This SERIOUSLY improved my Motorola RAZR HD performance! :)

This SERIOUSLY improved my Motorola RAZR HD performance! :)

This SERIOUSLY improved my Motorola RAZR HD performance! :)

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This SERIOUSLY improved my Motorola RAZR HD performance! :)

My RAZR HD was getting slower and slower in response, which I found very annoying.  I figured it was cause I was using alternative launchers and too many apps installed and I'd have to live with it.  Or I thought it was only having 1 GB of RAM, but research on the 'Net shows that Android should still be OK with a full memory, it'll just swap stuff in and out.

So anyways, this is about cleaning your cache in two places: app caches and the cache partition.  The first one can be done with any cache clearing app from the Play Store.  I installed App Cache Cleaner (Pro) for clearing app caches (equivalent to going to Settings > Apps > All Apps and clicking each app in turn and clearing the cache), but honestly it didn't seem to do much to improve speed.

 

So I just did the second thing tonight: wiping the cache partition, described here:

http://support.verizonwireless.com/support/devices/knowledge_base.html/66428

 

Wow.  The phone is responding instantaneously again.  Wow.  SERIOUS improvement in response.

I followed these instructions EXACTLY as they say, I have reproduced here:

 

  1. Power the device off.
    NotePress the Power button then select Power off.
    NoteIf the device doesn't respond to input, press and hold the Volume Up / Down then press and hold Power button. When the device screen goes blank, release the Power button while continuing to hold Volume Up / Down then proceed with step 3.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up / Down then press the Power button.
  3. When presented with the Boot Mode Selection Menu, release all buttons.
  4. Press Volume Down to select Recovery then press Volume Up.
  5. From the Droid triage screen:
    1. Press and hold Volume down.
    2. Press and release Volume up.
    3. Release Volume down.
  6. Select wipe cache partition then press the Power button.
    NoteUse Volume keys to navigate options.
  7. Select reboot system now then press the Power button.
    NoteUse Volume keys to navigate options.

I'm very happy about this because honestly, there isn't a current phone that I feel I can 'upgrade' too as yet, out there.  My RAZR ain't too big, it's mostly metal, it has a small bezel.  I hate how the Samsung Galaxy phones look.  Thought about a Z1 but it's pricey.  Anyways, this has breathed new life into my phone.  Will do it everytime phone gets slow now.

 

This apparently applies to all Android phones (having a cache partition) but... getting to the Recovery screen that allows deletion of it is different per manufacturer.

 

 

 

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Re: This SERIOUSLY improved my Motorola RAZR HD performance! :)

Solved by I'm a Contributor Level 1 FolkSong

It seems that the steps have changed slightly after the Kit Kat update. In case anyone else is having trouble with it like I was, the new procedure I used on the triage screen (step 5) is:

 

From the Droid triage screen:

  1. Press and hold Volume up
  2. Press and release the Power button.
  3. Release Volume up.
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Thanks for posting this!!! My XT910 wouldn't charge past 30%, was freezing up after reloading 4.1.2 etc, thought my battery was toast, tried your post here and now it seems to be charging again and running way faster, thank you!!

Weird that a cache could cause so many problems?

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It's magic!

heh.

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It seems that the steps have changed slightly after the Kit Kat update. In case anyone else is having trouble with it like I was, the new procedure I used on the triage screen (step 5) is:

 

From the Droid triage screen:

  1. Press and hold Volume up
  2. Press and release the Power button.
  3. Release Volume up.
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My Android music player was getting really sluggish - it would take several seconds to pause after hitting the icon.  I looked for the information for clearing the cache and found that Android 4.4.2 works slightly differently.  Here's how it worked in my Razr HD:

 

1. Power the device off.
2. Press and hold the Volume Up / Down then press the Power button.
3. When presented with the Boot Mode Selection Menu, release all buttons.
4. Press Volume Down to select Recovery, release Volume completely, then press Volume Up.
5. From the Droid triage screen:
- Press and hold Volume Up, then
-- Press and release Power button.
--- Release Volume Up.
6. Select wipe cache partition then press the Power button.
    Phone will wipe cache and reboot itself.  It's finally become a little simpler.