Many of us have become accustomed to constantly force closing apps. We were told it helps improve battery life and makes our phones run faster. But the truth is, it can actually have the opposite effect.
In the video below, I explain why we should all stop force closing apps.
On an unrelated note, you should also make a habit of 'spring cleaning' your phone of apps and services you rarely — if ever — use. A good place to start is messaging apps which are one of the worst offenders when it comes to hogging your phone’s memory. Simply jump into the settings of individual apps to delete archived conversations and files. You can also go one step further and stop images from auto-saving to your camera roll if space is scarce.
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This article has been updated since its original publication.