Your phone is probably the most important device in your life. However, you could be ‘killing’ it slowly without realising. Here are the ways in which you are killing your smartphone and what to do about it.
Using a smartphone with a case: Image source: Pixabay
Your phone is a machine; therefore, it needs to be maintained if you want it working at it’s best. Over time your phone will get slower due to an increase in data produced by apps, and storage use.
It is worth setting aside time each month to delete the app cache.
Here is how to do it on Android:
1) Go to settings
2) Tap on applications
3) Delete the cache for individual apps
The process is similar for iOS users.
It is important that you delete the cache for individual apps because some use the cache to store vital information.
A case doesn’t just protect your phone against knocks and scrapes. It also helps to absorb impacts which could damage your phone internally. Replacing your screen or an internal component can be expensive so it is worth investing in a tempered glass screen protector and shock absorbing case.
Battery life killing settings
Here are some elements of your smartphone which kill the battery life of your smartphone.
- Background app refresh/ sync
- Maximum brightness
The above should be turned on when you need it. For instance, there is no point in having 4G on while you sleep. The battery cycles of your smartphone is finite, and changing the battery isn’t cheap. Therefore, you need to ‘protect’ the charge capacity as much as possible.
Smartphones aren’t designed for cold weather. You might find that your phone misbehaves when it is very cold. This is because temperature affects the internal components. Overheating during video streaming or gameplay can also affect the internal components.
As a general rule if your smartphone feels noticeably hot, stop the activity and let it cool down. If you notice that your smartphone is running slow in the winter, put it somewhere warm like your pocket or bag.
People browse more on mobile devices than they do on computers. As a result, cybercriminals are keen to create mobile viruses. Opening an attachment or browsing one of those dodgy videos site - you know what I mean - can be enough to get a virus. The worst part is that you might not even know. There are a lot of mobile antivirus apps but the one I trust and use is AVG.
In app ads and browser ads put a huge strain on the battery. If you have awful battery life, there is a chance that it might be caused by the websites you visit. Moreover, some ads leave cookies and other small files on your phone which build up over time to slow it down.
Adguard costs a bit more than £1 per month but blocks ads, trackers and automatically recognises malware and phishing sites.
Updating your phone can take time so some people simply put it off. However, each update comes with security and performance updates. Some people believe that updates make their smartphone slower, and there is an argument for that.
When a new smartphone is released, some tech brands create an update which is too resource intensive for older models. As a result there is a decrease in performance. If this is a major concern to you, it might be worth checking out my post on installing a custom android ROM.
I hope you found this post useful. What steps do you take to maintain the performance and beauty of your smartphone? Let the community know in the comments section below.