I have been a member of the Republic Wireless Support team for four years. Over these years at Republic, thanks to my endless dinner time product promotion, I have successfully converted my family and friends to use Republic Wireless devices. This is an actual email I recently had to send my parents:
Dear Mom and Dad,
I wanted to let you know that I am completely out of those spare (free) phones to give you as replacements for your damaged phones. I have searched my book bag and every drawer in my desk, and I have even asked my co workers to do the same. Alas, I have come up empty handed.
Before you start feeling too badly for my parents, allow me to rewind and explain my side of the story. The problem with having friends and family as customers is that when they break their phones, they expect me to magically have replacements sitting on my desk. But I believe in the old saying “ teach man to fish and feed him for a lifetime” So I’ve outlined the tips I shared with my Mom for all of you.
Let’s start out with the top 3 ways people break their phones:
Dropping it on a hard surface
Getting it wet
Sitting on it
Looking over that list, I think we’ll start out with tips on how to protect the outside of your device.
1. Buy a Case!
Seems simple, but a case and screen protector are the cornerstones to ensuring a long life for your device. A good case will protect your device from normal drops, scratches, spills, and maybe even zombie hordes.
2. Spring Cleaning
You bought a case. Great, you’re on the right track. Now you need to be aware of the dirt, dust, and moisture that can get trapped in your case. From time to time, you will need to remove your case and clean both your case and your phone. A good time to do this would be after a trip to the beach or pool, an awesome camping adventure, or a sweaty run. You can clean your phone and case by simply wiping and drying it (air drying works best). You can also use a toothbrush (clean) to gently clear debris from any port.
3. Skinny Jeans
Tight jeans with small pockets seems like a secure place to put your phone. Just remember, the pressure on your phone from those tight pockets intensifies when you move which can, and will, cause the screen to break. Also, forgetting to remove your phone from your back pocket before you sit down could result in a broken device. I would suggest putting your phone, all by its lonesome, in a dedicated front pocket. Keeping your phone and keys in opposite pockets will prevent unwanted scratches and cracks. Ladies, instead of just putting your phone in the main “anything goes here area” of your purse try putting your phone in a side pocket.
4. Fire and Ice
Extreme temperatures can send your device to the recycling bin quickly with Screen issues, Internal component failure, and even Battery death. For this reason, try not to expose your device to temperatures less than freezing or above 95°F. Something as simple as leaving your phone on the seat of your car on a hot day could expose your phone to temperatures upward to 200°F – causing all kinds of damage. If you have to take your phone to the beach or pool remember to keep it in the shade, preferably in a cool spot with air flow.
Let me be forward, using your device in the bathroom is just asking for a water soaked device, and I’m not just talking about phones dropped in water aka the sink, bathtub, or toilet. Steam is a smartphone killer. The hot water you use everyday in the bathroom produces steam. Steam seeps into the device allowing moisture into the heart of your phone. Over time this moisture could short circuit the hardware inside your phone.
Protect the inside
Protecting your device doesn’t just mean maintaining its outward appearance. Even if your phone is in perfect physical condition, it could be rendered unusable if the Android OS (Operating System) isn’t also protected from damage. Over time, Android users find that their phones tend to be less zippy than they used to be, apps don’t open as quickly, screens scroll in slow motion, and even web pages take longer to load. If you ignore these signs, eventually your device will slow down to a snail’s pace, becoming unusable. No worries, by following a few simple tips you can ensure that your device runs faster and smoother for longer.
6. Update Apps
Make sure to regularly update your apps from the Google Play Store. These updates contain new features and bug fixes for any identified issues. Apply the updates regularly and your phone will perform optimally.
7. Crammed Full
Pay attention to your available internal storage. Your device requires some of its internal storage to operate, so filling it up will cause your device to run slowly or even fail to function. A good rule is to never use more than 90% of your device’s total internal storage. Also, once your device gets really low on internal storage it will stop syncing emails and app updates via the PlayStore. Below are some tips that should help prevent this issue from becoming an issue.
- Move photos, music, and video files to either an external memory card (if your device has a memory card slot) or save them in the cloud using services such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
- Remove unused apps for additional storage.
- Clearing the Cache. This will remove temporary files from your phone but will not delete your files or setting.
As much as we rely on our smartphones for almost everything these days, keeping your phone ON all the time is a bad thing. Constantly having your phone powered on overexerts its resources and could result in your phone becoming sluggish. To prevent this from happening make sure to reboot your device at least once a week. This will ensure your caches are cleared and apps restarted properly. To simplify it, you know that feeling you get after a good night’s sleep? Your phone feels the same way after a reboot. Shutting down the device on a regular basis will also help extend the life of your device.
9. Keep the phone out of harm’s way
Another way to improve the the life of your device is to keep your phone out of the way of life’s crazy mishaps. You can do this by using more bluetooth. Using Bluetooth allows you to use the awesome features of your device without having it in potentially dangerous situations.
10. Pump You Up
Using bluetooth headphones while working out allows you to access music and take calls without the chance of dropping and breaking your device and without continued exposure to sweat and moisture.
11. Party Time
While at the beach or pool try bringing along a bluetooth speaker. This will allow you to stream your music without putting your phone in danger. Remember to keep your device out of direct sunlight and away from water.
12. Beam me up scotty
So let’s be honest, we’re checking our devices all the time. The more you handle your device the greater the chance you mishandle it by maybe dropping it or putting it in situations that are less than ideal. A smartwatch allows you to put your phone in a safe location such a gym bag, purse, or even just docked on your desk while still allowing you to stay connected. A smartwatch notifies you of incoming calls, texts, emails and all of your super important social media notifications from apps like facebook, twitter, and instagram just to name a few. In addition smartwatches will send you calendar reminders, events, and alarms just like your phone would. You can even access your phone like a remote enabling you to access and play music, use google search, and much much more. I recommend the Moto 360 but there are tons of options and flavors out there for everyone.
You’re still reading this Blog? That’s awesome. Your phone and myself both thank you. I hope that you have found our tips and tricks for getting the longest life out of your device useful. Before I go I would like to leave you with a few bonus tips.
- If your smartphone happens to be exposed to the elements such as sunlight and overheating, water or freezing temperatures, the best thing to do is turn the device off for an extended amount of time (Normally 24 hours) and allow it to cool down, warm up or dry off. This will help prevent additional damage to your device that might occur during your next boot up.
- Keep your phone out of the bathroom. If you need music while getting ready look into bluetooth speakers designed for bathroom use. And ahem, let’s bring magazines back for bathroom reading.
- Bring a plastic sandwich bag with you. That way you can put your device in the sandwich bag (half closed to allow some airflow) while you’re out having fun adding extra protection from random splashes.
What do you do to keep your smartphone protected and speedy?
Let us know in the comments below.