Smartphones are right now the most personal devices a person owns. They’re used continuously and you’ll obviously get frustrated if it doesn’t work as you expect or as it did when you first laid your hands on it. They’re also sometimes a sizable investment for you, making you postulate that it will work perfectly as long as you’re using it but the fact is, it doesn’t.

Smartphones just like any other electronic, age over time, they lose their charm eventually, but you are still using it all the time every day. So it needs to stay fit as majority of your communication depends on it. So how do you keep it good as new?

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1. Keeping your Performance at Peak

Performance is the most important aspect if you want to keep your phone good as new, if this is not good enough, everything else is worthless. First things first, get rid of the useless applications as they run in the background and suck all your memory. For instance, you may have more than one browser on your phone, keep only the one that you use the most. Keeping multiple applications for a single task is pointless when you’re struggling with performance. If you’re on Android, Antivirus apps are the biggest culprits when it comes to performance degradation, throw them out too.

Also developers now are launching stand-alone apps for older phones, for instance, Facebook introduced the “Facebook Lite” application as their flagship app is just too heavy to handle. Another useful process you can get into is of clearing your home screen. Remove all the widgets and shortcuts keeping just the ones you need the most. Homescreens on Android especially take up a lot of time to load when filled with too many widgets. With iOS 10, iPhone too lets you remove some of the built-in apps like Stocks and Weather.

You can also try turning off the animations from settings. On Android, it’s a bit complicated, but it can be done by enabling developer options (Settings­>About­>Tap on build number a few times). Once enabled, go to Developer Options, scroll down to find Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. Tap each in turn and set it to .5x or off. Finally if nothing works, you can either try resetting your phone or root it which gives you the benefit of deleting all the bloatware making a significant increase in performance.

2. Customize and Clean it

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If you’re getting bored with the software, android offers a plethora of options to change how it looks. Probably the easiest way to do this is by installing custom launchers that let you play with themes and different icon packs. But if you want a big overhaul, go ahead and install a custom ROM that will provide you options to change basically everything there is on your phone.

External looks obviously can be altered by using cases and covers which you probably are already using. Dust particles will ruin your phone if you’re not careful, so cleaning your phone regularly (if not daily) is also important. With a soft cloth, you can also clean your touch screen if it collects moisture and sweat.

3. Keep your Internal Storage clean

Android services and applications work with your internal storage most of the time, so it is necessary that you keep it clean and free as possible. There are a couple of things you can do to achieve that, first of all, move all your apps from internal to external storage if you can. Secondly, delete the app data of all the apps you don’t use regularly as it will save a lot of storage. You can also clear cache if you don’t want to lose everything.

There are also apps like “Clean Master” that will clear temporary data from your storage, you can try those too. Additionally, disable all the applications you don’t use regularly, for instance, pre-installed OEM titles.

4. Charge Consistently

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People charge their smartphone every day even if their battery lasts for two days, sometimes even twice or thrice, but there are some things that the user should keep in mind before charging his/her smartphone. How you charge your phone can affect the device’s life and its long term battery performance. Charging your phone consistently every day can keep your battery healthy over time, you should try to keep a battery schedule and never use the device while it’s charging. Also if possible, don’t keep it plugged all the time.

5. Application and OS updates

Your smartphone might be aging due to running on an outdated software, updating it might speed things up. However, I do know that’s an extremely basic measure to take care of, but you can also go an extra mile and install a custom ROM in order to achieve better efficiency. Exploring the OEM’s and XDA forums is your best bet for the necessary resources. Additionally, you can also update the applications for a better experience unless you’re running out of storage.

So that was all regarding “How to keep your smartphone good as new”, I would at the end, recommend rooting your phone if it is getting really slow as that would solve the majority of your issues.

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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.