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How to Speed Up your Computer

With so many of us relying on technology these days, we all notice when things are going a bit slower than they should. This can lead to a lot of frustration but most of the time, has a quick fix. Below are some simple things you can do to speed up your device.

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1. Declutter

With devices becoming more powerful, we begin to horde applications or programs, all of which takes up memory and processing power. Remove the ones that you don’t use. If you’re using a PC and you’re not sure whether or not to delete it, use the task manager to make sure that it isn’t using up too much memory or processing power.

2. Defragment

If you’re using a PC, you can use a defragmenter which organises the files on your computer in a way that makes it quicker to access them and take up less space. If it’s never been done, be prepared because it can take a while…

3. Optimise Disks

Again, if you’re using a PC, type this into the start search bar and this will help organise the space on your device better.

4. Do One Thing At A Time

This isn’t necessarily realistic, but what I mean by this is don’t have too many things open at once. Prioritise doing one task at a time and limit the applications you use. That way, it won’t use too much RAM (Random Access Memory) and it should keep things running smoother.

5. Shut Down/Restart

When you’re done with your PC, shut it down at the end of the day, don’t just leave it on sleep. Although it’s tempting, it doesn’t do your computer any good in the long run.

6. Make Sure Everything Is Up-to-date

Make sure you have the latest software versions downloaded as these usually perform better. The only thing worth mentioning is to make sure the software is compatible with the machine you have. If you want to run a powerful program, you will need a powerful computer.

7. Customise Power Settings

On most devices now, especially computers, you can customise the power settings to make it perform better (which uses the most power) or to be more economic (which is what you’d want if you’re using a laptop and can’t charge for a while).

8. Disable Startup Programs

You can have a look at which programs are being launched on startup in the Task Manager. If you see something there that you don’t need, disable it. That will free up more space initially and will allow your PC to focus more on the programs that you need to use straight away.

9. Phone - Close the Tabs

As you use your phone throughout the day, you are likely to open a lot of apps. Throughout the day, close them properly, that’ll help speed up the phone a bit and save your battery. On iPhones, its double clicking the home button, on Android, there’s usually a button for it at the bottom of the screen.

Hopefully the above gives a few suggestions that can help speed up your computer and keep things running smoothly. If you’d like any more information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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