Lot’s of people have been complaining about really slow speeds and lockups ever since the the Android 2.2 update was released. I too was affected by this and became extremely agitated. On several occasions I was in the field trying to look up a patients medications or a medical condition and had to just set the phone down because it was taking too much time. That was completely unacceptable for me. I was ready to wipe the phone clean and re-install and older build of Android when I discovered this quick fix.
There are 2 things that you can do to improve the speed on your phone. One is changing your visual effect settings to a minimum and the other is clearing your cache. Don’t know what that means? Don’t worry I’ll explain it in detail in a second.
1 of the 2 steps that I am going to show you only applies to the Motorola Droid. Unfortunately I only have that phone and can’t really test it on any other platform.
If you follow my instructions exactly, then you shouldn’t have any problems. I cant be held responsible for anything that you do to your phone. Please make sure that you do not deviate from these steps.
Step 1 – Change the Visual Settings
In this step, we are going to change the display settings to a minimum. This will help to reduce the amount of memory used for daily operation of the phone.
To start this process, hit the “menu” button on your phone and select “settings”. This will bring you to a menu with settings for all aspects of you phone. For the purpose of this fix, we are going to select “Display”. Now select “Animation” and change the setting to “No animations”.
Below is an example of changing your Display settings.
That’s all you have to do for this step. You should already notice some difference in speed. The next step will really speed things up, so read on!
Step 2 – Clearing Your Cache
Cache on your phone is like temporary internet files on your computer. It’s temporary memory that is designed to speed up the loading process of apps, web pages, etc. It does it’s job well at keeping your phone running fast. That is, until your cache drive fills up. Then it pretty much slows your phone to a crawl. Clearing your cache drive is super easy and only takes a couple minutes. This isn’t something that you should have to do as the operating system is supposed to automatically handle this for you. However sometime after the 2.2 update was released, this became a problem.
It is very important that you follow the next steps exactly as I describe.
- Turn the phone off by pressing and holding the power button. Once the shutdown menu pops up. Select “Power Off”. Now wait until the phone completely turns off.
- Once the phone is complete turned off. Slide out your keyboard. Now press and hold the power button and “X” button on your keyboard until you see a triangle with an exclamation point. Here is a picture of what it should look like:
- Now press and hold the “volume up” button. While holding that button press the “camera” button to bring up the recovery menu. Once the menu comes up you can let go of both buttons. Note: For the sake of getting a good picture I left the keyboard in. You should still have it out while doing this step.
- Using the “D-Pad” (rectangular pad on the right side of the keyboard), scroll down and select “Wipe cache partition”. This process may take a minute but usually only takes a few seconds. You will know when it’s done when you see “Cache wipe complete” on the bottom of the screen. Here is a picture of the “D-Pad”:
- Now use the “D-Pad” to select “reboot system now” and you are done.
If your Droid was really lagging, this should fix the problem. I realize that this may be a workaround and not a permanent fix. Technically, the problem could come back with time. You would then have to repeat this step to speed your phone up again. Now having said that, I can say that I applied these steps to my phone 3 weeks before writing this post and the problem has not returned. So who knows.
If you do these steps, please comment below or e-mail me. I would like to hear some feedback. Success or not, I would really like to hear from you so I can evaluate the effectiveness of my tutorials. If you have any questions regarding these steps, don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll be more than happy to assist.