After saving for several months, you finally get the phone you have been yearning for.

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It is all new and shiny but a few months later, you realise that it is no longer as fast as it used to be. You tap and swipe and it takes too long to respond. “Unfortunately the app isn’t responding” becomes a ubiquitous response. You clear data and factory reset the phone several times till it turns into a futile quest. Well, this is the most common problem faced by almost all budget phone holders.But why do phones hang? Hanging is usually caused by allocation of memory in an improper manner. You might have bought a phone with 1 GB RAM but on using the device, you realise that the free RAM at any given time does not go beyond 320 MB.This is the reason why the phone lags while running large applications or performing multiple tasks. The issue is most likely caused by bloatware. These are the preinstalled applications that run in the background and consumes RAM, battery and the internal storage space of the phone. With this in mind, here is how to fix this problem and increase the battery life. 1. First, disable or uninstall bloatware and any unused appsAlmost all android phones come with some form of preinstalled apps that no one uses. Luckily, most of the apps can be uninstalled or disabled. Just go to Settings > Apps and view all the apps that you have on your phone. If you see an app that you rarely use or do not recognize, proceed to either uninstall or disable it.2. Install lightweight versions of appsUsing a poorly optimized on a phone with limited memory gives a very annoying experience. You can solve this with, for example, substituting Facebook app which consumes over 200 MBs of storage with Facebook lite which is less than 1.5 MB in size. The same can apply to other apps such as the messenger, twitter, and browsers which have either a lite version or a mini version.3. Ensure your phone is updatedCheck for updates regularly as with every update, bugs are fixed and stability of the phone’s software is improved.4. Check your settingsAvoid using live wallpapers that consume a lot of power. Always turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals when not in use. Also, consider changing screen brightness to automatic for energy saving. Remember to turn off unnecessary sounds and vibrations. The above is guaranteed to save your battery by up to anywhere from 30% to 50% and give you a smooth smartphone user experience.