No matter how new, expensive, or specs-packed your smartphone it, it will eventually become too slow that your only recourse is to relegate it to the gizmo graveyard (or recycle it, click here to know how).
It's the sad reality—one day it's the best thing ever and next thing you know its sucky performance is driving you crazy. What's even worse: It's inevitable.
So enjoy your smartphone's zippy performance while it lasts. However, if your precious is already experiencing a dip in speed, don't toss it to the trash bin just yet! In this edition of FHM TechKnow, we have a few simply tips that could boost its performance in a jiffy. Who knows? With our help it might just perform like it did the day you first unboxed it.
SHUT DOWN APPS YOU'RE NOT CURRENTLY USING
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Your phone's Task Manager/Switcher feature is like first-aid for slow-downs. Open it and there you'll see the apps that are currently running and, as a result, hogging the device's resources. But don't just be a mere spectator; use it to shut down a few apps and give your phone a much-needed break.
With less programs running, more memory and processing power will be allocated to the really important ones. The result: A speed boost you'll notice as soon as you exit the Task Manager/Switcher.
DELETE USELESS/OBSOLETE APPS
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That game you downloaded over a year ago which you haven't played ever since? Delete it. Every app that you install takes up a bit of space, and your phone needs a certain amount of virtual real-estate to be in tip-top shape. So, if you have dozens of seldom-used apps, better delete them ASAP if your device's storage is nearing breaking point. Trust us; the MBs or GBs you free will be like a thirst-quenching drink after a 10km run for your handset.
UPDATE ALL THE APPS AND SERVICES!
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Don't take the "An update is available for ____, do you want to update now?" message for granted. If you don't update an app or service, it'll find it harder and harder to handle newer information and content, which leads to it eating more of your phone's resources just to cope up, ultimately resulting to slower device operation.
It's okay if we're talking about games, but what if it's an integral part of the phone's operation (e.g. Google Services for Android)? If you can, check for updates for important apps/services at least once a week. Don't worry, updating normally takes only a few minutes.
LESSEN THE DISPLAY BLING
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Stuff like animated wallpapers and navigation special effects are pretty and all, but they also use up processing power. As a simple rule, keep your Home Screen as simple as possible if your phone's not as fast as it used to be. The added bling might be awesome to look at, but it really won't matter if it takes you a minute or two to open, say, Clash of Clans.
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Today's smartphones, especially those running Android, have a nifty auto-sync feature which updates and syncs stuff like your email and contacts. It does this at a preset interval, which means that, even if you don't run it, this feature will still activate itself and use up a bit of your phone's CPU juice.
It's okay if you're not running any other apps, but if you have to open several and the auto-sync feature comes on, you could experience a slow-down especially if your phone's not really stacked hardware-wise. So, to be safe, just turn this feature off (it's usually accessed via your phone's System settings).