Yesterday we talked about how phones assume to abase over time, and some of the affidavit why the concrete apparatus do, in point of fact, abort with use (and abuse). We didn’t allocution about software decay, and why your buzz seems to get slower and slower with use. No fear! That’s what addition commodity is for — how about this one: how to fix whatever is amiss with your Android.
Your Android, whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet, is a concrete device. Concrete accessories eventually break. Sometimes aback it breaks, you aloof accept to bandy it out (read: appropriately repurpose or recycle it), but there are abounding things you may be able to do to fix your Android.
Your Android additionally runs software. Software about suffers from assorted kinds of maladies, some of which are brash (malware), admitting some are not (bugs). These types of problems are a bit harder to troubleshoot, but are about abundant easier to fix than accouterments problems.
Depending on your device, your “reparability options” may be limited. Some break are obvious: your awning gets cracked, or touches are no best recognized. In the case of concrete damage, blockage is the best “cure”. However, in the accident that“prevention” failed, contacting your device’s architect is a acceptable aboriginal step.
Remember my Nexus 4 that absitively it would rather fly through the air that abide cautiously in my hand? It met with a quick and abrupt afterlife aback it landed on the adhesive floor. I abrupt and ordered a advancement from the Play Store, but kept the old accessory around. After several weeks a acquaintance at assignment brash me to acquaintance LG for a replacement. Abiding enough, US$160 or so and a few weeks after I had a aboriginal (albeit refurbished) Nexus 4 — which my wife now enjoys as her circadian driver.
If your architect isn’t as kind, you ability be able to get a 3rd affair to adjustment your device, or maybe undertake the assignment yourself. Some aliment aren’t hard: replacing a beat out battery, for example. Others can be tricky: replacing a awning and digitizer. It never hurts to acquisition out what your options are.
Software problems are about abundant easier to fix than accouterments issues. Most problems of this blazon appearance themselves by your authoritative your accessory gradually apathetic down, or behave in an exceptionable or abrupt manner. In both cases the culprit is usually an app that has some array of botheration with it: a bug, a anamnesis leak, etc.
Although you can attack uninstalling apps one at a time, I’d acclaim a altered approach: alpha with a apple-pie slate.
Depending on which adaptation of Android you’re running, the way to accomplish a branch displace will vary. On my Nexus 4, for example, I go to Settings, Advancement & reset, and Branch abstracts reset. This, as it implies, will displace aggregate to the branch defaults — well, mostly. Some things like, pictures and added files ability not be wiped, but accomplish abiding you accept a advancement of annihilation and aggregate that you don’t appetite to lose afore you proceed.
After you “OK” a few questions your accessory will shut bottomward and restart. It may do this a few times, but eventually you’ll be brought aback to the abject configuration. At this point, accumulation your Google Account credentials, but watch for the “restore settings” prompt. Don’t analysis that (or uncheck it if it’s already checked). I know, this goes adjoin aggregate you’ve heard and will accomplish ambience up your accessory afresh booty longer. That’s okay.
Like I mentioned previously, your problems may accept been acquired by an app that was misbehaving, or may accept been acquired by a bad configuration, base settings, or it may alike accept been acquired by accepting added apps installed than your accessory could handle. Booty this befalling to re-install alone the apps that you absolutely use, and don’t install them all at once. Install the apps you use consistently first, again delay a day or so afore you install the abutting batch.
Have your problems gone away? If so, great! Alpha installing added apps that you can’t alive without. Delay a day or so to accomplish abiding your problems haven’t returned. Keep repeating the action until all the apps that you absolutely charge accept been reloaded. If, at any point in this process, your problems return, abolish a few of the apps that you afresh installed. Keep removing apps until the botheration goes away. At that point you’ll be able to carve bottomward the account until you acquisition the behind app. Drop the developer a agenda via email and let them apperceive why you removed their app and what your affection were. Do so in a effective address so the developer will be added acceptable to fix the app.
Generally speaking, this adjustment will advice you fix annihilation that’s amiss with your Android. How continued it says anchored will depend on the accurate root-cause of the problem. Don’t be abashed to echo the action every several months, or as affairs dictate.. Your accessory should run faster, accept beneath hiccups, and your problems should be a affair of the past.
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Joe accelerating from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has agitated adaptable accessories with him for added than a decade, including Apple’s Newton, Microsoft’s Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow’s “Android Guy”.
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