FP3 getting slow / lots of apps - advice?

Hi! I have a FP3 that is now about 3-4 years old; I love it but I now live in a country/have a job that requires me to have a lot of applications on my phone for various things.

I noticed that with all these applications my phone has got slower, for obvious reasons, and there is less and less memory. I am tempted to get the new FP (for these reasons + because it looks great, I will admit), but it of course defeats the purpose of keeping a phone as long as possible…

Do you have any thoughts? Any tricks? Any way I could possibly upgrade my current phone instead of getting a new one?

Thank you!

There is only an upgrade of the camera available from FP3 to FP3+, beside a little bit louder loudspeaker. In case you make heavy use of your SD card, you could replace the SD card with a faster one, but I guess this not your use case.

I guess you need google play service and there my knowledge ends.

If you buy a FP5, I recommend: Keep the FP3 for a short while to make sure everything works fine and then sell it or give it to a family member. In this forum is an area where you can offer things: Offer - Fairphone Community Forum


How about mass storage? Is there enough free space in the internal storage? (Settings > Storage) I’d keep 20% free. If that is a problem with yours, Jens’ suggestion of a micro SDXC card is the most obvious way out (format SD cards as “portable storage” to avoid problems that often come with SD cards formatted as “phone storage”).


Hi Giorgia,

I also have a FP3 that was getting slower and slower. For me doing a factory reset and then installing all the apps again worked very well :slight_smile:

Hope it helps!


I have had an FP3 for 3 years. I upgraded the camera which greatly improved the quality of the images and updated to Android 13 a few months ago, when it became possible. Everything is fine, everything works (apart from the fingerprint identification…). I am happy with this phone. I can open it and change the battery which I did recently.

After updating to Android 13, a (major) problem appeared: the phone became very, very slow. After each boot, it takes time to appear and then the applications react very slowly. It’s almost unusable…

For what ? I searched and - found the answer. After startup, the system loads into memory all the applications you have on the phone, whether you have used it or not. He loads everything he can - a long list. Obviously, even if you don’t use them, they stay in memory, taking up space and running, using processor time. The system becomes overloaded, busy, clogged with too much work that no one needs.

I don’t know why the developers did this? Is it a big mistake, oversight, lack of attention? I don’t know but it’s extremely annoying and makes the phone unusable.

Of course, there is the solution: go to settings/applications and deactivate them one by one, by hand. This unloads memory, stops the application from running, and frees up processor time. Except… if you have 100 or 200 applications installed on your phone, you will spend 1 hour deactivating everything, one by one. In addition, at the next startup, they will all restart because the “disabled” state is not memorized…

Luckily, I have a “memory cleaner” tool, the “robot” which automates this task. It’s a little-known but extremely powerful and useful application: App Freezer by Real Zhang.

App Freezer is a speed booster for an Android device. It stops processes running in the background, making the phone run faster. App Freezer focuses solely on process management. It ensures that applications can only run when needed, so they don’t consume unnecessary system resources or contribute to increased battery usage that can lead to shorter runtimes.

After launch, you must authorize it to control the functioning of the applications. Then it automatically closes them, ten by ten. Once finished, you will find your fast phone like new. It is not cluttered by dozens of processes running in the background, it regains all its speed.

Are you trying to sell an app ?


There is

without costs available in F-Droid, but I have never used it.

  1. You come here and give the great advice to install an app that is not in the Play store. Even free, nothing says your app is not dangerous.

  2. How can I know if you are Real Zhang or not ? There is no way.

  3. I am not French. I am sure all the French reading the forum will enjoy your great constructive comment.

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