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Your Android phone is a pretty advanced, pocket-sized slab of technology. Generally speaking, things just work as they should. As with everything though, every once in awhile, things don’t go quite according to plan. Not to worry; most Android issues you might encounter are easily remedied.

Problem: My battery no longer lasts as long as it used to

Solution: In all likelihood, running apps, either ones you’re using or ones that start “services” when your phone powers on, are to blame for the drain. The good news is, it’s easy to take control of or even get rid of offending apps.

  1. Open Settings by either tapping the Settings icon in your app tray or by pulling down the notifications bar with two fingers and tapping Settings.
  2. In the Device menu, tap on Battery.
  3. Tap an entry in the list to get more information on an app or service.
  4. Options vary based on the app or service: If it’s a downloaded app, you’ll have the option to force stop or uninstall the app. If it’s a core Android service, you’ll see a breakdown of how it’s been using your battery. If you tap Display on this list, you can tap through to change screen settings such as brightness and screen timeout, for example.

Tip: Some Android smartphones offer their own unique power-saving modes. Poke around in the Settings menu to see if yours is one of them.

Problem: My phone is running slower than it used to

Solution: Generally speaking, clutter is the problem when your once speedy smartphone starts to slow down. You probably have a bunch of apps making demands on your phone in the background. It’s time for a little housekeeping.

  1. First, reboot your phone by holding the power button for about a second and choosing Power off.
  2. Once that’s done, press the power button again to start back up.
  3. Go into Settings, swipe down to Device and tap on Apps. Here, you’ll see a list of all the apps you have installed. Swipe across to the Running tab to see apps that loaded on startup.
  4. Tap an entry to get more information and, in the case of a downloaded app, to uninstall.

Tip: You can also remove apps by opening your app tray, tapping and holding on the app you want to remove and then dragging it up to “Uninstall” at the top left of the screen.

Problem: I’ve run out of storage space

Solution: If you keep your entire music library on your phone or if you’ve transferred some HD movies to the internal storage, you may find yourself running short on storage space before too long. If your device supports add-on storage, grab a microSD card and move your media onto it:

  1. Insert your microSD card into your computer using the adapter that came with it.
  2. Connect your Android phone to your computer using the USB cable that came in the box.
  3. Both your Android phone and your microSD card will appear as removable drives on your computer. Open one in a separate window.
  4. On your phone storage drive window, navigate to the media you wish to move. Select it then drag and drop to move it to the appropriate folder on the microSD card (e.g. Music).
  5. Double check that all your media made the move to the microSD card.
  6. Delete the media from your phone’s storage.
  7. Power down your phone, insert the microSD card and power up. Your music and movies will automatically be recognized in your preferred audio and video player apps.

Problem: My Wi-Fi connection drops out

Solution: You might find your smartphone occasionally drops its Wi-Fi connection without notice. If it’s an occasional issue, there’s a simple fix.

  1. Press and hold the Power button for a second or so.
  2. Tap to turn on Airplane mode.
  3. Wait a few seconds and then repeat the process to turn Airplane mode off, re-enabling your Wi-Fi and mobile connection.

Airplane mode disables all transmit and receive functions on your phone, including your Wi-Fi and cellular connections. By turning Airplane mode on then off, you’re basically rebooting your connections without turning your phone off.

If the problem is more of a constant vex as opposed to occasional irritation, you have another option: Set your Wi-Fi to never sleep:

  1. Drag down from the top of the screen with two fingers and tap on Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi then Menu and choose Advanced.
  3. Tap Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep and tap to select Always.

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