The ad said that cockroaches are born, grow, reproduce and die. Mobiles do not have so many phases: they are “born” and made slower and slower until its owner runs out of patience and replaces it with another.
We have already seen before why your mobile phone is becoming slower and now we will see what can you do to make your mobile go faster. We will focus on keeping old terminals alive, but the tips are also useful for any phone, even if you just bought it.
1. Restart it
Rule number one in computing: when in doubt, reboot. A reboot is not going to make your phone permanently faster, but it is a measure that does not require any effort on your part, so it’s worth a try.
Ideally, it would not be necessary to restart a mobile to make it better, since the system would take care of “cleaning the house” by itself, but the reality is different. Thus, previous versions of Smart Manager – Samsung’s optimization app – offered you the option of restarting the device every day at a certain time, to “improve its performance.” We do not think that it is necessary that much, but simply if you notice that the phone goes slower than normal, restart it.
2. Uninstall unnecessary applications
It does not matter if you use them a lot or a little, every application by the mere fact of being there uses the valuable resources of the mobile, to a lesser or greater extent. If you have apps that you haven’t opened in months: uninstall them mercilessly. You can always reinstall them again later if you need it.
If your mobile is fairly fair in performance, remember that less is more. Uninstall any applications that you don’t use frequently in an attempt to release the load on the processor and make more memory and storage available for other applications that you do use every day.
We already know that some applications are reluctant to be uninstalled. In those cases, disable them. They will continue to be there, yes, but taking up as little space as possible, without updating and without using RAM.
3. Move to light applications
The phone, old or not, is a smartphone and therefore you will want to use applications on it. The problem is that the official applications are getting heavier, but luckily we have more and more additional versions: light applications.
These are trimmed versions of applications where low data usage and low storage space are prioritized. They are often intended for developing countries or with unstable networks like India, but you can often download the APK if you can’t find it on Google Play.
Some applications that have light versions They are Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite, Skype Lite, Shazam Lite, Google Search Lite or LinkedIn Lite. At other times it is not just looking for the light version of an application, but light alternatives.
4. Clean the mobile of unnecessary files
One of the myths that we have taken from the PC to the mobile is that during use it is filling up with files, that we must erase periodically so that it goes faster. Somewhat lying applications like Clean Master have done nothing but take advantage.
It is true that some applications can create files and forget to delete them when you no longer need them or that the application cache can take up a good space, but these files do not make your mobile slow by their mere existence: the important thing is that you have enough space free for the file system to function at full capacity. Ideally 25% available.
To leave that space available, you can take different paths. Transfer photos and videos to PC, copy them to the cloud, use applications like Files Go or manually reviewing with a file manager to delete large files. Remember, a mobile without free space is a slow mobile.
5. Restore factory settings
If it seems to you that your mobile was faster the first time you used it than it is now, it is because it was. The newly installed mobile has what is just and necessary, which for months and years of use you have been complementing with more and more applications. Restoring the factory settings of a mobile is a quick way to give it a little boost speed and get rid of bugs.
If uninstalling apps and deleting files manually sounds like a chore, try a factory reset instead. You lose all your data, accounts and settings, so be sure to make one backup before.
Resetting the factory settings is the equivalent of “formatting” the mobile, so you have a chance to start over and make better decisions about which applications you want to install and which ones not. It is also especially useful if you suspect that the slowness of your mobile is not normal.
6. Root it
I generally do not recommend rooting the phone unless you know what you are doing, and this time it is no exception. An old phone is not going to be faster just by rooting it, but yes you will have access to more tools to improve your performance.
With superuser permissions, nothing can stop you from uninstalling all applications, even pre-installed bloatware, deleting all the files you want no matter where they are, and taking full advantage of tools like Greenify to control hibernation and sleep, protecting the limited resources of an old mobile.
Big problems require big solutions and if you really want to make important changes to revive an old mobile, root is almost essential. Another option you can consider is changing the CPU settings to be more aggressive or even overclock it. It is not something that I recommend too much, but if you are desperate and it is “either this or it goes to waste”, you can try it.
7. Install a ROM on the mobile
Related to the previous point and desperation: when you’ve tried everything and your mobile is still incredibly slow, your only asset may be in install ROM created by the developer community.
Not all ROMs are excellent or perfectly finishedBut if you follow the instructions to the letter and don’t mind installing and reinstalling several times until you find one that you like, you can find gold. Some ROMs are made precisely for the purpose of creating a faster or lighter version of the system, or upgrade to a newer version, when the manufacturer has already dropped support.
Again, it is not an option that I recommend as a first try, but rather as a last resort, unless you are used to modifying your Android. Installing a ROM is not something excessively complicated but it requires several processes, a lot of patience and, if you are unlucky, it could leave your mobile unusable.
8. Change the battery
We have saved this option for the last one because it is the only one that would cost you money. If the only thing that happens to your old mobile is that its battery has almost no autonomy, maybe it’s worth changing it.
A new battery costs about 10 euros although the problem is that unfortunately most phones today are unibody, so unless you are a handyman, you will need the help of a professional to change it, which will cost you a little more money.
You shall calculate if this outlay makes sense economically speaking, taking into account that a current “normal” mobile is often better than an old glory from a few years ago. A new battery by itself will not make your phone go faster, but it will increase its autonomy so that you do not need to charge it as often, which overheats the terminal.