8 Essential Tips All New Android Phone Owners Should Know

Here’s a list of 8 tips for when you are considering getting a new android device. If you already have one, these tips will still be useful in some way or another.

If the phone won’t get any future updates, don’t bother getting it.
Here’s a before you buy tip: Software updates can be inconsistent on each device because of its hundreds of OEMs. Phones in the Nexus and Moto range however do get faster updates than other recognised brands such as Samsung and Xiaomi. (Some users claim the updates only reach these phones 10 months after launch)

Do your research on apps before installing them.
Android is completely open source. This makes it vulnerable to spyware and viruses to infiltrate your device. The Google Play Store has many essential apps for you but unfortunately it is also a pool of some crappy apps swimming about that when installed, may not work up to your expectation. Good if you could read reviews thoroughly and read experiences from verified users.

Facebook and other social media apps can drag your phone down.
These work in the background (unknowing to you, have a night life of their own in your phone). It messes up any low-powered android device and wreaks havoc to your mentality. Go for lighter alternatives like Tinfoil, Metal or Facebook Lite.

Read Top 3 Alternative Facebook Apps to Speed Up your Phone.

If you don’t know how to root, don’t root.
Don’t fall into the temptation of wanting (needing) to tweak your phone to make it just a little bit faster or more responsive; or even to give you more freedom in enhancing the interface. Only if you are confident with the tools and applications specifically for the model of your phone after thorough research, then by all means go ahead. Oh, yeah, an unsuccessful rooting procedure may brick your phone. Been there.

Remember, secure your Android
The introduction of finger print and iris scanners on mobile phones gives it better protection and is an advantage. If your phone does not come with these high tech features, a PIN or password is high recommended on your lock screen. Almost all of us have sensitive personal stuff (credit card details perhaps) and we won’t want to get ripped of them.

Never store your contacts just on your device
It’s good practice to connect/sync your contacts onto the cloud – a google account – instead of letting it reside on your phone or sim card. Having the contacts in the cloud makes it easier for you to access the contacts from anywhere.

Refrain from ending app processes frequently.
It does not help to reduce the amount of ram usage and performance by ‘killing’ recent apps every 5 to 10 minutes or so. In fact, technicians advise that the RAM and battery deteriorate caused by the excessive opening and restarting of the apps.

Minimize or don’t use task killers and app boosters.
You really don’t need to utilize task killers and so called performance boosters on Android nowadays. It was a necessity in the good old days of Android but now there is no need. Updated versions of Android have been developed well enough to manage and handle loads of background resources. No intervention needed.

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