Smartphones do not come cheap, and they are now essential commodities for the everyday running of our lives. They contain all our contacts, our personal and business appointments, and a lot of other private information to boot. That means they should be taken very good care of. But how many people have you seen with smashed screens or losing their phones, for example? And that is just for starters. Luckily there are many ways we can protect and take care of our phones. Below we have listed a few key ways you can do just that:
A Screen Protector
If you happen you drop your phone, a screen protector may well stop the screen from shattering. Also, you will find that it is more difficult to scratch the screen. Screen protectors are very easy to apply and may save you from having to fork out on a new screen.
Getting a case for your phone is another great way to stop it from breaking if you drop it. Phone cases come in a wide variety of designs, colors, styles, textures, and patterns and are created for pretty much every phone out there. So you may well be able to get something quite stylish that suits your personality and protects your phone from the elements and accidents too.
Clean it Regularly
A phone can become a breeding ground for bacteria if you are not careful. It can also get clogged up with dust particles which can build up and stop it from working. Buy a soft phone cleaning cloth and wipe it down. Blow out any dust particle from inside the inlets for power and earphones too. You may also want to give it a quick once over with a sanitizing wipe, such as a Clorox wipe, though be careful not to get it too wet. However, with a pandemic going on, being clean has never been so important.
Organize Your Apps
A physical clean should be accompanied by an internal clean. Go through your apps and delete anything you no longer use. Any apps installed by the manufacturer that you never use can be removed too. Apps can clog up your processing time and eat into your battery life, so this is a much-needed process every now and again. For any apps that you still use, ensure that you have installed the most recent versions. This will give you better functionality, and they may well be more efficient too. In addition, newer versions give you better security too. You can actually set your apps to automatically update. If you don’t want this, then you can easily do it manually.
Storage can often become a problem when you have had the phone for a while. There are a few ways you can combat this without deleting the stuff you love. Removing unused apps is just one of them. Clearing the cache is a good habit to get into and can save a bit of space. Also, removing things from your download folder. Why not download a duplicate image finder as most people have several copies of the same thing. You can also purchase larger memory cards or even get appropriate external storage. If you haven’t started using the Cloud, when you are running out of memory, perhaps that is the time to start.
Get into the habit of charging your phone optimally. It is best the phone is kept somewhere between 40% and 80%, so if yours is constantly draining to single digits, try charing it more often. However, you should let it drain all the way to nothing every now and again. Restarting your phone every once in a while is a good way to take care of the battery, not to mention this allows for the phone to be reset, perhaps solving any issues before they become issues. Actually, letting the phone be switched off for a while is a great way to cool the battery down. Ensure that you turn off services you are not using. When you leave the house, turn off the wi-fi, for example. Try and keep the battery cool, too, so don’t leave it in the Sunshine or on any hot surfaces.
Don’t Download Anything Untrusted
Just like you world with an ordinary computer, you need to be aware of phishing scams and other potential malware. So, avoid downloading anything that seems a little dodgy. Be careful in your emails, and various untrusted sites. If some unscrupulous person gains access to your phone and all its data, that is a very bad day for you.