It’s true – turning it off and on again does work

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Ever taken a screwdriver to the innards of a beloved, dying gadget in the hopes of breathing new life into it? Well you shouldn’t bother according to the Gadget Helpline, as in many cases there is a much simpler solution; switching it off and back on again.

In March the Gadget Helpline asked 1,000 flustered callers to try manually rebooting their hardware, and in 274 cases the problem was fixed. That’s over a quarter of gadget-related problems, or 27.4% for those not up to the maths.

Turns off, turning it off and on again really does work – and does so quite a lot of the time.

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