‘Nips and Tucks’ to Get Your Tablet Computer Running Like New

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Over time, these devices get weighed down with apps, history and digital gunk on the hard drive. Here are tricks to lighten the load and make yours speedy again.

This post comes from Louis Ramirez at DealNews.com.

As with most gadgets, your tablet is prone to slowing down with age. Apps that once opened in the blink of an eye will eventually take precious seconds to load. Likewise, screen swipes that were initially fluid and bouncy will appear slow and unresponsive. Fortunately, the tablet fountain of youth isn’t as elusive as you think. With a few simple nips and tucks, you can optimize your tablet to run like it did when your first purchased it.

Delete unnecessary apps, music, video and photos

Content may be king, but when it comes to your tablet, it can also be its downfall. Over time, our tablets can collect apps and media that we no longer use. This in turn clogs up your tablet’s storage space, which leads to slower write times and an overall slower tablet experience. This is especially true if your tablet is down to its last few gigabytes of storage, which for Apple users, might come sooner than expected now that the company is allowing for bigger 4GB apps.

An easy way to prevent this slowdown is to routinely perform maintenance on your tablet. Apps and media that you no longer use should be uninstalled from your tablet’s drive. While there’s no magical number of apps or media that you should keep on your tablet, the more storage space you’re able to free, the leaner your OS will run. For starters, you could try uninstalling any apps that you haven’t used in the past month. If your situation is dire, you may want to try running your tablet on just five apps or rely on your tablet’s stock or built-in apps for all of your work.

Wipe your browser/app cache

Everyone surfs the Web with their tablet, but chances are that not everyone thinks to delete their browser’s cache. While this may not result in a noticeable speed increase, it’s a small step you can take to ensure you don’t have any unnecessary files stored on your tablet.

Some of today’s apps also keep a folder of documents or cached items stored on your tablet. If the app permits, you may want to delete this cache to speed up performance and load times. However, keep in mind this may result in you losing saved games or saved app history. While not catastrophic, it’s something you should take into account. If the app doesn’t allow you to empty its cache, another alternative is to delete and reinstall it.

Backup and factory reset your tablet’s drive

Resetting your tablet is one of the easiest, albeit most time consuming, ways to rejuvenate your tablet. Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure you backup your tablet so you don’t lose any valuable information. Once complete, you can drill through your tablet’s settings until you find the option to reformat. This will return your tablet’s software to the state it was in when it was manufactured, giving it the most noticeable speed increase.

Once you’ve booted up again, try to rely on your tablet’s built-in apps for all your needs. When necessary, install your apps one by one. This will ensure you only install the apps that you absolutely need or use regularly.

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