How to speed up your phone

We’ve all been there. Your phone is a couple years old and whilst it still works alright, it’s just not as fast as it used to be. At the same time, you’re not quite ready to throw in the towel and replace it with a newer model. At this point, the big question is ‘Is there any way to speed it up’? Well, we have good news, there are a host of different ways to make that tired old phone work like new again.

Delete Old Apps

Both iOS and Android phones can benefit from deleting old apps as they take up storage space that could be put to better use. There are also some apps that like to run in the background, even if you’re not actively using them, which can slow your phone down and drain your battery to boot.

For iOS, simply visit Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. Manage Storage allows you to view how much storage space you’re currently using, with a breakdown of how much is being used per app. Simply go through the list and find apps that you’re not using any more, then delete them to free up space and improve your performance.

For most Android operating systems, visit Settings > App Manager to view the apps that are taking up storage space. Once you find an app you’re not using any more, just drag it to the uninstall icon and away it’ll go. Don’t worry about deleting an app that you might later find useful as you can always re-download it – even paid apps.

Make More Storage Space

As storage space is essential, it can be helpful to delete old text messages, unopened e-mails, and unwanted photos or videos. Most of us have a host of ‘junk’ on our phones including everything from spam texts to one hundred photos of the same flower that we saw on a walk that one time.

Doing a ‘spring clean’ of your phone’s storage, either getting rid of or moving off your phone, old photos, videos, text conversations and more can really help free up space. And with more space free, your phone has less to look through when it’s checking for something, so faster speeds!

Install the Latest Software

As with all computers – and let’s not forget that smartphones are just small computers – it’s important to keep your operating system up-to-date. Not only does it protect you against security threats, updates usually come with additions that fix bugs and optimise how your phone works, making it work faster. iOS and Android phones send you useful reminders to update making it easy to update. Alternatively, you can also manually update by visiting Settings.

In iOS visit Settings > General > Software Update. The latest software is not always available for older Android phones, but you can find out if it is available for your device in the Settings.

Factory Reset

This is probably the most drastic option and is only really recommended as a last resort. It essentially deletes all your data and restores your phone to what it was when you first bought it. Before doing a factory reset, make sure that you’ve backed up everything that you don’t want to lose. For iOS, you can back-up your phone on the iCloud.

For iOS visit Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content. You’ll then be asked for a password and to confirm that you really want to delete everything before your phone will reset.

For Android, locate the Backup & Reset option and then hit Factory Data Reset to restore your phone to its original condition.

Hopefully these tips will have helped speed that old phone of yours up again. Check out our other articles for more useful info about taking care of your phone.