You may have dozens of excuses to buy a brand new smartphone. Chances are you want to do it just because a new model is hitting the street. Another reason could be that your current phone is getting sluggish even for simple tasks. Here are things you may do to postpone your buying decision:
1. You can replace the battery: Battery of your smartphone needs to work hard to deliver power for ravenous components like display and processor. It means that batteries will degrade over time, which may also make reliability and performance to drop as well. Apple deliberately throttled down internal components of older iPhone models to compensate for the degrading battery performance. You can keep your phone at peak performance by replacing your old battery with a fresh one. This could be a problem for iPhone users, because they need to replace the battery at the shop. It’s less likely for Android smartphone makers to throttle down their devices, because replacing a battery is very easy.
2. You can streamline your storage: Just like any computing device, performance will decline if you have barely a few megabytes of free space left. Owners of Android smartphones usually plug in microSD card to increase the total storage. Even if you put a 64GB card into the phone, you will run out of space in a matter of months if you are not careful. Many games consume more than 2GB of space and 4k videos are particularly large in size. After removing unused apps and files, you can move some of the important files to cloud services, such iCloud, if you occasionally access these files. Make sure to use trusted cloud services to safeguard your files.
3. You can optimize settings: Performance-oriented settings will strain your limited hardware resources. In some cases, you won’t notice any visual difference by disabling some of the power-hungry features. However, your phone will be snappier and you can be more productive. Disable any eye candy feature that will consume processors and graphical resources, such as motion, animation and transparency effects. If you use iOS, you can disable these features by going to Settings> General> Accessibility.
4. You can disable background app refresh: Latest Android and iOS versions are capable multitaskers. It means that multiple apps may run in the background by refreshing themselves regularly. On older smartphone models, this could impair performance quickly. If you have an iPhone, go to Settings> General> Background App Refresh. The feature is enabled if the toggle switch is green. Make sure that it’s disabled. If your phone is running Android 7.0 or higher, make sure that the Data Saver feature is enabled. It will prevent background apps from using data, so they can’t refresh. Because they don’t refresh, less CPU and RAM resources are used. Go to Settings> Data Usage. Look for Data Saver and make sure it’s enabled. If you want to allow some apps to refresh because they are essential for your daily activities, then set these apps to have Unrestricted Data Access. Find a good balance to maintain productivity, while keeping your smartphone responsive.
Even if you buy an expensive and overpowered smartphone today, it won’t be completely future-proof. However, if you have plenty of crucial information in your phone and you are no longer getting software updates, then you may take a risk. So, it’s a good idea to choose manufacturers that are known for their regular update releases. Apple release updates even for fairly old iPhone and iOS models. Some manufacturers of Android devices, like Google, are quite reliable as well.