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Cell C's tips on how to get the most out of your smart device

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

It’s safe to say that smartphones are more than an accessory in today’s world: they’re an essential part of the digital age. This means it’s a good idea to make sure each user is getting the most out of their device, whether that be through monitoring downloads, managing apps and observing best practice to make sure you’re never without data or battery life.

To make sure you’re never caught without data or in desperate need of a phone charger, here are several tips to keep your data and battery drainage at bay.

Make sure you close all your apps

One of the quickest ways to deplete data and battery life is to keep multiple apps running in the background – especially if they’re streaming videos or video games, which can suck battery life due to them having heavy audio and video features. Free apps can also be a drain due to the fact that many of them run adverts.

To save your battery life, make sure you close your apps rather than minimise them. That way you won’t run the risk of apps that are quietly running updates and other features guzzling your battery and data.

Make sure the operating system is up to date

As is the case with your desktop operating system (OS), it’s vitally important to make sure the operating system on your smart devices is always up to date. Not only does this save on battery life – OS updates usually provide users with enhanced features, offering better functionality on the device – it also ensures that any security holes in the OS are fixed.

The importance of this cannot be overstressed. While smart device manufacturers make every effort to make their operating systems secure, over time, hackers can find ways to exploit holes in them. Keeping your OS up to date is the surest way to defend it from malware and intrusions.

The best way not to consume your data, as these updates may be quite large at times, is to do them when you are connected to a Wi-Fi spot.

Lock your device to 3G

Most smartphones allow users to select a network – 2G, LTE, 3G for example – and lock it to that setting. Without doing this, your smartphone will not fall back on any lower grade network if it fails to find one in your vicinity. By locking your phone to 3G, it will stay in this mode all the time, giving you optimal network coverage.

This can be done manually in your devices menu settings but there are several apps – Radio Switcher being one of them – that offer a shortcut to locking your device to 3G.

Turn off the Wi-Fi

If your Wi-Fi setting on your phone is constantly on, your device will be searching for Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity and this could drain your battery life.

While logging into a Wi-Fi network is great for saving data, a phone that is constantly working to find a hotspot will deplete the battery faster. It’s advisable to keep your device’s Wi-Fi setting switched to ‘off’ until you are at a spot where you know you can get Wi-Fi and you actually need it.

Install anti-virus protection

It’s easy to forget, given their easy control system and size, that your smartphone is actually a computer. A pocket-sized computer, but a computer nonetheless. With that in mind, it’s quite alarming how many smartphone owners don’t bother to install any anti-virus protection on their devices. Afterall, you wouldn’t leave your PC or laptop unprotected in that way, would you?

There are a ton of options users have when it comes to smartphone protection, offering different levels of protection, ranging from malware detection, ransomware detection, virtual private networks (VPNs) and more. Depending on how you use your phone, you may not need a top-of-the line package, but it’s vital to have protection of some sort installed on your phone. Please note that some anti-virus software may not be safe, so do a quick Google search on the product before you install it, and do some research.

Sources: The Muse, CellMapper

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