Okay, so apparently everyone is using a smartphone nowadays. The concept and evolution of the smartphone are revolutionary. It is literally everything that people back in the 90’s thought it would be and better if I may add. Our smartphone has become an integral part of our daily life, it is basically our way of living. We don’t dare go out of our house without our smartphone just because we know how important it is. From the simplest of things like checking the time to the most complex and complicated matters such as looking up if aliens actually exist (everybody does that), we need our smartphone. But the most primary aspect that everyone seems to ignore is that our Android smartphones are only as smart as we want them to be. Just because you have a smartphone doesn’t make you any smarter, it’s all dependent on how well we know our smartphone and how much it is capable of (which by the way is infinite). Sadly, people use their smartphone for so many dumb and unnecessary ways that they don’t even realize, they are killing their smartphones.
Over the years there have been so many myths and misconceptions about protecting your smartphone or making them perform better by either installing a third party app or customizing your settings. Some of it may work (however minimal) but most of the “tips” out there are simply killing your smartphone. We will take a look at some of the things that you are doing daily on your smartphone which you think is helping your device but in actuality is just killing your smartphone. We will discuss about Android Smartphones in particular since it is the most common among smartphone users.
Cleaning up the Background Apps
There is not a single Android device user that does not do this. Apparently, it is believed to boost your smartphone performance and clear up your RAM memory. This simple and innocent process of clearing up your RAM space (which is completely in your head) does more harm than good. We don’t just call our Android device a smartphone (yes, Smart) for nothing. Your Android RAM management system is way ahead of you in understanding how to run efficiently, it automatically detects idle apps in the background and kills them in order to run at maximum efficiency. The task manager or background app cleaner is installed in your Android device by default, but still, some people even go to the heights of downloading a third party app just to kill background apps.
The need to install a third-party app killer was necessary for the early versions of Android during its initial stages. Android versions such as Éclair or Froyo (which maximum of the people aren’t aware of) required the apps to be killed manually. But as Android developed and evolved, the most recent version being Android Pie, the RAM management and the task cleaning system has completely changed and is now more than capable of cleaning the background apps automatically.
By killing the background apps, you are instead making it harder for yourself to switch between multiple apps. What is the use of a smartphone if it can’t handle multitasking? The most important thing to know about Android RAM management is this, “the more you utilize your RAM, the better it performs“. If your RAM is just sitting idle, it’s just a waste of your device capability. Just because you are using less RAM won’t make your device run faster. So the bottom line is this, don’t waste your time installing third-party apps that promises high performance or kill your apps manually frequently, your Android device is fully capable of running at full efficiency by default.
Installing a Third Party Apps from Unknown Source
If you ever see an app that requires special permission, you have to know that there is something fishy. However, most of the times, this warning of requiring permission is neglected. What you must know is that all the apps you will ever require will be available on the Google Play Store. Now, for some weird reason, if you cannot find the specific app you require on the Play Store, you should know that the specific app has some problems or bugs that has led to its unavailability. Play store does not just remove app randomly. Now we are all aware of other Stores (9apps or other stores) from where you can download Android apps too. Usually, you can find all the apps there, but you will notice that in order to install the apps from those sources, you will have to enable “download from an unknown source” on your device settings. This is in particular not something you want to do as the app may be infected with malware and bugs that can destroy your Android device. Always make it a point only to install apps that are only available on the Play Store which is a trusted source to prevent your smartphone from external malware and bugs.
Clicking on Every “AD’s” you See
Seriously, you can even write this one down. AD’s are not good for your Android Smartphones, and the fact that you click on every ad just makes it worse. When you click on to an Ad, it takes you to an unknown website from where you can download the app or some other activities like playing a spin wheel to win some mind-blowing prizes. These are websites that can breach your phone security and easily hack into your private accounts in your phone. Your smartphone is not meant for performing dumb activities, so please stop believing all the wonderful things that the pop-up Ads promises and stop clicking on it to win a free trip around the world or purchase a Rolex for a discounted price of $5. You are only risking your own security and your smartphone performance by doing that.
P.S. this is especially targeted towards newbies who are new to Android smartphones.
