How to restart your gadgets and how often

    GADGETS ARE GREAT, which is why our homes are full of them. But sometimes things go wrong, and wasting time troubleshooting is no fun. But turning things off and on again, the IT department’s common refrain, can alleviate a lot of problems. If you automate or schedule regular restarts, you can even prevent problems from ever occurring and give your gadgets the best chance to run smoothly.

    Smartphones and tablets

    Both Android and iOS manage resources effectively these days, which means you shouldn’t restart your phone to clear RAM or app caches. But our trusty mobile gadgets are still just handheld computers. They run 24/7 and can be prone to slow performance, connection issues and other glitches if we never restart them.

    If you have a specific problem, such as B. Delays, restarting is the first troubleshooting step that Google suggests. Rebooting is not essential if your phone is running fine. However, we recommend restarting it once a week if you regularly encounter glitches or a slowdown.

    How to restart Android phones and tablets

    To manually restart your Android phone, press and hold the power button until the power menu appears and tap Restart. If for some reason your power menu doesn’t appear, continuously press and hold the power button for about 30 seconds to turn off your phone, and you can press it again to turn it back on.

    Some Android phones also offer the option to schedule automatic restarts. For example, if you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, go to Settings and look for Automatically restart at set times. It’s also accessible in Settings, then Battery and Device care by tapping the three dots and selecting Automation. This feature allows you to select a day and time for a regular automatic restart.

    Remember, if you restart your phone, you’ll need to enter your PIN when it boots back up (even if you’ve set up biometrics like fingerprints). Rebooting uses more battery life than usual as apps and processes are restarted.

    How to restart iPhones and iPads

    To restart your iPhone, press and hold the power button and either volume button until Slide to power off appears (if you have an iPhone with a Touch ID or Home button , just press and hold the power button). Press the power button again to turn the device back on.

    If the power off slider doesn’t appear for some reason, try a forced restart.

     Desktops and Laptops

    We recommend that you do a full backup and reset your computer once a year to keep things tidy and running smoothly, but you should also restart regularly. Your computer prompts you to restart when necessary, e.g. B. after installing new software, but it’s also a good idea to set up a regular restart.

    If you turn off your desktop or laptop completely every night, don’t worry. since you are already effectively restarting it every day. Always save any open work and exit apps before restarting.

    When I asked Microsoft how often Windows machines should be restarted, Microsoft referred me to this advice. It officially suggests restarting Windows PCs at least once a week.

    You can do this by clicking on the Start menu, clicking on Power and choosing Restart.

    To schedule an automatic restart, type task scheduler in the search bar and open the app. Under Actions on the right, click Create a simple task and name it AutoRestart, then select Weekly and pick a day and time that suits you. The desired action is Start a program and then click Browse, which should open the Windows > System 32 folder. Scroll down to find and select the shutdown application, then click Open. In the Add arguments (optional) box, type -F -R and click Next, then click Finish.


    Apple only recommends a reboot when prompted or when you encounter a problem, but you can schedule automatic reboots in macOS. Anecdotally, we haven’t encountered any issues when running a MacBook Pro for long periods of time, but a weekly restart is probably a good idea if you’re used to leaving your Mac on all the time.

    You can restart by clicking the Apple icon at the top left and then click Restart.

    To schedule an automatic restart, click the Apple icon in the top left, click System Preferences, select Battery, and then click Schedule. Check the Hibernate, Restart, or Shutdown box and choose Restart from the pop-up menu, select the day and time, and click Apply.


    Whether you need to restart a Chromebook depends on the device, the manufacturer, and whether Google says there’s an issue. Anecdotally, we’ve encountered no issues where a Pixelbook Go runs for long periods of time and only restarts when prompted. But like the other devices we’ve mentioned, rebooting weekly is probably a good idea.

    You can do this by clicking the time on the bottom right or by holding the power button for a second and then clicking the Power off icon in the pop-up menu. Once the Chromebook shuts down, you can press the power button to turn it back on.

    Wi-Fi Routers

    There are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to restart Wi-Fi routers or mesh systems every once in a while. Rebooting keeps your firmware up to date. It can also help your internet connections work smoother, remove unwanted devices from the network, and possibly even block malicious software. For example, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice recommended regular reboots to combat VPNFilter malware.

    We recommend rebooting your router at least once a month or when there are problems. If it’s an older router and you’re having regular problems, restarting it once a week might be beneficial. The easiest way is to unplug the router, wait 30 seconds, and then plug it back in.

    You have a few options to automate a router reboot. Many manufacturers offer a scheduled reboot option in the app or via the web interface for your router. You can also use old-fashioned outlet timers or smart plugs to schedule regular restarts.

    Smart Watches

    Despite being less powerful and typically running simpler software than phones or laptops, smartwatches are still computers, and they can suffer from many of the same issues. Anecdotally, we’ve rarely felt the need to restart Apple Watches or other smartwatches, and found that connection issues can often be resolved by restarting the connected phone. However, if you run into issues or feel like your smartwatch is running slowly, it’s worth trying a restart.

    With an Apple Watch, just press and hold the power button and slide to turn off. If for some reason that doesn’t work, you can force a restart by holding both the power button and the digital crown for 10 seconds (here Apple’s guide).

    For other smartwatches, contact your manufacturer. Some have a similar process via the power button, while others have a shutdown or restart option in a settings menu.

     Smart TV

    manufacturers TVs The manufacturers of most smart smart TVs only recommend a restart if there is a problem. Problem. If you find that the UI interface is running slow or slow, or an app refuses to load, a restart often fixes the problem.

    The easiest way to restart your TV is to turn it off, unplug it for 30 seconds, plug it back in, and turn it back on. back to. Anecdotally, we were able to solve a recent issue with an LG OLED by turning it off, unplugging, unplugging, pressing the power button with the unit off, then waiting, plugging it back in, and turning it back on. back to.

    If you regularly have problems with your TV, consider automating a restart schedule with outlet timers or smart plugs.

    Smart Home Devices

    Most smart home devices, whether they are smart speakers, smart displays, or smart bulbs, need to be powered on and connected at all times in order to function as intended. You probably don’t want to restart any of them unless you run into a specific problem. Anecdotally, when it comes to smart home connectivity issues in general, we find that rebooting the router is an effective fix.

    If you need to restart smart home devices, you can contact the manufacturer to find the best method. We’ve found that unplugging, waiting 30 seconds, and plugging back in works on most devices.

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