Smartphones have brought an unprecedented level of computing power into the hands of the average person. The phone is no longer just a tool for making phone calls but is now used for email, photography, expense tracking, weather monitoring, travel planning, social networking and more.
Smartphones have become such an integral part of modern life that it’s only when it’s unavailable or faulty that its indispensability becomes apparent. That’s why if your phone crashes regularly or often restarts without warning, quickly getting to the bottom of the matter is vital.
As with any electronic device, the potential causes of a system fault are numerous. Nevertheless, the following are the most common reasons your phone is no longer working as it should.
1. Operating System Not Up to Date
No software is perfect. Developers cannot work on a software project indefinitely and so will release a good functional version then continue working on an improvement that will be rolled out months later.
For the two leading phone operating systems Google Android and Apple iOS, development is a never-ending cycle that leverages the power of wip limits to regularly deliver OS improvements. Since new updates are meant to fix bugs and security vulnerabilities, running an old version of the OS increases the likelihood of sporadic crashing and freezing.
Upgrade your OS as soon as a stable version is released.
2. Apps Not Up to Date
Your phone’s apps operate within the ecosystem of the phone’s operating system (OS) and the other apps on the phone. While the app may work seamlessly at the beginning, its compatibility with the OS and other apps may gradually deteriorate as the operating environment changes. These changes are often due to updates to the OS and apps.
If one or more of your phone’s apps hasn’t been updated in a while, system conflicts may cause your phone to crash for no reason. Solution? Make sure all your apps are patched whenever a new release is available.
3. Buggy Apps
Take a step back and think about when your phone started crashing routinely. Is it possible that you downloaded or updated an app around this time? Whereas both Google and Apple do their best to check apps for malware before they allow them on their app stores, they don’t inspect them for bugs.
So if an app is buggy, it could affect OS stability and trigger restarts. To resolve this, systematically uninstall recent apps starting with the latest until you get to a point where the phone’s stability is restored.
Your phone is unlikely to be infected with malware from apps you download from App Store or Google Play. However, you could be infiltrated by malware from websites you visit, email attachments or files received via Bluetooth. Because the aim of malware is to alter the way your phone functions, one of the signs of infection is unusual phone behavior such as unexplainable restarting.
To fix this, download a reputable antivirus and run a thorough scan of your phone. To prevent the risk of future infection, do not open attachments from unknown sources or accept files via Bluetooth unless you can vouch for the sender.
5. Phone Memory Almost Full
Every couple of weeks, you are going to come across an app that interests you enough for you to download and install. With each passing month, the amount of free space remaining on your phone’s storage will, therefore, continue to shrink. This together with photos, videos and downloaded files inevitably pushes the phone’s storage to near capacity.
If you do not delete the files and apps you no longer need in order to free up space, your apps are going to run into performance issues that, in the worst case, could cause system instability. Develop a habit of ridding your phone of junk.
While the above cover the most common causes, going through all these will sometimes not solve the problem. In that case, get in touch with your phone maker’s local repair store.