“Have you tried switching it on and off?” we’ve all heard. It’s the first step in resolving any tech issue, and it even improves the performance of your phone when nothing is wrong. But why is that?
It All Comes Down to RAM
When it comes to resolving speed issues (or simply making your phone seem quicker), one thing truly matters is RAM utilization. Apps suck up RAM in most current operating systems as you use them. The more programmes you have open, the more RAM they consume. It’s just the way things are.
However, when you shut programmes or delete them manually from memory, they are not totally closed out. In reality, app traces linger, filling RAM unnecessarily and leaving less and less place for new apps. Now, the OS will continue to shuffle things about in RAM to create room for new apps to load, but this is where things may start to slow down a little bit—not only does it have to load the Programme, but it also has to shuffle things around in RAM to make room for new apps to load.
You’ve probably heard the saying “free RAM is wasted RAM,” and it’s mostly accurate. All Unix-based operating systems, such as Android, work well with a full RAM configuration. On the desktop, Windows performs faster when there is some spare RAM, but you don’t have to worry about it. RAM can very much stay full all the time without causing too many problems.
However, it is with RAM “organisation” that you begin to experience slowdowns. As data is transported in and out of RAM, it becomes dispersed—code fragments from the same software might be located all over the place. The good news is that RAM read/write rates are unbelievably fast, so searching and collecting data takes no time at all.
Cool, So, How Does Restarting Benefit You?
It’s actually rather simple: when you restart your phone, all of the data in RAM is erased. All previously operating app fragments are discarded, and all currently open applications are terminated. When the phone reboots, the RAM is “cleared,” so you’re beginning from scratch.
Things have become more snappy as a result of this. Apps load and start-up faster. You’ll be able to move between running programmes more quickly. And it’ll stay like a way for a few days, if not weeks. I’m not aware of anyone who often resets their phone, thus it’s not something that has to be done. Some operating systems are better than others at managing memory, so keep that in mind. When you restart, you won’t always see a significant boost in performance.
However, this does more than simply improve OS speed; it also resolves frequent app bugs for the same reasons. So, if you’re having problems with a certain Programme and have tried closing and reopening it without success, a restart could be the answer.
Why? Because elements of an app remain in RAM even after you swipe it away. Restarting clears out such bits, allowing it to start fresh the following time. This won’t always solve the problem, but it will in certain cases. It’s also never a terrible idea to give it a chance.
Of course, rebooting your computer isn’t a panacea. If a problem remains after a reboot, it’s evident that there’s a deeper problem at hand that has to be investigated further. Similarly, if you find yourself needing to restart your phone frequently—say, every day—to keep it useable, you’ve got a bigger problem to solve.