Brand new, shiny phones don’t come cheap these days. If you want to avoid a hit to your wallet, you should look into extending your cell phone’s life. Cell phones are not only a financial investment though – chances are you’re going to spend a lot of time setting up your phone just so.
First of all, do your research. Buying a phone you care about will encourage you to take care of it. This will make its life longer so you can spend more time browsing, texting, hanging out on social media, playing games, and watching videos.
The details you’ll want to mull over include:
- The brand of the phone
- The phone’s model
- Features you’d like to see in your new phone
- The overall quality of the design of the phone you are considering.
And here’s why. If you end up buying a phone you really don’t love, it logically follows that you’re going to be more careless about it. This is a big waste of time and money.
Researching a new phone to buy can be overwhelming. To narrow down the results, choose your new phone-to-be based on the functions it offers and how these functions meet your needs.
You might want a cell phone with secure, hardy software that meshes with your workflow. You also might want to ensure your cell phone has support for apps you’d use on your desktop. Also, look for a cell phone model that will offer support in the case that you do damage it.
Now let’s cover how to take good care of your brand new cell phone.
Always keep your phone charged up at the right level
Don’t juice your phone all the way up to 100% every night. Experts, including Apple, say you should keep your phone charged anywhere between 40-80 percent. So try to keep this level consistent to ensure your battery lasts for a long time. This will prevent the need for cell phone repair because many cell phones these days have their batteries fused right onto the phone.
When you buy a new phone, you might get over-excited and load your phone up with apps you don’t really need or use. Android users, in particular, enjoy a myriad of free apps that they can use for work and play, but you really don’t need a thousand apps on your phone. Houseclean frequently. Get rid of apps that you don’t really use because they eat away at the memory, which will just slow down your phone.
If your cell phone has an update available, update that OS to the latest version ASAP. If you can, keep track of when these updates are available. That’s because the latest operating system versions have extra security and bug fixes that offer better performance.
Nothing can corrupt your phone like an old fashioned virus, draining your new device of much-needed functionality. So get your hands on some good security software with a good reputation.
Have a designated place for your phone when you aren’t using it. It should be out of the way and stashed in a place where your new device won’t be knocked over. Places to consider might be a low level on a bookshelf, in a cabinet, or on a desk. Keep your charger there too, to remind you to place your cell phone in this designated area. If you keep your new gadget in one spot, you’ll be less likely to carelessly damage it and you should be able to find it with ease at any time.
Only use accessories and chargers from the OEM. Although that charger you see for sale at the gas station seems convenient, less expensive chargers may not be compatible with your new phone, and this can shorten your phone’s lifespan or put a damper on your new purchase.
Keep your new phone dry. Don’t use it outside in the rain, and try not to eat or drink near your sizeable investment. Finally don’t bring it around open water, including the toilet.
Take good care of your phone by wiping it down with alcohol wipes or tissue paper. Ensure you don’t use baby wipes or water that could add moisture to the phone, causing short circuits and harming the inner components.
Backup your information. Try to get a cloud management system and a cloud service for the contacts you store on your phone. This should be fairly easy, as Google offers both of these services for free. Backing up and recovering data will ensure that in the worst-case scenario if you do harm your phone, you can at least use a backup device or transfer the information to another new phone pretty easily.