Smartphones are one of the most common pieces of technology in today’s world. They’ve become so crucial that some would even classify them as a ‘right’ rather than a luxury.
Despite this attachment, many people still mismanage their smartphones. Nowadays, smartphones spend more time in appliance repair shops than in users’ hands.
I bet you’re also guilty of mismanaging your smart devices.
Anyways, in this post, we want to discuss some commonly known and unsuspected ways that many damage their precious smartphones.
- Putting it in your back pocket
Your back pocket is an easy place to store a phone, as many wallets have special compartments for them as well as clips so they can easily clip onto your belt or waistband.
However, putting anything made of metal into your back pocket can damage the sensitive hardware components inside.
Even if you don’t often keep coins or keys in your back pockets, wear and tear on clothing over time will eventually cause something sharp to make its way through one of those pockets and cause problems.
Oh, and let’s not forget the possibility of the phone falling off unknowingly.
- Using it as a coaster for your beverages
While this may seem like an innocent thing to do, I’m sure we can all think of someone who has dropped their phone and cracked the screen because they were using it as a coaster for their drink at the time.
You might not even be that lucky.
Water and electronics don’t usually mix well. If any water seeps into the speaker, camera, or microphone port, it will damage the hardware components inside by causing them to rust from the inside out.
Even if you have a water-resistant phone, accidents happen, so always try to keep your device out of contact with liquids wherever possible.
- Using it for excessive amounts of time
Using smartphones has become more than just taking care of basic tasks; instead, they are capable of so much more than their original purpose – which is why we want them! However, if you use yours too much without giving it some rest, you can overtask the components inside and cause irreparable damage. The touchscreen might develop dead spots where it won’t register any input or stop working entirely. Some devices may even heat up to dangerous levels that may cause battery failure or hardware damage.
- Not getting screen protectors and cases
It’s common to find just about every phone sporting some sort of protective case these days.
These generally aren’t too expensive, and they go a long way in protecting your phone. So, try to get one when you buy a new smartphone. Even if your phone doesn’t fall from your hand often, it only takes one fall for the camera to shatter or the screen to break. And in case you’ve forgotten, camera repair or screen replacement can sometimes get expensive.
The cost of replacing an entire device is far higher than buying a single case and screen protector. So this is definitely one of the smartest investments you can make when buying a new phone.
- Waterproofing it yourself
While water resistance has become a fairly common feature in smartphones over the last few generations of models, many are still not capable of handling even a brief encounter with liquid.
While you might be excited to test your new phone’s capabilities by taking it into the shower or tub with you, this is one of the quickest ways to ruin your device.
Suppose a phone is advertised as being resistant to water damage. In that case, it means the manufacturer has tested it – but even then, accidents do happen.
- Leaving it plugged in 24/7
In recent years, smartphones have become the go-to devices for just about everyone.
If you’re not checking your emails, you’re face-timing or sending a message. To keep up with all these, people have to constantly leave their devices plugged in.
But guess what? Plugging in for long hours is very bad for your phone!
Too much charging means too much pressure on the phone’s battery and other hardware components. This reality is one of the biggest reasons for laptop repairs and smartphone repairs nowadays.
The best thing you can do is give your phone some rest and allow it to discharge on its own accord; while keeping an eye on what percentage it has dropped down too and not letting it get below 20% unless you’re going somewhere with no chance of charging it.
- Using unofficial chargers
Most of us are guilty of charging our phones with random chargers we find anywhere. But guess what?
doing so could be damaging your device in the long term. While a random charger might look just as good and work just as well at first, most of them may have been made from lower-quality components that aren’t capable of providing your smartphone with enough power. This means that while it might get the job done initially, it will cause faster battery drain and damage over time.
The best thing to do is to use the official charger that came with your phone whenever possible or research a reputable third-party option if it’s not available.
- Using unofficial accessories
Like using generic chargers, there are many cheap accessories on the market for smartphones that make many promises but don’t deliver. While they may save you money upfront, many of them are of lower quality in most cases. Meaning they might damage your phone in the long run.
To wrap things up, smartphones are a cool new technology that most of us can’t live without – but they aren’t invincible and can be damaged if handled carelessly. Keep these few tips in mind to help you avoid damaging your device over time and it should last as long as possible!