A slow smartphone leads to frustration, whether you're booting up an online game or checking your text messages. However, you don't have to give up on your phone just because it's gotten a little lethargic. Instead, try these safe, simple hacks to make your smartphone faster.
Remove Transition Animations
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You might have noticed that your iPhone produces animated transitions between screens. While these animations might seem simple, they can slow down your phone when you need its memory most. Fortunately, you can disable animations in iOS 7, which will free up memory for other tasks. This process will also remove the parallax effects from icons and other on-screen graphics.
Find the settings app on your iPhone, click on the General tab, and find the menu labeled Accessibility. Just tap the Reduce Motion option. It will shift from off to on, disabling animations. Restart the device to apply the change. Now your phone can devote its resources to games, apps, texting, and streaming instead of delivering flashy animations on the interface.
Clear Your Phone's Memory
Even though the Apple iPhone 7 features 32GB of memory, you might need to clear the memory to make space for new data. In older versions of iOS, you had to factory reset the device to clear the memory. That meant losing all of your contacts, game progress, text messages, and call logs. However, the latest versions give you a shortcut that doesn't put your valuable data at risk.
First, back up your phone to the iCloud after connecting to Wi-Fi. Consider doing this once a month or so to protect your data. Next, hold down the Sleep button for several seconds. The screen for shutting down your smartphone should appear. Release the Sleep button and hold down the Home button. When the Home screen comes up, you'll know that you've successfully flushed your iPhone's memory.
Move Your Photos to External Storage
If you don't want to clear your phone's memory entirely, but your device seems sluggish, consider shifting your photos and other files to the cloud or external storage. You can do this with both iOS and Android devices. Simply connect your device to your computer, external hard drive, or the cloud, find where your photos are stored on your phone, and move them over to the other device.
Many people take hundreds of photos every month with their smartphones. Clearing them out will make more storage space for future photos, and you won't consume as much of your smartphone's memory, which should make the device run faster.
Remove Unused Files and Apps
Running too many apps can turn your smartphone into a sluggish machine. You might have downloaded many apps since you bought the phone, then never even used some of them. Take a tour through your apps list and delete any that you no longer use.
Next, go through your photo and video files. In addition to moving them to other storage, you can also delete files that you no longer want. Blurry photos, dark videos, and other undesirable files often linger on smartphones even though they'll never be posted on Facebook, printed out, sent to friends, or even looked at again.
Delete the Browser Cache
If you use your smartphone to browse the internet, delete the browser cache every week or two. The cache files take up significant space on your smartphone's hard drive, which can slow it down. You can empty the browser cache no matter which browser you use. Typically, you'll enter the browser settings and find the History menu. From there, you can delete the cache and anything else you no longer need.
Keep in mind that your smartphone might even store browser information from other devices if they're connected on the same Wi-Fi network. If you use your home computer, tablet, or other devices to surf the web, delete the browser caches on all devices to help them run faster.
Don't spend all day staring at loading screens or waiting for your browser to catch up. Instead, try these suggestions to make your smartphone faster and more convenient.
Come 2017, the Galaxy S8 will probably launch with a borderless, bezel-less display, but at this very moment the only two smartphones in the world that can boast of such a beautiful design are the Honor Magic and the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Although they share the same principle design element, it doesn't mean that they are all the same. In fact these two are poles apart from each other in a multitude of ways. Check out the comparison sheet below and let us know which one you think is the better of the two.
Xiaomi Mi Mix
158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9 mm (209 g)
6.4-inch edge-to-edge (86% display-to-body ratio) 1080 x 2040 pixels flat IPS LCD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996) chipset
128GB/256GB internal storage without expandable card slot
Rear/front camera: 16-mp/5-mp
4,400 mAh battery
Available only in black
3499 yuan/3,999 yuan ($500/$575)
NFC, USB Type-C, rear mounted fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, piezoelectric speaker, ultrasound based proximity sensor, dual SIM support, etc.
146.1 x 69.9 x 7.8 mm (145 g)
5.09-inch edge-to-edge (69.9% display-to-body ratio) 1440 x 2560 pixels curved AMOLED display
Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 950 chipset
64GB internal storage without expandable card slot
Twin 12-mp rear camera and an 8-mp front shooter
Available in Golden Black and Porcelain White
3,699 yuan ($530)
NFC, USB Type-C, fingerprint scanner at the front, 3.5mm audio jack, AI virtual assistant, Honor Magic Live, Dual-SIM support, etc.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Quite a few of you may argue that smartphones don't really need 6GB of RAM and it might even be true in some cases. However, the fact is that they are here and some months down the line, even more models with 6GB RAM will start making appearances. That being said, if you want to feel the absolute sense of supremacy that comes with owning one of these beasts, here are the ones that we would recommend.
OnePlus 3 ($399)
There is no two way about it, the OnePlus 3 is a real flagship killer with its beastly specs and the Oxygen OS, which runs pretty close to stock Android. Apart from the 6GB of RAM, the OnePlus 3 also sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip (2.15GHz), Adreno 530 GPU, 3,000mAh battery, brilliant 16-mp/8-mp rear and front cameras, a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display and 64GB of non-expandable storage. At this price, you will probably have a hard time finding a better phone to be honest.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe ($499 for 64GB/6GB)
The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is another flagship smartphone with specs similar to the OnePlus 3, but a slightly larger 5.7-inch 1080p display. The beautifully made phone feels as premium as it looks. Internal storage options include 64GB/128GB/256GB variants, but the Zenfone 3 Deluxe also offers a micro-SD card slot. It has a larger rear camera sensor of 23-megapixels as compared to the OnePlus 3, but we all know that megapixels do not determine the actual quality of the photograph.
LeEco LeMax 2 (Around $400 for 64GB/6GB)
This is the only smartphone on this list that sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and it instantaneously makes this a winner in the display department. Based on Android Marshmallow 6.0 and LeEco's own EUI, the Le Max 2 is a beautiful device. However, it doesn't support expandable storage, nor does it have a headphone jack unfortunately. The 21-megapixel camera is quite a capable one and the front camera is better than most of the competition. The 3,000 mAh battery is a decent performer, considering that it powers the flagship SD 820 CPU, along with the Quad HD 5.7-inch panel.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)