Buying a new phone every year isn’t a very feasible idea. For starters, they cost a pretty penny and are more of an investment. And wouldn’t we all want to increase the lifetime of our investments? There are things you should avoid and things you should do in order to increase your phone’s durability, in regards to both software and hardware. Here are 5 such tips that you should remember to help your phone last longer and stay in good shape so as to avoid spending more on a new phone or repairs.
1. Screen Protection
The desire to buy a new phone is real and even if the phone works fine but looks bad, we feel the need to replace it. But, there are a lot of things that will help you keep your phone in perfect condition. One of the worst things to happen to our phones is a cracked screen. And so, it is always a good idea to invest in a device that is designed with a tough cover glass/material to help protect against damage, including scratches.
We’re all quite familiar with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, which has been protecting devices for more than a decade and is the cover glass of choice. Their latest edition—Gorilla® Glass Victus™, is the toughest Gorilla Glass yet, providing consumers with significantly better drop and scratch performance. In lab tests, Gorilla® Glass Victus™ achieved drop performance up to 2 meters when dropped onto hard, rough surfaces, whereas competitive aluminosilicate glasses typically fail when dropped from less than 0.8 meters. Just what I needed because I drop my phone more often than you’d think! And if you’re just worried about scratches on your phone, Gorilla® Glass Victus™ has really upped its game in this one too. Its scratch resistance is up to 4 times better than competitive aluminosilicate glasses. In short, having a durable cover glass protection is key while purchasing a smartphone!
2. Power Saving Mode
All phones come with an inbuilt power-saving mode that helps extend battery life. But using it in the correct way is important. Leaving power-saving mode turned on all the time will slow down the processor’s speed. And so, when your phone is on low battery, that’s when you should activate the power-saving mode.
3. Avoid Overcharging
A lot of people have the habit of leaving their phones to charge overnight, and it really messes with the durability of your phone and battery. There’s a good chance that your phone charging is completed way before you take it off the charger when you wake up in the morning. While there are a few chargers that automatically stop charging once the battery is full, it is still not a good idea to charge phones overnight. It overheats the battery, resulting in a reduced lifetime of the device and the battery capacity.
4. Transfer Data You Don’t Need
Many times, we don’t realise this but when our phone’s storage is full, it could slow down the device. Be it your apps, photos, videos, music, or just anything that takes up space on your phone. And so, a good way to avoid this is by cleaning up these areas of your phones. You could transfer the data you don’t need or use to a hard drive or your computer.
5. Avoid Downloading From Third Parties
Downloading apps or anything else from an untrusted website or a third party is highly risky. They infect your device with malicious software and mess up with your phone’s performance. Sometimes they even give access to your phone to hackers, so it’s better to steer clear of such third parties.
This article is in collaboration with Corning® Gorilla® Glass.
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