Today’s mobile phones don’t last as long as our grandparents’ old refrigerators and washing machines. That’s why it’s important to do everything possible to extend your phone’s life instead of buying the newest model every year or two. Here are some things you can do to keep your phone in good working condition.
Clean and Sanitize It
Germs love cell phones almost as much as we do and harbor in every exposed nook and cranny. Use a soft cloth to wipe the screen each day. Remove the phone’s cover to wash it using the manufacturer’s recommended products. Keep your phone out of dusty or grimy environments where it will collect dust and grease. Cover your phone or tuck it away in places where it could get easily damaged or dirty. Debris can trickle into the inner part of the phone and damage it, and you’ll have to buy a new one sooner than later.
Keep your phone in a safe place at all times. That means not to leave it laying on the trunk of your car where it can be forgotten when you take a drive. Keep it out of reach from pets and young children, all of whom may be fascinated by the sounds and lights emanating from the phone when someone calls. Encase the phone in a protective cover to avoid scratches and dents. In congested areas where people are packed tightly together, keep it in your pocket or in a briefcase so that you don’t get accidentally bumped and drop it.
Use Your Phone Responsibly
Try not to overuse your phone to play music, watch movies, or read news media for hours on end. Obviously, the more the phone is used, the quicker it will wear out. Paying bills, playing games, or a social media addiction can take years off the life of your phone if done incessantly. Give your phone and yourself a break from these repetitive, demanding activities. Don’t let the kids treat it like a toy.
Replace the Battery
When you see that the battery is wearing out, you don’t have to buy a new phone. Get a new battery, which is much cheaper. A cell phone battery replacement will let you extend the life of your phone while enjoying more effective power in its operation and the apps being used.
If your cell phone is more of a friend than a device, take care of it to get optimum usage. Instead of buying an upgrade every year or two, stick with the one you know and love by giving it the requisite care to keep it in good working order.