Typical user mistakes that cause Android smartphones to constantly slow down
When buying a smartphone with sufficient RAM and a good processor, we think that it definitely shouldn’t slow down. But this is not so: if it is wrong to use a gadget, then even modern devices can jam, what can we say about old devices on weak hardware.
Below is a list of nine common mistakes that cause Android smartphones to constantly slow down.
Closing background processes manually
Until 2014, closing background programs was really beneficial for device performance. But then Google changed the way Android was allocated memory , replacing the old Dalvik register with the new ART, which made automatic system optimizations smarter.
Modern Android itself understands how many resources need to be allocated to programs running in the background, and when they need to be closed. Doing this manually is unnecessary and even harmful, so you only slow down the smart, forcing it to re-launch applications, and not immediately unload them from the RAM, which even on inexpensive devices with 4 GB of RAM happens without any problems. Well, you can only clean up “heavy” applications and games on your own, if after use they are no longer needed.
Using memory “cleaners” and antiviruses
Based on the last point, there is no point in using cleaners, memory optimizers and Android “accelerators”. Usually, all that such software does is periodically unload all running applications from the background at once. It doesn’t do any good, you just end up with a constantly running program that hangs in the background, consumes resources and interferes with Android.
As for antivirus, statistics show that two-thirds of the more than 250 tested antivirus applications for Android simply do not work, but only load the system. And since viruses can mostly be picked up “outside” of the Google Store, if you don’t surf dubious sites and download the left-hand APKs, there is no point in keeping your antivirus running all the time.
You can keep a conditional CClener to sometimes find and delete large lost files from memory, and use the antivirus application for additional functions – remote blocking, deleting data from a lost smart, or to scan the device for malware once a month. But in general, without antivirus and Android memory cleaners, phones don’t really lose anything.
Always-on power saving mode
This is useful for autonomy, but detrimental to the performance of the device. Smartphones of any brand in power saving mode cut the processor clock frequency – this way it consumes less battery power, but starts to work slower. When using simple applications, this is invisible, but in games or working with resource-intensive software, it is noticeable.
Long work without reboot
If the smartphone works without problems, it is not necessary to restart it. Although modern models can periodically ask about this, or even reboot automatically.
But if the gadget began to slow down for no reason or perform some functions incorrectly, it is worth trying a reboot in the first place: to clear memory of processes that may not work correctly.
Fully clogged storage
Correct operation of Android and applications requires a supply of free permanent memory – for storing temporary files. If there is not enough memory, the OS will compress these files to fit the required data in the available space. Compression takes some of the resources and time, and the more space you need to free up, the more the application will slow down. Therefore, the advice is this: keep at least 2-3 GB of memory permanently free, and if you often use games and heavy applications like video editors, even more is desirable.
Using non-optimized apps
You may like the launcher with beautiful animations when flipping tables or a gallery with a bunch of effects as much as you like, but resource-intensive applications, especially those running on old devices with weak hardware, are one of the main reasons for their slowness.
If the performance of the gadget has begun to annoy, try to find an alternative to the usual software. It makes sense to replace even native sentences, for example, to download a simple and reactive Simple Gallery instead of the pre-installed gallery . Test different options and find the apps that work best on your device. Just do not forget to carefully approach the installation of programs downloaded outside of Google Play.
Allowing “extra” access for applications
A simple example: you have installed a music player that for some reason requests access to a location or gallery. Or you downloaded a photo editor, but it requires access to the phone book.
It’s not worth giving them, and it’s not so much about the impact on the speed of Android: more active services – the higher the load, but more about data privacy. Inappropriate access is dangerous, who knows how a conditional photo editor uses your contact list?
OS update on old gadgets
If a gadget is 3-4 years old, it has little RAM and an initially weak processor – updating Android is not always good. New builds are often designed for more modern devices, so updates can slow down or cause instability in older devices.
Of course, everyone wants to get additional functions and somehow refresh the device, but this can be done on the current version of the OS (here we will tell you in detail how to upgrade the old Android ). And if you are updating, then at least study the reviews of the owners on how your model works with the new firmware on a profile forum, for example w3bsit3-dns.com.
Clearing the cache regularly
First, a brief educational program: the cache is files that applications save to your smartphone and keep in permanent memory so that they can be used faster the next time you start.
It is often advised to delete the cache to save space. But this one doesn’t help much, because:
- for most programs, the cache takes up several MB, so even the “shared” cache of all applications is unlikely to take up much space in the storage;
- in the Shortly after the removal of the cache is still recovering, if you start to use the application again .
- the first time ( after clearing the cache ) the program will run slower – since it will have to reload all the information.
It makes sense to clean the cache as needed in applications where there is really a lot of it. For example, WhatsApp, Telegram and other messengers save photos and videos in memory, which can accumulate tens of gigabytes per month.
But you don’t need to do this all the time, most instant messengers even have a convenient function to automatically clear the cache after a certain time – a few days, weeks or a month. And for programs that you use constantly, and which require maximum performance, it is better not to touch the cache at all.