Three ways to speed up your Android tablet

January 14, 2012

When matched with the right applications, an Android tablet can be a productivity powerhouse, thanks to the robust computing power they often employ, and the amount of personalization and flexibility offered by the various iterations of Google's mobile operating system.

That said, it doesn't matter if you're tablet is powered by Gingerbread, Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich, there's always room for improvement. Particularly in the area of speed. If you're finding that you're Android tablet is growing increasingly sluggish, here are three ways to get it back up to speed once again.

1. Reduce the number of icons and widgets you use

Your device is forced to store everything on screen in your tablet's memory, even if it is not currently being used. The more data you keep in your device's memory, the less there is for your tablet to throw at processing your commands when you enter them.

So, while using a multitude of home screens to organize your apps and widgets might give provide you with a feeling of order, it can also significantly slow down your device. To avoid this, remove infrequently used apps and widgets off your tablet's home screens and access them from the operating system's application menu instead.

2. Free up some space

The more free space your tablet has in it's internal storage, the faster it can read and write to its memory. With this being the case, it's a good policy to only keep files and apps onboard that you simply can't live without. Not using an application on a regular basis? Delete it. No time to play games? Get them off your tablet.

Alternately, you may want to consider moving apps and files to an external memory card, where they can be still be accessed without being a burden on your tablet's internal storage.

3. Root your device

If the tablet you use at work is your own personal property, you may want to consider rooting it. By doing so, you'll gain the ability to over clock it's processor, remove unwanted manufacture installed bloatware, or even install a speedy, customized version of Android that will allow your tablet to zip along like never before.

Be forewarned: While rooting a device, in some cases, can be as simple as side-loading an Android app, more often than not, a basic understanding of coding is required. Be sure to throughly research the methods used to root your particular tablet before proceeding, as one misstep during the rooting process can turn your slow, but still productive tablet into an expensive paperweight.


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