How to Reboot Your Gadgets and How Often to Do It

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Gadgets are great That’s why our homes are full of them. But sometimes things go wrong, and wasting time troubleshooting isn’t fun for anyone. But turning things around frequently — a common refrain of the IT department — can mitigate many problems. If you automate or schedule regular reboots, you can prevent problems from ever arising, and give your gadgets the best chance of running smoothly.

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Smartphones and tablets

Both Android and iOS manage resources effectively nowadays, which means there should be no need to restart your phone to clear RAM or app cache. But our faithful mobile gadgets are still just handheld computers. They are on 24/7 and they can be prone to slow performance, connectivity issues and other glitches if we never reboot them.


If you have a specific problem, such as lag, do a reboot. Google Suggests First Troubleshooting Steps, Rebooting is not necessary if your phone is running fine, but we recommend that you reboot once a week if you regularly encounter glitches or slowdowns.

how to reboot android phone and tablet

To reboot your Android phone manually, press and hold the Power button until the Power menu pops up. restart, If for some reason your power menu doesn’t appear, holding down the power button continuously for 30 seconds will power off your phone, and you can press it again to turn it back on.

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Some Android phones also provide an option to schedule an automatic reboot. For example, if you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, go to Adjustment search more Auto restart at scheduled time, It is also accessible in Adjustment, Then Battery and device care, by tapping the three dots and selecting automation, This feature lets you choose a day and time for the regular automatic reboot.

Just remember: When you restart your phone, you’ll need to enter your PIN again when it boots up (even if you have biometrics, such as fingerprint, set up). A restart will consume more battery life than usual, as apps and processes are restarted anew.

How to Reboot iPhone and iPad

To reboot your iPhone, press and hold the Power button and the Volume Up button until slide to power off pops up (if you have an iPhone with Touch ID or a Home button, just hold down the power button). Press the Power button again to turn the device back on. If for any reason the power-off slider does not appear, try a force restart,

desktop and laptop

We recommend that you take a full backup and reset once a year to keep your computer from cluttering up and things working smoothly, but you should also reboot regularly. Your computer will prompt you to reboot when necessary, such as after installing new software, but it’s also a good idea to set up regular restarts.

If you completely shut down your desktop or laptop every night, you need not worry, as you are already restarting it effectively every day. Always save any open tasks and exit apps before restarting.

Windows PC
Photograph: Windows via Simon Hill

When I asked Microsoft how often to reboot Windows machines, Microsoft referred me this advice, It officially suggests that you restart Windows PC at least once a week.

You can do this by clicking on Start menu, click Power, and choose restart,

To schedule an automatic restart, type task Scheduler Go to the search bar and open the app. Click create core function on the right action and name it auto restart, then choose weekly And choose a day and time that suits you. Work You wish start a program, then click browse, which should open Windows > System 32 folder. Scroll down to find and select To close Apply, then click Open, In add arguments (optional) box type -f -r and click next, and then be finished,

Mac OS

Apple recommends rebooting only when prompted or encountering a problem, but you can schedule an automatic restart in macOS. Anecdotally, we haven’t run into any problems keeping the MacBook Pro running for long periods of time, but if you’re in the habit of leaving your Mac on all the time then a weekly restart is a good idea.

You can reboot by clicking on Apple icon in the top left and then click restart,

To schedule an automatic restart, click Apple icon in the top left, then system Preferences, and select Battery, then press the schedule, choose Sleep, Restart, or Shut Down checkbox and select restart In the pop-up menu, select the day and time and click To apply,


Whether you need to restart a Chromebook will depend on “the device, the manufacturer, and if there’s a problem,” according to Google. Unsurprisingly, we haven’t had any problems with the Pixelbook Go running for long periods of time and restarting only when prompted. But as we mentioned with other tools, it’s probably a good idea to restart weekly.

You can do this by clicking on the time in the bottom right or by holding the Power key for a second, and then click on power off icon in the pop-up menu. After the Chromebook turns off, you can press the Power key to turn it back on.

Wi-Fi Router

There are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to reboot a Wi-Fi router or mesh system one at a time. A restart keeps your firmware up to date. This can help your Internet connection run more smoothly, remove unwanted devices from the network, and even block potentially malicious software. For example, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice recommend regular reboots. VPNFilter to combat malware,

We recommend that you reboot your router at least once a month, or whenever you have a problem. If it’s an older router and you’re having regular problems, rebooting once a week may be beneficial. The easiest way to do this is to unplug your router, wait 30 seconds, and then plug it back in again.

You have a few options for automating router restarts. Many manufacturers will provide a scheduled reboot option in the app or through the web interface for your router. You can also use an old-fashioned outlet timer or smart plug to schedule regular reboots.

Photo: Apple

Although they are less powerful and tend to run simpler software than phones or laptops, smartwatches are still computers, and they can suffer from many of the same problems. Unsurprisingly, we have rarely felt the need to reboot an Apple Watch or other smartwatch and found that connectivity issues can often be fixed simply by rebooting the connected phone. But if you run into trouble or feel like your smartwatch is running slow, it’s worth trying ReiBoot.

For Apple Watch, simply hold down the power button and slide to power off, If that doesn’t work for some reason, you can force restart Press and hold both the Power button and the Digital Crown for 10 seconds (Here’s Apple’s Guide,

For other smartwatches, see your manufacturer. Some have a similar process via the power button, while others have a shutdown or restart option in the Settings menu.

smart TV

Manufacturers of most smart TVs recommend restarting only if you encounter any sort of problem. If you find that the interface is running slow, or an app refuses to load, restarting will often fix the problem.

The easiest way to reboot your TV is to turn it off, unplug it for 30 seconds, plug it back in, and turn it on again. Unsurprisingly, we were able to resolve a recent issue with LG OLEDs by turning it off, unplugging it, by pressing the power button with, then wait, plug it back in and turn it on again.


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