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What are the various ways (other than remove batteries for few seconds) of solving cellphone related problems?

Asked by chefl (917points) July 29th, 2022

Removing the batteries for a few seconds is one way of solving many problems. What are the other ways?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Reset back to factory settings.

But then you need to reinstall everything.

janbb's avatar

Do a hard reboot on an iPhone.

jca2's avatar

Turn it off and turn it back on.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

It’s usually apps hogging system resources. If you don’t need the app or have not or will not use it for a long time then delete it. You won’t believe the difference that makes.

RayaHope's avatar

@jca2 funny how that seems to work most times.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Do a full power down. That process will vary from phone to phone . A long, 15 second hold on the power button is a common method. Other phone say to hold volume down button and power at the same time.
No single answer works for all phones.

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NovDel's avatar

Unfortunately many modern phones have the battery built in, so it’s not removable. They will have a ‘hard reset’, available. A bit more drastic than a simple switch-off-switch-on reboot, but not a reset to factory settings. I’ve had to do it with my iPad a couple of times when it was showing a black screen with a ‘busy’ cursor in the middle.

chefl's avatar

Why do some makers go from removable to buit-in batteries? Is buit-in better for the user than removable? With removable takes 5 seconds to solve problems

RayaHope's avatar

@chefl I think you may be on to something. They want to make things more complicated which = more money.

RocketGuy's avatar

People will pay extra for an extra thin phone. Manufacturers can only achieve that if they omit the battery housing and battery door. That results in a phone with a built-in (naked) battery.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

My phone can be submerged; can’t do that with a “pop-out” battery

Blackwater_Park's avatar

In all honesty the battery will outlast the phone’s obsolescence in most cases anyway.

RayaHope's avatar

@Blackwater_Park So true, I try to get a new phone every time a new one comes out.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

That’s probably more often than necessary. Once a phone stops getting security updates it’s time. That’s usually every three or four years.

RocketGuy's avatar

Security updates are one trigger for me, esp. because we hand down our old phones to our kids. If they can’t get updated then we do a round of phone “upgrades”.

BilliDavish's avatar

Wait until the battery is completely discharged, then turn on the phone. If this does not help, you can reset to factory settings

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