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My Android smartphone is slow. What to do ?

It is not uncommon, after a few months or years of use, that your dear Android smartphone shows signs of weakness. One of the most annoying is sometimes manifested when the phone is started, it then being blocked for several minutes on a screen marked “optimizing applications”. Very long, this operation can delay the switching on of your phone by more than a quarter of an hour, so it is necessary to get rid of it by deleting the application concerned. Here’s how.

Method one: find the guilty app and uninstall it

Image 1: My Android smartphone is slow.  What to do ?The most effective method is to find the application that is causing this slowdown and simply delete it. The problem comes from the way Android manages applications, and some may be victims of a bug causing the problem that concerns us. Deleting them therefore restores the normal functioning of the smartphone.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to find the application in question, so it will have to be eliminated. Start by deleting your most recent applications, those you no longer need and those for which you recently installed an update. A restart between each uninstall may be necessary to see if the problem has been resolved. When the application causing the problem has been deleted, smartphone operation will return to normal and it will now start faster.Method two: Restore factory settingsIn most cases, it is unfortunately not possible to easily find the application responsible for these slowdowns, and the problems may even be more complex: several applications may be involved at the same time, and in some cases the smartphone may even fail to start.

In this case, the best solution is to restore the factory settings. Before you start, know that this operation will delete all the personal data from your smartphone to bring it back to the state of its very first ignition. You should therefore back up the data you want to keep before continuing.

There are two methods of restoring the factory settings. In the event that your phone eventually turns on and works normally, you can simply go to the Android settings. Click the “System” tab at the bottom of the page, then click “Reset”. Finally, choose “Restore factory values” and let your smartphone do the work. Note that depending on the model of your phone and your version of Android, the titles may change. Thus, the menus could also bear the names “Backup and reset” then “Restore the factory configuration”. In any case, these menus have the same effect.

Image 2: My Android smartphone is slow.  What to do ?The second method will be useful in case you can no longer access the menus of your smartphone. When it is off, you will need to turn it on so that you can access “Recovery Mode”. The handling is different depending on the brand of your smartphone, but it is most of the time to maintain the buttons “Power” and “Volume +” or “Volume -” for ten seconds. Sicela does not work, see the manufacturer of your model for more information on “Recovery mode”.

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Image 4: My Android smartphone is slow.  What to do ?You should be transported to a very basic menu, in which navigation is carried out via the volume keys (+ to go up, – to go down). Validation is done using the Power button. You will then have to choose the “Wipe data / factory reset” option to restore the factory settings. The operation will take several minutes, and will end with a restart of your phone. Note that some Android overlays, such as EMUI on Huawei and Honor smartphones, do not necessarily display a menu, and can launch the setting to factory settings automatically upon arrival in recovery mode.

Your phone should now start normally, but you will now have to be vigilant when installing your applications, in order to more effectively detect the cause of the problem if it should occur again.

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