It’s important to learn how to care for your smartphone. It’s an expensive piece of technology that can be costly to repair!
Follow these best practice tips, and if you slip up – don’t worry. There are a lot of smartphone problems that can be fixed.
Smartphones are filthy. Think about how often you touch yours during the day, the air around you, and dropping it on the ground.
Obviously, you can’t use water and soap to clean electronics – it will short them out and render them useless – even if you have insurance!
Instead, several companies like Windex and 3M offer special electronic cleaning wipes that will disinfect your device without any issues!
Ladies – dropping your phone straight into a purse with all the other moving parts is a recipe for disaster. If you have a padded pocket (in your purse or pants), it’s a much better option.
Boys – your pockets are filled with keys and other odds and ends – store your phone in it’s own pocket, or invest in a belt clip to make sure your smartphone never gets dinged up by the contents of your pockets!
At night, store your smartphone on your bedside table so you don’t accidentally knock it off your bed when you’re sleeping.
Using a Case
You’re just asking for trouble if you don’t protect your phone immediately after getting it. The most important thing you can do when determining how to care for your smartphone is to put a case on it.
Any case is better than no case, but not all cases are created equal. The gold standard is the LifeProof case, which protects from all elements: water, dirt, snow… and shock.
Otterbox is another solid choice.
Of slightly lower quality, but still a stellar product is Incase or Speck phone cases.
Sometimes it can be fun to customize cases, just know that those tend to be of the lowest quality.
It’s almost worthless to mention phone cases without bringing up screen protectors. Screen protectors are thin, clear layers that adhere to the top of the smartphone’s screen. They tend to be matte so your fingers don’t move around unnecessarily, and so that light doesn’t reflect off them awkwardly.
They protect the smartphone from scratches if you drop it.
What should you do if you don’t have a screen protector and your screen cracks?
We can fix your screen without having to completely replace your phone!
Charging Best Practices
The more your phone gets charged, the weaker the battery becomes. A best practice for charging your smartphone is to wear out the battery until the phone dies, and then charge it up to 100%.
Rinse and repeat.
Obviously this isn’t always possible, but keep it in mind when you’re trying to figure out how to care for your smartphone the right way!
The port where you plug in the charger is the most vulnerable part of the phone, since you’re constantly plugging and unplugging it.
Sometimes, this port becomes unusable. We can repair it – again, without replacing the whole phone!
What are your best practices for smartphone care?
Please share in the comments!