Anyone who has called
technical support has probably heard this at least once: "Have you
tried turning it off and back on again?" This is standard protocol
in the world of technology “help desk” dialog. But not everyone quite
gets just how beneficial this procedure is to your electronic equipment.
The act of completely removing power from an electronic device clears any
errors or corrupted data in the short-term memory of most devices, which could
be the cause of a large number of problems. So the next time your cable
box, smart phone, computer, Smart TV or even home automation system are acting
up or moving slow, try following our step-by-by instructions below for a power
cycle; you just may see some noticeable improvement in the performance of your
electronic devices. Better yet, if you have the discipline to power cycle
your electronics regularly, then a weekly endeavor is recommended as these
components where not truly designed to run 24 hours-a-day without a reset every
now and then.
Step-by-step instructions to power cycle your electronics:
- Ensure that there are not any jobs/recordings/updates in the queue
- Turn off the device at its power button
- Remove the power cord from the device, the wall or the power management device.
- Let the device or system sit for 15 seconds (more if you want the device to cool down)
- Reinsert power cord