With over 1.5 billion active registered Android smartphones in the world, chances are high that you probably own one or are about to in the future.
Whether you are coming from iOS/Windows or it is your first smartphone ever, Android is a complex ecosystem to get used to.
You have probably heard a lot about what to do and what not to do during you Android purchase, but remain skeptical about its usage. Here are the top 9 things to avoid when getting your first Android phone.
Don’t buy Play Store cards for purchasing phones
Google Play Store is the Android equivalent of the App Store on iOS. It has products and services ranging from apps, music, movies to even Google's devices. These devices include exclusive phones like the Nexus range. If you are planning to grab one of them, don't purchase Play Store cards as they cannot be used to devices on the Store; you will end up losing your money.
Don’t get a phone that won’t see any future updates
Android phones are made by hundreds of OEMs across the world and each manufacturer. This creates the problem of software updates being inconsistent on each device. While the Nexus range and the Moto phones, to some extent, get faster updates, some of the products from brands like Samsung and Xiaomi don't even see the latest Android update till 10-11 months after launch.
Don’t install apps without prior research
Unlike iOS, Android is completely open source and thus prone to spyware and virus attacks. The Play Store has many kinds of sketchy apps that may work differently than advertised, sometimes ending up spoiling the UI functions on your phone. Always download apps based on the reviews and real-life experiences from verified people.
Don’t install many social media apps like Facebook
Facebook is an extremely heavy Android app, along with a data sucker. It works 24x7 in the background and can be problematic when you are on a low-powered Android device. The best option is to skip the Facebook apps like Messenger and go for ligher options. Apps like Tinfoil and Metal are good alternatives for your social media experience.
Don’t root if don’t know how to
This is as simple as it can get. Rooting is the process of tweaking your Android device in such a way that gives it superuser rights to perform functions that it was earlier incapable of. Rooting gives administrative permission to certain apps. If you are new to Android, don't worry because everything is anyway open source. Root your phone only if you are completely confident, otherwise you'll end up bricking it.
Don’t leave the Android unsecured
With the crazy advent of fingerprint and iris scanners on smartphones, it is almost certain that your Android smartphone sports one of these to give it the extra edge in protection. Even if a scanner isn't present on your phone, it is highly recommended to protect it with a PIN or password. A lot of us have sensitive data and card details stored onto phones, who would want them stolen.
Don’t save contacts to just your phone
Android smartphones let you create a seamless user experience across devices. The best way to sync your contacts and back them up is by storing them on your Google account, rather than the phone itself. This ensures that they remain on the cloud and accessible anywhere.
Don’t kill recent apps too often
This is a common misconception that killing recent apps all the time helps reduce the load on the processor and improves RAM and battery performance. The fact is that the opposite happens. RAM and battery actually deteriorates because of the extra load of opening and refreshing apps again and again.
Avoid task killers and boosting apps
It's almost senseless to mentions this again, but you do not need to use task killers on Android. In the early days of the platform, these apps were extremely popular for killing crazy and heavy background tasks that supposedly used your battery, but Android is able to manage background resources just fine without your intervention.