3 things to never do on your smartphone again

If you want to extend the life of your smartphone, here are 3 things you should immediately stop doing.

We may have been in the digital age for many years, some gestures are not yet intuitive or natural for some users. Our smartphones are one of the most precious possessions we have, they are used to play, communicate, photograph or enjoy our favorite entertainment. Only here, our uses are sometimes not very suitable. Here are 3 things that you absolutely must stop doing with your smartphone in order to preserve it as well as possible.

Ignore updates

We have all already received this message warning us that an update is ready to be installed. Except that it’s never the right time, that we remove the notification and that we remember to have to do it only three days later when our smartphone sends us a message… then the eternal cycle begins again. Yet almost every update to your system is critically important.

Indeed, in addition to bringing you visual and performance improvements as well as bug fixes, they allow you toimprove the security of your device and to correct the possible flaws that have been identified by the manufacturer of your smartphone. The longer you leave it in an outdated version, the more likely you are to damage your device or leave it vulnerable to external attacks.

So put aside the time and battery constraints just for this time and don’t hesitate any longer before launching a system update as soon as it is available because it can really make a difference. If you have not opted for automatic updates, you can check the status of your smartphone in your settings, in the System tab, then Update.

Leave a ton of apps running in the background

When you install applications and launch them for the first time, they usually ask you for some permissions on the use of your data (contacts for example), your location, the sending of notifications or even the execution in reverse -plan. We are often quick to accept everything and regret it later. However, pay attention to this last condition which could eventually damage the battery of your smartphone.

That’s because the longer you allow apps to run in the background, the more you’ll strain your phone’s battery to keep them running even when you haven’t opened them in months. If some are useful for you, you should at least check which apps are using this feature and cancel those that you do not consider relevant.

To do this, go in your settings, in the Battery tab, then Battery usage. In the list of applications you are shown which ones have been running in the background and for how long during the last hours. You will then identify part of the problem. To rectify the situation, it will be necessary to go in your settings, in the Applications tab and force stop the ones you just noticed. This operation will surely have to be repeated if you restart your smartphone.

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Let the battery drop to 0%

If you have a tendency to drain your smartphone’s battery until a coma ensues, that’s a big mistake. Most devices today contain lithium-ion batteries, which have limited life cycles. These, however, are faster drained if you let your smartphone drop to 0% until it turns off and needs to be charged again to be able to turn on.

In the long term, this can reduce the performance of your device and damage the battery, particularly in terms of its calibration and the relevance of its estimate. This is what can cause errors in calculating the remaining battery, which increases or decreases in a few seconds, or even cause “untimely” shutdowns between 5 and 10% battery when in reality you had nothing left. . If we were in a car, you wouldn’t want the fuel gauge to be so unreliable when you’re using it.

The best advice anyone can give you is to not drop below 20% battery – if possible – and not to charge it to 100% either. In addition, be careful to unplug your smartphone when it is fully charged to avoid overheating and overconsumption of electricity.

Source: Journal du Geek by www.journaldugeek.com.

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