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    Default Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    We all know that computers need to be rebooted for updates to take effect and for overall computer health.

    What about our phones?

    Most people never shut their phones down.

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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    I shut down mine every night.
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    I restart once a day but I have no idea if it would be required. I'd like to think it keeps everything in check and would close any apps that may be running that I'm not aware of.
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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    I've heard its not needed but I still do it every other day to clear out cache's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smply_Rcklss View Post
    I've heard its not needed but I still do it every other day to clear out cache's

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    Same here

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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    From all the reports I've read, and speaking to a few phone techs, I've roughly come to the conclusion that you should power down your phone once a week OR as needed. This falls under the same rational thinking as with your desktop computers.

    The main reason to power them down daily would be to not waste energy. Along side that it allows your RAM to flush itself as well as "rest" when fully off, this gives the RAM some extra longevity. Diagnostics are often ran during the time of booting, so small errors are often automatically fixed. And of course the obvious reason; for updates requiring reboots.

    Here's where things get interesting. Because the S5 has Ultra Power Saving, using it will practically negate the first argument of conserving power. Also you don't use nearly as much RAM resources in Ultra Power Saving mode which also pushes back the second point. So basically you're left with the last point; rebooting for updates

    All that being said, you really only need to reboot when necessary OR you feel your phone needs a quick reboot. Aside from that, there's not much other reason unless you're clearing cache or simply want to give your phone a break. Again, the same reasoning can be expressed on desktop computers.

    Again, this is assuming your phone isn't over-heating or anything of that nature.
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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    My Moto X has over 680 hours of uptime right now. It runs smooth & battery life is great. This is the only device I've ever had that I don't feel I need to shut down. Does the S5 seem to get sluggish or act up if you don't shut it down occasionally?

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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Evilnut View Post
    My Moto X has over 680 hours of uptime right now. It runs smooth & battery life is great. This is the only device I've ever had that I don't feel I need to shut down. Does the S5 seem to get sluggish or act up if you don't shut it down occasionally?

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    Nope not at all, I don't think it's needed but for updates. The phone runs better and is smoother is all of y our apps are running in the background and RAM is full.
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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Jackson View Post
    The phone runs better and is smoother is all of y our apps are running in the background and RAM is full.
    It seems like it would be the exact opposite...
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    Quote Originally Posted by queenren View Post
    It seems like it would be the exact opposite...
    Android is programmed to keep applications opened and closing them isn't always best. Odd, I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenren View Post
    It seems like it would be the exact opposite...
    "seems" being the key word. It is on other OS, but android works best if everything is open, RAM is full as all get out etc. In other words, the stuff that would crash other OS is what keeps android running smooth, and quick.
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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    I like to restart it maybe once a week just...because, really
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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    I shut down if I am updating files or folder by connection to a PC -- adding a bunch of music mp3s to the phone's memory, for example, or saving the backup file to the PC hard drive. There seems to be a persistent bug in Android that doesn't recognise new files or folders on the phone in Windows Explorer without a device reboot. I've lost count of the number of times this has tricked me (the "Wait a minute why is that file not in that folder, I know I just put it there....?" frustration).
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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    I only restart the phone if an app or phone is going malfunction.

    Otherwise I just clear memory/cache

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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    I usually restart once a week and it's usually Friday night.

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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    This may be a dumb slightly off topic question but if it runs better when ram is full or at least the apps you use are running is it necessary to have an app like clean sweep to clear the ram?

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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Woody15045 View Post
    This may be a dumb slightly off topic question but if it runs better when ram is full or at least the apps you use are running is it necessary to have an app like clean sweep to clear the ram?
    No app needed, the OS does a really good job of managing RAM. It's actually likely that a RAM cleaner app will slow down your phone.
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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    I believe the biggest problem with an OS is memory allocation. When an app asks for some memory the OS allocates it to the app. When the app is done or crashes the OS should return the memory to the pool. The IBM mainframes starting with the S/360 in the 60s did an excellent job of cleanup. Early Windows did not which is why I shut it down every night. Now I shutdown just to not waste electricity. The question is how does Android handle memory allocation on app shutdown, normal or otherwise?
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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by PsychDoc View Post
    We all know that computers need to be rebooted for updates to take effect and for overall computer health.

    What about our phones?

    Most people never shut their phones down.

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    I restart my phone everyday, to clean up all the files or others that might not help the phone..
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    Default Re: Should you occasionally reboot your phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by PainFX View Post
    I only restart the phone if an app or phone is going malfunction.

    Otherwise I just clear memory/cache

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    yes right , it might help to restire and clear cache!

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