It might not be an overstatement to say that everyone rely on their computers to do almost everything, be it chatting, working, writing, etc.
Yet, I’m sure you’ve encountered cases where your laptop suddenly gives up on you. Maybe they get laggy, they shut down on their own, or even loses its data all of a sudden.
Their performance will gradually decline, but there’re simple ways that can be done to maintain your laptop’s performance in the long run.
For that reason, in this article I will discuss the ways to take care of your laptop to maintain its performance. Let’s begin!
1. Clean your laptop
This might seem insignificant, but it’s important. Everything else you do in the other points will be in vain if the physical part of your laptop itself isn’t taken care of.
Firstly, clean the screen with anti-static spray sprayed into microfibre cloth. Do this slowly because the monitor is the most fragile component of your laptop and it cracks easily.
Next, the keyboard. The best way is to use a USB vacuum cleaner as it can suck even the tiniest particle on your keyboard. Avoid using water or any liquid for the keyboard as they might get into the gaps between the keys, which may cause your keyboard to malfunction over time.
2. Turn it off once in a while
This is one of the old habits that die hard. You might think putting your laptop to sleep is more convenient, but that’s where you’re slowly destroying your laptop.
You may notice that your laptop gets unbelievably slow after a few days of being on. This problem can be solved by turning off your laptop, leaving it to rest for around 10-15 minutes, ultimately allowing its hardware to reset and rest.
3. Keep it cool
Extreme temperatures affect a laptop’s performance greatly. Not just the battery, every component of your laptop has to be kept cool at all times.
For example, avoid putting your laptop on top of your lap as it disturbs air flow around your laptop.
4. Frequent software updates
It’s also important to frequently check your software for updates. For every update, there’re some bugs and patches that are fixed. Ultimately, it will protect your laptop from security vulnerabilities.
5. Keep your anti-virus updated
Just like you’re keeping the software updated, you shouldn’t leave anti-virus out. Anti-virus helps detect, block and remove malicious threats coming to or in your laptop.
At the end of the day, anti-viruses will help your laptop perform faster.
6. Backup your data
After keeping all the updates in check, it’s time to backup your data. Just in case anything happens, make it a habit to backup your data on a monthly basis.
The easiest way is to backup data into an external hard disk. People nowadays also prefer backing up to the cloud such as iCloud, Google Drive, etc. Except this method requires internet connection.
You should choose the method that suits you.
7. Clear unused files and programs
Basically, free your laptop from anything unnecessary. The more data you have, the slower your laptop will perform. Remove file duplicates, uninstall programs that you’re not using anymore, and done.
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8. Defrag your hard drive
Files in your computer become “fragmented” across your hard drive over time, making it harder for the hard drive to locate and access those files.
Defragging refers to the process of reassembling these files on the hard drives to help them locate and access files on that disk faster. Soon after that, your computer will run faster.
9. Know when to rest your battery
A battery’s lifespan is bound to reduce overtime. Although depending on how you use them, they might be prolonged.
The tip is to let your battery drop up to around 40% before charging them. As soon as it reaches 80%, you should unplug it. Do this and repeat.
10. Choose the right laptop bag
Lastly, choose the right laptop bag to carry your laptop around. The bag should be cushiony enough to protect your laptop against impact.
Ensure the bag has enough space for your laptop and prevent it from rubbing against other items in the bag.
There you have it! Simple tips to take care of your laptop to keep their performance strong. Now that you look at it, it’s pretty simple ain’t it?
Simply follow these tips and you can save your money while having your laptop accompany you for a long time.