5 Ways To Deal With Super Slow Apps
By Courtney Linder
Apps are just one of many things that can slow down your phone and make it feel like an ancient Nokia, and it can be pretty frustrating. But know that you're not alone. About 48 percent of consumers will delete or stop using an app if they have to wait more than two seconds for it to load, according to Apteligent, a mobile app performance company. So here are five common app-related problems and some solutions we've cooked up to keep you away from that dreaded throbber symbol (that's the loading circle image—bet you didn't know what it was called!)
Problem: My Apps Won't Download At All
The app store, be it Google Play or Apple, is like a giant playground for smartphone users. That's why it sucks when you find a cool app and your phone pretty much says "nope!" and the throbber loading icon swirls em
Solution: There's a few things you can try, here. First, see if you're connected to WiFi. Often, phones are set by default to wait for WiFi to download content.
To check or change your download settings on Apple de-vices:
-Tap Settings > iTunes & App Store. Look for Cellular Data and switch it to the on position if you want automatic updates even while not connected to WiFi. Turn the setting off, if you prefer to manually update apps while on WiFi.
To check or change download settings on Android de-vices:
-Navigate to the Google Play Store > Settings > Auto-update Apps "Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only." Or, uncheck that selection if you perhaps have unlimited data and want automatic updates all the time.
Problem: My Games Load Way Too Slowly or Crash
Games take up a lot of space on your phone and contain a whole bunch of data. It takes a great deal of processing power on your phone to make these applications work, which is why you may experience some lag.
You may have to get a little creative if you're using your phone for hard-core gaming, digging into developer settings or downloading booster apps.
Solution: Optimize your phone for the gaming ex-perience (but in the process, keep in mind that you may compromise other functionality, like battery life).
To boost your gaming experience on Apple devices:
-You're going to have less custom options than Android, but you can start by closing all of your background tabs.
-You can choose to turn down the graphics, which are extremely vivid and detailed, but impact game performance. Go to Settings > General > Accessi-bility > Reduce Motion.
To boost your gaming experience on Android de-vices:
-Try downloading either DU Speed Booster or Swift Gamer to make your games load and perform more smoothly.
-Settings > About Phone > Look for "Build Number" and tap seven times to get into developer mode, which is usually hidden. Now, scroll down and search for the Force 4x MSAA option and enable it. Reboot your phone and voila, you're optimized for gaming.
Problem: My Apps Are Out-Of-Date
Sometimes, when your apps aren't the latest version, they'll slow down substantially or stop working altogether.
Solution: Download the latest version of the app in question and make sure your operating system is also the latest version.
To update an app on Apple devices:
-First, open the app store. If you're using iOS 12 or earlier, tap Today at the bottom of the screen and then tap your profile image. Scroll down to see any pending updates and tap the Update button next to whichever apps you'd like to refresh or simply hit Update All.
To update an app on Android devices:
-Open the Google Play Store, tap Menu and then Settings. Select Auto-update apps. You'll be prompted with the option to download apps only over WiFi or through mobile data.
Problem: My Apps Are Sloooooow
Yeah, if you use pretty much any third-party messaging app like WhatsApp or Viber, this is going to happen to you. Your phone stores cached versions of apps and websites, meaning a version of that place in cyberspace at a certain point in time that serves as a backup if a link is broken. It also stores your data.
Particular offenders are WhatsApp, due to large volumes of messages sent back and forth, plus photos and videos (which you can definitely purge) and Google Maps, which caches maps of places you've been to or searched for in the past.
Solution: Clear the cache for your slowest apps.
On Apple devices:
-Tap Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage. Then, in the storage section up top, tap Manage Storage. Select the app that's bogging you down. (Hint: if an app takes up more than 500MB, it's worth considering a full-on de-lete if you don't use it much, freeing up space and speeding up processing times for other apps).
On Android devices:
-Tap Settings > Storage > App Manager (on some versions) > Other Apps > find the app you're looking to clear > tap Clear Cache
Problem: I Did What You Said And My Apps Still Suck
As a last ditch effort, you can just go ahead and make your apps smaller. Well, you can compress their file size (think about sending digi-tal photos via text—you'll usually see a message that says the photo's file size is being compressed before sending). If an app has a bunch of data, naturally, it's slower. So make it smaller, with less data.
Solution: Compress, compress, compress.
On Apple and Android devices:
-This technical guide Apple put together for developers is pretty useful, so check it out. If you're not a developer, though, this will read like mumbo jumbo. Long story short, you want to check on the size of the app, see if compressing it is worth the tradeoffs, and if so–play with the code.