The Perils of Not Updating Your Smartphone’s Operating System

Apr 5, 2019

Does your smartphone harass you daily about updating your operating system? If so, it’s probably time you pay attention.

In fact, updating the OS on your phone as well as that of your tablet (and any other electronic devices you use) is the best way to avoid having to seek out a smartphone repair expert.

There are several good reasons reason why your device is on your case, day in and day out, about updating your software.

The importance of updating your smartphone OS

Updating the Operating System Keeps Your Smartphone Running Right

Why so many updates, you might wonder whether the manufacturer of your device just didn’t get it right the first time. Or maybe they want to give you extra features that you don’t believe you want or need.

But the truth is that smartphone manufacturers issue updates primarily to correct newly discovered problems. These issues may involve the device itself but, often, device manufacturers issue updates in response to newly discovered viruses, malware and potential security risks.

Operating System Updates Help Avoid Smartphone Repair Costs

Outdated operating systems put your devices at risk for a variety of problems, many of which may send you running for expert smartphone repair.

Phishing, malware and other security breaches can lead to hackers locking you out of your phone or bricking it, rendering it useless without professional help. There have been other reported incidents in which hackers use your device to spy on you, take control of your camera and steal any personal or financial information you have on the device.

If you’re experiencing connectivity problems, unreasonable short battery life, unexpected shutdowns or unusually slow performance, you might not need phone repair at all – you might just need to install your OS updates.

Tips for Successfully Installing Smartphone Updates

Before you install updates – especially if it’s been awhile – take a few precautions to avoid unwanted problems.

Charge up your phone fully before installing updates. Some updates require your phone to be plugged in and/or connected to wifi before beginning the process.

Backup your phone before you update the OS, unless you have iCloud or another cloud-based system that automatically does backups for you. If you really want to be safe, do a manual backup anyway – or at least save your photos and other irreplaceable files on a computer or another location.

Verify that your device is compatible with the update. If you have an older device, you may have to install a previous update, especially if the manufacturer no longer supports your device.

Update your apps and get rid of the ones you don’t use. Erase files you don’t want to keep also, to free up as much storage space as possible on your device.

If you’re experiencing problems with your phone and updating your OS doesn’t help, you may be in need of expert smartphone repair services. If you’re in Utah, call on the experienced team at FixIT Mobile | Bad Apple. Whatever the problem, we will identify the problem, find a salutation, and have you back to normal in no time. Contact us today for help with updating your operating system or any other smartphone or tablet problems you may be experiencing.