2012 Smartphones Troubleshooting Guide I.

Most of us rely upon our smartphones for work, for famiily communications, and for fun.

It’s an alarm clock, an email tool, a GPS, a notepad, and an entertainment device, to name just a few of its uses. And when your smartphone is frozen, crashed, or running slowly, it can really put a kink in your day-to-day activities. Here, we’ll help you ix a problematic smartphone.

Phone Is Unresponsive

Power down the phone and then restart it. Most phones feature a button you can hold for a given amount of time to bring up the power controls. For example, Apple iPhone owners can hold the Sleep/Wake button until a red slider appears, which you can then slide to turn off the device. Most Android-based phones bring up a shutdown menu after you hold the Power button for a few seconds. If your phone won’t respond to any keypresses, you may have to remove the battery to restart the phone. Note that this isn’t an option for the iPhone, as it has a permanently attached battery. Instead, hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears, which indicates that the iPhone is rebooting.

App Is Frozen

Just as on a full-sized computer, sometimes apps lock up. Most smartphones provide a way for you to force the app to close so that you can restart it. For devices that run Android 3.2 or below, tap the Menu button, select Settings, choose Applications, and tap Manage Applications. Under the Running tab, you can view a list of open applications. Select the app you want to close and tap Force Stop. If your phone is running Android 4.0 or higher, you can close an app by simply bringing up the multitasking pane and swiping the app to the left or right. With an iPhone, bring the app into the foreground and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Slide To Power Off notice appears. Now, hold down the Home button until the screen lashes and returns to the main screen.

Sluggish Phone

The more apps you install, the more free space will be taken up in your phone’s internal memory. Here’s where the phone begins to slow down—if there’s not enough memory for an app to run, the smartphone must close out a currently running program to free up enough space to start the new app, which takes both time and processing power. The easiest way to speed up your smartphone is to remove apps you’re no longer using. With iOS devices, tap and hold the icon of the app you wish to delete. When the app begins to jiggle, a small black “x” will show up the corner of the icon. (And all the other icons on that screen.) Tap the “x” and the iPhone will warn you that pressing Delete will remove the app. Tap Delete and then press the Home button to stop the apps from jiggling.

Battery Life Is Short

A smartphone can quickly deplete its built-in battery when all of its wireless connections, such as Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth, are left on. If you ind that your phone isn’t making it through the day, turn on the given wireless options only when you need them. Another common energy drain is screen brightness. Many smartphones include convenient brightness controls, so turn the brightness level down to a power-saving mode when in normal lighting conditions; when you move to a sunny area, you can temporarily boost the brightness to make the screen clearly visible in daylight.


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Friday, October 26, 2012 ×

These guides you have been provided about smartphones troubleshooting can be very useful to people who are using it including me. Very nice and informative article this is.


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