10 tips to avoid breaking your smartphone

As the cost of a smartphone increases, so do our concerns about damaging such a valuable device. Back in the days when a phone was only used for two-way calling, it was a relatively minor inconvenience to destroy it. But if you break your smartphone now, you will be cut off from your work email, social calendar, GPS, camera, and other work commitments, family communications, and social interactions.

To help you better protect your investment, here is a list of tips to avoid the most common types of damage to your smartphone.

1. Use a good quality case to protect your phone

Protect your phone properly before a disaster strikes. Use a durable and waterproof phone case to protect your phone. In this way, your phone is optimally protected against falls – in water or on dry land.

Also, make sure that you cover your phone’s 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 handbag with a cell phone slot or in a belt clip. Phones are constantly falling from loose pockets, and a quick twist or bend can drop your phone to the floor.

In your back pocket, your phone can fall out and hit the floor or, worse, the toilet bowl of a public toilet. The back pocket also presents the problem of sitting on your phone and cracking the screen.

It’s always better to play it safe and keep your phone in a safe place.

3. Beware of the bathroom

The bathroom is a phone security nightmare zone. It is safest to just leave your phone completely in another room. All electronic devices should be kept away from open water as it is dangerous to both you and your phone.

Many phones have been lost in the dreaded toilet bowl. You may already be avoiding using the phone in the bathtub, but even while showering, droplets of vapor can ruin a phone that lies innocently on the counter.

Swap your smartphone for self-care in the bathroom and listen to a shower radio or a waterproof Bluetooth speaker instead.

4. Keep the outside of your phone clean

Some of the best phone cases are also the best for covering your phone with dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells, and general grime. All of this mess can mess up your phone’s input jacks and sensitivity settings.

Fortunately, cleaning your phone is easier than ever. You can even use a UV light sanitizing station to remove any bacterial debris from the phone and give you and your phone extra protection.

5. Keep the inside of your phone clean

Small missteps regarding a phone’s software can seriously affect the functionality of your phone over time. Keeping your phone’s software clean requires removing all bugs and spyware, but also making minor, day-to-day changes.

Restarting your phone can help speed it up, save battery life, clean up temporary storage, and a lot more.

Also, you should shut down your phone completely every now and then. Not only does it give you a break from technology, but it also lets your phone cool down from time to time and potentially extends the life of your phone.

6. Never sleep with your phone

Putting your phone under your pillow at night creates a dangerous fire hazard. Whenever possible, always charge your phone during the day and on a non-flammable surface.

Your phone could warm up from body heat, pillows and blankets, power from the charging card, and even apps running in the background. All of this together has the potential to overheat your phone, causing damage to the hardware and, more importantly, putting your sleep safety at risk.

7. Goldilocks and the perfect phone temperature

To extend the life of your phone, it is important that you keep your phone at a safe temperature. Overheating can lead to problems with battery length, power supply, and hardware damage. While extremely cold temperatures may not cause the same internal damage, they can still damage your battery.

In both situations, most smartphones try to shut down automatically before any real damage can occur. Even so, it is best to keep your phone in a moderate temperature environment.

8. Treat your smartphone properly

Don’t get lazy with the maintenance of your Android or iPhone as it will lose its fresh shine. You must always use your phone with two hands. The likelihood of dropping the phone with one hand is twice as high as a two.

Also, make sure to put your phone in a safe, flat place when not in use. Keeping your smartphone in the center of a waist-high surface where it is safe from long falls and also from young children and pets is one of the best places.

9. Leave your phone at home

When you don’t need the phone, leave it in the car or at home. The cameras in our smartphones make you want to take them with you on any exciting adventure, but sometimes it’s safest to leave them behind.

While bringing your phone to the beach can be fun – so you can snap some cute pics of your pals – salt water, sun, and sand aren’t good for a smartphone’s health.

Take into account your settings and carefully decide whether you really need your phone before you set off.

10. Always use correct charging techniques

Small changes to your charging method can greatly improve the life of your phone. A lot of people don’t realize that it is actually possible to overcharge a smartphone by leaving it plugged in after it is fully charged.

Most decent charging accessories include components to avoid causing problems. However, if you are using cheap third party chargers, you may want to unplug your phone when it is fully charged.

It is also important that you insert the charging cable carefully. Rough handling of the charger can damage not only the cable but also your phone itself.

Stop and think

Each of these tips provides a great way to prevent damage to your smartphone by making a small change to the way it is used. While accidents are common, most broken phone-related incidents could be avoided by slowing down and thinking about our actions beforehand.

Despite all of our hard work, screen protectors, sturdy cases, and planning, some accidents are still out of our control. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world when you break your smartphone’s screen.

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