at once, you can download a cleaning app like App Cache Cleaner, which has a Clear All option.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from 7 Simple Tips to Speed Up Your Smartphone via AndroidPIT.
"One of the best ways to make your smartphone faster is to..."
Free up some space.
All those photos you've taken and all of those apps you’ve installed can take their toll on your phone. It needs a little breathing room to run smoothly and if it's running low on space, it can start to slow down.
You can check how much space you have left by heading to the Storage section of Settings. One of the easiest ways to free up space is to tap Applications and see which apps you can uninstall.
Tap the entry for an app you no longer need and then tap Uninstall. You can repeat this process as many times as necessary for any apps you feel you can live without.
There are other ways you can free up space. The files you have downloaded are probably still sitting in storage wasting space and can be removed. In Storage, tap Downloads, select the files you want to remove and then tap the Bin button.
Many of the apps you have installed use data caches in an attempt to speed up operations. This is effective up to a point, but if you are running short of space, it can actually be counter-productive. To free up this space, hit the Clear cached data option and then tap OK to confirm.
More files ripe for deletion can be found in the Miscellaneous files section. Tick the boxes next to any types of file you'd like to remove – backups, files received via Bluetooth, playlist files, and so on – and then tap the bin button. You can keep an eye on how much space you have freed up when you look at the Available space section.
You can also disable any apps that came pre-loaded on your phone but you don’t use. If you have rooted your Android, you can actually get rid of these apps, but if not, you can go to the app properties and disable it to prevent it from running and using up your phone’s resources.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from Android device running slow? Here’s how to speed up your phone via Android Authority.
"One effective way to speed up your smartphone is to..."
Delete and disable unnecessary apps.
Like me, you probably have way too many apps on your smartphone. We all download applications without even thinking about it. After some testing we realize they are no good, and it’s normal to simply forget about these applications and leave them roaming around the app drawer.
This is fine when you have a lot of storage, but some may need to save that precious space. Not to mention, this software may be running in the background at times. Unused apps are definitely resource hogs, so just get rid of them! You can do this by using the app manager in your settings, or by long-pressing apps in your drawer and dragging them to the “Uninstall” section.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from 5 Ways to Speed Up Your Android Phone in Under 5 Minutes via Tom's Guide.
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Disable bloatware. Your phone can come preloaded with as many as two dozen apps from the carrier and third parties such as Amazon. If you don't use these apps, you should get rid of them, because they can run in the background, even if you've never opened them.
Unfortunately, unless you have rooted your phone (a complex process that likely voids your warranty), you can't delete preloaded apps. But you can "disable" them so that they can't run in the background, update themselves or appear in your app drawer. To disable an app:
1. Navigate to the Applications Manager in Settings. You may have to tap Applications and then Application Manager.
2. Swipe over to the "All" tab to see a complete list of apps on your phone.
3. Select the app you want to get rid of.
4. Tap Disable or Uninstall. If you tap "Uninstall" and then the button changes to say "Disable," tap it again to disable.
5. Hit OK.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from 4 Ways To Speed Up Slow iPhone via Know Your Mobile.
"One thing that might be slowing down your iPhone is..."
Believe it or not, but having a ton of iMessages can massively slow down your phone—in addition to taking up space. At one point I had 8GB of iMessages on my iPhone. You can check how many you have by going to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. If your iMessages are taking up more than 1GB it might be time to delete them.
To ensure iMessages never become a storage or speed hog in the future, it’s best to set iMessages to auto delete after a set amount of time. To do this:
- Go to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages.
- On the Keep Messages screen choose 30 Days or 1 Year (if you want to keep them for a bit longer). Choosing either one of these options will delete all your older messages past that timeframe—and in the process speed up your iPhone.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from How to speed up iOS 9 via BGR.com.
"There are several things a user with a device running on iOS 9 can do to make it run faster..."
The first thing iPhone and iPad owners can try is to disable transparency and motion effects: go to Settings > General > Accessibility. In there, find Increase Contrast and toggle on the Reduce Transparency option. Also in Accessibility, you’ll find the Reduce Motion option that has to be toggled on as well.
Secondly, users can disable background app refresh on their devices. Again, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Once located, the option has to be turned off.
