Have you ever thought about “Why my phone is being slow?” Is the phone moving too slowly? We’ve all been there: you have a strong cellular or WiFi signal, but your phone has trouble opening or updating apps, doing a simple search, playing videos, or responding to simple game commands. Some reasons why your Android or iPhone might be slow that are easy to fix are:
- Your random-access memory needs to be cleared (RAM)
- A battery that doesn’t work well
- Low storage or none
My Phone Is Being Slow: Here’s How To Fix It?
Here are some common ways to speed up a slow phone:
1. Do A Soft Reset
Resetting an electronic device is usually the first thing to do when something goes wrong. (Note: This is not a “factory reset,” which would reboot your Android phone or iPhone to factory settings. Instead, it is a “soft reset,” which involves repeatedly turning the phone off.)
It’s not magic; the more apps you use on your phone, the more software code fills up its RAM. As the RAM gets full, bits of code from the same app end up in different places.
When you press the reset button, everything in your RAM is wiped clean, like when you sweep up dust bunnies. Depending on the type of phone you have, here’s how to reset it:
iPhone: Hold the Home and Power buttons together until the phone turns off. Even if the screen goes blank, keep holding these buttons down until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Once that happens, you can let go of the buttons, and the phone should open to your home screen.
Android: Take off the back of an Android phone with a removable battery, pull out the battery, and then put it back in. For Android phones with batteries that can’t be taken out, hold down the power and volume buttons simultaneously and don’t let go until you see the boot-up animation.
2. Check Your Battery
Two or three years is a long time for a battery to last. If your old phone is getting slower, it might be because the battery isn’t as good as it used to be. Even batteries that aren’t too old can act up if broken or used too much. Here’s how to find out if your phone’s battery is to blame:
iPhones: Go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health if you have an iPhone 6 or later with the latest operating system. You can check your battery’s maximum power, which should be between 0 and 100%. Normal Apple batteries can hold up to 80% of their original charge. This percentage will go down as the battery gets older until the battery can no longer hold a charge.
You can also check “Peak Performance Capacity” under “Battery Health” in your settings. This will tell you one of five things:
- The performance is average.
- Performance management is used, which “throttles” a battery when it can’t provide enough peak power.
- Management of performance was turned off
- The battery condition is unknown.
- The battery’s health got worse.
- If your battery isn’t working right, you should contact Apple Support.
Androids: To check the battery’s health on an Android phone, you need an app like AccuBattery, which works on devices with Android 5.0 or higher. This app gives you:
- How much power does your phone’s battery has right now
- How much power do apps use when they are running in the foreground
- Estimates of how long you can use your phone before you need to charge it
- How much of the time does your phone sleep deeply?
- The history of how well the battery has charged and drained.
- A test can tell you how fast your cables charge.
If your battery is almost dead, you should get a new one. An Android phone or any other phone with a dying battery will have trouble holding a charge.
3. Free Up Some Storage
We store so many photos, videos, games, and apps on our phones that it’s no wonder they always run out of space. These files can steal resources from your phone’s computer processing unit (CPU), fill the memory, and slow down your device. Try these ideas to make room on your phone:
iPhones: Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage to see where your memory is going. Turning on “Offload Unused Apps” allows you to free up space on your phone. Click “Review Large Attachments,” and then look to see what you can get rid of. You can also see which apps take up the most space and when you used them last. If your web browser is Safari, go back to the main Settings menu and scroll down until you see Safari. To clear the cache, tap “Clear History and Website Data.” Lastly, go back to the main Settings menu and choose Privacy > Location Services. If Location Services are on, ensure they are only on for the apps, you use.
Android: If you have the latest version of Android, called “Oreo,” it’s easy to free up space on your phone. Click the “Free Up Space” button at the top of the Settings > Storage screen. A list of things like downloaded files, photos, videos, and “Rarely Used Apps” will appear (AKA, an unnecessary app you may not be using.) Choose what you want to get rid of, and you’re done. To clear your cache, go to Settings > Find Apps, find the app you want to clear and click “Clear Cache.”
Save your photos and videos to the cloud and delete them from your phone to free up a lot of space on both devices.