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How to optimize a tablet that is very slow?

At childishman we know how frustrating it can be to deal with a slow Tablet: what is easy becomes cumbersome, and moving from one image to another or browsing becomes an experience as torturous as it is unnerving.

Thinking about these situations, more common in some tablets than in others, we have put together a series of tips and tricks to optimize a slow tablet . We will review the most common causes of this slowdown, and we will give you the solutions.

My tablet is very slow or hangs often: Possible causes

We know that our Tablet needs to be optimized,  when we notice that it overheats with use, or slows down frequently. 

These symptoms appear due to numerous problems, but the most common are usually:

  • Residual files from all apps : Both installed and uninstalled apps leave residual files that clutter your Tablet’s memory. These, together with those that are accumulated in the cache, usually slow down the device without us realizing it.
  • Storage capacity limit:  Very rarely will a device alert you that it is close to the limit of its storage capacity, unless it already has less than 1GB available.
  • Component degradation (RAM memory, battery and CPU):  Although the physical components of Tablets are designed to last longer than those of Smartphones, these also end up degrading over time: especially the battery and RAM.
  • Updates:  Software and application updates often solve the performance problems of a Tablet , mainly in the most recent models.

There may be other factors, but, in any case, whatever it is, we will solve it with the series of tricks that we will tell you in the next section.

Does the number of background operations affect performance?

apps running in the background on a tablet

On some occasions, operations in the background affect the performance of a Tablet: although  we do not recommend closing the apps as soon as you finish working with them, because that way we affect the battery life .

Some may not work well at all, and when they are performing operations in the background, they will influence the operation of the device.

For this reason, first of all,  the most advisable thing is to review the apps that we have installed, to look for any that could be causing a malfunction.

Tips for optimization

Next, we leave you each of the ways in which you can make your Tablet gain speed:

1. “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

We know it’s super basic advice, but usually this can fix 90% of device issues.

If we haven’t turned off our Tablet for several weeks or months, a simple restart cleans the cache and frees up the RAM and processor  of those apps that remain running in the background.

2. Remove unnecessary appsRemove apps and increase storage space

too many apps on your tablet make it slow

Take a couple of minutes to  eliminate those that you are no longer going to use, or that fulfill the same functions as others that you already have .

The same applies to  the widgets you put on your home screen : Yes, they look very nice, but in the end they end up consuming your processor resources unnecessarily.

It is also a good advice to review those apps that take up more space. If you have an Android Tablet, you can see those details in the Applications section, within the Settings.

In case you detect an app that consumes too much space and is hardly useful to you, or it is an unverified app, it is best to uninstall it.

3. Install the latest version of available apps and software

Updating apps on a tablet

When you install a software update on your Tablet:

  • The cache is cleared.
  • Processor and RAM space is freed.
  • Applications running in the background are closed.

These processes accelerate the speed of your Tablet, and also  the updates themselves optimize the operation of the device . The same happens with applications, which when updated improve their resource consumption and work faster.

Google support gives us a guide to increase the speed of Android devices .

4. Use an antivirus

There are still people who believe that there are no viruses and malware in the Android or iOS ecosystem, and the truth is that the opposite is true. Some very good options are:  AVG Antivirus , which offers many features in its free version and you can use it on all your devices. Or  Kaspersky MX , which offers quite a few features in its free version.

AVG Antivirus and Security

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5. Keep your screen clean

This may seem like another tip of those that are superfluous, right? Well, the truth is not so much. We touch our Tablet while we eat, and even if we clean it, if you go outside, dust can fall on it.

Over time,  if we forget to clean the screen frequently, it becomes less responsive to our touch , and what seems like slowdown may be more of a physical issue than anything else.

6. Format your micro SD regularly

Format your microSD card on tablet

We recommend  that you format your microSD at least once every 3 months . This will delete the cache and some residual files of apps, which save information in that storage.

Also, it is worth having a faster microSD: we advise you to opt for one of  class 10 from the Kingston, SanDisk and Samsung brands .

7. Shorten animations

adjusting tablet on the table

Every Android device has a hidden section within its settings, which allows you to shorten the animations so that your Tablet responds faster, without the need for so many special effects, which are nice, but let’s face it, how useful are they really?

To achieve this goal, we must access the  Developer Options , following these steps:

  1. Enter the Settings menu and access the section called  “Device Information”  /  “About” . This name will vary depending on the manufacturer.
  2. Look for the build number, and repeatedly tap (7 times) on that number. Until you get a notification saying that you have unlocked  developer options .
  3. Above  “Device Information”  a new section will appear, corresponding to  “Developer Options” . But be careful, you must be careful, because each touch you make within said menu will affect essential aspects of the operation of your Tablet.
  4. Find the  “Window Animation Scale” ,  “Animation Transition Scale”  and  “Animator Transition Scale” options , and  change them from 1X to 0.5X scales .

Once this is done, you will notice that your system will give a more fluid response to your touch.

8. Do a Hard Reset

How to Hard and Soft Reset Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e - Technipages

If all of the above options have failed, you can choose to do a Hard Reset:  a factory reset that will leave your device in the same software condition it was in when you bought it .

You can do it from the Settings menu, with the name of “ Reset ” or “ Restore factory settings ”. If you want to know how to do a Hard Reset step by step, depending on the brand of your device, we invite you to read the article that we dedicate to the subject.

External resource :Google support provides us with some tips to Factory data reset an Android device .


So far our tips for you to make your Tablet go faster: At Droiders we tried trick number 7 on a Smartphone, and  you can immediately see how fast it is in terms of responsiveness … and the app execution section has more than do with hardware factors, such as processor capacity and RAM.

Hence, if your tablet is still slow after these tricks, perhaps you should consider buying a more powerful or modern device that suits your needs. If so, we recommend our tablet comparisons:



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