How to Care For Your Phone So You Don’t Have To Buy A New One
If there’s one thing the coronavirus lockdown has taught us is that we depend so much on our phones in our everyday lives. Staying in touch with our loved ones, friends, and getting updated on what’s going on out there has led us to appreciate how important our devices are.
Now that we know how vital our smartphones are, it is wise to have routine maintenance and make sure they continue to work for as long as possible. Here are 6 different ways to extend the life of your phones:
Make Regular Updates
To keep your phone running as fast and as efficiently as possible, it’s important to update the operating system and third-party apps as soon as the updates are released. These updates are meant to fix bugs, resolve security issues and provide new features that improve the entire performance on your smartphone device.
For system updates on Android devices, one can check for updates by opening the ‘Settings’ app and searching for ‘Update’. Alternatively, you can wait for your phone to alert you on pending updates and following the prompts. Google releases monthly Android security updates from the first of the month or around mid-month.
Delete Unused Apps
Unless you’re using the new and expensive phones, most of our phones have a finite amount of storage and memory. That’s why it’s always better to keep the number of unused apps to a minimum. Deleting the apps you rarely use will go a long way in saving storage space and prevent unnecessary apps from running in the background which ends up slowing down the performance.
If you are bound to forget, you can always set a monthly calendar reminder to remind you to go through your apps. Deleting apps an Android device is quite easy. Start by long-pressing the app’s icon until the app shortcut’s popup shows up. You’ll then see an ‘i’ button or see ‘App Info’. Tap it then tap ‘Uninstall’.
Alternatively, you can view a list of all apps installed on your phone in Settings > Apps & Notifications. Select the app you wish to delete by tapping it from the app list and finish up with the ‘Uninstall’ button.
Get a Phone Case
Most smartphones nowadays look elegant and phone companies are putting so much effort into ensuring their products look appealing if not luxurious to the user. Even with their nice look, other people like giving it that extra touch just to leave a signature of who they are and what kind of personality they have. The smart choice, however, is to use a protective case.
Covering the phone in a protective case helps keep it from breaking when it mistakenly drops. Screen repairs are very costly and can hurt your fingers when swiping across a web of glass cracks. Depending on your taste, phone cases are quite affordable. You don’t have to go out and get the most expensive case. In the long-term, having phone cases extend your phone’s life and keep it in mint condition if you decide to sell it and upgrade.
Clean it Regularly
Dust, gunk, grime or grease can get in the way of how the phone operates. Even those with phone cases should always take time to clean their phones by removing any lint or dirt in the charging port, microphone area, speaker grill or headphone jack. One can use a toothpick or sharp object to get all the junk out.
When it comes to the screen, Clorox wipes work just fine. With the coronavirus scare, it is now even more critical to disinfect your phone. AT&T’s revised cleaning guidelines suggest that one should spray a nonabrasive or alcohol-based (70% isopropyl) disinfectant directly on a soft lint-free cloth and wipe down your device while it is powered down and unplugged.
Fingerprint smudges are hard to prevent because our skin always produces oils. Therefore, every time you pick up your phone, it will get fingerprints all over it. The safest and most effective way of cleaning your screen is by using a microfiber cloth. If the screen has to be cleaned, use distilled water to dampen the microfiber cloth and then wipe down the screen. One can also do this on the back and sides of the phone.
Replace a Faulty Battery Instead of the Whole Phone
Sometimes batteries can be faulty and there’s nothing much you can do to save the battery life. Instead of replacing the phone, one can simply get a new battery instead.
This can go a long way in saving your phone’s overall life and using it for a few more months or years. Nowadays, most phones come with embedded batteries. However, they can require specialists to take it apart and replace it.
Back-Up Your Phone
Having a backup of all your data will always ensure that you get to save all your contacts, photos, videos and custom settings. To back up your phone, open the Settings app then go to Google > Backup. Some devices have different settings but the best way is to open the ‘Settings’ app and type ‘Backup’ on the search box.