You should not disable smartphone features to improve performance

You should not disable smartphone features to improve performance

Most of you should be familiar with the phrase “the devil is in the details”, but only a few in the tech world may have come across the phrase “the devil is in the defaults”.

laurence scott The four dimensional human is responsible for the latter, and refers to the default settings on the devices and apps we use.

Devices come preloaded with features that are meant to take the user experience to the next level, but even I don’t stick to the default settings for these features.


While companies may find the factory default settings to be the most suitable for powering any device efficiently, users often have to modify it to suit their preferences. However, the results are not always the same.

Sure, you can turn some basic smartphone features on or off, but it won’t necessarily guarantee better performance.

In fact, disabling some settings or features to improve performance should only be an option for device owners, but never a solution to a persistent problem.

But it is quite unfortunate that this has been normalized in recent times, even for flagship smartphones that cost a small fortune like the iPhone 14 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, or Pixel 7 Pro, just to name a few.


We all agree that phones, as smart as they have become, are not perfect. One minute they’ll run out of battery, the next they’ll slow down, and before you know it, your phone won’t boot up for whatever reason.

Disabling some settings or features may be a quick fix for some problems, but it should in no way be offered as a solution to failures that can be attributed to the incompetence of some companies.

take the recent iOS 16 debacle, for instance. Despite releasing the best hardware in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, Apple went ahead and pushed a half-baked iOS 16 update to its devices.

The result was a bunch of reports about multiple bugs and issues ranging from excessive battery drain and overheating to ghost touches and screen flickering among others.

While Apple has since addressed some of these issues in subsequent updates to iOS 16, on several occasions some have been advised to disable some basic features to address these software shortcomings.

iOS 16 ghost touch

In fact, here at PiunikaWeb, we have on numerous occasions suggested disabling or giving up certain features as possible solutions to various problems that many encounter on different devices and not just iPhones.

For example, the iPhone 14 Pro supports fast charging technology, but to overcome the annoying overheating issue, one of the suggested solutions is to use the slower 5W block.

Fast charging support could be one of the reasons why one opts to buy a certain phone, but then cannot enjoy this feature due to poorly optimized software causing the device to overheat when in normal use.

Since shooting videos in ProRaw mode has also been claimed to cause overheating, iPhone 14 Pro owners cannot enjoy one of the device’s best camera features. Are they to blame? Definitely not.

you shouldn’t have to turn off 5G to get better network reception. After all, support for 5G could be the advertised reason you probably paid for the phone in the first place.

Disable basic smartphone functions
This should not be a solution.

You shouldn’t have to turn off the 120Hz refresh rate (or drop to 60Hz), disable location services, Always On Display, or even lower your screen resolution to 1080p just to improve battery life.

These are the same features that attracted me to the phone, so the company should have done a better job of optimizing the software to ensure they work optimally without affecting the overall performance of the device.

Not even the new and shiny. Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro they are free from blemishes. Like its predecessors, network problems have already crept in and disable wifi calling has been touted as one of the solutions.

galaxy s22 owners who recently moved to One UI 5 (Android 13) Going back to the default theme and color palette has also been recommended to fix an annoying issue with broken app icons in notification panel.


Again, it’s great that there is an option to disable certain basic features to temporarily address annoying issues.

But it is becoming all too common for companies to even adopt it as a solution to cover up their incompetence. And rightfully so, people are already worrying about this unwelcome trend, as seen in the comments below.

It’s 2022, stop telling people to disable basic features on their new flagship device. The number of times I’ve seen people say turn off 5G, AOD, and location just to get a decent phone experience is way too high. It’s time to start holding manufacturers accountable instead of having to disable the feature they advertise.

Edit: I also forgot that people suggested turning off 120hz and lowering the resolution to 1080p.

Most people pay exorbitant prices for advertised features and capabilities, so why disable them to fix an annoying bug, a bug that is the fault of the company that is pocketing huge sums of money for these devices?

Instead of promoting these kinds of solutions, companies need to be held accountable and take responsibility for their half-baked or unoptimized devices and software.

There shouldn’t be room to throw out faulty devices and price them the way they do. More needs to be done to rigorously test these devices before releasing them to the masses.

As it is, companies are apparently using early adopters of devices as beta testers before bugs and issues that should have been caught during testing are finally ironed out. This has to stop.

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