Why Is My Phone So Slow? (5+ Fixes)

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If you are using an Android or iPhone, you would have noticed that the phone sometimes gets slow. This change might happen over time or it can happen suddenly as well.


You might be in the middle of some very important work such as messaging someone, calling someone, or even paying a bill and your phone suddenly starts to feel slow.

If that’s the case, you start wondering about what went wrong and what are the things you need to do in order to change this.

What is slowing down your phone?

There are a few common reasons as to why your phone feels slow all of a sudden. Most of the time, the issue lies within these reasons and you can make your phone faster by solving these common problems.

  • Not enough storage space on your phone
  • Weak battery health
  • Too many applications open
  • Running an older version of the operating system
  • Phone overheating
  • Poor internet connection

The most common reasons why your phone feels slow have been mentioned above and they are true both for iPhone and Android phones.

In this article, we are going to tell you how to speed up your iPhone as well as an Android phone with a few simple fixes.

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How to Speed up your iPhone or Android Phone

Fix 1: Close all the open apps

The most common reason for your iPhone or Android phone feeling slow is that too many apps are running on your device.

So if you feel like the phone is getting too slow, you need to close the open apps.

  • For iPhone or Android phone with a home button, you can double-tap on the home button, and swipe up on open apps to close them.
  • For devices without a home button, you need to swipe up from the bottom of your screen and pause without lifting the finger.
  • This will open the recents menu, click on apps you want to close and tap the minus button.

Fix 2: Restart the iPhone/Android Phone

One of the most simple fixes, which has also become a tech support joke, is to switch off and switch on the device.

While this is also a joke, it is very good tech support advice as well because most of the time issues get fixed after restarting the phone.

Fix 3: Check if there is enough storage space

As we mentioned earlier, low storage space is also one of the most common reasons why your phone feels slow.

So make sure to check if there is enough storage space left on your iPhone or not.


To check your storage space, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. 

If the storage space left on your device is below 10GB then you need to remove apps or files and increase the space for your iPhone to work smoothly.

In the case of an Android phone, there are a few more things that you can do in order to fix your slow phone and make it faster.

This is because the limitations that you have with an iPhone are not there with an Android phone and you can do a lot more fixes to make your Android phone faster.


Fix 4: Clear your phone’s cache memory.

Well, here is the first thing that you can do with an Android phone that you can’t perform on an iPhone.

Yes, you can clear the cache of apps or your phone on Android devices and it is most useful in making your phone faster.

  • To clear cache, you need to go to your device’s Settings > Apps.
  • Then select the app that is feeling slow and clear its cache.
  • Let’s take the example of WhatsApp. So open WhatsApp’s storage from the App Settings.
  • Click on Clear Cache and repeat these steps on other apps as well. 

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Fix 5: Check for software updates

This fix works both for iPhone as well as Android phones and it is a pretty standard one as well.


It has been observed that people don’t update their phones often and manufacturers push a software update to make the phone faster.

If the update is not installed then the phone will naturally get slower.

So in order to speed up your iPhone or Android device, you need to check for software updates, and if there is one available, download and install it as soon as possible.

  • To check for software updates on your device, go to Settings > Software Update > Check for updates.

Fix 6: Check your battery health

We have seen that if the battery of your device is faulty, it is possible that the phone feels slow because there is not enough power being supplied by the battery to the phone to make it function properly.


In order to check battery health on iPhones, you can go to Settings > Click on Battery > Tap on Battery Health.

If your battery health on an iPhone is below 50%, you need to replace it as soon as possible from the nearest Apple service center.

In the case of an Android phone, there is no way to check for battery health right from your device.

So, you will have to download a third-party application called AccuBattery which can be downloaded from Google Play Store.


Install this application on your device and see what the battery health of your device is.

If your battery health is below 50%, you need to replace your battery from your device manufacturer’s service center.

Also, Read: My Phone is Charging Slowly. How to Fix it?


In this article, we have mentioned how you can make your iPhone or Android phone faster with the few fixes that we have shown.


If your phone still feels slow, you can take your device to the nearest service center and get it checked by an authorized person.

It is possible that there might be a defect inside your phone which is causing the device to slow down all of a sudden.

You can also try and perform a full factory reset on your device after taking a backup of your data but we believe that the above fixes should solve your problem.

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