Send text messages to friends on WhatsApp, click on selfies with the camera, take notes or prepare a presentation on the board. We do a lot with our Android smart phones and, therefore, it is important to keep track of the things you might be doing wrong on your device. These days, everyone tends to give advice to increase performance, battery, etc. of your Android device, but those tips are likely to do more harm than good.
Well, we are here to inform you about the 5 things you could be doing wrong without wanting on your Android smart phone:
1. Kill applications manually or use task killers
The use of third-party killer task applications and the removal of applications through the recent applications button is something that most of us have done or have done in the past, without realizing that the performance of your Android device may be getting worse. Actually, these applications were necessary in the Android versions of the past as Froyo or Clair. However, Android has evolved a lot and is now much more efficient when it comes to handling tasks that run in the background.
It is important to keep in mind that inactive RAM is simply wasting your resources. For example, if your device has 700 MB of free RAM without background applications, it is actually worse than 200 MB of free RAM with useful applications running in the background. One thing you should understand (on Android) is that RAM management is different compared to Windows. While Windows needs to close a program to free it from memory, Android automatically feeds the RAM by removing background applications with less priority, when necessary.
Therefore, the conclusion is that applications should only be removed when they are misbehaving or running out of battery power and, in addition, stop using the various applications to delete tasks in the Play Store. This should ensure that your Android device works much better.
2. Install more than one security (antivirus application)
If you ask me honestly, I think Android antivirus applications are not a necessity. These applications require a lot of resources on the phone and, since they work in the background all the time, they also consume a lot of energy. The fact is, if you are installing applications from the Play Store and there are no third-party applications on your device, Google has it covered against any malware or virus. However, if you think you are at risk, you should only use one antivirus application instead of using multiple applications because one antivirus application thinks of another as a potential threat due to its behavior.
Also, if you are not using an antivirus application, you should use a security application on your Android device. Android security applications include features such as anti-theft, VPN, application permission manager, etc.
3. Loading applications from unknown or untrusted sources
In the previous point, I mentioned that you do not need an antivirus program as long as you do not load applications secondarily. This is because Android APK files can be easily manipulated to inject malicious codes that in turn can easily invade your privacy. We are talking about identity theft, key registration and much more, if the application in question is manipulated.
Therefore, make sure that you only install applications from reliable sources (such as the Play Store) and do not run to applications that guarantee unlimited lives or money in a game, since it is understood that these applications are the ones that carry malicious code.
4. Do not restart your device
There is still a lot of speculation behind this, but if you ask me, I think it's a good idea to restart your phone from time to time. Samsung has already introduced this as a new feature in the Galaxy S7, where you can program your phone to restart automatically, once a week, while you are asleep.
This will eliminate unnecessary things that are kept in memory and give your device a fresh start. It is recommended to perform a restart once a week or once every fifteen days.
5. Use of application cleaners to clear the cache
Using application cleaners from time to time is a good practice, but only if you limit the use to remove cached data from uninstalled applications or remove unnecessary photos and videos from the galley. Surely we do not recommend that you use these applications to clean the cache memory of the application in order to release only a few extra MB of data because the cache information is very important for an application to work.
Applications retain a local copy of frequently used data for more flexible performance. For example, WhatsApp caches data such as the profile picture of contacts and shared media to make sure you don't have to load them every time you open the application. Therefore, to keep applications smart on your smart phone, stop deleting cache data. In addition, applications begin to rebuild the cache again after you delete it, so you return to point one.
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