phone maintenance

It’s amazing that just 15 years ago people were still using dial-up dumb phone. Eventually we have become so spoilt by the broadband and smartphones that even a minor slowdown can frustrate us easily.

While the modern devices are built for speed, they still need the user’s attention to keep their performance at peak. Decked are some hacks you can take to make your phone operate faster:

#1 Uninstall the Bloatware

An average person has about 27 apps on his phone, which obviously is a lot of storage!
Any app that is no longer useful on your device simply bloats the performance of your device can be termed as bloatware, irrespective of how big or small it is. Once you add an app to your device, it is automatically cached into your smartphone. This means that even if you don’t use it, it’ll keep running somewhere in the background, degrading the performance of your device.
So, if you are using an Android device, go to the Settings > Apps and uninstall the apps that you don’t use in general. If you’re using an iPhone, go through your folders and simply delete everything that you don’t need.




#2 Get Rid Of Old Photos, Videos and Music

Since it has been fed lavishly, phones tend to get slower as its storage fills up. Luckily, you can easily cure this problem by just deleting the unwanted photos, videos and music. If you don’t want to delete them, you can have a backup on a third device or move it to cloud storage.
Deleting the downloads in applications like Netflix, Spotify and Wync, and turning off the auto downloads and chats in apps like WhatsApp can also be beneficial in saving up on storage.

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#3 Update Regularly

Yeah we know that updates are a pain! The horror is that they take forever to download and sometimes also hinder the user from using the device for a while.
Though exasperating, updating your operating system and the apps is vital for the performance of your phone. The performance enhancements in the app and the operating systems can make a huge difference in the speed of your device. To check which of your apps are required to be updated, go to the App Store or the Google Play (as per your operating system) and check the installed apps. Alternatively, if you are using iOS, then open Settings > General > Software Update and if you are using Android, then open Settings > About Device > Software Update.




#4 Clear Your App Cache

This one is a surefire way to make your smartphone run faster. Your phone will automatically cache certain data, as it helps in loading apps quicker. Temporary files and cache occupy the space and use the resources on your device which often deciphers to the lags in performance. You can solve this problem by installing a third party cleaner and simply deleting it from your device.
On Android devices, it is as easy as going to Settings > Storage > Cached Data. However, it is a little intricate for iOS where you need to follow Settings > General > Storage and iCloud usage > Manage Storage. Here you can get the details of how much storage each application is consuming. If there is any app that is taking much of your storage, uninstall and then reinstall it.




#5 Simplify Your Home Screen

The home screen is the first thing that you get to access after unlocking a device. If loaded heavily, it will make your device slower. So make sure that you have only a few icons on your screen. Avoid live wallpapers, demolish the unused widgets and remove the unwanted shortcuts. You can also use a lightweight third-party launcher.
Once you have implemented these super easy hacks, you’d soon start seeing improvement in the performance of your smartphone.


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