A Guide to fixing a slow Android Phone

Like most devices, Android Phones do get slow over time. If your phone has slowed down you are at the right place! In this guide, I will show you how to speed up a Slow Android Phone.

This guide will work for Android tablets too!

1. Clean your Storage!

Storage problems are known to cause performance issues on Android devices. When your phone or tablet gets low on storage space, it will have limited space to store files that are required for an app to run smoothly.

There are many apps that will help you clean your storage. Below are the two that I recommend:

Files by Google is a file manager which helps Android users Free up space by giving users recommendations on useless files that don’t need to live on your phone. Since the app is technically a file manager, it also helps users find files quicker, backup files and share files.

On the other hand, CCleaner is an advanced optimisation tool which removes useless junk from your phone. It also allows you to monitor your system.

You can also manually clean you app Cache!

2. Uninstall apps that you don’t use

Sometimes, we install apps just for that single occasion. Those apps take up valuable storage space so get rid of them!

But what if you need those apps?

Sometimes we just can’t help it our phones are full, the list below shows your options. This works well for low end phones!

  • Check if there is a lite version of the app
  • Check if there is a browser version
  • Check for an alternative

You may find that some apps will not delete. If that is the case you should disable them.

3. Try a different launcher

Sometimes device manufacturers create launchers that are way to heavy for that particular device. They probably do it to save money, especially if they create that launcher for more then one model. The beauty is Android is that you can customise it. There are loads of cool launchers out there.

4. Check for updates

Sometimes all it takes to speed up your phone is an update. Manufacturers often release updates to fix stuff.  Give it a go!



A Beginner’s Guide to Ubuntu

So, you’re interested in Ubuntu? You have come to the right place! In this article, I will explain the basics you need to know to get started!

So what is Ubuntu?

Well, Ubuntu is an open-source Linux operating system based on Debian. You’re probably thinking what that means right? Well, open-source means that it’s free to use, download and modify. Debian, on the other hand, is another free Linux Operating System. Ubuntu is also one of the most popular Linux Distributions.

What do I mean by free?

Yes! You heard correctly! It’s free. But it’s not only free to use and download, but you can also modify it to suit your needs.

What about security?

Since it’s free you may have security concerns. Ok, yes it’s a free system, which users can modify as they please. But actually, Ubuntu can be considered as a more secure system. How have I worked that one out? Well, the Linux architecture does not allow viruses and malware to penetrate the system easily. This limits the need to run posh anti-virus software. In fact, many users might say you don’t need antivirus software on Ubuntu, I would still recommend a basic virus scanner, especially when you use and share files between other operating systems. Ubuntu also receives regular updates that provide firm security. These updates are not aggressive, meaning that you can choose a suitable time to install them. If you’re a Windows user, you may face the issue with constant and aggressive updates. These updates are a good thing, but since Windows is one of the most popular systems out there, these updates are essential.

So what about the hardware compatibility?

Ubuntu is very well designed, most drivers are included as standard. I have been using it for years and I only ever had 1 driver issue on an old laptop, where the WiFi card was not supported. The fix was easy, all I did was purchase a USB WiFi adapter for under £15 and it solved it.

What if I get stuck and need support?

Ubuntu has a huge community of pro’s who are always ready to help you out with any situation you may have.

What is Linux?

Linux is a kernel, no not the army one. It’s actually the core component of an Operating system and it allows the software to connect with the hardware. It’s important to note that a kernel on its own is just a set of instructions.

It was created by Linus Torvalds in 1991.

Why Ubuntu?

What a great question right? Here are some reasons…

  • You don’t have to be an expert to use it.
  • It’s Free!
  • You can try it out before installing
  • It has a stylish interface, just bear in mind that the true beauty is in the terminal 😉
  • It works well with older and low spec computers
  • You can customise it to suit your needs!
  • It’s fast and most importantly of all stable
  • It’s supported!
  • Say goodbye to the blue screen of death!
  • It has good security
  • Don’t like the style, there are tons of flavours to choose from
  • Tons of free software in the Software Center
  • The Terminal

The Desktop Releases

Ubuntu currently comes as two releases.

LTS

This is the latest version with long-term support. It usually means about five years. It will give you free security and maintenance updates.

Latest version

If you feel experimental, The latest version comes with 9 months worth of support, you later update to the next latest version.

How do I try it out?

Easy! All you need is a USB drive and the Ubuntu Iso file.

  1. Download Rufus, Available here
  2. Download the Ubuntu Desktop, Available here
  3. Run Rufus
  4. Insert your USB drive. Please bear in mind that your USB drive will be wiped!
  5. Select USB drive under Device – Choose carefully as choosing the wrong one may lead to data loss!
  6. Select FreeDOS under boot selection, press Select and browse for the Ubuntu ISO file
  7. Select Start
  8. If the Download required box appears click Yes to continue
  9. Once complete boot from your USB drive.
  10. Select Trial Mode. Please note that if you press install you might wipe your current Operating System causing data loss!

