Harigovind M

Monday 09, 2015

Owning a smartphone - It can make you jump with joy when you first buy one and you can’t take your hands off it. Everything works just brilliant, and it becomes the companion you cannot part with.  But gradually, as in every relationship, time starts taking its toll. Owing to the relentless usage, the phone slowly transforms into being your nemesis. It starts to behave more like the grumpy old aunt who never lets you do anything, while not doing anything herself either. You just cannot take your hands off it, waiting for a call to go through or an app to load, as it succumbs to the brick-life that is on its way.

Having a smartphone that you like is like having a best-friend with you all the time. It can be painful to lose something that has been part of your life more than anything for the past year or so. But, it is more painful having to find and buy a new phone that could replace your dying phone.

So, wouldn’t it better if you could revive your dying phone, rejuvenate and bring it back to how it was when you had bought it? Here’s what the ‘elixir of life’ for smartphones is made up of.


  1. Decluttering

Keep the icons and widgets on your Smartphone’s home screen to a bare minimum and you would be surprised that your android phone could actually be this fast. Optimize your smartphone. Folders, customization apps and energy efficient mode are your (and your phone battery’s) friends.

  1. Getting rid of unused/rarely used apps

Tossing away those unused apps will offer your phone some breathing space for your phone to a great extent. This would enhance not only the performance and speed, but also the phone's battery life. Valuable memory space is retrieved as well.

  1. Rebooting

Reboot your phone from time to time, and it would run like a brand new device, without any signs of sluggishness. Restart or power off at least once a day.

  1. Clear the Cache and Cookies

Clear out the browser cache and cookies on regular intervals to free up memory space. The cache’s memory starts clogging up the device’s active memory and slows down its ability to surf, while cookies can hinder the ability to browse web quickly.

  1. No to live wallpapers

Avoid live wallpapers for a faster and better performing smartphone. They kill your battery by displaying bright images and demanding continuous action from phone’s processor and RAM.

  1. Avoiding cheap-knockoff chargers

Chargers can be expensive for no good reason, but you're better off sticking with official chargers or off brand chargers as opposed to knockoffs.

  1. Periodical cleaning

Don’t let dust bunnies settle in the crevices of your phone. This is where good phone cases come in handy. If you have mobile cover or case, it’s a good practice to take it off and give it a nice cleaning.

  1. Tempered glass

Peel away the screen guard and get a tempered glass guard for your phone screen instead. No more scratches or cracked screens.

While implementing these tips could keep your beloved smartphone running like new, the performance will not be same as that of a brand new smartphone. Nevertheless, if you follow these tips right from the start, you can easily maintain your Android smartphone to be at par with any brand new smartphone.



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