Four smart ways to care for your smartphone

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Life with a smartphone doesn’t have to feel like a chore. All you need to do is know how to treat your smartphone properly.

There’s no doubting that in this digital era, life without a smartphone would be like Popeye without his spinach; Jay Z without Beyonce. Ludicrous, right? I mean, can you even imagine?

But it is not enough to just own a smartphone, you also need to know how to take good care of it, lest you find yourself frequenting your local smartphone clinic.

Below we introduce the smart ways to taking care of your smartphone’s battery – the heart of your device:

Preserve battery functionality

Every smartphone has what is termed ‘a lithium-ion battery’, which is a type of rechargeable battery. So to maximize your phone’s battery, the trick is to try and charge your battery up to 50% or 80% (just as long as you don’t reach the maximum) each time. Although charging your phone to 100% may be great for longer phone use, it may later cause some issues with your battery. The reason for this is to prevent your smartphone from experiencing a shortened functionality.

We will all agree that charging your smartphone every two hours defeats the purpose of mobility. And over time your smartphone will need this frequent charge in order to sustain your battery’s functionality. So training your battery to function without a maximum charge of 100% reserves a lot more room for better functionality; you are not wearing your battery out too quickly. A full charge once a month is said to be alright though for the sake standardisation.

 

Boost your battery’s charge

Here’s how you can ensure your battery holds its charge for longer:

– Try dimming your screen brightness. You can do this either manually or make use of your phone’s auto brightness smart feature.

– Keep your screen’s timeout short.

– Keep your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off when not in use.

Keep battery cool

It is important, especially in sunny seasons, to keep your smartphone in cool temperatures. Lithium-ion batteries and heat don’t gel too well. Room temperature is ideal. Also, if you own a lot of gadgets, it is best to always keep them apart from each other to give each of them what we humans would call ‘some breathing space’.

Macbook: “Yeah we can Airdrop and all but after that we should get some air to breathe. You see what I mean?”

iPhone: “iSee.”

Don’t drop to 0%

When your phone reaches its lowest flow, it can cause some internal damage to your phone. So try to ensure that you avoid reaching the red zone.

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