In-short: Why Has my Android Started Lagging

Android devices, is an upgrade for some, while for others, it is an entirely new experience. But no matter which category you fall into, there will always be a moment when your Android devices start lagging and falling behind. We have all been there. Experts will generally get around the system, tweak it a little and get what is desired out of the platform, but what about the mundane user?

This article explains why your Android device which was once at its prime, started lagging, and how you can regain most of its performance. Although this may look like a topic discussed and commented upon for a long time now, we figured we would drop some ideas in short.

Want to know why your Android started lagging? Let’s find out.

  1. Bloating the system with Applications

Why:

The Android Operating system shares a lot in common with the Windows desktop OS than it may appear on the Surface (see, what wee did there!). Just because your device lets you install 200 applications, it is not a green signal that you should. Bloating the system with a ton of random application which have been optimized badly can have a bad impact on the entire system’s performance due to the way Android handles memory.

Bloating the system with a ton of random applications that have been optimized badly can have a bad impact on the entire OS performance due to the way Android handles memory.

Fix:

a) Avoid installing random applications.
b) Uninstall applications which have no purpose any more.
c) Read the reviews and ratings before installing applications.
d) As soon as the system appears to lag, start verifying if an application is responsible for it.

2. Avoid Task killers

Why:

The Android OS has vastly improved from its early days, when a task manager was almost mandatory. Anything above Android Jelly Bean is already highly efficient in multi tasking. Any kind of task killer would actually hamper the performance of the handset in contrary to improving it.

The latest iterations of Android try to keep your most used applications in the RAM and cache memory so that they can be instantly resumed. This in turn improves battery life instead of launching the application from the scratch every time.

Fix:

Its pretty simple, as long as you have an inbuilt task manager, try not to degrade the system’s performance with task killers.

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3. Over-the-air Updates

Why:

This may arise a lot of questions and confusion. How can an OTA (over-the-air) update hamper the performance of an OS? In fact, it was intended to improve the performance indeed.

The answer is very simple, instead of a complete flash, the OTA only modifies and constructs segments of the OS which require an upgrade so that they can perform on par with the actual ROM. Sometimes unoptimized external and internal applications cause glitches and incompatibility which can be responsible for the degradation in performance. Thats why most tech enthusiasts prefer flashing their ROMs instead of going for an over-the-air update.

Sometimes, unoptimized external and internal applications cause glitches and incompatibility which can be responsible for the degradation in performance. Thats why most tech enthusiasts prefer flashing their ROMs instead of going for an over-the-air update.

Fix:

Back up you media, contacts and other data from your handset and perform a factory reset after installing the OTA updates.

In-short

While there are a ton of other reasons why your Android device can lag, including hardware factors like an incapable processor or insufficient memory, often times these three are the major culprits and keeping them in check can help your device get a long way before it starts feeling aged.

Now you know why your Android started lagging! Do let us know about your experiences in the comments section below!