How to Improve Speed on Your Android

Whenever you think of an operating system for a smartphone, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is iOS. However, recent stats have revealed that Android has actually surpassed the highly reputable operating system by Apple in terms of sales and popularity.

If you own an Android, you may have experienced its performance go down at some point. Before you start blaming Google for the saggy performance, you must understand that saggy performance is a normal occurrence in a smartphone. Fortunately, it is something that an Android user can easily resolve by doing a few simple things.


  • 1

    Even though the capability of Android to multi-task is commendable, allowing apps to run in the background uses up memory resources, thus keeping the phone from showing its true potential in terms of speed. Close down the background apps that you are not using. Advanced Task Killer is a free app that makes it extremely convenient for you to complete close an app by displaying a single list of active apps, unlike Android’s built-in app shutdown.

  • 2

    Consider updating your Android phone's firmware whenever you receive a notification from Google or your wireless provider. Some of the updates released for the Android operating system address the freezing and lagging issues experienced on some phones. Allowing the update to install is all it may take for you to boost the speed of your Android considerably.

  • 3

    Update your apps when they have newer versions available. It is not only an updated firmware that impacts the speed of your Android. If you find an app running slow, visit the Google Play to check if an update for it has arrived. Launch Google Play and then tap the “Menu Button.” From there, select “My Apps” and check for an update notification on the right of each app.

  • 4

    Aside from closing background apps, also consider turning off background data. Some services such as Facebook, Twitter or a weather app keep the content up-to-date by constantly downloading data from the Internet. In order to turn off this constant downloading of data, go to “Settings,” tap “Data Manager” and then uncheck “Background Data.”

  • 5

    Clear your History regularly to free up your Android’s available memory. Just like your computer saves history whenever you visit a site or use an application, an Android saves collects bit of junk while you perform these activities. Use a history eraser app to conveniently clean your phone memory.

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