There are several ways to extend the life of a phone Android, but it is important to keep in mind that everything has its limits. It is not only about avoiding serious failures such as explosions or broken screens, but also about being aware of technical aspects that allow you to avoid the use of Android devices that represent a security risk, even if they work correctly.
As a general rule, mobile Android they stop receiving further security updates if it was older than three years. Let’s say that this is ideal, because you don’t always do all the updates before that date. After three years, the recommendation is to buy a new one.
If you have a more recent cell phone, you will have a somewhat wider margin. Google, Samsung and Qualcomm committed in early 2021 that some devices will have four years of security updates. That’s not all: Google increased the window of security updates for its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones to five years.
As it is, Android phones with Snapdragon 888 chips and above have four years of security updates and three Android version updates. That is, we are talking about the teams from 2021 such as the Xiaomi Mi 11, the OnePlus 9 and the Galaxy S21.
Samsung guaranteed four years of security updates starting in 2019 with the Galaxy 10 and Galaxy Note 10 series.
The mobiles AndroidTherefore, those that should be discarded despite their operability are those that cannot continue to be updated in security aspects. Each patch makes the team log threats on the Internet and warn users that something is wrong. There are free antivirus that can help you with the threat of malware, but the operating system will continue to be the main drag on your cybersecurity while Google continues to release more specialized patches.
Other reasons to renew your Android phone
Irreparable physical damage: If the device sustains serious physical damage, such as a broken screen, damage to the motherboard or other critical components, the phone may not function properly or turn on at all, making it difficult to use.
Unrepairable software problems: In some cases, software issues can be so severe that the phone becomes unresponsive or stuck in a continuous reboot cycle. If attempts to fix the problem through reboots or factory resets are unsuccessful, the phone may become unusable.
Obsolescence: With the advancement of technology, older Android devices may become outdated and not be compatible with the latest versions of the operating system or popular apps. This may limit its functionality and make it difficult to use.
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