Although new smartphones have some impressive features, not everyone needs or wants the latest and greatest model. If you have an older phone by choice or necessity, it's a good idea to take care of your phone so that it continues to perform well and look great. Fortunately, since phones are customizable and upgradeable, there are multiple steps you can take to ensure that your older phone can keep up with the newest models.

Purge Some Data

If you're struggling with a slow phone, you may be able to improve its performance simply by purging some of your data. When a phone's hard drive becomes too full, the operating system may struggle because the phone doesn't have anywhere to put short-term data necessary for normal operation. In many cases, you may be able to reclaim some hard drive space simply by searching through your phone and finding forgotten files that you won't miss after they're gone.

Optimize Battery Settings

A phone depends on its battery for every aspect of its operation. This means that an unhealthy battery can cause your phone to slow down. In some cases, it may be necessary to have someone replace your battery to restore full phone performance. Keep in mind, though, that there are battery settings on your phone. Try to optimize these settings to improve battery life and overall phone performance before replacing the battery.

Replace the Screen

Sometimes, it's the outside of an older phone, not the inside, that struggles as it ages. If you have a cracked screen, you may be missing out on important functions of your phone. To restore your phone to its former glory, you can use a local phone repair service to replace your screen. Done correctly, a replaced phone screen is a great way to solve multiple common phone performance issues. Plus, when it's time to sell your phone, an intact screen will help improve the phone's resell value. Because removing a phone’s screen can be an especially complicated process, it is best to rely on a phone repair expert who has the tools needed to safely replace the screen.

Look for Alternative Software

If you can't use the latest operating system on your phone, there could be individual applications that are slowing it down due to incompatibilities. Dig into the operating statistics of your phone to find out which apps use the most battery power. This will give you a general idea of bloated apps that you might need to replace with different apps that perform the same function.

Since older phones will always inherently have limitations due to their older hardware, it's important to be patient when using your device. Don't expect it to do things it's not designed to do and add stress to your life in the process. If you manage your expectations, you'll be pleasantly surprised when your phone performs operations faster than expected.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger based in New Mexico. Her first passion is journalism, but she also loves hiking and gardening. Brooke recommends looking for a phone repair expert when your device is damaged. Find her on Twitter and Facebook: @BrookeChaplan; https://www.facebook.com/brooke.chaplan

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