Installing Multiple Security Apps
The security apps we mean are the Antivirus Apps. Oh! Antivirus, how we used to think of it as being the most essential software on our PC. The idea of requiring Antivirus on our Android smartphone is hugely because of the fact that they were used successfully on every computer, even before smartphones were this popular as they are now. While Antivirus is necessary for Windows, it is crucial to know that Android and Windows function in a completely different manner. Android devices or smartphones are fully capable of blocking or preventing any virus that may infect your device. There is, however, an exception of the use of Antivirus apps on your Android smartphone. If you are someone who uses apps from unknown sources or visits unknown web pages through pop-up Ads, you may require Antivirus app for extra security. But the most logical step is to prevent downloading unknown apps from the start and hence eliminating the need to install Antivirus app.
If you are cautious about using third-party apps from an unknown source, the Antivirus app really does not do anything significant to your device. Contrary to popular belief that they protect your device from virus and other malware, they really don’t do anything that your Android system can’t. In addition to this, they keep running in the background that drains a considerable amount of your smartphone battery and in some cases even your mobile data. Even if there is a need to install an Antivirus app, you only need one of them. Having multiple Antivirus apps is just hectic as they behave as a threat to one another and that means they drain twice the battery and also multiple Antivirus DOES NOT mean better protection.
Not Restarting or Rebooting as Often as you Should
This is another very crucial, yet mostly overlooked or misunderstood aspect of your Android Smartphone. The concept that you only need to restart your Smartphone if it freezes or hangs in excess is completely and utterly idiotic. Think of it in this way, when you reboot your phone, you are starting your device fresh. You kill all the apps that may have been misbehaving in the background or stop any unwanted process that might take taking place in the background. By doing the above things to your device, rebooting helps you to increase your battery life and also runs all the necessary actions to start your device afresh. You should at least reboot your device once a week in order to make sure that it runs on a maximum performance level. It is the same as the importance that proper sleep plays in our daily life, you need to have a good sleep in order to wake up feeling fresh the next morning. You just don’t sacrifice your sleeping hours and expect to concentrate on your work, ultimately the lack of sleep affects you in a bad manner. It’s the same thing with your smartphone, you really need to let your device start afresh and eliminate all the unwanted memory or caches in your device to allow it to perform better and efficiently.
Charging Your Battery too Often
This is another phenomenon that is most common among smartphone users. You just have the urge to charge your smartphone whenever you are near a charging point. It does not matter how much percentage of battery is left on your Android device, you just charge whenever you have your charger and a power source. Charging your battery too often will reduce your device battery capacity. It is advisable to charge your Android smartphone only when your battery falls down a certain level. In this way, you are utilizing your smartphone battery up to the maximum percentage and then charge when the battery is low. It’s too common that Android users start charging their device as soon as the battery percentage falls below 60% or 50%. This affects your battery capacity in the most negative way possible.
On top of that, you aren’t using your full battery capacity. Take an example, you just don’t eat all day even when you are full, this will ultimately ruin your diet and health as well. We only eat when we are hungry and do that allows us to eat properly and also keeps us healthy. It is, therefore, better to charge your Android device only when your battery falls below a certain level (15% is considered as standard “low battery percentage”) in order not to kill your battery life and utilize its full capacity.
Clearing Your Cache Memory too Often
Everybody seems to prioritize only on memory when it comes to your Android device. You just need more space, and it’s the mentality that if you clear up the memory space, your Android device will perform better. well, this may be true in some minimal cases, but overall cleaning up your Cache memory does not speed up your device unless the cache is present in an excess amount. By clearing your cache memory frequently, you are only making it harder for yourself to resume whatever work you were doing with your smartphone. What is a cache memory and why is it important? Cache memory is basically a kind of backup memory that saves the most recent informations or actions that you perform. They store your information so that you don’t have to start from scratch when you resume your work. For example, if you are using WhatsApp and have viewed some profile pictures or status of various people, the cache memory stores all that memory so that you don’t have to load the profile pictures or status of those people that you have already viewed. The same applies to any other operations that you perform every day like viewing Google Maps. If you have recently searched for some locations, the cache memory is the one that stores that information and recommends the previously searched locations, so you don’t have to search all over again. Even if there is a need to clear cache memory (especially for those apps that have been uninstalled or used very rarely), you can easily do it with your Android device in-built cleaner. There is really no need for installing additional APP Cleaners.
Bottom line is, avoid any third party apps that promises that your device can perform 2X times faster. Your Android device by default is meant to perform at the maximum level and believe me, there is no such thing as a third party app anywhere that can enhance your Android smartphone performance (unless they have discovered a steroid that works on Smartphones).
The above mentioned points are some ways in which you think you are helping your Android device performance but in reality, just kills your Android device efficiency. Try to avoid and don’t follow the above methods to ensure that your Android device runs smooth and efficiently.