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A Guide to installing Ubuntu

Is your laptop running low on storage space? Try this life hack!

Storage space is precious, especially when you don’t have much of it. When it comes to desktop PC’s the solution is easy, all you do is add a second hard drive. But what if it’s a laptop?

Many new laptops come with SSD’s, some of which have less than 240GB of storage space. 15 years ago that amount was amazing, but most computers were running on Windows XP and the system requirements weren’t that heavy. I mean last year I purchased a Lenovo IdeaPad, which had a built-in 120GB SSD which got filled up extremely fast. Most laptops at that price range had them. Luckily this laptop was well designed and had a slot to put a second hard drive in. But not all laptops do.

So, the question is how often do you use your CD drive? Not many people use CD drives these days, would you be willing to give yours up? The reason I’m asking is that you can actually swap out your CD drive with a hard drive enclosure. I have done this with two laptops, both of which are working without issue. The last one I did was for my mid-2012 MacBook Pro. I purchased the hard drive enclosure and a 2.5″ hard drive pictured below….

 

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Yes, I know CDs are slowly becoming extinct, but can I survive with my new rig not having a CD drive?

 

So where do I start?

Warning!

If you do not feel confident in carrying out such tasks, take your laptop to a computer repair shop and please remember to back up your data before carrying out any maintenance tasks!

To start with, you will need a 2.5″ hard drive. I purchased a 1TB Seagate Baracuda drive and a specifically designed enclosure. Most laptops are SATA, It’s worthwhile to double check what you have before you make the purchase. It’s also good to check the dimensions of the hard drive.

Steps:

  1. Connect and secure the hard drive in the enclosure
  2. Remove the old CD drive from the laptop
  3. Carefully remove the front cover from the old CD drive
  4. Attach the front cover to the enclosure
  5. Connect the enclosure and hard drive into the laptop.

Costs:

  • 1TB Hard Drive: £49.99
  • Enclosure: £9.99
  • Total: £59.98

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My previous patient was an HP ProBook. I have just upgraded it to an SSD to improve performance. Unfortunately, that came at a cost and that’s the amount of storage space I had.

 

Was it worth it?

Definitely! These hard drive enclosures can be life savers!

A Guide to switching your phone to one with a different OS

There are many things to consider when switching or upgrading your phone. This article is a guide to all people who are planning to either upgrade from Android to IOS or from IOS to Android. I will explain the things you need to know, the advantages and my experience switching from Android to IOS.

To begin with, I was always an Android user. I loved the freedom of the system, the customization side of things as well as the phones. For some reason, I was always against iPhones. However, since I was due an upgrade, I decided to try something different. It wasn’t a big upgrade as I didn’t want to top of the range phone, I just wanted a phone that would suit my needs and the iPhone 6 suit my needs perfectly. Yes I know it’s old now! but I got a great deal on it!

Was it easy to switch?

Upgrading from one Android phone to another is easy, most of the things are backed up to your Google Account, therefore it’s just a case of restoring all apps and data from your old device to your new device during the initial setup. I believe it’s similar to iPhones. However, it wasn’t as easy when it came to switching from Android to IOS. Luckily Apple has developed a useful app known as Move to IOS. On the other hand, the Android doesn’t currently have an app like that, but they do have Google Drive, which you can upload your contacts, calendar and photos and videos too. You will need to find and download all of your apps to it manually unless there’s an app I don’t know about that can do this for you. Leave a comment in the description if you know of an app or a better method.

The first problem I found, is that not every app I use is available on the Apple Store. However, I seemed to easily find similar apps. The second issue was getting used to the new system, which to be honest didn’t take that long.

So personally, I found it easy to switch, but it might not be as easy for everyone as it was for me. Therefore, below are two guides which will help you.

 

Did I face any problems?

Yes, as I already mentioned, not all apps that I use are available on IOS, but there are alternatives. But, to be honest I haven’t faced any other issues.

Was the change worth it?

There will be loads of mixed opinions here, however, for me, it definitely was worth it. Yes, I do like Android, however, IOS seems to be less laggy and it just performs well. I had many great Android phones, such as the Google Pixel 2 but, if I’m not getting along with them, they aren’t worth keeping. The Google Pixel 2 was good and it had a great camera but the battery didn’t last long and I didn’t like using it, but we all have our preferences, but that’s a different story.

To me, the change meant, I finally have a phone I like using. Yes, it’s not the newest, but it’s enough for my needs.