Like computers, your smartphone can be hit with layers of software, programs, files and processes after spending a while, making it slower and more frustrating to use – or worse yet, useless.
Provided the issue is not down for dodgy or break hardware, these performance issues can usually be solved by updating and / or removing items from the smartphone's software.
So if you want to repurpose your old phone to a friend or relative, make it a reliable backup handset or revitalize it, so it's less annoying to use, we have seven tips to help you to make it run like new again.
1. Update your system software
Updating to the latest version of Android or iOS can give your smartphone the best opportunity to live the rest of the days optimized for the latest applications, games and services available.
When a phone starts, it comes with a specific version of the operating system ̵
In addition, security updates are released monthly or so, and users reveal errors, which are also addressed in updates.
Everything comes together in the form of about monthly updates that keep your phones steady for months or years after they are released. So whether it's a great new software release or an update job, it's okay to install.
How to update system software
Whether you are using an iPhone or an Android smartphone to check if it is up to date, jump into the settings, type "update" in the search field and follow the instructions on the screen.
Android and iOS devices allow you to manually check for updates, which we would recommend doing if you haven't updated for a while.
As a rule of thumb, most Android phones get a great software update in their lifetime, plus many less. Meanwhile, iPhones can get as many as four major updates, which is one reason why iPhones generally have relatively higher resale values than their Android counterparts.
2. Update Your Apps
Keeping your applications up to date, app developers can fine-tune the performance of the software for different smartphones.
Updates are often pushed out to fix errors and add new features so that they are optimized for all the devices they are running – or at least that is the theory.
This is especially important for users of Android phones, as Android apps need to work with phones from many different manufacturers, and
How to update apps
If you are an Android user, just open up the Google Play Store, tap the three horizontal lines at the top left of the screen, and select My Apps and Games.
Here you will find a large green button called & # 39; Update All & # 39; – tap it and you're on the way to the freshest versions of your apps available.
Open iPhones for the App Store, click the Updated Updates tab, and click the "Update All" button.
3. Turn off automatic updating whenever possible
This probably sounds like after we've spent the last two tips that updates are so important – but if your phone doesn't pack storage or power, you can update apps and software somewhat. You will probably want to manage yourself.
The action of updating a program requires a lot of processing power. Your phone needs to download and extract a program, check everything to check it, install it and create a shortcut.
Some app updates are also significantly larger than the app they are updating, and with updates ranging from a few megabytes to over a gigabyte.
When it comes to operating system updates, these are even bigger and require your phone to reset to fully install. If you are using an older handset that is already slow, an OS update can pause the phone until it gets the job done.
How to turn off automatic updating:
If you have an Android phone, jump into the Google Play store, open the settings, then select " Auto-update apps »and select" Don't auto-update apps ".
While stock Android does not give you a solution to turn off automatic update downloads, some custom OS overlays, such as Huawei's EMUI, make it.
To find out what your phone's operating system allows, you can jump into the settings and search for "Update" in the search field.
If you have an iPhone, open the system settings, select & # 39; iTunes & App Store & # 39; and make sure the swap next to & # 39; Updates & # 39; is set to off.
While we're here, iPhone settings are also where you want to turn off OS updates. Browse to the & # 39; General & # 39; in the system settings and select & # 39; Software Update & # 39 ;. Here you can switch automatic downloads on or off.
4. Delete your browser's cache
After a year or two with a phone, you'll be amazed at how much space old documents, cached images and unused apps can record, and this can result in anything from low performance to low storage messaging.
Fun fact: When you surf the web, your phone can store versions of each image it displays without even knowing it, not to mention all your browser data.
This may sound scary, but it is to your advantage – not having to download the content saves both time and mobile data when you visit a site.
Help, both Google and Apple provide you with on-board tools to help you spring-clean your smartphone's browser at the touch of a button.
How to clear clear browser window on Android and iOS
If you use Chrome on iOS or Android, open it and go into the app settings. Scroll down and tap "Privacy". Then click "Remove Browsing Data". Here you can choose what types of browsing data you want to delete.
The top two boxes will delete the browsing history and saved passwords – you will probably not select these. Instead, make sure that & # 39; Cached Images and Files & # 39; is selected, as in the image above – this is the storage hole component of any browser. Finally, press the "Clear Data" option.
