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Tricks to ‘vitaminize’ the mobile when it goes too slow


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There is no single reason but, over time, some mobiles seem to slow down to the point of being infuriating to use. Virtually everyone has found themselves tapping their finger on an unresponsive screen on their iPhone or Android, not to mention spontaneous reboots or worse, the device getting stuck. When this happens, is it time to get a new one? The good news is that, in most cases, it is not necessary to renew the model, but the performance can be recovered by following a few simple tips.

Both Android and iOS, the platform that drives the iPhone, are very sophisticated operating systems that manage resources efficiently and completely autonomously. However, sometimes user intervention is required to bring the device back to the speed at which it left the factory. The installation of applications, not maintaining order in the storage system and tasks that get hung can be responsible for this slowdown. A series of tips – for both platforms – can help correct it.

What to do if you have an Android device

Reboot the device. This recommendation is applicable for both iPhone and Android and is the old resource that computer scientists know well: turning off and on solves a good part of the problems in computing, and if we notice that the mobile is slow, this will be the first step. Google is the first tip it gives on the Android support page. What is the healing magic of a reboot? Basically, processes that may have been hooked are forced to close and because memory is freed. A restart should always be the first step to take before proceeding to more profound remedies.

Avoid installing applications that promise to “speed up” the device. It can be tempting to install magic apps available from the app store that promise to speed up your device. However, sometimes the remedy is worse than the disease: “in most cases, all they do is close open applications or in the background,” explains Christian Collado, editor of the blog on Android, andro4all. This closure of applications, as we will see below, can be counterproductive.

Do not force close applications. It is a deeply ingrained habit that is still being practiced regularly: sliding your finger up the application to close it in the belief that the mobile will go lighter is a mistake. In fact, this has been explained on numerous occasions by the top managers of the platform, who continue to recommend that the system itself manage its resources without human intervention.

To uninstall apps that are not used. If forcing applications to close can be counterproductive in the worst case, uninstalling those that are not being used can speed up the system. According to Collado, doing so “permanently frees resources, allowing the system and other applications to function more easily.”

Opt for lightweight versions of certain applications. Some applications are evolving in correspondence with increasingly powerful and agile mobiles, and this makes certain apps end up moving heavily in the system. An alternative to this is to install versions lite (light) of the applications that have them, such as Facebook Lite or Messenger Lite.

What if the problem affects an iPhone?

Again: don’t force close apps. Apple has always been very insistent when it comes to forcing applications to close: iOS is very efficient in managing resources and human intervention does not contribute anything. Craig Federighi, the head of iOS at Apple, was resounding when responding to a customer who raised the question: it is not necessary to do so. Would it be advisable to do it in any case? Apple clearly indicates that it should only be done when the application freezes and does not respond to user commands.

The reset is also important on the iPhone. Julio César Fernández, academic director of Apple Coding Academy, insists on the need to restart the iPhone if it is perceived that it is slow. “Some background processes can be looped or the system cannot override them,” he explains. “If you accumulate several, it can slow down the team.”

Watch out for the drums. This expert warns that iPhone users should keep an eye on the percentage of battery capacity if they perceive that the device is slow. Apple explains this relationship on the device’s support page: if the battery capacity is reduced, certain processes may slow down. Fernández explains that Apple considers that any iPhone with a battery with a capacity lower than 80%, in relation to the one it had when it was new, is considered “pending repair”; If that is the case, it is best to replace the battery at an authorized store. To know its health, just go to Settings / Battery / Battery health: there you can know the current percentage.

Watch storage space. IPhones, due to their architecture, require a storage memory to be able to manage tasks without slowing down. “When the device runs out of less than 1 GB of space, it could run out of storage memory and cause it to go slow or stuttering,” explains Fernández. In this sense, it is convenient to take a look at applications such as WhatsApp or any other app messaging where unnecessary photos or videos can easily accumulate. Apple allows you to delete large files and even uninstall apps that are not used in a way by going to Settings / Storage of the iPhone and following the recommendations that are proposed.

Ultimately, the recommendations applicable to both platforms are reduced to restarting the device at the first symptoms of slowdown, not forcing the closure of applications, monitoring storage and avoiding accumulating applications that are not used. And finally, the silver bullet that all platforms highly recommend: keep the device updated to the latest version always.

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