How to increase your usable memory (for free)
In order to speed up your Android device, you must increase your usable memory. Well, just uninstall some apps! Especially those which require huge chunks of memory. Start with those that you use infrequently and weigh each app against the two important variables: how much it costs (in memory) and how much you actually use it.
If you look at the Settings/Apps/Storage list, just a few apps are among the largest (use huge amounts of memory). Most apps are using less than 40MB, but some use nearly 500MB. For a 16GB device, that is about 1/10 of your MAXIMUM usable memory!
First the facts. Here is a list of apps that are commonly installed and the size of the app:
Facebook > 190MB
Chrome > 169MB
Google > 122MB
FB Messenger > 109MB
Pinterest > 32MB
But this is only a portion of the memory that these apps tie up. In your list, you probably saw much larger values. That is because each app stores additional data related to that app’s functions. This additional data often balloons the memory used by the app. In the case of Facebook, my phone shows it using 492MB! And, Messenger will enlarge to a similar size over time. And, eliminating them is certain to speed up your Android device.
Uninstall Facebook and FB Messenger
Shortly after it was released, I determined to uninstall (and not use) FB Messenger. I have now uninstalled Facebook! (Several Google apps are also large but the system may not allow you to remove them because they are part of the system.) When I followed the procedure outline below, I increased my usable memory from 2GB to 8GB and the device started responding like it did when it was new!
I see the majority of the class with their hands raised. They all say, “But I HAVE to keep Facebook!” (We will deal with Messenger later.) Well, Facebook is frustrating – if not useless – when it takes forever to load and display. You need to speed up your Android device. You can do that and improve load times at the same time.
In this post, I will explain (in detail) how to speed up your Android device, uninstall Facebook, and lose none of the functions you use!
How it is done
First, you should know the Facebook webpage (https://facebook.com) includes the functions of BOTH Facebook and Messenger!! So, all you need to do is just visit the webpage with your Chrome browser. Often, FB will sense that you are using a mobile device browser and redirect you to their mobile site (https://m.facebook.com) – which is a good thing because the display is almost the exact same as in the app. The only problem? The Messenger function (that is included in the desktop version) is removed in the mobile version.
So, you can try this out BEFORE uninstalling the app. If you get the mobile version and want to use the Messenger function, just hit the menu of Chrome (3 dots in upper right corner) and click the box to “Request desktop site”. But you should know that (since you still have the huge apps installed and your usable memory is at critical levels) the device will be sluggish. However, you will be able to see what the display looks like on the website.
One user on Reddit has shown that uninstalling the Facebook and Messenger apps speeds up his device by 15%. So, when you have seen that the web version will work fine for you, how do you uninstall Facebook and speed up your Android device?
Reset the device
This may sound severe but it is actually quite easy – and it is a good option to speed up your Android device even if you don’t uninstall Facebook. This process includes backup instructions for the most important data.
- Connect your device to a power source and assure that your battery is fully charged.
- Visit Settings/Accounts/Google and assure that all the items that you care about are being backed up and synced.
- Visit Settings/Backup & Reset/Factory data reset and follow the prompts. When it asks about the apps to restore, unclick all the unneeded apps (including Facebook and Messenger). If you have a question about other apps, just unclick them. You can always install them later from the Play Store.
- Complete the reset.
Sign in to your new – and more functional – device
When the device returns to service, you will need to sign in to your WiFi, and your Google account, then allow the device to reinstall your former apps and update everything (usually takes less than half an hour). Afterward, you should see a DRAMATIC improvement in the usability of the device. Also, the Guardian reports 20% improvement in battery life. But, on the downside, you will need to log into each different website and/or app again.
Note: Use the WIDGET function to place a desktop link to Facebook and other sites to make using them simple again.