6 Common Problems with Smart Devices and How to Fix Them
The proliferation of smart devices is moving out of its infancy stage of mild conveniences and is growing into the shoes of possessions that are mandatory for life. There are countless configurations of networks, pieces of hardware, and types of users. Such webs of interconnected complexity mean that such a system of life is prone to failure.
Smart devices have a lot going on. If just one of the aspects of network connection, power consumption, or user accessibility is not optimized for performance the whole device becomes less useful or useless altogether. Here is a list of six common problems that you may encounter with your smart devices and some ideas for how to fix them.
Hardware is those parts of your smart device that you can hold. The screens, cables, and housing units serve as methods of device construction, protection, and input/output resources. The actual structural integrity of smart devices is something that has drastically improved since the days of the first tablet or smartphone.
Many companies are selling their products in droves because they market their ability to sustain functionality underwater or dropped from a tall building or moving vehicle. These same companies will also often label their products with terms like “shatterproof” or “drop safe”. Those labels may be appropriate under lab conditions where they were tested, but in the real world, stuff gets broken.
The most prominent feature of any smart device is the screen. Hardware buttons are becoming a thing of the past as touch screens give us access to nearly every new smart device on the market. This means that if (when) you screen is scratched or shattered that you are left with a useless though otherwise fully capable device. If you notice slow and unresponsive screens or suspect any other type of hardware damage the best course of action is finding a reputable outfit that is able to professionally service your device. More information on such services is readily available.
If your hardware is intact and working and you are still experiencing issues with your smart devices then you might have a connectivity problem. The glory of the smart device is their ability to connect you to the services that are available on the internet. Some smart devices are designed to run only if there’s a connection of suitable strength.
For this reason, it is important to begin most troubleshooting situations with a network check. Determine if the issue with connectivity is localized. If you have several or all of your devices showing that they cannot connect to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth then you can be confident there is a problem with your Wi-Fi source. Going straight to your Wi-Fi hub or tower can save you time might otherwise be wasted on going device to device.
One of the more frustrating common problems with smart devices is experiencing slow performance. You may have already had a professional check your hardware. You may have checked your network source to determine that you are getting an internet connection to your devices. By all appearances, your device should be running well. This could be a sign that you have picked up a virus.
When your device is running abnormally slowly it could be due to malicious software otherwise known as a virus. If you experience this kind of slow operation and suspect that you have a virus the best thing to do is to run a virus scan. There are dozens of options for downloading additional apps or software that will scan the entirety of the continents in your device and determine if there is anything bad in there. To learn more about preventing against malicious software and for a list of a good virus, checkers click here.
If you do determine that you have a virus the only thing for you to do is to pay for a professional company to do a wipe of your device. They will have the best chance of finding and deleting whatever is causing your device to run slowly.
The utility and entertainment value that smart devices have is high and always growing. It is one of the reasons they are becoming ubiquitous. One problem that is encountered with devices that are useful all the time comes about because they are used all the time. As with all things that run on electric batteries, smart devices can run out of juice and become inert.
Battery life is highly variable across the spectrum of devices. This means that one smartphone will run for a whole day on a single charge while another will be down to its last percentages of energy just a few hours into the day. Your smart TV, on the other hand, will not have a problem so long as your house has power as it is plugged into the wall.
Being aware of which devices need to be charged when will help you manage the availability of devices. You may have to develop a habit of charging your smartwatch every other day and your tablet at lunch. Determining a repeatable charging schedule will help ensure that your devices are ready to run when you need them.
Another touchscreen-centric problem with smart devices is their level of sensitivity. Each manufacturer of smart devices uses different standards when calibrating their screens for input. Going from one device to another you may notice that you have to alter the way that you use your screen.
If you are having problems with your device being too sensitive or not responsive enough you will want to search through the settings menu. There is almost always a way to adjust how your phone understands and reacts to the way you touch it. Sometimes there will be an option for manual calibration. In such cases opt to undergo the recalibration and follow the on-screen prompts, touching the screen when and where the devices indicate. This should help with the sensitivity issue.
Integration with Other Devices
Some devices work well consistently and others not so much. The problems with one smart device can quickly impede the consistency of others if they are utilized in an integrated way. You may have terrific new Bluetooth speakers in your car, but if your smartphone has a problem connecting to it Bluetooth then that localized phone issue works to the detriment of the perfectly fine speakers.
If you are having like issues with devices that are supposed to be running together you are going to want to go over the connectivity issues that are mentioned as part of another common problem in this article. If you are still encountering problems with integration you are going to want to dig up the owner’s manuals and see if there is anything preventing compatibility across the platforms and systems.
It is not the end of the world if you encounter one of these problems. Remember that through smart devices are wonderful and are always improving, the issues discussed here and are common. Work through some of the suggested tips for fixing the problem and you will learn how to get the most out of your devices.
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