Here are some tips you can do to help your be in top shape for a long time. Also this is to take care of your investment.
- Buy a case – cases are not just to pretty up your phone or customizing to be more “you” but the main purpose of a case is protection. Getting a shockproof case will help the phone from accidental drops and avoid scratches.
- Use a screen protector – either a film type screen protector or tempered glass. Smartphones these days already have tough glass on the front but still getting scratches on that screen can be very disappointing since you’ll be seeing that every time you use your phone.
- Never use your phone when it’s plugged in – Once or twice is fine, but if you do it regularly you create a risk of delaying charging which in turn generates more heat and halving the battery life.
- Don’t leave your phone plugged in overnight – newer phones have fast charging capabilities and have software that shuts off charging when the battery reaches 100. But if your phone is on while it’s charging it will still drain the battery slightly. Let’s say in 5 mins your phone’s battery goes from 100 to 99, the phone will start charging again and shuts off at 100 if the phone is On and plugged in overnight chances are it will run still charging cycle and lessening your battery life in the process.
- Don’t let your phone’s battery reach zero every time – it’s suggested that you drain your battery once a month, but you also have to fully charge it while it’s off for 2-4 hours. To save or take care of your phone’s battery, you should charge at 20% up to 80-90% that’s what I’ve been doing for years and my phone’s battery is still good and lasts like when I first bought my phone.
- You bought a smartphone – use your phone as intended don’t buy a phone because of the gimmicks phone manufacturers put in their phone for example you bought a phone to play games or you bought a phone to listen to music or take videos or even watch tons of movies. It’s a phone that has these functionalities albeit limited but still has tons of functionality. Phone first gimmicks later (or little). If you use your smartphone as it was initially intended and do light phone stuff. Rest assured your phone will last long.
- Remove the bloatware – Now that we are on the topic of phone manufacturer’s gimmicks. You can also try to cut down on the bloatware phone manufacturer’s push on our faces. Note that you may need to “root” your phone to uninstall and disable some of the bloatware your phone has. For additional info check out HowToGeek’s guide on How to Get Rid of Bloatware on Your Android Phone and XDA Developer’s forum on How to Uninstall Carrier/OEM Bloatware Without Root Access
- Backing up your phone – May it be manual back up by connecting it to a computer then copying everything to your computer or using backup apps. Necessity is to have a backup solution. I use my Google account for my backup solution and my photos and phone backups are synced to my Google Photos and Google Drive. You can also use OneDrive if you have a computer running Windows 10 – OneDrive is already integrated and can be easily accessed when using your Microsoft account to login and sync your phone and computer. You can also use Dropbox for cloud storage. For additional info, read on AndroidAuthority’s post on World Backup Day: How to backup your Android phone.