There are a lot of apps out there for clearing up your storage in a systematic manner, Google’s Files Go is the one we recommend. It is the company’s storage management and offline file transfer service, and it leverages Google’s machine learning smarts to declutter your phone.
It is designed to get rid of files that are taking up too much space on your phone and even provides recommendations for the course of action after scanning your phone. In fact, the app is specially made for India under Google’s “Next Billion” initiative. Have a lot of good morning images? This app can even detect them and delete them in a single tap.
2. Keep A Simple Home Screen Or Try Another Launcher:
The home screen takes up a lot of precious RAM when multiple widgets are used, even live wallpapers are very resource hungry. If you notice the home screen is getting laggy or taking a lot of time to load when you quit apps, it means the device isn’t actually able to manage the number of resources the process is requesting for.
Secondly, try installing another launcher. A vast majority of the phones out there come with an OEM install skin that is not always well optimised. If you notice Samsung’s TouchWiz is slowing down your phone, install a lighter launcher. We highly recommend Nova Launcher, it is basic yet has all the advanced customisation one would require and is known to be extremely stable.
3. Force GPU Rendering:
A lot of 2D elements in the phone’s UI are software rendered, if even normal tasks like opening an app or the app drawer aren’t smooth, switch to GPU Rendering. On enabling the option, these tasks will be handled by the device GPU which is a lot more capable. Keep in mind, GPUs are known to consume more power than CPUs hence you might notice slightly higher battery consumption.
To switch on GPU Rendering, go to Settings and then tap on Developer Options. Toggle the “Force GPU Rendering” option and you are good to go!
4. Remove / Disable Bloatware:
A lot of Android phones ship with a number of apps pre-installed by the OEM. There is a high possibility you may have never actually used them, if that’s the case, it’s always better to remove them. A lot of these installations are sealed by the OEM hence you may not be able to remove them, then disable these apps.
Once you disable an app, it will no longer continue running processes in the background and is as good as an uninstalled one, all it does is consume some internal storage. To disable the app, go to settings, tap on Apps and then select the one you wish to disable. You’ll see an option to uninstall/disable the app.
5. Install The Latest Software:
A lot of people have a misconception that installing software updates only takes up more storage and further slows down the system. While it has been noticed that a lot of OEMs push out unpolished updates, though, at the same time, a majority chunk of these updates bring in bug fixes and system improvements.
You will notice a huge difference in the user experience when a major OS update is released, everything tends to get a lot smoother and efficient. Thanks to Project Treble, it is now, even more, easier for OEMs to push out regular updates.