Slow phone?

If you’ve ever tried out a fancy new phone in a carrier’s store, you’ll notice they’re always lightning fast. When you first get yours, it’s fast, too!

Then, after even just a month or two, it seems like it’s just like your old phone again — it jumps a little when switching among apps, it might not always turn on right away and other small issues.

Fortunately, it’s usually pretty easy to fix.

The reason for all these slowdowns and issues is that apps like to run in the background on your phone. The worst offenders are anything social media. They’re constantly loaded in the background, so they can give you notifications. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr and many others do this. If you want to keep the app rather than going to their website, see if you can turn off notifications so the app doesn’t always have to be in the background.

The other often annoying offender of slowdowns is games. If you see any notifications from a game you have installed, it’s running in the background too. Although you can sometimes shut off the notifications, it’s not as common of an option. The worst offenders here are “castle builder” games and “social” games where you can talk to other players. If you really like to play these games, just try not to have more than a few at a time.

If you have too much trouble getting your phone to run smoothly again, you can always stop in and see us.

If you have any questions concerning computers or tech support contact us at or call the Citizen at 831-3455.

Updated: June 3, 2019 — 11:11 am