Slow Phone Performance? Here's A Few Causes

Smartphones are more computers than they are phones, and every brand and model is subject to the growing pains of an industry with great potential. The Samsung models such as the Galaxy and Note have amazing capabilities and can deal with a lot of the most innovative and resource-intensive apps, but what happens when your powerful phone slows down? Take a look at a few causes of slow performance issues and what you can do about them.

Clearing Cache Can Become A Chore

Mobile apps, like their larger computer cousins, are still not perfect when it comes to using resources. Apps request memory and use up processor power in order to operate, but they may take too many resources or not release those releases when done.

Any program that doesn't close properly will take unnecessary resources. They may become stuck in the background even after you "close" them with a swipe, which sometimes simply means letting them run without being in your face. You'll have to manually go to the task manager on your device--often by holding the home button or four square app button down for a few seconds--and close the apps from there.

Another issue is the memory leak, which has become less of a problem in recent history, but not completely removed. When an app requests memory, it's given a certain amount depending on how much is needed at the time. Something in the app's programming (how the app is written) may be broken to the point of constantly asking for a bit more memory until your phone slows down or shuts down completely.

The biggest affront to your phone is the fact that the app isn't really using all of the memory in a memory leak. The memory leak issue claims more memory as time goes by, but not because it needs or intends to use it. This can often be solved on any computer by closing the app in task manager, but may require a full restart.

Stopping The Slowdown Problems From Happening

Sometimes you simply need to get rid of an app. If you're noticing that it's the same app causing problems, you have a few options to get around the problem.

First, write a structured complaint. In programming, one of the most valuable forms of feedback is a statement to the developer about what problem you're experiencing, the exact model of your device and what you were doing on the device when the problem occurs. This can help developers figure out the problem for your device, since even with great advances in Quality Assurance (QA), there will always be unique circumstances that can't be tested in an office with simulations. Individual or small team development groups may not have the resources to buy every phone on the market to test.

Next, consider removing the app and going for an alternative. This doesn't have to be some kind of loyalty or quitting forever issue. You can wait for a new version of your original app to arrive with fixes, and there's nothing wrong with swapping.

Finally, consider your device's specifications. How long have you had the smartphone? Did the performance issues start after an update? Look through the app's requirements and see if the newest version was made for newer phones, and you may discover that it's time for a new phone.

If you're unsure of what to do next or can't pinpoint the slow performance problem, contact a business such as Quick Fix Smartphone & Tablet Repair.