Apple’s iOS may be the more glamorous option for mobile devices, but Google’s Android is still the most widespread OS throughout the world. This is mostly because Google allows 3rd party manufacturers to design their own phones that utilize Android.
Of course, Android isn’t free of issues. Fortunately, the fact that Android is relatively the same whether you purchase a Google phone or a 3rd party device assures you that troubleshooting your device will be the same regardless of brand. Whether you have made the switch from iOS to Android or you have just gotten your very first smartphone, here are a few issues you may encounter on Android devices, as well as how to resolve these issues.
1. My device has been sluggish lately.
Mobile device manufacturers understand that smartphones and tablets are beginning to replace various other devices (MP3 players, etc.). As such, they have bumped up internal storage capacities and the RAM of their devices. If your Android device has been running on the slow side the last few days, your storage may be close to full. Try transferring several apps and files over to your SD card. If this doesn’t work, you can try clearing your phone’s cache of junk files and residual files. If this still doesn’t work, try restarting your phone. This should clear up any lag issues caused by low storage and RAM.
2. I’m having trouble connecting/staying connected to WiFi and/or data.
Having trouble connected to WiFi or staying connected to mobile data is a common problem for smartphones in general, not just Android devices. When this happens, the quickest solution would be to drag down the shortcut tray of your device and enable “Airplane Mode.” Keep Airplane Mode on for about 30 seconds to “refresh” your phone’s connectivity. Disable Airplane Mode and you should be able to connect to WiFi or your mobile data with no issues.
3. Bloatware is annoying. Is there a way to remove them?
Android devices that come from 3rd party developers (Samsung, Sony, etc.) tend to have a lot of redundant apps that you cannot uninstall. Fortunately, many of these devices allow you to “disable” these so called bloatware under the settings menu. Alternatively, you can opt to download apps from the Play Store that list down all installed bloatware apps and allow you to disable them as you see fit. This may not clear up some extra space on the internal memory, but it will reduce their burden on your RAM.
4. My device won’t read my SD card!
A number of devices allow users to insert an SD card to expand the available storage. However, older SD cards can become corrupted over time, resulting in the device failing to recognize the SD card. When this happens, try inserting your SD card into your PC or laptop and see if you can recover the contents. Once you’ve backed up your files, photos, videos, and apps, you can use your computer to reformat the SD card. Drag and drop your files back into the SD card and your phone should be able to recognize the SD card again. If not, your SD card may have sustained physical damage.
Troubleshooting Android issues may just be as easy if you try. Follow these simple hacks, and you’ll surely know how to deal with other similar issues once you encounter them.