Our smartphones have become the most vital technology of our lives. This makes it even more frustrating when their performance is lagging. Here are some steps you can take to help alleviate the issue.
Is it time to get a new phone?
These things aren’t made to last. And I don’t mean that they just happen to be physically flimsy; they’re purposefully manufactured to lose functionality within a year or so of ownership. You may think smartphones are powerful enough to last several years, the same way powerful computers are, but this isn’t the case. If your old phone is way too slow, then it may be worth getting a new one. If you want to get a model that isn’t so new – for example, the iPhone 6 instead of the iPhone 7 – then this is still possible. Some think that you need impeccable credit to get iPhones, but you can get an iPhone 6 with bad credit. Once you’ve got another phone, you should take measures to ensure it lasts as long as possible!Pixabay
Don’t overload your phone
Phones usually become slow because they have too much going on at once, at least in the short-term. You should check the task manager on your phone to make sure you’re not using too many apps at the same time. The chances are there are apps still running that you thought you’d closed. It should be enough to use the task manager that’s built into your phone; task killer apps can actually harm your phone in the long-run and make things worse. A more long-term problem may be the data use on your phone. Severe performance issues can occur if you don’t have that much free storage space. Use the data storage management to delete things you don’t need. As for all those photos and videos you have on there, use a USB cable to transfer them to your computer! This will free up your phone and help speed it up.
Turn it off for a while
Most of us never turn our phones off. We turn our computers off, our televisions off; several other appliances get the treatment, but a lot of people simply leave their phones on all day. This isn’t a smart move if you want to avoid your phone becoming slow! Restarting your phone every now and then can be good, but it might be best to simply switch it off for an hour every two or three days or so. This will let your phone catch a break, which is essential for its long-term health – just as getting a decent amount of sleep is essential for yours! So switch your phone off and go read a book or something.Pixabay
Take it to an expert
If your problem hasn’t been solved using any of the above techniques and you don’t want to get a new one, then you should probably get an expert to look at it. In fact, this is probably a must if your phone is also having problems with crashing and overheating. If the experts think it doesn’t need a full-on repair, then they may be able to advise you on what else you should do.