We use our smartphones for a lot of things right? From texting a loved one on WhatsApp to literally typing blog posts on Google Docs. But, what if I tell you that some of the things which you have been doing on your smartphone are straight out wrong? I am talking mostly about Android smartphones here. Surprised? Well, there are some things which we just pick up from others or we think might be right. But that is certainly not the case always. Here are the five things you might be doing wrong on your smartphone.
Clear Background Apps
This has to be the number one thing. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people simply clearing apps running in the background in a hope that their smartphone will run faster or lag less. Most of us are unaware that Android can handle RAM management pretty darn well. Yes, it knows when an app needs to be cleared out of RAM. Plus, whenever you clear those apps from your ‘Recents Menu’ you smartphone has to open the app from zero where erstwhile it would have just picked up where you left. So if you thought clearing background apps made your smartphone smooth, here is a quick reality check, my friend.
‘Maybe Later’ for App Reviews
Alright, this one is perhaps the most lesser known of the lot. Apps on Android can be annoying especially when they ask you to review it on the Playstore. So what we do? We go hit ‘Later’ or ‘Maybe Later’ or ‘Not Now’ or whatever just to see the app asking it again and again. Instead, hit ‘OK’ this time and go to the Playstore. Once you are there, just go back to the app. This way you can fool the app that you have actually left a review. Now this might not work with every app but 90 percent of the time, you will find success.
Installing Apps from Unknown Sources
While Playstore is the biggest warehouse for the apps when it comes to Android, there are apps which are not on Playstore for some reason and you need to download them from a third-party source. I have done this a lot and I am sure you have done this too. But, we don’t realize what could possibly go wrong here. Android APK package can be easily molded with a malware and you won’t even know but these apps might be peeking in your personal data and sending it elsewhere. While some third-party sources are safer than others, there is certainly no guarantee here so it is always recommended to not download and install apps from unknown sources.
Installing Anti Virus Apps
Till date, there has been not even a single malware on Android that could replicate itself like they do on PC. Further, Google ensures that it has all its devices secured both on at the software and hardware level. Google Play Services has its own defense mechanism against any sort of malwares plus the monthly security patches kind of makes Android secure enough to be independent of anti-virus apps. In other words, most of those antivirus apps on your android smartphone is doing no good. In fact, they just add up to the unnecessary bloatware.
Setting up Personal Assistant
Personal assistants plus the whole Artificial Intelligence hype is all set to take over a lot of stuff we do on our smartphones. Why! you may ask? Because they are convenient – But – only if you know how to use them. One of the things where most of the people give up is when they fail to call up their personal assistant. This is because we set our voice model while holding the device in our hand while in most cases we intend to call up the assistant when we are not near our smartphone. As a workaround, lie your smartphone flat on a table at some distance and set up your voice model. I bet you will start using your assistant more once it listens to you.
Not Rebooting your smartphone
Although the solution to most of the problems on a smartphone is a ‘reboot’ in India, but we should reboot our devices once in a week even if there is nothing wrong just to refresh things up. This will do 3 things – it will certainly help keep the battery healthy, it will clear all the cache on your smartphone and it will run all the relevant diagnostics.
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