Android, a mobile operating system based on the Linux kernel, i.e. currently developed by Google Inc. It is free and open-source software. In fact it is most popular operating system, worldwide, when it comes to general purpose personal computers—common categories includes smartphones and tablet computers. It is primarily design for touchscreen mobile devices but also has been used in gaming consoles, digital cameras, and electronic devices. Plus, despite from that it also have interfaces for cars, wrist watches and televisions. From the beginning in September, 2008, Android is releasing in different versions with their unique names, attracted people around the globe a lot.
Android 5.0 Lollipop screenshots
Currently (at the time of writing this), Android owns the 81.2% of mobile operating system market, worldwide. As of 2011, it was the largest installed OS in mobile devices and as well as of 2013; leading from Windows, iOS and Mac OS combined. Yeah, sounds amazing! You can measure its popularity from this.
Generally, the operating system uses touch inputs that loosely correspond to real-world actions, like swiping, tapping, pinching, and reverse pinching to manipulate on-screen objects, and a smart virtual keyboard. Android is popular with technology companies which require a ready-made, low-cost and customizable operating system for high-tech devices.
However, it’s also a human-made technology and like other operating systems it also slowdowns depending upon its usage and time. Technically, slowdown means the switching time-rate per byte between programs or software on particular OS based device get increased. It depends upon the processor capacity—more byte transferring-rate is, more faster the processor is; its age; memory space—more the RAM, faster the softwares; even the heat produced by electronic components inside device; and much more things. It affects the integration between software and hardware of device. A good build integration between hardware and software creates problems for its owner sometimes. When someone is having the issues with his/her device like slowdown, hanging, heating, auto rebooting, signal disturbance, etc., it means that device is suffering from these kind of conflicts.
So, here I am writing some basic guidance that would help you to solve these issues.
NOTE: It you are unsure about carrying out any of these steps, I suggest you to seek the help of technical support of your device manufacturer.
HOW AND WHEN TO RESET YOUR SMARTPHONE?
Sometimes a simple restarting of your Android smartphone can take care of the operating glitch.
In case restarting the phone does not solve your problem, or if the device has become unresponsive, simply remove the back cover and take out the battery. Wait for a few minutes before putting it back and restarting the phone.
If this still does not solve the issue, you can reset your phone to default settings.
To do this, go to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset > Reset phone.
These steps may be different your device interface. Fortunately, after releasing the standard Android One, all Android devices manufacturers uses the same device interface. So you won’t get problem in doing this. Doing a factory reset will delete your data and apps from the phone. So it is always a good idea to have it all backed up before erasing everything.
If your phone has become unresponsive and restarting it or a software reset does not help. You can try a hard reset by simultaneously pressing a combination of buttons on your device.
Volume Up + Power + Home button
Hold the Volume Down + Power button for several seconds.
If you are not sure about the key combination of your device, look it up on the web, or contact to your device manufacturer’s support staff. Once your phone is in recovery mode, you can only use Volume Up and Volume Down to navigate on the screen. Select Factory Reset and click Ok through the Home button (for Samsung devices) or Power button (for any other devices). All the personal data will be lost.
HOW TO BACKUP YOUR DATA?
Before proceeding to anyone of the above process like rooting, resetting to factory data, and many others; it is very important for all Android users to backing-up their device. So that way, you can restore it all after troubleshooting device. There are many solutions available to backup, some are free and some paid as well.
There are also many easiest Google-owned ways to backup. Here, I am writing about some freely available one. Usage of them are also very easy and promising; just few tappings, little waiting and you’re done.
Backup to Google cloud:
To backup your app settings, Wi-Fi passwords, contacts, etc. to Google servers, just go to Settings > Backup & reset > Back up my data.
You can restore it easily.
Backup to Google Account:
For this, you need Google Account, just go to Settings > Accounts > Google (can be viewed in above image). There, tap on the account name. Select what you want to sync, and you’re done. Once you have saved your contacts to your Google Account, you access them on Android, Windows Phone, BB10 and iOS based devices.
Plus! if you have installed Google+ app, you can turn on auto upload in it to backup any selected picture from your device in real time.
Backup to third-party apps or softwares:
There is so much quantity of these apps are available on the web market. These are popular, easy to operate, detailed and convenient too. Some of them are:
You can backup your data to your computer also with the help of apps like Phone Transfer. It provides you the easiest way to backup contacts, text messages, calendar, Call logs, playlists info, apps, photos, music and videos from Android device with very short time.
Step 1: Run the program and select backup mode. Choose Back Up your Phone.
Step 2: Backup Android files to computer. Select the Android data you want to backup by checking the boxes, and then click Start Copy.
Step 3: For restoring data, select Restore from Backups and click Start Copy to get them back.
Here are the links to download Phone Transfer:
For Windows, and for Mac.
This is also one of the third-party utility that backups the data from Android phone to web servers. After installing, you can create account and start backing-up. Every user gets 8 GB of free storage. To download or install G Cloud app from Google Play, click here.
It is third-party utility tool. It comes as a phone version and computer version as well. A powerful tool to backup your Android device. The pro version allow you to do auto backup.
To download or install Helium app from Google Play, click here.
Powerful, dark and detailed. Easy to back up yourself though using a USB cable and your computer. You can select the check boxes next to the things you can back up: SMS, MMS, call logs, calendar, bookmarks, dictionary and contacts. Make your selections and tap OK.
To download or install Easy Backup app from Google Play, click here.
This is also one of the popular backup tool. The complete backup can be restored at any time and you can set up scheduled backups so you have a regular snapshot of your Android phone’s contents.
Titanium also lets you transfer files between the SD card and your phone with the utmost of ease.
To download or install Titanium app from Google Play, click here.
Samsung and HTC have programs like Kies and Sync Manager respectively—they will also let you backup phone data to your computer, easily.
To download or install them, here are the links:
For Kies; and for Sync Manager, from Google Play.
HOW TO RESTORE YOUR DATA?
Restoring an Android phone or device depends upon where you have backed-up it.
If you had saved your contacts to your Google Account, all you have to do while setting up the device, and select Auto sync.
If you had used some third-party apps and softwares (as mentioned above) to backup your data, you have to use same app to backup it back onto your existing phone/device or new one. These apps or software easily let you backup your data without any conflict.
If you are still facing issues related to software and hardware of your device or smartphone, contact to your device manufacturer’s technical support. I do not recommend hardly to follow these steps. Mind you these are basic solutions, to troubleshoot minor issues of your smartphone on your own rather than to pay extra bills for them.
For further more assistant on Android, go to Android OS Help page.
You can write your issues or problems related to your devices, in the comment box below.