Sometimes you need to draw the last speck of power from your device in order to make some high-end game or app to work smoothly. On the other hand, sometimes you need to achieve that classical feeling of high performance, but your device behaves like it’s slowly turning into a brick, not even close to the sharp piece of hardware you bought. What we’re going to do now is to give you a list of advice you can use to pull out the maximum performance from your mobile device.
This might sound complicated, but worry not. The tips we’re about to show you are generally easy to do and don’t take a lot of your time. They are also universally applicable, no matter which company made your Android phone. Without further ado, these are five of the best to make your Android device work better and last longer.
Update your OS
Updating your Android OS to the latest version gives you not only the access to the newest features, but also to the most up-to-date security patches. The process might be a bit different depending on your device, carrier and current operating system, but most of the time it should be relatively easy. Before you start with the update, you should check your Android version and your phone model number. Also, check the manufacturer and carrier websites to find out how software updates work for your specific device. Before you proceed, you should back your data up and check the available space on your device. There is a multitude of backup apps available out there from carriers, manufacturers, and third parties.
Root your phone
If you have an older device, you may not be able to update to the latest OS, or you may have to wait until your provider replaces the old one, which can be months after it’s released. The main benefit of rooting is that you don’t have to go through your carrier to update your OS. Other benefits are the possibility to remove built-in apps, access features that are blocked by your carrier and much more.
Get done with bloatware
Bloatware are the aforementioned built-in apps, pre-installed by your carrier or sometimes the manufacturer of your device. Usually, they can’t be removed without rooting your device, but if you don’t want to root it, there are other ways. First, you could uninstall updates to those apps, and you can prevent them from updating automatically. Additionally, you should check that none of these apps are set as default. To completely avoid bloatware, try using a device that runs stock Android, like Google Nexus line.
Similar to a computer, your Android device might become slower if it’s buried under too many files. On top of that, the more your device is packed, the harder it is to find that important text, memo or image you need. Luckily, it’s relatively easy to clean up space on Android devices, even if you don’t have a memory card. Purging files one by one is a tedious task, so luckily there are storage options that allow you to clean all unused apps and backed up photos, videos or downloads. You can also banish your bloatware by rolling back the app and disabling the updates. This is a good time to back up your data too, so you can easily transfer it to a new device or restore it should calamity strike.
Secure your phone
Android phones are pretty infamous because of their liability to security flaws, so it’s important to be resourceful and to use common sense. If you get a link or attachment from unknown senders, don’t open it. Also, make sure your device is updated with the latest security patches. A bit more diligent method is to set up Android Device Manager so you can lock your device remotely, track its location, or wipe the data if you lose it. For the utmost privacy, you can encrypt your device.
Android devices are pretty sensitive to security flaws and data overload, so you have to take good care and maintain your device in order for it to work well. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can protect and boost your device, from the most basic, like cleaning your excess files and updating, to a bit more complicated like rooting or encrypting. Most important of all is to be aware of how your device behaves and what would be the best ways to protect it.