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My Android tablet is getting slower and slower

by bli47 / December 7, 2013 8:43 PM PST

I have a small tablet running Android 4.0.4. It has 2 Gb internal storage, of which 1.5 Gb is still available. I deliberately keep the number of apps limited and have moved a number to the external SD card which is 4Gb.That card still has 1.2 Gb available.
Nevertheless my Android seems to get slower and slower. Like there is some invisible temp folder running full.
I have already uninstalled a few apps, but this does not seem to help.
Anybody an idea what is happening and how to speed it back up?

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Why not reset it to as new?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2013 1:12 AM PST

Then you get a fresh start. No one I know uses these to store anything so a fresh start is a fresh start.

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Yeah, that is an option....
by bli47 / December 8, 2013 6:34 AM PST

Hi Bob, Yes, that is an option......
But I was wondering whether others had the same problem, had understood what caused it and found a less drastic solution!
Thnx anyway!

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At the office, we have have other ways.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2013 6:51 AM PST

But I find most folk want to use the tablet. They don't want to go to the running apps app or install an app that will take a look at what app is using CPU and RAM.

There's another issue dogging Android and it really shouldn't be here except the same issues that dog software developers still haunt us today. Tell me if you need to dive into that area.

Remember I don't call reset to be drastic. I just reset 2 or 3 tablets last week and didn't think anything about it.

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by woowoolee / January 24, 2016 9:40 AM PST

I've got the small samsung tablet and the larger one, they are both bad have gotten so slow it's not even worth using them cuz sooo frustrating! I've tried everything to fix it but nothing works. I think they are just bad products! I would never get another samsung. Go with the iPads from everyone I know with one there has never been any trouble!

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iPads can get slow too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2016 9:50 AM PST
In reply to: Samsung
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Not just samsung
by JKL_9 / March 28, 2017 2:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Samsung

Any device can get slow not just Samsung. But I agree, Samsung tablets SUCK!

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Avoid these older posts.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2017 2:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Not just samsung

And my old Sam Tab 2 is still fine. Just like new in fact.

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responding to slow android probs
by scramdad / July 6, 2014 9:39 AM PDT

Not being that pc knowledgeable, I'm petrified about wiping my tablet that keeps me alive!
Somehow, I've ended up with a smart(ish) Windows 8.1 pc.
Also, amy new Sony Android tablet (whose sister Z1 phone is back at repair with a repair charge (4 months old) for a broken screen of over £180!!!!).
At 60 yrs old, I worry a bit - and living on severe disability allowance, think that, without my bloody expensive smart phone, I'm a bit stuck.
If I reset this to new & lose my data, I'll never know how to get it back....

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That's not good.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2014 10:03 AM PDT

If your data is only on the phone then it's not safe. I'd do more research or why not DEMAND the supplier tell you how to backup and restore your content?

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by NehaS23 / July 9, 2014 10:15 PM PDT

Solution 1. Uninstall all existing apps
2. After uninstall use 1-2 apps and check the speed.
3. Install one Anti-virus
4. Format the Tab

It may be because you have installed more apps and your tab not much RAM to support that. You know if you don't use FB apps it keeps running in the backend, as result it slows the Tab performance. You need to check what are the apps running backend and you need to force stop that. I hope you can get benifit from my answer.

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(NT) Given step 4, why steps 1 2 3?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2014 12:35 AM PDT
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by JKL_9 / March 28, 2017 2:16 PM PDT

All steps may be required because it step r might not reset the SD card (if u have one and j this case yea) and the anti virus will do its thing on the card.

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Seems duplicative work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2017 2:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Because

When I format it's all gone. Also, SD Cards are not installed due to they can, if there is some issue there (bad, worn out) can mislead the tech to think the tablet is in need of a new board.

I can't imagine 2+ years to re-open this discussion but go ahead, there's a lot more work I've done in this area and have more to share.

In short, when I get a cranky tablet we pull the SIM and SD card, factory reset then test.

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by Murari_ctls / December 19, 2013 1:44 PM PST

You should empty you internal memory and remove external memory. There may be any virus so scan also your tablet and then try again.

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I don't think so
by itsdigger / December 19, 2013 1:48 PM PST
In reply to: Hi

I've yet to hear about ANY virus on an Android device.....Digger

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SImilar to a home computer....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / December 19, 2013 11:04 PM PST

....the longer you own/use the device, the more applications/add-ons are installed, the device will start to slow down. No difference with a tablet. Installing new apps to verify what apps are currently running will slow it down further. Android has built in tools to verify which applications are running and the ability to shut down applications manually.

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virus or storage problem
by somyasharma / July 17, 2014 5:47 PM PDT

Hey friend
I think it may be virus problems, so i think update your antivirus and scan it. Also it has the problem of storage capacity, Android mobiles which have less internal storage and RAM then it makes slower and slower our smartphones. You can format your phone and restart again.

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Virus is not likely....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / July 17, 2014 8:36 PM PDT

....the issue for the OP.

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Nod to storage or app problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2014 1:42 AM PDT

I've lost count of finding AD SUPPORTED APPS that cause troubles.

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Android speed up

Install 'android assistant free'. select processes. put a tick next to every app you dont need. Tap 'kill' apps. Repeat this 2 or 3 times as the app works cumulatively though it seems to remove most on first go..

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CNET writes "You're doing it all wrong."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2015 2:46 PM PST
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by parveen147 / February 26, 2016 8:54 PM PST

hello friend

I think under your tablet some virus problem. that because I suggest you go in setting and do factory reset
After erase your all data then your tablet is working smoothlly

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Android samsung
by shaft45 / March 22, 2016 1:31 PM PDT

try power down and restart after a while. this way you don't lose data or apps.

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I just don't know
by djd61654 / October 23, 2016 7:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Android samsung

Hopefully this isnt posted in the wrong place. I too have a priblem with highlighting on my Samsung Galaxy Tab Two 7.0. Sometimes it works like a charm and other times no matter how hard I try it will not highlight. Also not as fast as it once was. I shut off animations, shut off programs I am not using and even did a factory reset. Nothing has helped. Could it be that a new battery would help these issues??

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Reset your device!
by SamuelClosa / October 24, 2016 8:57 AM PDT
In reply to: I just don't know

I think for this issue getting slower you need to reset your device. I have had the same issue and I reset it. And it's okey now.

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by naja007 / October 31, 2016 3:13 AM PDT

Thank you for info.

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Improve the Performance of Android tablet
by pxljobs1 / February 19, 2017 10:57 PM PST

uninstall the unwanted application in your tablet,try to increase RAM configuration these are some of the way to improve the tablet performance.

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by Shanewatson22 / February 24, 2017 6:24 AM PST

This might be happen for several reason. However, you need to reset your device if you think that your device is getting slower. On the other hand if you use too many app and have low space.

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why Android tablet slower?
by Dhaval_12 / March 1, 2017 2:15 AM PST

Many people seem to think like but We will not look at the reasons why devices slow down and how to battle slow downs. You’ve probably installed more apps as you continue to use your device may be one of this reason is also responsible for slow your android Device

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You can apply this to almost all systems today.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2017 8:22 AM PST

I've seen this in Windows, Apple products and Smart TVs.

I agree, curb those apps.

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