Is your Android® phone becomming slower? Is your phone constantly out of space? These are the two most common complaints we hear from our clients, and their most common reason for believing they "need" an upgrade to a newer model phone. While upgrading is always a possibility, some of the newer phones are upwards of $1,000 now, and those prices are only getting higher. Another solution is to regularly perform just a few simple maintenance tasks on your device to speed it up, and free up much needed space in the process.
The Android operating system is divided into two basic parts. There is a System side of the device and a User side of the device. The system side cannot be changed unless you "root" your device(another topic of discussion entirey). The reason you are able to "Factory Reset" your device, is because this System side of the device cannot be changed. This causes problems for you later when updating the apps that came pre-installed on your phone and can't be uninstalled. These apps, when updated, aren't updated in the same way as any apps you install yourself. System app updates get piled on-top of one another and take up large amounts of space over time. The solution to this is to either factory reset the phone, or to uninstall these app updates. Most of your system apps don't ever update, but if Gmail, Facebook, Google Chrome, Messenger, and etc were already installed on your phone, chances are, they are system apps, and are taking up more space than they need to.
So how do you fix this problem without a factory reset?
For most Android versions, the following steps will solve this issue and speed up your phone in the process.
This procedure has now given you only 1 update stacked on top of the base app that was pre-installed on your phone. This process should be repeated every month or two, as most apps update several times per month.
If your device is still slow after the procedure in the article, or if your device is misbehaving or seems sluggish, crashes for no reason, or loses battery quicker than normal, you may have corrupt cache files somewhere in one of your apps. These corruptions can be hard to find/fix, and the best method to even try to fix it is to perform a "Hard Factory Reset" of your device.
To do this on most android phones: