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Here’s How Often You Should Be Restarting Your Everyday Devices

We'd be lost without all the smart technology in our lives, but how often should we restart our devices? We asked the experts to find out.

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Smartphones, computers, tablets — we can’t imagine life without them. But we use them so often, we rarely give them a chance to take a break and reboot. We asked the experts to find out how often we should be restarting our everyday devices to make sure they’re functioning the best they can.

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How Often to Restart a Smartphone

We live our lives attached to our phones. And while restarting is a measure most people take only when something is wrong, it is actually something that should be done regularly. Casey Shull, tech expert at, recommends restarting your phone at least once a week. According to Shull, restarting will take care of glitches, close out buggy programs and empty the memory in your phone’s RAM so it can continue to run smoothly. Here are 16 ways you can use your smartphone for DIY projects.

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How Often to Restart a Computer

Most computers have three levels of low-power states when they’re not in use (sleeping, hibernating, and shut down), and most of us tend to opt for sleep mode. But you still should shut down your laptop completely at least once a week, says Jovan Milenkovic, co-founder of Kommando Tech. This will help your computer operate faster  and reduce the cache from apps that are constantly being stored in the background.

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How Often to Restart a Tablet

Just like with your phone, it’s good practice to restart your tablet once a week, according to Kenny Trinh, editor of Netbooknews. Doing so corrects any glitches and app crashes, helps retain memory and prolongs battery life.

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How Often to Restart a Router

“Routers were built to be turned on 24/7 but they do need some rebooting from time to time,” says Anh Trinh, managing editor of GeekWithLaptop. Trinh suggests you restart your router every couple of months, and adds that if you’re ever suffering from slow Internet speeds, it could be your router telling you that it needs another restart. Restarting can also help prevent being hacked. In May 2018, the FBI recommended all homes and small businesses reboot routers after foreign hackers compromised thousands of networks worldwide.

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How Often to Restart a Smartwatch

Smartwatches have become an integral part of our lives in the past decade. A watch used to only tell you the time. Now you can answer texts, find directions and even track your fitness goals, all with a watch. Since the batteries of smartwatches can last longer and they don’t have complicated programs running in the background, Trinh says restarting them every couple of weeks should be enough.

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How Often to Restart a Smart TV

TVs are doing much more than they used to, which means they need a break every now and then as well. According to Shull, you should be restarting your smart TV at least once a month. Doing so helps clean out the clutter and prevent freezing mid-stream, sign-in troubles and unresponsive services. Restarting can also cancel out multiple tasks from interfering with each other and allow your TV to start fresh, says Shull.

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