It happens to everyone, no matter what kind of make or model of device you own: as time wears on, your device starts to slow down and lag. It may be because you’ve downloaded power hungry apps or it may be because your cache has filled up to the brim. Regardless, it’s annoying and while sometimes a quick reboot will temporarily solve the issue, we’re delving a little bit further into some of the mains causes and solutions to these issues.
When you start to reach the limit on the SD card on your device, should you have one, you’ll notice that your device starts to slow down. If you’re showing signs of lag on your device and you’re using at least 80% of your storage capacity on your SD card, it might be time to go through your storage and do some cleansing.
With SD Cleaner, or a similar app, it’ll log all the unnecessary files on your SD card that you can trash without any complications, mostly cached files and other miscellaneous files that will help clear up some space. However, always be careful when you’re deleting files and make sure you’re not deleting something important.
When you’ve got a ton of apps that are running in the background, it can slow down your device and cause performance issues. Of course, you can always go into your apps and pick and choose which ones you want to Force Close or shut them down, but this is cumbersome and something you’ll have to keep doing each time you fire up a power hungry app.
Thankfully, as long as your Android is rooted, you can use Greenify to help streamline the process. What it does classifies problem apps by sticking them into hibernation so that they can’t tie up any of the phones resources. This stops anything highlighted, including reminders, alarms, push notifications, etc. Plus, hibernated apps can be “woken up” and used regularly when you tap on the app to initiate it.
Kill those power hungry Apps
A good way of figuring out what’s slowing down your device is determining which apps are pulling most of your devices resources. This is particularly important to find out prior to using Greenify as listed above.
There are a few easy ways to figure out what apps are taking up what resources, but one of the easiest is using WakeLock Detector. One you have this app, it’ll start logging statistics about the apps that are currently running. From there, you can see which apps are draining your battery that fastest and then figure out whether you want to keep them, shut them down, or Greenify them.
Clear the cache
Yeah, it seems super simple, but sometimes we forget that apps start to cache more and more data as time goes on. Thankfully, you can go through and delete the cache yourself manually by heading to Settings > Apps and selecting a particular app and then hitting the Clear Cache button. However, if you’ve got an abundance of apps, this will soon become really cumbersome and time consuming.
If you’re looking for a quicker method, you can grab an app like App Cache Cleaner, which will do all the work for you with a few taps on your device. It’ll list all the apps that currently have cached data stored on your device and then you can pick and choose which ones you want to clear, or do it all in one fell swoop.
What are some of the ways that you make your lagged Android device run faster? Make sure to check out our other guides on how to improve the performance on your Android device!