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How to speed up a slow phone in 5 minutes or less

How to speed up a slow phone in 5 minutes or less

When it happens, it's awful. Your smartphone suddenly slows to a crawl and struggles to complete every little task. There are several things that could be causing the problem.

It can be an errant app, lack of free space, fancy effects or background processes but one thing's for sure, you want to remedy this situation fast!

Here's how you can fix the issue in around five minutes:

Turn off non-essential interface effects

In case you haven't noticed yet, there are subtle graphical flourishes that add to your phone user interface's polished look. Although these can be cosmetically pleasing, they are really not essential to your phone's functionality. In fact, these effects may even be slowing down your phone!

Don't worry, you can turn these effects on and off with these steps:

iOS: To minimize animations, go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Reduce Motion then toggle it off.

To reduce blur effects go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Increase Contrast then toggle Reduce Transparency .

Android: It is a little trickier on Android. First, access the hidden Developers Options menu by going to Settings then scroll down to About Phone or About Tablet. Under this section, locate the Build Number then tap it multiple times until you see a notification saying "you are now X steps away from being a developer" with X being the number of remaining taps before the Developer Options are unlocked. After the seventh tap, the Developer options should be available.

After turning on Developers Options, to disable animations go to Settings >> Developer options and scroll down to Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale and turn them all off.

Keep your Android gadget's Developer options turned on or the animation settings will revert back to their default settings.

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