Defragmentation is a process where you take parts of data that are stored in different places and put them next to each other. Your reasons for defragmenting can be to make more efficient use of your storage or to speed up your device.
Although this is mostly done for personal computers, it can also be done for your handheld devices.
To defragment your Android phone:
1. Open up the Google Play Store. It is usually on the home page of your Android device, but if it is not, you can swipe up and search for the Play Store in the search bar that should be at the top of the screen. The logo is a sideways, multicolored triangle.
3. Open Activity Finder on your device. Here you will see all of the activity that you have done on your phone.
4. Use the search bar at the top of the screen to search “Phone.”
5. Look through the files until you see one that says, “Space Piece Clean Activity.” Tap it.
6. You will need to write it somewhere or make note of it. Usually, you can place it in a notepad app on your phone.
7. Copy the part of the link before the slash mark. Usually it looks like this: com. Phone brand.systemmanager.
8. Open Any Shortcut and paste that link under the part that says “Application.”
9. Go back to the note and copy the part of the link after that slash. Paste this in Any Shortcut under “Activity” and under “Action.”
10. Click the wrench icon in the upper right-hand corner of Any Shortcut and tap the word “Build” that pops up. It will give you an app that says “Defragmentation” that you can use.
11. Click “Add” to put the app on your home screen.
12. You can now close everything. Go to the “Defragmentation” shortcut in your phone. When you launch it, you will be able to press “Defragment” and wait until the process is over.
Avoid downloading apps straight from the app store that claim to defragment your device since they usually do not work at all.
Here are some other tips to ensure that your Android device is running the best that it can:
1. Make sure you have the latest update installed. Usually you will get a notification when you are able to install one, but if you would like to check, you can go to settings and scroll until you see “About device.” Tap that and go to software update to see if your system is up to date.
2. Clean your home screen by removing unnecessary apps or widgets. The less, the better.
3. Uninstall or disable apps that you do not use.
4. Turn off or reduce the animations on your phone.
5. Clear cached app data by going to settings and tapping “Apps.” Go to the “All” tab and tap the relevant apps with cached data that you would like to clear. After that, you can just tap “clear cached data” and you’ll be done.
6. Turn off or reduce the apps that use auto- sync. Even though this feature is useful if you have multiple accounts under an app, it can slow your phone and reduce battery life. For this go to settings and find auto-sync under accounts to switch it off.