Here’s why your phone is slowing down

Here's why your phone is slowing down

You spent a hundred bills on a shiny new smartphone. And first, you are thrilled with how great the photos are. Look, the whole ‘Christmas’ of the screen and of course how fast it was. Then, in a year or two, your phone is slowing down.

I mean, can you imagine? Action. If your car, for example, struggled to go from 0 to 60 a couple of years after you drove it off the lot. I mean, how does this happen? Well, there are several reasons for it. But a big one stems from something that you probably see on your phone multiple times a week.

Ever wonder, how, your phone often notifies you in the morning, about how many apps it updated while it was charging overnight? Well, just like software for desktop computers. Mobile app updates, often add new features. Which requires ever more processing power and app developers and phone manufacturers know this — so they keep coming out with more powerful hardware.

They take advantage of it to write more feature-packed apps. This also means though, that older phones can get left behind quickly as their Hardware, just can’t keep up with the demands of the newer versions of your favorite software. Another related problem is the operating system itself. OS updates are also tuned to take advantage of newer models due to the ever-expanding list of features that they aim to support. This contributes to slowing down your phone.

Manufacturers tend to end up optimized for the most recent devices since that’s where the smartphone makers are generating much of their revenue. Think for example, about how Apple makes a big deal about how new iOS releases, give different kinds of functionality to hardware that is only found in the latest and powerful iPhones. The unfortunate thing is apps and OS updates are largely out of your control.

They hit your phone by default, whenever a new version is made available. You can, however, turn these updates off, but I wouldn’t recommend it because they also contain important security updates. Nonetheless, one thing that may be slowing your smartphone down that you do have some control over is how many apps you have installed with storage sizes, phone features, sets, and download speeds. Increasing. It’s easy to have dozens or even hundreds of third-party apps installed on your phone.

Having so many apps installed can slow your phone down in two ways — One certain app can load up code that runs in the background when you start up your phone, which can more processor cycles and ram. This causes the amount of free space that you have on your device to decreases, therefore the solid-state storage inside your phone slows down because its operating system has to work harder to find pieces of free space, to write data to. Regardless, this kind of file fragmentation isn’t nearly as much of a concern on the solid-smartphone storage, as it would be with a spinning hard drive. It can still be noticeable, with time this process can slow down your phone.

It’s just like having old videos and photos of where you parked at the mall, which you never bothered deleting. So if your phone is intolerable, slow transferring media to cloud storage then removing apps that you don’t need is the answer to your phone slowing down. More as well as deleting cached data are good for steps. 

There are also active Community developers who have worked very hard to bring modern OS versions to older Android hardware, without some of the bloats, if you’ve got an old and slow Galaxy S3, for example, and you’d like to read some more life into it. You can head to XDA developers. But not before you hit up Amazon for a new battery.

If you do have an aging phone, you’ve also probably noticed that the battery life isn’t what it used to be and this can affect both, how long it lasts in between charges and even its performance. You may not know that batteries resist current flow, as they get older causing them to heat up. If your phone’s internal temperature gets too hot, it can cause its CPU to throttle slowing down the phone.

If you recall Apple admitted to slowing down older phones to ensure that while performance did suffer, battery life would stay similar to when the device was new. The bottom line is that between apps that continually demand, both more CPU performance and storage space and the battery is that we’re out in a few years. It’s almost like the deck is stacked against you so that you’ll feel compelled to keep buying new phones.

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Nanaoseiike is a husband, blogger, web developer, and tech enthusiast. I love country music and lead guitar 🎸