Dos and Don’ts

Having a few tricks and hacks for your phone can make it run all the more better in the hands of its owner. Yet, even though these hacks that you use with your cell phone are sidestepping a smartphone’s limitations or providing it with a feature it didn’t have before, not all hacks for your cell phone are good. In fact, some could even cause your phone to malfunction or have issues in the future.

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Prolonging Battery Life

From the first time your phone is turned on after you purchase it to the day you upgrade for the newest model, your battery is constantly working. Even if the battery is charged regularly your phone gets used everyday, ultimately wearing your battery down and weakening it over time. Keeping a long-lasting battery is crucial to all phone users, especially for that single instance when you “need to make a call or send a text message before it’s too late” but your phone didn’t have enough battery power to keep running. Not to worry, there are some tricks that you can use to keep your phone running much longer without needing to be charged.

Turning off unnecessary features or apps when not in use doesn’t only protect your privacy (LINK TO PRIVACY), it also keeps your phone from using extra power to keep your smartphone multitasking. Without realizing it, things like leaving your WiFi, GPS and Data-Network turned on or not quitting/closing out of apps when you’ve finished using them will certainly shorten your time in between needing to charge your phone. The same issue occurs when your phone doesn’t turn off its backlight or lock its screen for longer periods of time. Shortening the amount of time your display is turned on, quitting apps, turning off features and even putting your phone into “Airplane Mode” when you know you wont be using it will save you hours of batter power.

Optimizing Your Smartphone

In this day and age, with all of our technological advancements, there’s nothing quite as irritating as when your cell phone starts slowing down. Because this isn’t always something the average user knows about, any smartphone that isn’t “cleaned” or optimized regularly will inevitably lose its speed. When this happens, the first thing to note is how many apps are opened on your phone. If you regularly use email, social media, an Internet browser, and play games without quitting the ones you aren’t using, your cell phone will try to run each one at the same time in the background of whichever you currently have opened.

The next way that you can optimize your phone’s performance is by checking to see how many unnecessary things you have stored or installed on your phone and deleting them. This can be an overabundance of photos, videos, or apps that you don’t use. For each piece of media on your phone, it has to generate a small thumbnail image to help you know what piece of media it is. Each time your phone is turned on, it has to reload all of those thumbnails.

Lastly, a big reason your phone “seems slow” is when you use the Internet. Chances are it may not actually be your phone, but your web browser. When you use your phone to browser the Internet (LINK TO INTERNET), your phone sends a request to get certain information from the network it’s connect to. When this happens, the information is split up into small packets and then broken down into a series of 0s and 1s (binary code) in order to securely and quickly transmit it back to you where it is reconstructed into a webpage, a video, or whatever the information you requested. By clearing your browser’s search history and clearing its cache and cookies, you’re removing a large amount of small bits of information kept by your web browser.

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Keeping Data Secure

Downloading files that contain data-rich attachments may serve an important purpose but always be sure to securely delete the attachments when you’re finished using them. This could put your cell phone at risk for a worm or virus, especially from downloading “untrusted” apps or email attachments. If you’re planning on using these data-rich attachments at a later time on a desktop or laptop computer, it’s always best to avoid getting an early preview on your smartphone.

Using 1 Password

Between cellphones and personal computers many things require passwords. From checking your email or watching Netflix to doing personal banking or making online purchases there is a lot of logging in and out of your accounts. Believe it or not, though, there are a lot of users who keep the same password for each account that they log in to on a regular basis. This can be dangerous, as any thief who has the ability to obtain one password will try using that first password with every account that you use as one of the first methods of stealing information. Instead, it’s much more secure to have numerous passwords with different alternations in spelling (such as using H3LL0 instead of HELLO) to make it more complicated for others to guess your password.

Jailbreaking and Rooting

To jailbreak or root your phone is to obtain all of the administrative privileges of your phone in order to do something you normally wouldn’t do with it. This can be very helpful with some sort of tech background or experience in doing this. However, introducing more “unkowns” to your device also opens up more vulnerabilities as well and, if not careful, will even void your smartphone’s warranty.