If your Android's performance is starting to sag, don't worry. There are several steps you can take to restore your device to working order. Use these five tips to stay vigilant against performance lag by updating problem apps and managing system resources.

Want step-by-step instructions to speed up your device? Keep reading for the second installment of our six-part Android Smartphone Makeover series, How to Improve Your Android Phone's Performance.  

1. Kill Background Apps

Android’s capability to multitask across several applications is great, but you don’t need the YouTube app wasting battery life and memory resources when running in the background. It’s best to completely close apps with the Advanced Task Killer app (free). Unlike Android’s built-in app shutdown, this download shows a single list of each running app on your device and lets you select the ones you’d like to turn off.

2. Keep Apps Up to Date
It’s not always the operating system that causes you grief. If you feel an app is slowing you—or your phone—down, check the Android Market for an update.