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Reasons your phone slows down after months of buying it

Everyone loves to get a new smartphone without thoughts of maintaining it which afterwards develops serious problems that will require a fix. Often times, some people made up their mind in getting another one.

Moreover, phones are launched in different specifications and sizes to suites everyone’s taste. After literally five months of usage, you might notice a reduce in performance and efficiency which requires simple fix.

There are many reasons smartphones might decides to lose its efficiency and performance, but I will list just 5 common causes and explain them explicitly for Prexblog readers.

1. Application Updates: When last do you update your applications? Updating of applications brings a new life to an app performances and fixes threatening bugs. However, Many apps e.g Facebook app takes a lot of space (RAM and CPU). The app was just 35MB when it was newly launched but more updates has increased its storage space up to 300MB and the best thing to do, is by downloading the lightweight app to reduce memory storage. This will ensure your phone runs better as you update your apps and save your memory storage.

2. OS Upgrades: Since you have gotten your mobile phone, have you upgraded the operating system (OS)? If not, this is one of the reasons your phone performances slows down after months of buying it. Google releases updates annually, from Android Lollipop 5.0 to marshmallow 6.0 to Nougat 7.0 to Oreo 8.0 and so on. You should always try to upgrade your OS for more better features and fixes.

3. Full Storage: The most common reasons why smartphones slows down after months of buying it, is the full storage issue. Whenever your phone storage is full, always try to clear up some unnecessary files like photos, images, videos and archives, to prevent your device from slowing down, lagging or unresponsiveness.

4. Memory Degradation: I think some prexbloggers might have not heard about the memory degradation issues. Yea, let’s dive into it. Smartphones runs on a flash memory and the most common type of flash memory is called NAND. The memory requires a certain amount of vacant blocks to operate efficiently and it gets slower as it fills up.

There are three types of NAND memory: TLC, SLC and MLC, each of them has write cycle boundaries per memory cell, which degrades after some time of memory usage. The cells wear out after limit is reached and affects the phone performance.

So, always stick with 75% of your memory storage. That means that if your phone comes with 16GB internal memory storage, do not pass 10GB storage because using above that will make your phone lag and unresponsive.

5. App running on the background: There are many apps you don’t use or launch but are working and sometimes push up notifications, such as: WhatsApp, Facebook messenger and many more. These apps use CPU and RAM, which impacts negatively on your phone performance.

So the best fix is to say good bye to live wallpapers and stick to a static wallpaper. And most importantly, disable or uninstall apps that uses a lot of RAM and CPU.

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  1. Ayo Ade Ayo Ade February 22, 2018

    I recently found out about how the update helps making the phone work faster. Thanks for the explanation.

  2. Harun Khalid Adeiza Harun Khalid Adeiza February 23, 2018

    I am so glad to hear all this info.. But I think mine is not stated here, i bought this my Homtom HT50 from Jumia early last month January, but the problem i encountered now is that, at times it will just seized up, it will be like the screen will be touching it self unnecessarily, until i put the screen of by just pressing the power button, and then it will reset again.. Please what could be the problem? The internal memory is 32gb but i have used up to 23, cause the remaining storage is 24gb after the internal OS taking it own space. Please hoping for your favorable response

    • Prexblog Prexblog Post author | February 23, 2018

      Kindly factory reset the phone.

  3. Haruna Mustorpha Haruna Mustorpha February 23, 2018

    This is a very helpful tips and advice! Thanks a lot for your caring. Let keep up to this advise and secure our phones..

  4. Bright Bright February 23, 2018

    thanks bro. very helpful tips. I’ve encountered almost all of them.

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