Phone Very Slow, What Can it Be?

Unless you are a buyer frenzied trading of smartphones every six months, you will feel, without a doubt, a loss of performance in your current device over time. And this is not a question of Android vs. iPhone. The users of both sides often complain that their phones simply are not as fast as before. If your biggest complaint is that my phone is slow, there is a reason for this.

Make sure that it is not just imagination. At least, not completely. It is quite possible that your device really decrease in speed, and there are several potential causes. In this article, we will discuss these reasons and what you can do about them.

Note that we are talking about losses of long-term performance after owning a device for a year or more. Decelerations of short-term, such as those caused by excessive use of memory, usually are fixable with a simple reboot.

My Phone this Slow and It is Necessary to Do Updates of the Operating System

When you bought your device for the first time, he came with a specific version of your operating system. When these versions of the operating system have emerged, they have been developed with a certain set of hardware specifications in mind.

Fast forward to today and the hardware specifications general have dramatically improved. The resources are added to both the Android and the iOS, and these improvements are made with the specifications of the latest hardware in mind. As such, the most recent versions of an operating system require more power and computing resources for a smooth experience.

In other words: if you have an old device that came with an Android version older and have upgraded to a version of the latest Android, you simply do not have enough power to cope with all the extra expenses. Thus, the device becomes slower.

What can you do about it?

Not much, unfortunately. Feel free to apply minor updates (7.1 to 7.2, etc.), but avoid important updates (for example, Android 7.1 to 8.0). Keep your device with the system from the time it was released, and then update the device itself if you want to take advantage of a newer version of the operating system.

Application Updates Can be The

Although all the types of software may succumb to the continued addition of new features, although arguably unnecessary, the mobile apps are the ones that do this. Even the so-called applications “light” can grow quickly over time.

But the real tragedy is that the majority of developers are not aware of the resources used by their applications. In fact, when the general hardware of the device is improved, the developers tend to get lazy even in the management of resources. Over time, applications tend to consume more RAM and CPU but your hardware remains the same, so the performance feels more sluggish.

What can you do about it?

As applications grow, you can replace them with alternatives more light. The offenders are likely to include applications to take notes, media applications, social networking applications, and office applications. In some cases, an older version of an app may be available. Since that does not have security problems, this may suit your device better than the latest version.

Phone Slow Because of Background Applications

Another reason why your phone feels slower is that you have more apps installed now than when you used the device for the first time. Most of the people think that they only have installed 10 or more apps, but many times they are surprised to see closer to 40 or 50.

The problem is that some applications are running in the background, although you is not using them actively. For example, e-mail applications are always looking for new mail received, the messaging applications are always waiting for new messages, the applications taking note are always in sync, etc. Even the animated wallpapers and the home screen widgets need resources to do what they do.

Each additional application in the background uses CPU and RAM, which leaves less CPU and RAM for the applications you are actively using. This can affect the performance and is one of the reasons why apps can be so slow.

What can you do about it?

Identify which applications are draining the battery, as the heavy use of the battery tends to indicate background processing heavy. Switch to a wallpaper static and avoid relying on widgets. Uninstall applications that you do not use. Turn off the background processing in applications that permit it. There are apps that can help you to find the villains, or you can even use the own settings of the battery of your smartphone.

Mobile is Slow Degradation of Memory

All smartphones and tablets work with flash memory which is a type of solid-state storage with no moving parts. The most common type of flash memory is called NAND. Although the NAND is fast and accessible, it has a few peculiarities that can affect the performance.

First, the NAND memory grows slowly while it fills up. The exact mechanisms behind this are beyond the scope of this article, but suffice it to say that the NAND memory needs a certain amount of “empty blocks” to operate in the maximum performance of data writing. The loss of speed with storage full can be significant.


Secondly, NAND flash memory degrades with use. There are three types of NAND memory and all have limits write cycle per memory cell. When the limit is reached, the cells wear out and impact the performance. And as your device is always writing data, the deterioration is inevitable.

What can you do about it?

We recommend staying under 75% of the total storage capacity of your device. If your internal storage is 8 GB, does not exceed the limit of 6 GB. This can also help prolong the life of the cells through a technique called “wear leveling”, thereby delaying the degradation of the performance.

My Phone is Very Slow Because of Unrealistic Expectations About the Device

Despite all of the above, your device might just feel slower because you realize that it is slower, not because he has decreased. There is an interesting phenomenon where the search traffic for spikes, phone slow” after new releases of the phone and the major updates of the operating system. No one knows for sure what this means, but one interpretation is that, when something new go out, what you have now seems suddenly worse.

In addition, to the extent that the people around them update their devices , and, to the extent that you purchase other devices in your home (for example, a new laptop), your baseline for a good performance increases..

How to Speed Up a Mobile Device Slow?

If your device is slower than you’d like, and you are sure that is not all psychological, then there are some things that you can try.

For users of Android. efficient tactics include the cleaning of the home screen and restarting on a regular basis. Do not forget to release storage space also. As a last resort, return the device to the factory state and then install apps to memory optimization.

For iPhone users there are not so many options as in Android, but you can try to manually clear the RAM, avoiding applications to drain the battery and freeing up storage space. As a last resort, return the device to the factory state.

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