With every new Android update, Android has managed to implement numerous features to make your smartphone even better. And Android Oreo manages to continue this tradition of consistently improving with every update. If your phone is updated to Android Oreo, you’re already halfway there as your phone might already be quite smooth in terms of performance. However, if your phone is not updated to Android Oreo already, this is how you can check if you have an update:
• Open ‘Settings’ -> Tap on ‘About Device’ -> ‘Software Update’
If you do have an update available, it is highly
recommended to update it to the latest version. Making sure that your device is
updated to the latest version is totally worth it as it not only provides you
with an updated UI skin but also with extra bug fixes and patches. These fixes
will make sure that your device is running as smooth as possible.
Once you have made sure that it is updated to
Android Oreo, you can follow these extra tips and tricks to boost your phone’s
performance even further.
Delete Unused Apps!
First and foremost, it is extremely important to
keep your phone clean and decluttered of apps that you do not use. Apps use up
a lot of memory in the process of upgrading itself. Unused apps not only
consume a massive amount of battery but also reduce the overall performance of
your device marginally. Although Android Oreo provides features like
‘Background Execution Limits’, it is better to simply uninstall an app you do
not use. Moreover, a lot of manufacturers often ship their phones with bloatware.
Such apps can be uninstalled as soon as you boot up a smartphone for the first
Clean your cache often
Cleaning an app’s cache essentially means to remove
all the temporary files related to that app. The cache of an app helps in
speeding up the app, however, if you do not use the app often, it does not help
much. Hence, it makes more sense to clean the cache of the app if you do not
use it much. Remember that clearing the cache of an app will not wipe the data
or passwords stored inside it. This will only happen if you clear the app data.
Here is how you can clear an app’s cache:
• Open the ‘App info’ page -> Tap on ‘Storage’ -> Tap clear Cache
Restart your phone
It might not seem like an important tip, but trust
us, it really works. We are constantly using our phones but we rarely ever
power off or restart it. However, following this one small tip can solve
numerous performance issues in an Android. It does not matter whether you have
a budget smartphone running Android or a luxury smartphone running Android, it
works effectively for both. Restarting your phone every now and then will make
sure that your phone is performing efficiently.
Enable Data Saver mode in Chrome
You must have noticed that if the size of a web page
is smaller, it loads much faster. If you want to do this with all the web pages
you open, Chrome allows you to do so. Using Chrome’s ‘Data Saver’ mode, you can
save your data and time by compressing the web pages. When enabled, this mode
automatically sends you compressed web pages. However, note that this mode does
not work on pages being accessed in Incognito mode. This is how you can enable
2. Tap the
three vertical dots on the top-right corner
3. Tap on settings
4. Once you scroll to the bottom of settings, you will find an option that says ‘Data Saver’
this option, you can toggle the feature on
this feature over time, you will even be able to come back to this option and
see how much data you have saved. The amount of data you have saved is
displayed using graphs.
Enable Data Saver across Android
The data saver mode works differently for your
Android and for Google Chrome. Enabling data saver on your Android helps you to
save a good amount of battery life and power. Android’s data saver mode was
introduced in the Nougat update. What this mode basically does is that it
restricts background activity for a lot of apps, including the one you are
currently using. However, note that this will affect the behaviour of the apps.
For instance, it might ask you to tap on an image before loading it at full
resolution. Here is how you can activate ‘Data Saver’ mode for your Android
1. Open settings on your device
2. Tap ‘Data Usage’
3. Tap ‘Data Saver’
4. On this
screen, the feature can be toggled on or off according to your requirement
that this function can also be accessed in the quick toggle in the notification
Restrict background data for unreliable apps
You might have noticed certain applications on your
phone that consume massive amounts of battery or memory. There is one method to
curb such activity, however, you must remember that you will stop receiving
notifications from the application unless you are using it actively. Here is
how you can do this:
1. Open the ‘App Info’ screen for the app you want to restrict
2. This can either be done by long pressing the app OR by tapping Settings -> Apps & Notification page OR by dragging an app to the top of the home screen where it says ‘App Info’
3. Once you are there, tap ‘Usage Data’ and then toggle Background Data off.
Android Oreo is one of the best Android versions out
there, however, even the devices with Android Oreo in it might get slow at
times. This often happens due to various resource-consuming apps over time.
Using these tips and tricks, you can make sure that your phone is working
efficiently while consuming as little battery as possible.