8 mistakes you still make on your Android smartphone

Mistakes many of us make.

Using a smartphone is not really complicated, especially for all those who are digital natives. We all know how to call on the phone, send text messages on WhatsApp and even download applications and games from the Google Play Store.

However, we are sure that despite all this, many of you –we– you keep making blunders when using a smart device.

For all of it We wanted to gather together the most common mistakes that Android users usually make and that in our opinion, the sooner you stop committing them, the better for everyone.

1. Use simple passwords and security patterns

Android unlock pattern

We must protect our smartphone to the maximum

Although many smartphones today are unlocked with fingerprint readers or with our face, there are not a few devices that continue to use passwords, pins or security patterns to ensure that no one can access our smartphone.

The mistake of many users is to "set" passwords and security patterns that are really easy to decipher and even worse still, do not use any security measures to unlock the smartphone.

2. Do not update the smartphone to the latest version of the operating system

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One of the biggest mistakes that can be made and that is really common among the few knowledgeable in the field. How many times have you picked up your father's or mother's phone and seen that there is a pending update of the operating system?

Updates are essential to fix Android bugs and errors, as well as security holes. So do not hesitate, update whenever you can.

3. Install apps from unknown sources

Google Play Store 2019

Always try to download from the Play Store

As a general rule, the safest thing to do when installing an application on an Android phone is to use the official Google store. Now, there are times when you cannot find the desired tool and you have to install applications outside of the Play Store.

Well, we always recommend doing it from trusted websites with a certain reputation, nothing to do it from unknown pages and without references.

4. Not reading the permissions before installing an app

Flashlight on Android phones

The flashlight of an Android mobile

Although the Google Play Store is the "safest" method when installing an app, that does not mean that it is without dangers. We can find a multitude of applications with malware, which is why one of the easiest ways to discover dangerous apps is to observe the permissions that it asks for.

A flashlight app that wants to access your address book? We better move on from it.

5. Using poor quality accessories

A smartphone is not exactly a cheap product and although there are all ranges and prices, normally all of us want them to last us the longer the better.

So why do we use accessories like poor quality or even counterfeit charging cables or powerbanks? These accessories can endanger our devices so it is better to avoid them as much as possible.

6. Do not make backup copies

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Our smartphone is much more than a mobile phone. It is a device in which we not only store a lot of personal data but also hundreds of photos, videos, moments and memories. What if we all lost it?

That is why the best way to always have all our data safe is to make a backup copy frequently. Do not forget to do it every little time.

7. Don't uninstall the bloatware that comes with a new smartphone

What is bloatware? Let's say it's all those apps that come standard on a new smartphone and that are useless.

Our recommendation when purchasing a new smartphone is that you stick a few minutes deleting all those apps that you are not going to use and that they only serve to occupy storage space and consume RAM.

8. Do not enable two-step authentication

Sometimes it is not enough to have a good password to protect our device but rather you have to add some extra security.

That "something" is called two-step authentication, also known as two-factor authentication, which is a system that adds an additional layer of security when logging in with your accounts on different Internet services, usually a multi-digit code that is sent to SMS or email.

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