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7 Simple Ways to Have Your Phone Running Like New For Longer

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Your phone is probably the most important device in your life. However, you could be ‘killing’ it slowly without realising. Here are the ways in which you are killing your smartphone and what to do about it.

 

woman-3083383_1920Using a smartphone with a case: Image source: Pixabay

Maintenance

 

 

Your phone is a machine; therefore, it needs to be maintained if you want it working at it’s best. Over time your phone will get slower due to an increase in data produced by apps, and storage use.

 

It is worth setting aside time each month to delete the app cache.

 

Here is how to do it on Android:

 

1) Go to settings

2) Tap on applications

3) Delete the cache for individual apps

 

The process is similar for iOS users.

 

It is important that you delete the cache for individual apps because some use the cache to store vital information.

 

 

Physical protection

 

A case doesn’t just protect your phone against knocks and scrapes. It also helps to absorb impacts which could damage your phone internally. Replacing your screen or an internal component can be expensive so it is worth investing in a tempered glass screen protector and shock absorbing case.

 

 

Battery life killing settings

 

Here are some elements of your smartphone which kill the battery life of your smartphone.

 

- GPS

- 4G

- Background app refresh/ sync

- Maximum brightness

- NFC

 

The above should be turned on when you need it. For instance, there is no point in having 4G on while you sleep. The battery cycles of your smartphone is finite, and changing the battery isn’t cheap. Therefore, you need to ‘protect’ the charge capacity as much as possible.

 

 

Temperature

 

Smartphones aren’t designed for cold weather. You might find that your phone misbehaves when it is very cold. This is because temperature affects the internal components. Overheating during video streaming or gameplay can also affect the internal components.

 

As a general rule if your smartphone feels noticeably hot, stop the activity and let it cool down. If you notice that your smartphone is running slow in the winter, put it somewhere warm like your pocket or bag.

 

 

Viruses

 

People browse more on mobile devices than they do on computers. As a result, cybercriminals are keen to create mobile viruses. Opening an attachment or browsing one of those dodgy videos site - you know what I mean - can be enough to get a virus. The worst part is that you might not even know. There are a lot of mobile antivirus apps but the one I trust and use is AVG.

 

 

Ads

 

In app ads and browser ads put a huge strain on the battery. If you have awful battery life, there is a chance that it might be caused by the websites you visit. Moreover, some ads leave cookies and other small files on your phone which build up over time to slow it down.

 

Adguard costs a bit more than £1 per month but blocks ads, trackers and automatically recognises malware and phishing sites.

 

 

Updates

 

Updating your phone can take time so some people simply put it off. However, each update comes with security and performance updates. Some people believe that updates make their smartphone slower, and there is an argument for that.

 

When a new smartphone is released, some tech brands create an update which is too resource intensive for older models. As a result there is a decrease in performance. If this is a major concern to you, it might be worth checking out my post on installing a custom android ROM.

 

 

Final thoughts

 

I hope you found this post useful. What steps do you take to maintain the performance and beauty of your smartphone? Let the community know in the comments section below.


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20 Comments
enigma

Very useful blog article, thanks! I do most of these things, except turn off 4G at night and clearing the cache of apps... Will have to give this a go! Thanks again! 😁📱😊👍🏽

virtuoso

@abdulf

 

Thank you for that. Very useful

newcomer

 Very useful - thank you - I have now set a calendar reminder to clear my cache for my android devices once a month - I already endeavour to only use half of the phones memory and to remove apps not being used when i add new ones but there were elements posted that I do not do and in the past only addressed when the device ran slow or had other performance issues.

newcomer

Hi.

What a good set of information to help other's.

 The only problem that I have, is that I do not have an ANDROID, as I have an iPhone.

So I would love someone that can give me the same sort of information for an iPhone.

Will be looking forward in seeing if anyone that will take up the challenge.

 

Bye from John 

enigma

In case of software, I always learn toward pure Android. Offer best performance for longest time.

newcomer

Hi John - i'll have a look at this for you - please can you tell me which iphone you have just to make sure i'm covering for currency - I am predominately an Android user but I have used tech extensively so I would be interested at looking into the iphone/different operating system aspects for you. 

guide

Good advice and on the whole,  common sense really.

apprentice

Nice 

helping the masses

well done @abdulf

guide

Thanks for blog.

Some very useful things to do to ensure maximum life from our phones.

Some I already do thanks.