Nowadays it seems that we cannot do without smartphones. We use them to communicate, work, have fun, and do a ton of other things. You cannot afford to lose or damage your smartphone. But they are so fragile! How, exactly, can you protect them from damage with everything you have to do? Simple: play it safe and smart. Here are tips on how to protect your smartphone from damage.
1. Get a Screen Protector
The screen is perhaps the most fragile and vulnerable part of your smartphone. It can easily scratch and crack. Even some of the latest smartphones that feature tough Gorilla Glass screens are not exempt from damages. A cracked screen is no fun to use, and sometimes the damage can incapacitate your phone altogether. This is why you should get a screen protector immediately after buying your phone.
Screen protectors are tougher than the ordinary smartphone screen. They prevent scratching and cracking. If anything happens to the phone, the protector will take the full impact, leaving the phone’s screen untouched. You can then peel the protector off and replace it with another one. Screen protectors cost a fraction of the price of replacing a smartphone screen, so do not wait.
2. Get a Case
Nowadays, a smartphone case is a must-have. They are not only stylish but also convenient as they help protect the phone against impact. They are made of rubber and other soft materials, so the impact of a fall is greatly reduced. Some cases also come with wallets that you can use to hold your credit cards and other valuables – if your case doesn’t feature this, you can simply get a stick-on card holder instead of replacing it.
There are many types and styles of cases, so you will have lots of options to choose from. Some of the factors to consider when shopping include the material used to make the case, its color, and overall design.
It would help if your phone’s casing was not only soft but also water-proof. Water will easily seep into your phone and cause a myriad of internal damages.
3. Be Careful How You Hold Your Phone
Most phones get damaged as a result of falling. It is often accidental, but users are to blame in some cases. Holding your phone with a loose grip is risky as it can fall off your hands at any moment, especially if you are multitasking.
A case is helpful, but don’t put it to the test just yet. You need to hold your phone firmly and keep it close to you at all times. And, if you have sweaty hands, consider using a sweat-absorbing case. Popsockets can also help better grip your phone.
4. Be Cautious of New Applications
Your phone doesn’t have to fall to get damaged. Seemingly harmless apps can cause substantial damages to your phone’s system. In some cases the damage is usually so extensive that the phone stops working altogether. Some apps have been accused of causing phones to overheat and explode. Not to mention the fact that some apps can steal sensitive data that puts more than just your phone at risk.
To avoid harmful apps, always get your apps from trusted sources such as Google’s Play Store. Additionally, always check to see what sort of permissions the app needs. Above everything else, get a premium copy of antivirus software that will detect and disable harmful apps as soon as they are installed on your phone.
5. Use Compatible Equipment
When you bought your phone, it came with all the necessary equipment, including its own charger. The phone’s manufacturer intended for you to use that equipment for all your needs. Interestingly, however, most phone users use any equipment. Chargers are the most abused phone equipment – it is good for it as long as it charges is the common assumption. However, using an incompatible charger or battery can damage your phone. As such, always use your phone’s original equipment or get a compatible replacement.
6. Avoid Exposure to Extreme Temperature
Extreme heat and cold is bad for your smartphone. It can damage your battery and mess with the phone’s delicate internal components. Some of the possible damages include a diminished battery, loss of data, unresponsive screen, and more. As such, try to keep your phone at room temperature at all times. Keep it close to your person during winter – never leave your phone in the car out in the bitter cold. During summer, take the battery out whenever your phone gets too hot, or find a way to cool it quickly.
Albeit you can always buy another smartphone whenever the need arises, you should try to keep the current one for as long as possible. Take these measures to protect it from damages. Additionally, be careful whenever using it – there are a thousand and one potential risks to your phone.