Tech Tips: How to Boost Tablet Performance

Don’t throw your sluggish tablet out the window just yet. You can still turn that expensive paperweight back into a handy mobile device for browsing the Web, playing games, and watching Netflix. Here are some quick tips that can help boost your tablet’s performance.

  • Uninstall the apps you don’t use. Each app on your tablet takes up some amount of storage space and runs its own background processes. Your tablet may be getting bogged down by background processes from apps you don’t even use. Look through the apps you have installed on your tablet and uninstall the apps you don’t use. You can also disable these apps if you can’t uninstall them.
  • Avoid using live wallpaper. Sure, it seems cooler to have live or animated wallpaper. However, when not properly made, these animated wallpapers typically need more CPU cycles to run. Plus, each time you access your tablet’s home screen, your tablet runs not only your apps but also your live wallpaper. This slows down your tablet’s performance and drains its battery.
  • Don’t go overboard with multitasking. Tablets are great, but these devices aren’t really designed for heavy multitasking. They’re better suited to Web browsing, word processing, and video streaming. (If you want to run more apps or programs at once, consider getting a netbook like this Asus VivoBook F510UA.) Make sure you fully close one app before moving to another so your tablet can keep up with your usage.
  • Cut down on your media storage. Music, photos, videos – all these take up space in your tablet. Avoid keeping large files on your tablet so its performance won’t be slowed down. If you don’t want to part with your precious media files, consider investing in an external storage device like a Fantom Drives 1TB GForce3 USB 3.0 external hard drive. Connect your tablet to your computer and transfer all those large files from your tablet to your hard drive.
  • Format your tablet’s SD card. Formatting your tablet’s SD card has the same effect on your tablet as disk checking and defragmentation does on your computer. Make sure your tablet’s capable of delivering its best performance by formatting its SD card at least once every three months. Just make sure to make a backup of all your files before you do any formatting!

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