Breaking your smartphone is a sure-fire way to ruin your day. Follow these tips to avoid accidents at all costs.
As the cost of a smartphone gets higher and higher, so do our worries about breaking such a valuable device. Back in the days when a phone was only used for two-way calls, breaking it was a relatively minor inconvenience. But when you break your smartphone now, you’re cut off from your work email, social calendar, GPS, camera, and other work obligations, family communications, and social interactions.
To help you better protect your investment, here is a list of tips for avoiding the most common ways to break your smartphone.
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1. Use a quality case to protect your phone
Protect your phone properly before disaster strikes. Use a durable and waterproof phone case to protect your phone. This way your phone offers the best protection against drops, in water or on dry land.
Also make sure to cover your phone screen with a good screen protector. Using a tempered glass screen protector gives you an extra level of security.
2. Store your phone properly
Properly store your phone in a purse with a cell phone slot or belt clip. Phones are constantly falling out of free pockets and a quick turn or fold can send your phone crashing to the ground.
In your back pocket, your phone can fall and hit the floor, or worse, the toilet bowl in a public restroom. The back pocket also has the problem of sitting on your phone and cracking the screen.
It is always better to be safe than sorry and put your phone in a safe place.
3. Beware of the bathroom
The bathroom is a nightmare area for phone security. The safest thing to do is to leave your phone entirely in another room. All electronic devices should be kept away from open water as it is dangerous for you and your phone.
Many phones were lost in the dreaded toilet bowl. You may already be avoiding using the phone in the tub, but even while you shower, steam droplets can ruin a phone sitting innocently on the counter.
Replace the smartphone with personal care in the bathroom and start listening to a shower radio or waterproof bluetooth speaker.
4. Keep the exterior of your phone clean
Some of the best phone cases are also the best for fouling your phone with dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells, and general grime. All that dirt has the potential to mess up your phone’s input jacks and sensitivity settings.
Fortunately, cleaning your phone is easier than ever. You can even use an UV Sanitizer to help remove any remaining bacteria from the phone, giving you and your phone an extra layer of protection.
5. Keep the inside of your phone clean
Small missteps in a phone’s software can severely damage your phone’s functionality over time. Keeping your phone’s software clean means removing bugs and spyware, but it also means making smaller daily changes.
Restarting your phone has the option to speed it up, improve battery life, clean up temporary memory, and more.
You should also turn off your phone completely every now and then. Not only will this give you a rest from the tech, but it will also allow your phone to cool down from time to time and potentially increase the lifespan of your phone.
6. Never sleep with your phone
Putting your phone under your pillow at night poses a dangerous fire hazard. If possible, always charge your phone during the day and on a non-flammable surface.
Your phone might get hot from your body heat, pillows and blankets, the power of the charging crd, and even apps running in the background. All of these combined can cause your phone to overheat, causing damage to the hardware and, more importantly, being a liability for your safety while sleeping.
7. Goldilocks and perfect phone temperature
Keeping your phone at a safe temperature is essential for prolonging its lifespan. Overheating can lead to battery length issues, power issues, and hardware damage. While extremely cold temperatures don’t cause the same internal damage, they can still damage your battery.
In either situation, most smartphones will try to turn off automatically before any real damage occurs. Despite this, it is best to keep your phone at moderate temperatures.
8. Handle your smartphone correctly
Don’t be lazy with the care of your Android or iPhone as it loses its shine fresh out of the box. You should always use two hands on your phone. You are twice as likely to drop the phone using one hand compared to two.
Also, be sure to place your phone in secure, flat places when not in use. Keeping your smartphone in the center of a waist-high surface where it is safe from long drops and also safe from young children and pets is one of the best places to choose.
9. Leave your phone at home
If you don’t need the phone, try leaving it in the car or at home. The cameras of our smartphones make us want to take them on all the exciting adventures, but sometimes the safest option is to leave them behind.
While it can be fun to bring your phone to the beach – so you can take some pretty pictures of your friends – salt water, sun, and sand are not good for a smartphone’s health.
Take your settings into account and decide carefully if you really need your phone before you go.
10. Always use proper charging techniques
Small changes to your charging method can make a big difference in the life of your phone. A lot of people don’t know that it’s actually possible to overcharge a smartphone by keeping it plugged in once it’s fully charged.
Most decent charging accessories include components to keep this from being a problem, but if you’re using cheap third-party chargers you might want to unplug your phone when it’s fully charged.
It is also important to gently plug in the charging cord. Being rough with the charger can damage not only the cord, but also your phone itself.
Stop and think
Each of these tips offers a great way to avoid breaking your smartphone by slightly altering the way you use it. The truth is, although accidents do happen often, most incidents with broken phones could be avoided if we slow down and think about our actions in advance.
Despite all of our hard work, screen protectors, rugged suitcases, and planning, some accidents are still beyond our control. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world if you break your smartphone screen.