With all the new and fancy technology available and the peer pressure hovering over us to acquire them, smartphones are becoming increasingly popular. While new upgrades come in every day, problems with storage memory, RAM and devices crashing can become infuriating. Here are some simple ways to keep your smartphone both updated and running smoothly.

  1. Do not install too many apps: It definitely helps to go through and filter your installed applications. This way you can get rid of the extra ones, those installed for fun, or any unused ones on the device. They are simply a burden on both phone and extra-storage memory. They, along with their updates, may also interfere with the working of other installed applications. It doesn’t help much, but is a good place to start. 
  1. Install compatible apps from trusted sources only: Before installing any application or software, be sure to verify its compatibility. You will also want to do this for the source from where you are installing it. Some Smartphone issue a warning if an incompatible application is being installed. If such an app is installed, it may result in it not working promptly or not run at all. It also might be a nuisance to uninstall, and worse, might cause frequent system crashes. 
  1. Keep some extra megabytes in your system memory: Generally, the latest smartphones come equipped with two types of memories. With such an option available, it is always recommended to keep 50% of storage free. This comes in handy with those apps or games which use the tablet drive’s memory in order to run. When that memory is full or limited, they move on to other drives. This can slow down your phone’s reaction time. 
  1. Avoid live wallpapers: Appealing and impressive, yes. Convenient, not so much. Live wallpapers tend to slow down smartphones. In resisting the temptation to have them as your background or screensaver, you would save up on battery life. This would also improve the performance of your phone. Also, the processing power required to keep them in motion can be utilized more productively to run others apps and processes more quickly.
  1. Kill widgets: Removing extra or unused widgets from your home screen has the exact same effect that removing excess icons from your desktop’s main screen has. It significantly improves the performance and speed of the smartphone. Furthermore, live widgets and those that have frequent updates tend to cause more problems. Big clock widgets are especially responsible. If you don’t want to part with them, you can always change their update settings to less frequent.
  1. Don’t forget to close background apps: Smartphones tend to slow down considerably when multitasking or when many applications keep running in the background. This is one of the main reasons for delayed speeds. The phone keeps processing all the applications that we don’t exit and that remain running. When new ones are opened, the phone will surely slow down. There are several free and convenient software available, called ‘background task killers’ that function similar to the task managers on our PC’s, by closing all ongoing background processes. 
  1. Do not allow auto-start apps: Auto-start apps tend to take up much of the start-up time of phones, which slows them down. Such an app will keep running in the background and will keep using a portion of your processing memory, hence causing irritating delays in the phones normal working. Thus it is always advisable to disable the ‘auto-start’ option after installing an app. 
  1. Clear the browser cache and cookies: The most attractive feature of a smartphone is web surfing. When the internet is used frequently and extensively, data starts to accumulate in the browser cache, causing the phones active memory to become clogged. This causes annoying delays while browsing. You should always clear your browser cache regularly. Another kind of stored information is known as ‘cookies’, programs that are installed on website browsers that help them account for their web usage. They take up a lot of memory, usually saturating it. These files should also be deleted on a frequent basis to enhance the overall performance of your smartphone.

Author Bio: David Miller is an educational researcher who has several years of experience in the field of teaching, online testing and training. He is associated with prestigious universities and many leading educational research organizations. Currently, he is pursuing research in online knowledgebase software and is also a contributing author with ProProfs.