There are many reasons why you may have a Samsung Galaxy S5 Running Slow. But i found after my phone updated to Android Marshmallow it was worse than anything before and it got to the point where something had to be done. So i decided to write an article about how to fix a Samsung Galaxy S5 Running Slow.
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There are a couple of things you can try to improve the speed. The first improved the speed of my device slightly, but not massively and is the least drastic of the two options. The second was a last resort which actually ended up make my phone run like a brand new one and i highly recommend. Please note these tutorials apply to the stock Samsung Galaxy S5 rom and are based on a UK sim free version. I also do not accept any responsibility to any damage you do to your phone and you carry out these instructions at your own risk.
How to fix a Samsung Galaxy S5 Running Slow – Option 1 (Least drastic)
The first option is to clear the device cache. This will wipe the stored data that an android device keeps to make apps launch quicker.
- Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S5.
- Press and hold the “Home”, “Power” and “Volume Up” buttons at the same time. It may help to press the “volume up” and “home” button first followed by the power button. You can let go when you see the words “Recovery booting” appear at the top as you should now be going into “Recovery Mode.”
- Use the volume buttons to move up and down and scroll down to “Wipe cache partition.”
- Press the power button to select this.
- Use the volume buttons again to move to “Yes” to confirm you want to wipe the cache.
- The bottom of the screen should now say “Cache wipe complete” and should look like the below image.
- You can now either power off your device or select “Reboot System now” to turn your phone back on.
How to fix a Samsung Galaxy S5 Running Slow – Option 2 (More drastic)
The second option is to do a complete system wipe. PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL WIPE YOUR ENTIRE DEVICE!!! If you do not want to lose all your data then there are many applications around that will backup your data. If your device is rooted then apparently Titanium Backup is meant to be good. Unfortunately my device is not rooted and there are a few apps you can also use to backup your device for example Helium although this didnt work for me. Or you can use Samsungs own software Kies but for some reason this only backed up half the stuff i wanted so i gave up in the end and thought i might as well just start a fresh.
- I highly recommend if you are planning to do a factory reset that you have a full battery or have your charger plugged in at the time.
- Go to the settings of your phone either via the application launcher or dragging down the top bar and selecting the cog wheel.
- Now scroll down to the section titled “Backup and reset” as seen in the below image.
- Choose the last item stated “Factory data reset.”
- This will give you a warning that everything will be erased so do this at your own risk.
- If you are sure you want to do a factory reset then choose the “Reset Device” and proceed past any extra warnings and wait for the device to reset. (I cant tell you if this is the last warning as i’m not prepared to wipe my phone again!!)
- You should now hopefully have a phone that is working like new!
If i have missed anything out then please let me know in the comments and i will update the article.