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 time.
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 this mode:
1. Open Chrome
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’
5. Within this option, you can toggle the feature on
6. Using 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 device:
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
5. Note that this function can also be accessed in the quick toggle in the notification shade.
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.