Speed Up Your Car's Apps: Simple Tips for Better Performance

15th Oct 2023

When you have a sleek, technologically advanced car infotainment system, it's frustrating when the apps on it act as sluggish as a sedan in a muddy outback trail. This article is here to help you make those apps run smoother, whether you're using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or an Android-powered head unit.

Why Do Apps Slow Down?

To make them better we should understand how mobile applications function. In most cases mobile phone applications have been designed mostly for those portable equipments that include phones; tablet computers and wrist watches. They're intended to be nimble and efficient, but when you bring them into your car via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, or an Android head unit, they have specific requirements:

  1. Stable Internet Connection: Apps often need a reliable internet connection to download online content and updates.
  2. Memory Space: They also require ample memory space to store app data and cache for quick access. If your device is running low on memory, apps can slow down or grind to a halt.

How to Improve App Performance:

Now, let's dive into some straightforward ways to improve your app experience:

1. Uninstall or Install Updates:

Updates can introduce new features but may slow down your device. You can make apps perform faster by uninstalling updates, reverting them to previous versions. Conversely, sometimes updates bring performance improvements. To update apps on Apple devices, visit the App Store and check for pending updates under your profile picture. On Android, access the Play Store, go to your profile, and select "Updates available."

2. Declutter Your Apps:

Regularly clear cache, cookies, history, and temporary data from your apps to free up memory space. This "clean-up" can significantly boost app performance. To remove temporary data from your device storage on iOS Apple devices move to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > iPhone/iPad To clear Android cache, go under Settings > Storage > App Manager > Other Apps, pick the chosen application and click on “Clear Cache”.

3. Remove and Reinstall:

Deleting an app altogether saves a lot of storage space and is useful especially when waiting for new apps or updates. To delete an app immediately, press and hold. Remember, that if you reinstall the app, you will have to enter all this information like login and personal data once again.

4. Opt for Lite Versions:

Some apps, like Google Maps, offer "lite" versions designed for devices with limited storage or features. While you might lose certain features, the core functionalities remain intact. You can find these lite versions on app stores alongside the regular versions.

Consider Hardware Upgrades:

In addition to the above tips, upgrading your hardware can significantly enhance your car infotainment experience. Devices with more extensive internal storage, such as smartphones or tablets, provide more room for app content, enabling faster performance and the installation of additional apps.

Alternatively, you can invest in a high-spec, quality Android head unit designed to fit popular cars in Australia. Extnix head units, for example, come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a plug-and-play install kit, and even an OBD2 basic scan tool. These upgrades can make a substantial difference in your in-car app experience.

In Conclusion:

By following the tips mentioned above, you can make your car's apps perform faster and more efficiently. Additionally, consider hardware upgrades to further enhance your car's infotainment system. Extnix offers a range of high-quality Android head units that can provide the performance boost your vehicle needs. Visit Extnix's online store to explore these options and give your car's media system the upgrade it deserves!