No doubt you’ve spent a lot of money on a mobile device, so it makes good sense to take a few extra precautions to keep it working longer and better. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps that will help you get a long, happy life from your mobile.
Secure your device
Protect your mobile from physical and data theft by making the most of its security features. Enabling PIN or passcode settings can be done in minutes and may save you when it comes to unwanted call charges or stolen bank details.
Once you’ve set up your security, don’t forget to lock your device when it’s not in use.
If the worst happens and your mobile is lost or stolen, contact your service provider straight away to block the handset and your SIM.
Keep clean and dry
Skip the harsh detergents and chemical cleaners when it comes to your phone, as they’re likely to do more harm than good. To keep your phone in top condition, regular cleaning with a specialized soft cloth will suffice.
Avoid getting your mobile wet at all costs, whether through spills or submersion. If your phone does get wet, follow these steps immediately:
- If your phone is charging, switch off the power source to avoid an electric shock
- Retrieve your phone as soon as you can and dry it thoroughly. Don’t use a heater or hairdryer, as it could cause further damage.
- Quickly switch it off to avoid short-circuiting
- Take off any covers and open up all the compartments and sockets. Remove the SIM and battery. Gently towel everything dry.
- Fill a sealable container with rice (or any other absorbing item). Place the phone inside and leave it overnight.
If the above steps fail, you may need to take your mobile to a repairer. Most phones will have some kind of indicator for water damage, which will give you an idea of whether it’s worth trying to salvage your device. Consult your manufacturer’s information if you don’t know where to find it.
Stay cool and safe
When it comes to getting your phone wet, remember that high-humidity climates can do just as much damage as direct exposure to liquids. Dramatic changes in temperature can also cause problems, so make sure you keep your phone in a steady, safe environment.
Perhaps the simplest way to protect your mobile is to invest in a good case or cover. This will not only avoid damage from accidental falls and shakes, but it will also avoid dirt and dust making their way into your circuits. It’s also a great idea when it comes to keeping your screen clear and scratch-free for longer.
Always keep your battery charged to avoid finding yourself in an emergency without communication.
Buying cheap batteries may seem like a saving, but they’re likely to be faulty and may even be dangerous. Only use batteries from your manufacture or an authorized dealer.
When you’re done with your battery, dispose of it safely and avoid sending it to landfill. MobileMuster is a great service which will help you throw out your battery the right way.
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