Rev up your old phone
Is your smartphone dogged by performance issues? Are apps taking longer to load and is the battery draining faster than usual? This could be due to a number of factors.
Following the release of iOS 11 for iPhones, for instance, many users reportedly experienced a drop in performance and reduced battery backup in older iPhones such as iPhone 6 and 5s after updating to the new software. Benchmark results by testing software developer Futuremark on iPhone 5s, however, have shown that CPU and GPU performance remained consistent from iOS 9 to iOS 11.
Yet poor optimization of custom apps and updates on Android phones can slow down older smartphones running on inferior hardware. It is one of the reasons Google has come up with an optimized variant of Android Oreo, called Go Edition, for entry-level smartphones with, or less than, 1 GB RAM.
Every update cycle adds a host of new features, which make the OS or custom UI heavier. They take up more space, and, if your smartphone’s storage is already running low, it’s likely to affect performance too. This is true for iPhones too, especially the one with 16 GB storage.
Users can resolve the issue by identifying apps and files that are taking up more space and getting rid of them. On Android devices, apps such as Google Files Go can help. Moving files to the microSD card, if available, is another way. Cleaning caches regularly can also help. Users can free up space from Settings-> storage or entrust it to apps such as CC Cleaner.
Apple iPhones users can manage storage in Settings > General > iPhone Storage-> Manage storage. Here, users can see which apps are taking up more space and which messages have large attachments. iOS 11 can automatically uninstall apps that are rarely used if the iPhone’s storage is running low—but it will retain the saved files. However, it is an optional feature and has to be activated in Settings->iTunes & App Store->Offload Unused Apps.
Similarly, photographs take up a significant amount of space. You can back them up on Google Photos or other cloud storage solutions and remove them from the smartphone.
The other element that affects a smartphone’s performance is the apps and processes running in the background. Closing an app doesn’t switch it off completely. It remains active, running continuous updates and syncs. This can slow down a smartphone with low RAM. Clearing all apps in the background manually can help.