Why is My Phone So Slow? 9 Tips for Improving Slow Data Speeds

7th Oct 2020 by Wilson Amplifiers
Why is My Phone So Slow? 9 Tips for Improving Slow Data Speeds
Our expert breaks down the best cell phone signal boosters on the market in 2020

Why is My Phone Slow?

Why is my phone slow? At Wilson Amplifiers, we live and breathe to deliver the fastest data speeds to your phone and smart devices. When your signal is feeling weak, we swoop in with state-of-the-art cell phone signal boosters to amplify it. Boats, cars, trucks, homes, offices...wherever you find yourself, we can help your phone find that signal and give it a major boost. But what if it’s not the signal that’s struggling?

The list of factors that can slow your signal down—or drop it altogether—is long, but what if the culprit is your phone itself? While the right cell phone signal booster can absolutely deliver faster data speeds to your slow phone, you’ll be blown away by what they can do for the speediest version of your phone (or, worst case scenario—the new phone you might just want to buy after reevaluating your current equipment).

See complete cell signal booster kits for your situation:

Home / Small Office
Car / Truck / RV / Boat
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Get the Best Signal

First things first, try investing in a signal booster. Your phone and smart devices deserve the best chance they can get to function at their highest efficiency. This means feeding them a healthy diet of strong, amplified data so they don’t have to waste all of their precious energy searching, and searching, and searching… for slow data. Even if your phone is sluggish deep down in its soul, when you’re ready to trade it in, your cell phone signal booster will still be there to work with whatever upgraded device you choose!

Find Your Nearest Cell Tower

Where is the nearest cell tower? The answer can help narrow down your speed issues. Wondering, “why is Verizon so slow?” Or maybe “why is AT&T so slow?” Depending on your location, your carrier’s service can have a huge impact on your slow data.

You can study the maps that Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint provide on their websites, or try exploring websites like CellMapper and OpenSignal to find the strongest signal near you. Verizon is known for having the best coverage in the US, but that doesn’t mean that they have the best coverage in your area.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that your plan has the right amount of data so that your carrier doesn’t slow down your service to keep you within your limit.

Check for Updates

But let’s get back to the issue at hand: why is my phone so slow? Software developers are constantly rolling out updates for their smartphones, so it’s in your best interest to stay on top of this regular maintenance. Software updates can include bug fixes and security upgrades, so if you’re looking for the fastest version of your operating system, it’s important to check for those updates.

Both Androids and iPhones can be set to update automatically, but if you prefer to check for updates manually, it’s pretty intuitive to navigate through the general “Settings” app on your phone. The same goes for your apps as well, so don’t forget to check on those updates, too.

Close Out Apps You're Not Using

Leaving apps running in the background isn’t doing your data speed any favors. Check to make sure you’re not overloaded by programs you opened two weeks ago (then forgot about) by closing them out. Apps that use your location are particularly hungry for storage space, so take a minute to swipe them away when you get the chance.

Clean Out Your App Collection

While you’re in the mood to clear out some storage space, it’s also wise to reevaluate your app collection. The more storage space you can clear out, the faster your phone will run. Your General Settings can give you a comprehensive rundown of which apps are the biggest storage hogs, so if slow data is a problem, this is an excellent place to start.

Both Androids and iPhones offer the option to either delete or “offload” apps, so you can free up storage without deleting that app’s data and documents, in case you change your mind later or just need the extra storage temporarily—like when you need to prove to your nephew that you just “don’t have any games on your phone, sorry.”

Clear Out Your Cache

Since we’re cleaning house, the next room in need of attention should be your browser’s cache. All that browsing is storing lots of data, so free up some storage space by regularly clearing out your cache. Because the less extra baggage your phone is carrying around, the lighter it will be on its feet!

How to clear out your cache:

  • For iPhone: Open Settings > Safari > tap “Clear History and Website Data”.
  • For Android: Open Settings > Storage > Other Apps > find the browser that needs clearing > tap “Clear Cache”.

Time for a Factory Reset

Are you blown away by your phone’s new, lightning-fast speed? If not, now might be the time to try a factory reset. This will erase all of the data and extras you’ve accumulated along the way… though you will definitely want to back up any information you’d like to save, like your contacts and photos.

Trade in Your Old Phone for a Newer Model

Sadly, no cell phone is made to last forever. If you’ve tried all of the tips and tricks in the book and still find yourself crying yourself to sleep at night while you scream, “why is my data so slow?!” to the heavens above...maybe it’s time to go phone shopping. Kudos to you for sticking with your old model for all this time!

If you find yourself seeking a new carrier AND a new phone, you’ll likely encounter some very enticing offers on brand new phones. And if you decide to stick it out with our current service, they usually offer up some attractive upgrade options as well.

Cell phone technology moves quickly, so the constant release of new models promises faster and faster speeds with each upgrade. Older phones just can’t keep up with the new kids, and you’ll notice that after a while, your apps will stop updating, too.

Invest in a Cell Phone Signal Booster

Your make, model, and carrier can all impact the speed of your phone, but one truth is universal: a cell phone signal booster will get you the fastest data possible. Wilson Amplifiers offers one-on-one customer support and a huge selection of signal boosters for your home, office, boat, RV…or wherever you find yourself trying to connect.

  • Free consultation (ask us anything) with our US-based customer support ( or call us at 1-800-568-2723.
  • Free shipping.
  • Better signal or your money back within 90 days.
  • We want everyone to be satisfied, so we provide lifetime technical support and a 2-year warranty for all products.

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