Smartphones have become an inescapable part of modern life. From learning in school to becoming more productive at work to simply enjoying ourselves, smartphones have found application in every part of life.
In fact, a study conducted in 2015 estimates that we will likely spend one-third of our lives looking at one screen or the other. Needless to say, smartphones are being put to a lot of work on a daily basis.
As a result of this, smartphones are susceptible to wear and tear due to use. On top of this, there are a number of daily habits most people engage in that actually damage and shorten the lifespan of their smartphones.
1. Letting your phone overheat constantly: It is a running joke that people these days never put down their phones and that at work, school, home or even during conversations, smartphones are always being put to use.
This is, however, very accurate, as phones, due to their every expanding applications and capabilities, are always in use.
However, this often results in phones overheating due to excessive use. This isn’t good for phones as repeated overuse wears out the life of the battery quicker.
To avoid this, use your smartphone in moderation, avoid applications that tend to cause overheating, and if your phone does get hot, don’t use it for a while.
2. Performing too many installations: It is truly amazing the number of functions a modern smartphone can carry out. From simple calculations to storing years worth of memories, there are few things it cannot do.
Unfortunately, many users take advantage of this to the fullest, often with unpleasant results. Many smartphone users make a ridiculous number of downloads, be it apps, music, or pictures.
This results in the phone’s memory capacity being stretched to the limit, and as a result, the phone becomes slower in performance and will likely start crashing.
To avoid this, do not download a large number of unnecessary files and delete all unnecessary downloads if your phone memory is depreciating.
3. Restarting your phone too often: Smartphones come with their own unique problems, from crashing apps to glitches in the software.
A quick web search of many phone problems often brings up the recommendation of restarting it. Because this advice is so common, when most smartphone users encounter problems with their phones, they often restart the device before attempting any other solution.
While this actually can helping in solving some common phone problems, constantly restarting a smartphone can damage it in the long run.
To avoid this, restart a smartphone only when it is absolutely necessary and seek out other solutions before opting for it.
4. Exposing it to extreme temperatures: It is recommended that smartphones not be exposed to extreme temperatures, whether direct sunlight of below freezing temperatures.
This advice is however is often ignored by many users. Perhaps because smartphones are taken virtually everywhere with us, but they are often left in unsuitable temperatures. This includes direct sunlight while outdoors or freezing temperatures both inside and outside.
Because smartphones are so durable these days, it is easy to forget that anything outside the recommended temperature can easily damage the hardware of the phone and shorten its lifespan.
5. Dropping your phone constantly: Due to inevitable human error, phones get dropped at one point or the other.
As time has gone on, smartphones have been built to withstand falls and drops. It has even become a popular internet challenge to see which phone model can withstand the most drops from various heights.
Regardless of this, it is important to note that phones can and will get damaged from repeated drops and falls. While phone pouches and cases can help break these falls, repeated impact with hard surfaces can lead to cracked screens, chipped bodies, malfunctioning and irreversible damage to the phone over time.
It is therefore imperative for phone users to avoid dropping phones so as to prolong their lifespan.
6. Suspicious downloads: Whether it is pictures or videos, all smartphone users have made one download or the other to their phones, sometimes on a daily basis.
While this is one of the benefits of smartphones, this must be done with caution to avoid malware and viruses which can corrupt files and cause malfunction. The easiest way to prevent this is to only make downloads from reputable sources.
For apps, only make downloads from the official app store for your smartphone and never from shady websites online. Songs, videos, and pictures should also be downloaded from reputable sources, and also be wary of what you download from messaging apps.
7. Damaging the charging port: One of the easiest parts of a phone to damage is the charging port.
This is because most people don’t give much attention to the charging port when making use of it. As a result of this, most people tend to simply jam the charging cable into the charging port without much consideration.
When you consider how many times a phone is charged in a day and then over its lifetime, it’s obvious that charging ports endure a lot of abuse when not handled properly.
By doing this, you can very easily damage your phone’s charging port and then have to repair it. Sometimes the damage done cannot be repaired at all.
8. Not updating your software: Periodically, there will be a new software update that is released on your smartphone by the developers. Many users neglect to make these updates, often postponing them for weeks and months at a time.
Unfortunately, this procrastination can actually damage your phone in the long run as more and more features will become difficult to enjoy normally as your phone’s OS will become incompatible with many new apps.
In some cases, phone users who refuse to update for very long periods of time find themselves unable to do and having to resort to a factory reset as the phone cannot function anymore.
While smartphones are a part of everyday life, smartphone damage does not have to be.
However, without knowing it, many people damage their smartphones every day and shorten their lifespan. By avoiding these small habits, you can lengthen your phone’s lifespan and prevent damage because if you don’t avoid these subtle, daily habits, then your phone may end up in a mobile phone repair shop, or you may end up having to replace your device.