Taking care of your phone is a must.Smartphones have become a must-have over the years and are an integral part of our lives. No year goes by when users are not entitled to brand new models straight out of the manufacturing plants. New models of Smartphones are regularly released in order not to remain on the fringe of technology.
Indeed, smartphones have a muscular configuration with solid performance and help users relax. However, these devices can sometimes malfunction like any other technology. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and discover some of our best tips to take good care of your smartphone.
1. Choose a smartphone model that is easy to repair
Before you choose a smartphone, make sure it is easily repairable. Since January 1, 2021, it is now mandatory to indicate the reparability index of 5 categories of electronic devices, including smartphones. The reparability index takes the form of a score out of 10 obtained by combining 5 criteria (accessibility and disassembly, availability and price of spare parts, and easy documentation). A nice step forward in the fight against programmed obsolescence and better information for consumers.
This score allows you to know if the product is easily repairable and if it is possible to extend its lifespan. The closer the score is to 10, the easier the repair will be. For example, the Oppo Reno 6 scores 8.5, the Galaxy S21 scores 8.2, the Xiaomi 11 T scores 7.3, and the iPhone 13 scores only 6.1.
2. Protect your device and screen
A smartphone that lasts is one with at least an external shell and a protective film on the screen. External protection can take many forms, whether it’s a cover, case, or outer shell. The external plastic or rubber shell is a good solution that remains discreet and can even protect the screen with its protection on the sides of the front part (be careful to choose the specific shell for your smartphone model).
The case also offers a complete protection with a flap or a flap to cover the screen. The cover protects mainly against dust and scratches but does not really offer protection for the screen. The protective film is also important; it can be made of tempered glass or plastic.
For maximum protection, tempered glass is preferred. If you do the installation yourself, be careful to remove the small air bubbles between the film and the screen to ensure the proper functioning of the smartphone. Protecting the screen is essential; all studies on the most frequent causes of phone repairs mention the broken screen first.
3. Take care of your battery
Another major cause of cell phone failure is none other than the battery. One of the first things not to do is to leave your phone charging all night, a bad habit that many of us have certainly adopted. Recharging your smartphone’s battery to 100% is indeed against its life expectancy, and it is better to prefer several small recharging sessions during the day. You should also be aware that a cell phone plugged into an outlet continues to consume energy even when it is fully charged.
It is also advisable not to wait until the battery is completely flat to recharge it. It is better to recharge when the laptop is at about 15% of its battery. Also, remember to perform all the system updates of the phone, which, in addition to being essential for the security of the device, often optimize the battery life. Finally, to save your battery, you can turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you’re not using these technologies, as they all consume energy.
4. Clean the phone regularly
It goes without saying, but like any electronic device, smartphones must be cleaned regularly to keep them working as long as possible. It’s also a particularly important tip as we continue to be heavily affected by the Covid-19 epidemic (the virus can actually linger on surfaces from a few hours to several days). As with proper hand washing, it is important to know how to clean your mobile device properly.
First, turn off the phone, unplug all cables connected to the device and wash your hands thoroughly before starting. The best way to clean and disinfect a smartphone is to use a disinfectant cleaner based on hypochlorous acid (50 to 80 ppm) or alcohol (ethanol or isopropyl alcohol over 70%).
Antibacterial wipes of this type are sold in stores, but otherwise, a soft microfiber cloth (or a soft, lint-free cloth) soaked in it will do the trick. Then wipe the back and front of the device gently without applying too much pressure. Finally, you should know that according to the English study “Initial Washroom Hygiene”, a smartphone is, on average, 7 times dirtier than the toilet bowl!
5. Insure your device
Prevention is better than cure, and it is also better to take out insurance when prevention is not enough to preserve your device. However, you should know that the guarantee of conformity provided by American law also concerns smartphones and that it is valid for two years for new devices purchased (and 6 months for second-hand devices).
This guarantee of conformity obliges the seller to repair or replace the smartphone in case of malfunction. It is also welcome to subscribe to mobile insurance, which allows most of the time to be insured against theft, breakage, and oxidation.
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