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  • Writer's pictureKyle

Why it's good to reboot your phone or PC and how often.

It's universally acknowledged that occasionally rebooting your PC or device can be beneficial, yet many of us neglect this simple practice. To illustrate this concept, consider your daily routine as a journey. You begin your day at home, and over the course of the day, you make numerous stops, taking a variety of routes. Then you decide to head to a store, but the path from your current location to the store is unfamiliar. Consequently, it takes longer to get there and there may be detours or roadblocks causing delays. The same holds true for your device.

As you go about your day-to-day digital tasks, opening programs, installing updates, browsing, your system collects residual data or unnecessary processes. This accumulated baggage may lead to slower performance, unexpected errors, or even crashes. When you reboot, you essentially clear the slate, or as per our analogy, you return home. Starting from a familiar place, your system is more efficient, knowing exactly how to reach the store or execute the required tasks.

As for frequency, it's generally recommended to restart your PC at least once a week. If it's left on continuously, this routine reset can help resolve minor issues and keep the system running smoothly. However, if you shut down your PC every day, a weekly restart might be unnecessary.

Smartphones, on the other hand, can typically go a little longer without a restart. A good rule of thumb is to reboot your smartphone once every one to two weeks. Doing so can prevent minor glitches, improve battery life, and keep your device performing at its peak. Remember, regular maintenance, including the simple act of rebooting, is essential to the longevity and efficiency of your digital devices.

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