5 things you do that can slow down your smartphone

Some practices can slow down your Android or iPhone (iOS) cell phone. One reason could be installing too many programs, leaving too many tabs open in the background, and not rebooting your smartphone often. With this in mind, I want to highlight five things to avoid on your smartphone so you don’t risk slowing it down or crashing.

1. Too many programs and widgets on your home screen

This may seem like a no-brainer, but overdoing it with widgets and apps on your phone’s home screen can slow it down. This is because your smartphone needs more memory to run programs, which means its performance can be compromised.

In this case, to improve your phone’s performance, it’s ideal to have multiple apps and widgets on your home screen. You can leave one or two clock and calendar widgets, for example, and only include the programs you use most often on the home screen.

2. Cell phone system not updated in time

Keeping your phone’s operating system up to date is also very important. Updates usually bring a number of improvements to your smartphone, including bug fixes and improved performance. Therefore, in order to ensure that your cell phone doesn’t have a drastic drop in performance, it’s advisable to keep it updated.

To check for new software updates on Android, go to your device’s ‘Settings’. Then click on the ‘System’ tab. Select ‘Advanced’ and ‘System Update’ to continue.

On your iPhone (iOS), go to your device settings, select ‘General’, and then click ‘Software Update’. There you can check your iOS version and if there are any updates for your smartphone.

3. Leaving your phone without rebooting

Another habit that can slow down your phone is not frequently rebooting your system. By turning your smartphone off and on, you’re preventing some programs running in the background from unnecessarily consuming your phone’s resources – like RAM. So, if you notice that performance is decreasing, a tip to help improve performance is to close all apps and restart your phone.

4. Keeping unnecessary apps active

Bloatware are applications that are factory-installed on your cell phone and are usually not very useful. The problem is that these applications usually cannot be uninstalled and therefore overload your smartphone’s memory, overloading resources and slowing down your phone.

While in many cases they can’t be completely removed from your phone, viruses can be disabled, which can improve your device’s performance. To disable viruses on Android, go to your smartphone’s settings and tap the ‘Apps and notifications’ tab. Then select ‘All’ apps and check the appropriate software. To continue, tap the ‘Disable’ button and confirm the action.

On iPhone (iOS), starting with iOS 11, you can uninstall any app previously installed on the device. To do this, simply select the app you want to uninstall and then tap ‘Uninstall App’. On the next screen, confirm the action and the app will be removed from your phone.

5. Using ‘live wallpapers’

Animated wallpapers can also overload your device and slow down your phone. Also, it’s possible that live wallpapers end up consuming more of your phone’s battery, which can cause your smartphone to drain faster. So, if you are using some funny wallpaper and you are suffering because the phone is slow and glitchy, this could be the cause.

To fix the problem, try changing your phone’s background picture to see how your phone’s performance shifts. If performance improves after removing the live wallpaper, this is a sign that the wallpaper requires a lot from your mobile, and therefore, the solution is to not use it at all.

The smartphone can slow down such processes as photo synchronization, automatic application updates and background training of the assistant’s artificial intelligence.

If your phone is still slow after you’ve checked for all these possible causes, you might need pros’ help. Smart Addiction is there to help you repair the device in time!