In a true sense, things do not last as they used to. In our modern digital world, most smartphones, computers, and tablets usually don’t last longer than a couple of years. When you have difficulties that occur on your smartphone, you’re probably tempted to buy a new one than to get it repaired. Times are changing and more and more people are stopping this trend of getting new phones every two years and are holding on to their devices for three years or longer.
If you’re one of those who desire to get every last drop of value from a smartphone before moving on to the next one, this article is for you. We at SPARK Services have listed some real-world ideas you can take to extend the life of your phone. The best part about these tips is that they are easy to follow, and you can begin changing habits anytime.
1. Invest in a good Phone Case/Cover
Love your phone? Why don’t you put a case on it? Look, we get it. For a phone enthusiast, even the slimmest of cover is too much. And it’s nice to see the phone how it is designed, rather than a bulky plastic cover. The smart choice, however, is to cover the phone in a protective case to help keep it from breaking when it inevitably drops. Paying for a costly screen repair or swiping your finger over a spiderweb of cracks is sure to get you dreaming of purchasing a new phone, or at least feeling sad that you didn’t get a cover in the first place.
You don’t have to go all out and get the most expensive cover, but having something on your phone will surely help extend its life. Not to mention, using a case means your phone will stay in a good condition and likely have a higher resale value when it’s time to upgrade.
2. Keep your phone updated
In order to keep your smartphone running as fast and problem-free as possible, it is crucial to update the operating system and third-party apps as they are released. These updates do not take long, and the advantages can be huge. From fixing bugs to resolving security issues to changes that bring new features and advance the overall performance, these are important to make sure your smartphone works more smoothly and quickly.
3. Invest in a strong screen guard
A screen break has happened to everyone, where you are happily tapping away at your phone and it suddenly slips out of your hand and drops on the floor, shattering the screen. On top of that, repairing that damage can prove costly. The glass that is used in smartphones is very brittle. People nowadays want thin phones, which means the glass can’t be very thick, and using more durable glass is expensive, which further raises the price of smartphones. Also, it is a fact that replacing a broken screen is far more expensive than securing it beforehand. Screen protectors do not cost much, whereas replacing a broken screen can burn a hole in the pocket.
A plastic frame protector protects the screen from scratches, making it impact-resistant. We at SPARK recommend getting a screen guard, which is a good investment and will dramatically reduce your risk of ending up with a smashed screen. At SPARK, we offer great deals on such screen guards, check us out!
4. Secure the phone from viruses and malware
Although it is not very common for a smartphone to become infected with malware or virus, you must still take safety precautions to protect your smartphone. Viruses come from malicious apps, so do not download anything that seems dangerous. If your phone starts acting oddly after a new app has been installed, you must check the app’s data usage to determine if it may be sending out information to a third party. It is also possible for virus-laden apps to be installed without your permission if you have a jailbroken smartphone. Pro Tip: The only way to get rid of a virus is by resetting the phone or by taking your phone into a safe mode to delete the offending app.
5. Replace your batteries at the right time
Batteries are normally the first thing that fails on an aging smartphone. Batteries that are in smartphones only have a short lifespan, usually only lasting two years or a little longer. Some smartphone models allow users to easily change out batteries, but many newer models need you to have a professional do it for you. When getting a replacement battery, make sure you get manufacture approved batteries, or else you will experience difficulties down the road.
6. Power down routinely
It is a fact that most people do not leave their laptops running for several weeks at a time, yet most of them have not turned their smartphones off in months. Keep in mind that the phone is very similar to a computer in many ways. Simply allowing your phone to power down for a few minutes at least once a week helps it to run more effectively, and this also extends its useful life.
In Muskogee and nationwide, SPARK Services provides expert repairs for smartphones. We offer guaranteed repairs at $85. All new screens come with a tempered glass screen protector to ensure that your new screen lasts a long time. Our exceptional customer service and quick turnaround are as impressive as our affordable pricing.
Contact us today to schedule a repair and learn more about how to extend the life of your smartphone!