It’s easy to be a smartphone user these days. We’d even go so far as to say that it’s fun! Smartphones are packed with features, and they can make your life easier in more ways than we can count. Sometimes, however, smartphones have a few problems of their own. So here’s a quick guide to the most common issues—and how you can fix them yourself.
it’s running slowly
If your smartphone is running slowly, here are some things to check:
- Make sure that none of the apps you’ve downloaded are running in the background. If there’s an app that you don’t need, go into its settings and turn off “Background App Refresh.”
- Check for apps that are using up a lot of memory. This can be done by going into Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage and looking at how much space each app is taking up on your phone. If any single app seems especially large, try deleting it to free up room for other things (but don’t worry too much if this happens—the Apple Store has plenty more where they came from).
- Check for apps that are using up a lot of battery power by going into Settings > Battery & Performance and checking which applications have been draining their batteries most quickly over time. You may decide that some of these aren’t worth keeping around and should be deleted or updated with less energy-consuming versions instead!
it has a dead or dying battery
If your phone has a dead or dying battery, I can help.
Your first step is to check the battery percentage. If it’s low, charge it for a couple of minutes and then try using your phone again. If that doesn’t work, try checking the battery usage by going to Settings > Battery on most devices or clicking on Battery in the Notification Shade if you have an iPhone X/8/7/6S Plus/6S/5S or lower model. The top apps should be listed here as well as their percentages of use since last reset (the time when your device was turned off and back on).
If you see an app that’s using more than 40% of your overall power consumption over 24 hours (it’s always best not to let any one source—even if they’re useful—get too high), open up Task Manager by swiping down from anywhere on the home screen; if there isn’t anything there yet click More > All Apps; scroll through until you find what seems like might be causing trouble; tap its name once so that two dots appear next to it and then swipe up on each dot together until they disappear completely: now exit out of Task Manager entirely so that nothing else opens up again automatically after plugging into power supply! When everything else shuts down completely instead start charging again without having turned off device though make sure cable hasn’t fallen off inside before putting back charging head onto port firmly till clicks shut tight against wall outlet blockage surface area – remember: don’t touch metal contacts directly unless using protective material such as cloth gloves! Also note voltage rating may vary depending upon manufacture
it keeps crashing apps
If your phone keeps crashing apps, the most likely culprit is something going on with the app itself. You can try updating the app (if there’s an update available) or reinstalling it from scratch. Open up the Google Play Store and find the app you’re having trouble with; tap it to open its page, then tap “Install” at top right.
If none of these steps solve your problem, check for malware by scanning for viruses using a free security app like Avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus (Android). Scanning will take several minutes depending on how many apps you have installed and may need to be done again if files are infected more than once in a row—but keep in mind that good antivirus programs don’t actually catch 100% of infections because they aren’t made by humans who can do things like read code or understand what hackers are doing when they make new viruses.
Here’s another tip: If you’d rather not bother with installing every single app onto your device one at a time before figuring out which ones cause problems, try uninstalling all but one recently updated application at a time until you figure out which ones are causing issues!
it won’t update
If you’re having trouble with your smartphone and it’s not receiving software updates, there are a few things that could be causing the problem.
- First, check the date and time on your device. If these aren’t correct, this can prevent your phone from getting new updates by preventing it from checking for updates at the right time (usually when you’re connected to WiFi). To fix this issue, make sure that the date and time are set correctly in Settings > System > Date & Time.
- Next, try toggling airplane mode off and on again. This will restart any services running on your phone and may allow them to work properly again after a software update is available; however, don’t forget to toggle airplane mode back on before trying another method!
its notifications are annoying
Turning off notifications for certain apps is easy. Just get to the app’s Settings screen, scroll down to “Notifications,” and turn off whatever boxes you want turned off.
If you’d like to leave a notification on but make it less obtrusive, you can also set how long the notification remains on your screen before disappearing. In some cases (like Facebook or Twitter), tapping the tiny dot will expand it into an actual alert that takes up more space; other times (like Google Maps), tapping will bring up an entirely new screen. You can control this by going into your Notification settings and choosing how long each should remain visible before disappearing. I like having my Google Maps alerts stay on my phone for about 10 seconds before fading out automatically because I don’t want anything else distracting me during my commute, but if I’m in a meeting with someone else using their phone’s navigation service too close behind me then maybe 30 seconds would be better so as not to be rude by looking away from them while driving!
Smartphones are complicated pieces of technology, but you can troubleshoot the problems that commonly occur with them.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having a broken smartphone, there are several steps you can take to get it working again.
First, try to determine what the problem is. Is your phone charging? Is it on at all? If not, do a hard reset and make sure that everything is connected correctly. You may have accidentally disconnected something while tinkering with cables or buttons.
If your phone won’t turn on when plugged in, check that your charger has power by plugging in another device. If it does have power but still won’t turn on your phone, try charging for a few hours before trying anything else (for example: pressing down hard on its top corners).
If the battery still doesn’t work after several hours of charging, consider replacing it with one from eBay or Amazon (this will vary depending on which kind of phone you have). Be warned though—replacing old components such as batteries can damage newer models!
We hope that this article has helped you fix the most common problems associated with smartphone use. If you have any other tips or tricks for fixing your own smartphone, please leave them in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!