We all remember that sweet feeling of new fast smartphone. And this memory always seems sweeter as the hardware gets older and slower. The lack of free storage space together with numerous bugs make your once cool smartphone a real mess.

 Good news is you don’t have to put up with slow Android smartphone – you now have four simple ways to speed up your device. Keep in mind that here we'll review optimization methods for the most recent Android OS version. In case you use an older version of Android, the process might be a bit different for you.

Uninstall unnecessary apps

If your storage is almost full while you actually use less than ten apps on a daily basis, the first thing you should do is uninstall apps you don’t use. Any app you have installed on your smartphone takes up both storage space and memory as it would run in the background and load your phone processor. Delete all apps you don’t use on a regular basis – you can always install them again when needed.

Tap and hold the icon of the app you want to remove and drag it to the Uninstall button to get rid of it. Do this to all unnecessary apps – this will save you a lot of time and storage space altogether.

Switch off widgets, bulky wallpapers, and animations

A lot have been done to make Android beautiful, but it became slower instead. Sounds familiar? If so, switching off all the ‘beauty’ of Android will make it more rapid. To do so, you will need to get ‘secret’ Developer options rights. You can find it in Settings – go to the About phone section and tap the Build number button about 7 times. Once you get the rights, go and turn off the unnecessary visual effects on the smartphone. For example, you can switch to static images rather than using live wallpapers. Reduce the animation scale for couple points or turn it off, and cut down the number of screen widgets you use.

Clear out cache

Weird but true: apps save data in the cache to run faster, but over time the cache files get so bulky they retard the app and the entire system. To clean the cache for every application, go the following path: open Settings and search for the Apps. Picking one app at a time, tap the Storage and Clear cache. Rest assured, all the important data will stay with you after you're done with cleaning. So, think of the apps you have been using for a long time and start clearing their cache in the first place. Then move to the recently installed apps.

Try factory reset

The last resort in the battle for the erstwhile productivity is wiping off everything from your smartphone and starting all over. As the name of the operation implies, the factory reset will take a smartphone back to the condition it had when you bought it. It means that all the information on the device will be literally wiped away. To avoid panic attacks provoked by loss of your favorite selfie or half of your contacts, make sure to back up everything before running the reset.

While many apps have an option to save all their information in cloud-like storages, music and photos together with contacts and calendar entries might require additional storage ideas. Save all data elsewhere to never lose it.

Now you know four simple yet essential steps to make your older Android phone fast and pleasant to use again. When any issues occur – including freezing and lags – start with simple solutions like deleting odd apps and adjusting the settings. If nothing else helps, try factory reset –going back to basics could help regain the initial speed. Also, be sure to restart the smartphone every once in a while, this would also contribute to keeping it fast. Be smart and don’t get too nostalgic about your smartphone. Bear in mind that you only get something new and cool when you get rid of old things and clean up space!