7 Tricks To Keep Your Phone Running Like New

Over time, your phone lags, sometimes giving you frustrations. This sluggishness makes the phone less responsive to navigational commands, like moving from one application to another. Some mobile phone users opt to give it out and buy a new one or exchange it for a newer version. This, though, need not be an option for you.   

If your phone needs comprehensive repair, screen replacement, or software optimization for a smooth experience, you can take it to a phone repair shop near you. Some repair shops, for example, at Sydney Mobile, have specialized their services to work on specific phone models or operating systems and can offer you a wide range of services. However, if your phone is just slow or lags often, you can perform simple tricks yourselves and see the results.   

  1. Update Your Phone’s Software   

Most smartphone manufacturers roll out software updates that fix bugs and help improve the speed of your device. However, this doesn’t take effect automatically on your phone. You need to access your phone’s setting functionality and check for a system update to perform the software update.  

The location of the system update function may differ depending on the operating system and the type of phone you use. But overall, once you locate it, you can run an update that will install the latest software version of the particular phone type. Once you’ve run the update, you need to restart your phone to ensure the updates take effect. After this update, you’ll notice a change in your phone processing speed.   

Installing update on smartphone on table closeup, in progress
  1. Reduce Background Processes And Turn Off Push Notifications   

When you buy a new phone, apps and other processes run in the background by default. Most of these processes automatically run every time you turn on your phone. The operation of these apps and processes slows down your phone as you continue to use it.   

It’s, therefore, vital that you reduce the number of processes that run in the background to the highly recommended ones. For example, if the phone you have is mostly for official emails and calls, you can disable non-critical social apps. 

Additionally, you can turn off push notifications for non-essential apps. It is because, for an app to pop a notification, it means it’s running in the background and needs to alert you every so often.   

Further to turning off background apps, you can also reduce the apps that startup when you turn on your phone. Doing this ensures that your phone’s processor can perform critical processes while starting up.   

  1. Reduce Your Phone’s Animation  

Do you like it when your phone rotates the apps while you’re scrolling? Well, as this may be fancy and exciting, it eats up a bit of your processor too. As the phone gets older, you can reduce or turn off these animations to boost your phone’s speed.  

Additionally, you may want to replace live wallpaper with a static one or forgo it altogether.  

  1. Reduce Or Clear Home Screen Apps   

You often find yourself sending several apps to the phone’s desktop for quick access. It is good as it gives you the ease of access. However, this is at the expense of the phone’s speed. Therefore, you can reduce the apps you need to have on your home screen. You can keep basic applications like the call button, messages, and other crucial ones. Otherwise, keep the rest on the main access page.   

Some operating systems give you an option of a search button on the home screen. You can use this instead to access the app you need quickly.   

  1. Free Up Some Storage Space   

From time to time, take time to clear out some of those old photos, cached memory, large files, and app residue. Given that most email applications provide a sync option for your files and photos, you can backup these and delete them from your phone. It lessens the strain on your phone’s memory and can re-direct more power to crucial functions.   

As you access the various applications, their data gets stored in a cached form which builds up slowly. Without clearing them, they can also hinder the phone’s performance. Thus, go through your phone occasionally to clear these up.   

  1. Uninstall Those Apps You Don’t Need   

Sometimes you get to install apps, use them for a while, then you forget about them. If you have apps that you no longer use, go through your phone and uninstall them. It can clear up some space in your phone’s RAM and help boost its speed.   

  1. Run A Restore Factory Settings   

This trick is a good fix on your slow phone. However, you can perform this as a last option because you need to back up all important data before restoring it to factory settings. In short, it takes the phone’s storage and memory back to how it came from the factory. Last option, but it works well.  


Whichever trick you decide to apply, you can notice an improvement in your phone’s speed and response. As a bonus, there are recommendations to restart your phone at least twice a week so it can auto-clear cached data.  

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