Has your Android phone or tablet become really unresponsive lately? Has your once breezy device recently slowed down to a crawl? As we (ab)use our phones for many hours every day, we really push them to their limits. Occasionally, one of the consequence is a notable drop of their performance, which luckily can can be resolved most of the times. See below for 3 ways to fix the dreaded Android lag.
Clean up storage
A nearly full storage might slow down your Android phone. To reclaim disk space, you can either do it manually, removing apps, pictures or music you don’t need anymore, or you can use an app such as Clean Master (APK directly available on the website) that will delete cache, residual files and junk files. Clean Master claims the average cleaning deletes 300 MB of pure junk so there’s probably more storage space on your phone you can claim back than you think.
Uninstall apps running in background
If you’re not too careful when installing APK from various sources, you might end up with a lot of useless apps running permanently in the background. Not all these apps are malicious, but for sure they help slow down your phone. Discover what apps are running permanently in the background (hint: they’re using precious RAM even though you haven’t launched them for weeks) by using a tool such as Memory Booster (APK directly available on the website, also on SlideME). If you reckon those apps are not super important to you, just get rid of them – no mercy for resource hogging apps. Ironically, Memory Booster is one of those applications that keep running in the background, so after using it for a few days to identify the troublemaking apps, you might want to uninstall it.
Format or change your SD card
Finally, a common cause for slowdowns on Android devices is the use of a low quality and/or old SD card. Back it up (see below for details), format it and it might speed things up a bit. Even better, get a new SD card from the likes of Sandisk, Kingston or Samsung that tend to use much higher quality components in their products compared to generic “no name” SD cards. The faster models (30 MB/s and above) are recommended, as the extra speed will make a massive difference when using your phone. Prices are always going down, so there’s a good chance you can buy a bigger, better quality SD card for the same price than the one you bought only last year.
How to back up your Android SD card?
- Leave your current SD card inside your Android device and connect it to your PC with a regular USB cable.
- On your phone, select “USB connection” in the notification area (swipe down from the top of the screen), then choose “USB Mass Storage“. Press OK.
- A new drive or a “Removable Disk” will appear on your PC. That’s your SD card. Open it up, and copy all the files inside to a empty folder on your PC. For extra safety you can make a copy of those files on a USB stick or CD-R.
- Disconnect your Android device from the PC, turn it off and replace the SD card in your phone or tablet with the new one. If it’s empty, format it as this will confirm it’s working properly.
- Connect your Android device to your PC again. Copy all the files that you saved earlier on your PC to your phone or tablet.