A reader with an Android tablet issue wants some advice: “I need a way to clean my tablet up safely. It is running real slow and freezes up.”
Cleaning up a tablet is very different from cleaning up your PC. It uses solid state flash-based memory, so you wouldn’t defrag a disk the way you would with a PC.
There are several reasons a tablet could be slow. If programs open fairly quickly but slow down once you try to use them, the issue could be your Internet connection. Since a tablet is an Internet appliance, a slow connection can ruin the entire experience. You may want to head over to Settings and check your signal strength.
You’ll also want to make sure that your operating system and all of your apps have the latest updates.
There are some clean-up apps that can get rid of temporary files available in the Google Play Store. You’ll find clean-up apps like Avast Cleanup, Norton Clean, and CCleaner. These are all free to download and can help clean out unneeded temporary files. Just type “clean up” in the search box.
To check how much space you have on your tablet, you’ll need to go to settings and look for Storage. This looks a little different on each Android device.
If your device looks full, you can do a few things to clear up space.
You could try clearing the cache to remove any unnecessary files. Just tap Cached data.
And then clear the cache.
You can also go to app manager and check out what’s installed on your phone. Choose Settings and then Application Manager.
Tap on an app to see the option to uninstall. You may also have the option to move certain apps to a microSD storage card if your device has one available. Keep in mind that some apps can’t be moved to a storage card and there are apps built into the operating system for your device that can’t be installed. If there’s one particular app that seems to be giving you problems, try uninstalling and reinstalling it.
If you do have a microSD card, you can also move documents, photos, and music to the SD card. Open the file manager on your tablet.
Press and hold the files you want to move and you’ll see the option to move to new position. Just select the microSD card.
If freeing up space doesn’t improve your tablet speed, you may want to try doing a factory reset. That will clear all of your files and apps from your device. Make sure you have your photos, documents, and music backed up. You’ll be able to re-download any apps from the Google Play Store.
You’ll find the option under Settings. But where exactly it’s located depends on your device. On my Galaxy tablet, you find it under General settings > Backup and rest.
Then choose Factory reset and follow the prompts from your tablet.
If none of this helps, you may be looking at a hardware issue. If your tablet is older, it’s possible that the processing requirements for sites and apps are have just grown beyond the capability of your tablet. If it’s not the case, there may be an issue with your tablet’s hardware. Frankly, it’s usually less expensive to just replace the tablet at this point.