Speed is supposed to be the middle name of Samsung’s latest flagships, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. All the amazing tech features that these devices boast should make for an impeccable experience. But the theory is different than the practice and some users actually complain that their devices work slower than expected, with glitches, freezes and annoying lags. Does this mean that the smartphones are less than excellent? Not really, at least if we look at the most common causes of these unpleasant situations.
The causes of Galaxy S8/S8 Plus lag:
- The device is overburdened by too many apps – using WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and other apps at the same time is likely to make the device move slower;
- You’re dealing with a poor network signal;
- The Wi-Fi connection you’re using is weak;
- The websites you’re trying to access are temporarily under heavy load;
- There are some apps running in the background and taking up from the phone’s resources;
- The smartphone no longer has enough memory;
- The internet cache is already full;
- The version of your internet browser is outdated and needs an update to the most recent available version;
- You’re using the mobile data and already reached the data speed limit.
As you can see, none of these potential causes are directly connected to the technical performances of the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. That’s a good thing, showing you that you weren’t wrong choosing this particular device. But it still doesn’t solve your lag problem. Here is what might do the trick instead.
The two best things you can try for the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus lag:
- Scan and clean the smartphone from any malware;
- Perform a wipe cache partition.
If you’ve ruled out all the causes listed in the previous section, you can also suspect that the device is infected with malware. Otherwise, wiping the system cache is your best option. That one and, of course, taking the device to an authorized service for a physical check. When nothing works on your side, a technician is the only one who can investigate more in depth and even find some physical damages and suggest solutions for it.
Step 1 – Scan the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus for malware:
It might sound scary but all you have to do is to use the Play Store and get yourself a free antivirus app. Of course, you’re not supposed to pick the first one, but do a little research and choose something with great rating and feedback from other users. Once you download and install it, launch the antivirus and it should automatically start scanning the device.
So, you’ve found some suspicious files? Clearing the cache and the data is important but a factory reset will give you that fresh start that you need right now. This guide from here will teach you how to do it, with particular instructions for the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus. This would bring the phone to the factory defaults, with the original settings, OS version, and data that came from the manufacturer – so, back up all your important files before the actual reset!
Say you haven’t found any malware but the lag is still there? Then, you must be heading for the previously mentioned clearing of the cache and data of the device.
Step 2 – Clear the cache of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus:
We have to be honest, the hard reset above suggested is the lag solution that works best for most users. But if it didn’t work for you, completing a wipe cache is still an option you need to try. For this purpose, you will have to boot the smartphone into Recovery Mode. As opposed to the factory reset, this action will keep all your data in place and you won’t have to worry that you might lose anything. Just follow the steps from below:
- Turn off the device and hold the Power, Volume Up, and Home buttons;
- When it starts to vibrate and enters the Recovery Mode, release the buttons;
- Navigate through the entries, with the Volume Down key, until you select “Wipe Cache Partition”;
- Start the action from the Power button;
- When it finishes, use the Reboot System Now entry just the same and return to the normal functioning mode.
This time, the lag on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus shouldn’t be there anymore.