A bonus tip for Android users – you may also want to remove unused files in your download folder, which you can do using a file explorer, such as Google's files. Navigate to the download folder, and here you can manually remove all the roots that have accumulated over the phone's lifetime.
Use Safari on iPhone? Open the phone settings, find & # 39; Safari & # 39; and select & # 39; Clear History & Site Data & # 39; to remove your cache and ease the load your browser places on the old phone.
5. Uninstall apps
Unused applications for a few weeks should be uninstalled if you are using old hardware.
Not only do they take up space and result in low storage, which can slow down the phone, but they can also generate background processes – and when stored on top of each other, these processes put a lot of strain on the phone's last generation processing power, and may be the core of any struts you experience.
Applications continue to become even more you use them. For example, all the gifs, images, and video clips you share and receive in WhatsApp are stored on the phone's limited storage until the app is uninstalled and the data is cleared.
How to uninstall storage hardened apps ]
iOS and Android both have storage menus in the settings. These show information about how your storage is faring and what type of content it fills.
This should be the first step before you uninstall anything, which is where you can see how big apps are and what takes up most space.
If you have an Android One phone like Moto One or Nokia 7.1, or a handset that runs stock Android, like Google Pixel 3, all you need is nicely in the storage menu.
Google illustrates well how much space is taken of "Games," "Movie and TV Apps" and "Other Apps."
Each of these can be drained for a complete breakdown, where you can also see exactly how much space each app uses.
Samsung phones, like the incredible Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy S9, have a "Device Maintenance" department within the settings that do a similar job, while Huawei phones like the Mate 20 Pro have a "Cleanup & # 39; tool on the storage page
For iPhones, within iOS, Apple has a clever way to get rid of unused apps to keep things going, it "Relieves them", uninstalls them while your data is safe, and does it automatically when you're not has used an app for a long time.
This is available in the "General" settings in the submenu menu titled & # 39; iPhone Storage & # 39; or if it is not a & # 39; iTunes recommendation code and the App Store & # 39; in the settings menu, give you the option to turn this feature on and off.
6. Install light versions of your favorite tabs (Android) or use web tabs
Software Providers such as Facebook, Line and Microsoft Stock Streamline versions of often in Installed apps so that users who have older or smaller capacity devices can still enjoy their software – Many who do not know are many of them are simply repackaged versions of their mobile optimized sites.
Apps are like always inflating balloons, so while they can only take up a few MB when they are first installed, the more you use them, the bigger they become.
Not only are light or small versions of these apps smaller, they also hold smaller, high capacity content
How to install light applications
If you have a compatible Android phone, this is a piece of cake – just open the Google Play store, look for one of the following applications, and then click the installation button:
Facebook Messenger Lite
Google Maps Go
Skype Lite (built for India)  YouTube Go
If you find a light version of an app you want to install, you must uninstall or disable it full fat option.
If you have an Android phone or iPhone that doesn't support Light versions of popular apps, don't fear – just use the online version of popular sites and services to save a lot of storage.
These can be saved as favorites for easy access – and they are now actually referred to as "web apps", as they provide such a great experience.
7. Factory setting
If everything else fails and your phone still crawls along with a snail's pace, a factory setting will definitely speed up.
No matter which phone model you make or do, a year or two of use will weigh down any device with hidden files, app data and use quirks. A reset dries everything clean.
Be warned: Factory settings of your phone will delete all the apps, photos and data. The only files that will be safe are those stored in the cloud or on a memory card – and some even reset the memory cards if you check the correct or error box.
Therefore, we suggest removing some storage cards if you use an Android phone and thoroughly back up everything you want to keep before proceeding with this process.
How to wipe your Android or IOS phone
Resetting the phone has never been so straightforward. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, type the word "Reset" in the search field of the settings.
Depending on your phone manufacturer, Android phones will present you with one of the different options that mean the same – usually & # 39; Reset phone & # 39 ;, & # 39 ; Delete all data (factory setting) & # 39; as in the image above, or & # 39; Reset factory data & # 39 ;. Touch something that looks like this and your phone will guide you through the reset process.
On an iPhone, scroll down to & # 39; Reset, General & # 39; as illustrated in the picture above, to restore iPhone to its factory-fresh state. You need to know your Apple ID password to achieve this.
- Brought to you in connection with Nokia and Android One, helping you make more of your smartphone. You can learn more about the new Nokia 7.1 here and you will find more tips on getting the most out of your phone here .