The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update comes with some cool changes, but it’s also causing issues for some users.
As the release of the Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update gains momentum, complaints about bugs and poor performance are also increasing.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Nougat version is still limited, but those who have already received the software are complaining of lag, reboots, bad battery, slow download and other performance issues. These are common after new Android versions.
You may not see any issues immediately after installing Android Nougat on your Galaxy Note 5, but performance issues can occur at any time. So you’ll want to be prepared.
Today we would like to summarize some tips to get better Galaxy Note 5 Nougat performance. These tips will help those who are having difficulties with Android Nougat and also help those who are still waiting for Nougat to prepare for your update.
Restart Your Galaxy Note 5
Let’s start with a fix that will only take a few seconds to implement.
If you start noticing lag, weird battery issues, app performance degradation, or any other performance issue, restart your device.
Turn it off, leave it off for a minute, turn it back on. This might help you fix the performance issue you’re seeing.
Clean Your Device
If you’ve owned your Galaxy Note 5 for a while, chances are very high that you have a lot of clutter lurking on your device’s internal hard drive. If you’re having performance issues after Nougat, it might be a good idea to clean up some of this clutter.
Use this time to do some spring cleaning. Search for and get rid of files (videos, photos, apps, etc.) you no longer need. This can help speed up your device.
Use Download Booster
If you are experiencing slow downloads after installing Nougat on your Galaxy Note 5, try using the Download Booster feature.
When you enable Download Booster, your device will download files larger than 30MB using Wi-Fi and cellular connection simultaneously. If your device is connected to a fast Wi-Fi network, you should see extremely fast download times.
If you have a data cap, be sure to monitor your usage closely. You don’t want to be restricted or pay extra for more data.
To enable Download Booster on your Galaxy Note 5, go to Connections > More connection settings > Download Booster and enable it.
Your Galaxy Note 5 Nougat update comes with a useful feature that can help you improve battery life and overall performance.
Samsung’s Android Nougat update has the ability to put individual apps to sleep. Putting an app to sleep silences notifications but also ensures that it doesn’t drain battery life in the background.
If you think an app might be causing your device to be underperforming (e.g. Facebook is a notorious resource hog), you might want to try putting it to sleep.
To do this, press and hold an app icon. You should see several options popups. Choose to put the selected app from the list to sleep.
Use Device Maintenance
Galaxy Note 5 Nougat comes with another useful feature that can help you deal with the poor performance of your device.
Go to your phone’s settings and find Device Maintenance. When you open it, you’ll be greeted with a screen with a few different options, including Battery, Storage, and RAM.
Tap on one of them and you’ll see a range of options, from power saving modes to performance enhancements.
Examine all these settings to find a combination that works well for you and your device. Mileage will of course vary.
If you are not using S Voice on your Galaxy Note 5, we recommend turning it off to see if this helps improve your device’s performance.
To completely disable S Voice on your Galaxy Note 5, go to Application Manager, find S Voice, tap on it and tap on Disable.
If you don’t see any improvement, you can always re-enable it.
Use the Incognito Developer Mode
Another tip that can help you improve performance in a matter of seconds.
Your Galaxy Note 5 should have a hidden developer mode that allows you to modify your device in various ways.
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to take you through the incognito developer mode, and it’s worth checking out if you don’t have a lot of time to solve your problems.
Download Application Updates
If you’re currently dealing with poor app performance, you’ll want to check to make sure your apps are up to date.
In the months since Nougat was released, developers have been releasing important bugfix updates for their apps. If you haven’t turned on automatic updates, there’s a good chance you missed one or more of these versions.
If you’re behind on your updates, go to your apps and Google Play Store to see what you can find. Be sure to read reviews from Nougat users before installing a new version of your favorite app.
Start from scratch
If none of the fixes listed here (or elsewhere) work for you, you have a nuclear option at your disposal.
Wiping your phone completely and starting from scratch is time consuming but a proven solution for performance issues.
To do this on Android Nougat, go to your Galaxy Note 5’s Settings > General management > Reset > Factory data reset > Reset Device > Erase All. Don’t forget to backup all your files before doing this.
This should only be used as a last resort after exhausting online fixes and only after contacting Samsung and/or your carrier.