Why does my phone get slower over time?

Everyone has noticed a slowdown on their smartphone after months or years of use, here's how we can solve this situation

Unless we are among the consumers who change smartphone every six months, it's normal after a while to notice performance drops on our mobile device. In particular, after a few months we start noticing slowdowns. What is the cause of these problems and how can they be solved?

Performance drops do not depend exclusively on the brand or price range of the phone. Almost every smartphone after a while tends not to work as efficiently as it did in the early days. Of course it's more likely that an entry-level will lose out in terms of performance sooner than a top-of-the-line, but often the blame for slowdowns is also placed on the users. Often a good memory wipe is enough to give the smartphone back its sprint. But in some cases, especially if we have the phone for several years, this solution may not be enough. Fortunately, there are a number of actions you can take to get back a responsive device.


Unusually, constantly updating your mobile operating system is always a recommended choice. But it's normal that each new version is designed for better performing phones. That's why if we have an outdated device and the manufacturer releases the update of the operating system, be it Android, iOS or Windows Phone, we should not install it with our eyes closed. Our smartphone might not be performing well enough for the new version. And that would only cause more slowdowns and bugs.


The same speech made for the operating system also applies to apps. Most of the most popular and most used apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp or Facebook, receive constant updates. Downloading a new version every time could saturate your smartphone in the long run. Especially if your smartphone doesn't have much internal memory. Over time, the various apps tend to "nibble" your RAM and CPU. The result? Bugs and constant loading. In short, a user experience to forget. That's why not in all cases we have to install the latest version and also if we have a dated phone we should think about doing a scan of the apps to eliminate those less used. We'll also be able to install Lite apps from the various social networks. The real problem with using outdated versions of apps is cybersecurity. With outdated apps we'll be at high risk of hacker attacks.

Background apps

Many people don't know this, because they don't use them and think they're not active, but the fault for slowdowns and exaggerated battery consumption in most cases are the apps that work in the background. These are apps that continue to work even if we haven't actually used them. In a particular way are those for messaging and email to work so. But also many social ones. What can we do to solve this problem? Simple, let's go to settings and in the battery section check which apps consume the most power. At this point we have two solutions, either uninstall the app or block its activation in the background.


Most smartphones use flash memory. A memory that at the beginning of its life guarantees efficient performance but as it starts to fill up it tends to significantly lower the speed of the device itself. There are three types of NAND memory: SLC, MLC and TLC. But all of the most commonly used memory types have limits on the write cycle per memory cell. So what to do to avoid slowdowns? Always stay under 75% of your total memory space.