Mobile phones are built to last, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t steps you can take to ensure your smartphone is operating at peak capacity for as long as possible.
These days, many consumers are opting to rent mobile phones rather than buying. There are many reasons for this, not least of all the fact that signing up for a rental contract means you don’t have to put together a large upfront payment to get your hands on the latest devices.
Renting a mobile phone comes with it’s own set of responsibilities. Given the fact that most contract options are at least a year in length, it’s certainly in your best interests that you would take time to look after your smart device.
So, whether you are buying or renting your next mobile phone, continue reading to discover top tips for maintaining your new phone.
Use a Case
Smartphones of today are quite hardy, particularly when compared with earlier makes and models. However, that doesn’t mean that you can afford to go without a case.
There’s nothing worse than dropping your phone and picking it up only to find that the screen has shattered completely. Replacing a smartphone screen is both inconvenient and expensive. Your case doesn’t have to be too bulky or heavy. Ideally, opt for a case that is made of shock absorbant material, add a screen protector, and consider whether you want an extra pocket to store your cards in.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Smartphones are a lot like us in that they don’t respond well to extreme temperatures — whether it be hot or cold. Generally speaking, smartphones have an operating temperature of between 37–43 ℃. Anything outside this range and your phone may shut itself down to protect its hardware.
If your phone is sitting in the car, make sure it’s not in direct sunlight and avoid leaving it in the glove compartment. Generally speaking, try to keep it in a cool, shaded position.
Clean it Regularly
Dust and dirt can quickly build up on your smartphone screen and between your phone and case. Research suggests that your phone may be up to 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. When you think about how often we touch our phones, this makes sense.
While you can’t use soap and water to clean your phone, the process is still relatively easy. Make sure your phone is completely turned off, gently wipe the exterior of the device using an anti-microbacterial wipe and do the same with any accessories you regularly use, such as a case and headphone cords.
Update your Software
It’s not only the outside of your phone that needs to be kept clean. Viruses and malware can lurk inside our devices, threatening our privacy and personal information.
The best way to protect ourselves against such threats is by making sure that your operating software is updated. The major smartphone providers — including Apple and Android — regularly release updates to their systems that are designed to protect against the actions of online criminals.
You should also regularly update any apps you have downloaded to your phone. This is a security measure and also will make sure that your phone continues to function smoothly and efficiently.
Use Trusted Platforms
The world wide web is a great place — most of the time. Unfortunately, there are many people out there who are looking to capitalise on the trust and naivety of users.
The best way to steer clear of such people is to only use trusted platforms when accessing and downloading online content. For example, iPhone rental users should only download apps from the official Apple App Store. You may be able to find cheaper applications elsewhere, but you run the risk of the software being filled with dangerous and damaging malware.
Consider your Battery
Without a battery, your phone is essentially useless. What’s more, many of today’s smartphones don’t have replaceable batteries, so it’s in your best interest to make your battery last as long as possible.
Where possible, avoid letting your battery run down to 0 percent or spend too long fully charged at 100 percent. This can put undue stress on the battery, it is best to keep it between 30 percent and 80 percent.
Leaving WiFi and Bluetooth on when you are not using them can also unnecessarily drain your battery, so switch them off when not in use.
Smartphones are equipped with a range of functions that can help you preserve your battery life, including dark mode and smart battery modes.
Clear your Cache
Our phones are filled with applications and data that we have no use for. Regularly cleaning out your application and browser cache can free up valuable space on your device, keeping it operating at peak capacity for longer.
Hopefully these tips and tricks will enable you to take excellent care of your iPhone and Samsung phone rentals, helping them perform at peak capacity for years to come.