Finally, users can disable Siri suggestions from the Settings app: go to General > Spotlight Suggestions, and turn Siri Suggestions off. However, since the feature also happens to be one of the main new capabilities in iOS 9, some users might want to keep it on, particularly if they’re Siri fans.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from Speed up ANY Apple iPhone with this simple trick via Express.co.uk.
"Here's a simple, 10-second trick to give any Apple iPhone a quick power bump..."
In a nutshell, this simple trick forces your iPhone to ditch everything it's trying to work-out and juggle in its Random Access Memory, or RAM.
It's like shutting down the smartphone – but much, much quicker.
How to do it –
First, press and hold the power button, which is on the the side of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus or on the top right on all older models.
After a few seconds you'll see the words "Slide To Power Off" appear on the screen.
Now press and hold the Home Button at the bottom of your device. After a few seconds you'll find yourself back at the iOS Home Screen.
And that's it.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from 12 Ways to Make Your Android Run Faster via Dreamy Tricks.
"One of the most important things to do to keep your smartphone running quickly is to..."
Install system updates. Android is the open source operating system. Whenever there is a new update officially released, it includes the security issues and bug fixes. I highly recommend that you update your Android smartphone. In some cases, if you’ve rooted your Android phone, you can’t update it to the latest version. You need to unroot your Android phone to make a successful update. This is most important of the various techniques that can make an Android run faster.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from How to speed up your Android device: give your device a performance kick for free via Alphr.
"Sometimes the best way to speed up a lagging Android device is to..."
Delete everything – yes, everything – and start afresh.
It may sound like a radical step, but it can prove effective. Just remember to back up all of your files to your PC, Mac or to Google Drive’s various services (Google Photos, Android Backup) before you start.
No matter what version of Android you’re running, head to Settings | Backup & Reset | Factory Data Reset.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from How to Quickly Speed up a Slow Android Phone via Recovery-Android Studio.
"One easy and effective way to help your smartphone run faster is to..."
Disable background data.
Most of the apps that you've downloaded on your handsets consume lot of data in the background to search for updates and provide a better experience. Compared to the memory space it requires from your phone, I would say that disabling background data is a better option. Go to Settings > Data usage > Menu and check the option "restrict background data."
Chris is Consumer Tech Editor at PC Advisor covering news, reviews, features, opinion and video content. Chris can be found writing about almost anything to do with technology but he focuses on mobile, particularly smartphones and tablets.
NOTE: The following information is excerpted from How to speed up Android: 6 ways to give your smartphone or tablet new life via PC Advisor.
"If you want to speed up your smartphone, consider..."
Removing some widgets.
Widgets are a great feature of Android but they take more processing power to run compared to simply displaying an icon.
If you're using a lot across multiple homescreens, consider which ones you don't use much or could do without. Having fewer will lighten the load on your Android device and help speed it up.
Don Reisinger is a technology/video game/business journalist who writes for Fortune, PCMag, and eWEEK.
NOTE: The following information is excerpted from How to Use a 'Glitch' to Speed Up Your iPhone via Fortune.
"A so-called 'glitch' in Apple’s iOS 9 could speed up your iPhone..."
1. Turn on Assistive Touch by opening Settings > General > Accessibility.
2. Ensure that the Assistive Touch button is at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
3. Within the home screen, open up Spotlight search by swiping your finger down from the top of the display. As soon as the Assistive Touch button moves above the keyboard, type anywhere between the search bar and the keyboard to return to the home screen.
4. Open another app to see if the transitions are gone. If so, you’ve turned off all transitions and now your apps should be loading far more quickly.
5. Turn off Assistive Touch (though leaving it on doesn’t appear to affect app performance).
It’s unknown whether the bug can be exploited on other devices or iOS versions, but 9to5Mac says it tested it on iPads running iOS 9, and was able to get the same result.
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NOTE: The following information is excerpted from How to Speed up an Android Smartphone with 15 Android Hacks via intenseCLICK.com.
"To keep your smartphone running fast, you should update not only your firmware, but..."
You should regularly update your phone’s installed apps. Try to get updates for your apps when they are available in the App Store (for Apple) or Google Play (for Android). Developers fix bugs and add features in new released versions of apps. Updated apps perform better and faster, and are less likely to crash your phone.