How users break their smartphones: five examples

Every smartphone user wants it to serve them faithfully. It’s advisable your smartphone should serve you for as long as possible. There are many recommendations from the manufacturer to do this, but sometimes we spoil everything ourselves. As a result, either the smartphone refuses to work before we want to change it, or it loses value during resale. I advise you to familiarize yourself with these errors so you don’t repeat them.

Users destroy their smartphones themselves
Users destroy their smartphones themselves


Can I use a smartphone without a cover?

The first thing that spoils smartphones during daily use is the reluctance to use covers. The sensation of a new phone without a cover just isn’t the same. I am not a fan of covers, but some owners just need to use them, preferably thicker ones.

There are good models that look nice, are designed to take into account the shape of the smartphone and are pleasant in the hand. It is worth remembering even the thinnest cover design can protect the smartphone, at least from scratches. If it is a little thicker it works well with protruding cameras.

You can protect your smartphone in this way, but it's too much
You can protect your smartphone in this way, but it’s too much

Most of all, inexpensive and mid-priced models need protection. The flagships are made of materials can be scratched even slightly. They can be broken and hardly anyone will want to change an expensive screen or the phone case.

If you often drop your smartphone, it is better to use a cover. There are some very beautiful options.

Original covers are the best for protection, but there are good models from third-party manufacturers as well. For particularly strong protection, you can choose monstrous UAG, and for everyday protection anything up to Aliexpress.

Protective glass on the screen only helps from scratches. Don’t believe they will protect against breaking. Numerous tests have proven this. The screen will not break if the cover does not deform when dropped. Glass will not prevent deformation and a good cover can help with this.

Protective glass can protect only from scratches and very specific impacts so you shouldn’t rely on them too much.


How to charge the smartphone

Usually we see most questions about this. First of all, the battery basically spoils not from frequent or untimely charging, but from the number of its cycles. The more times you charge your smartphone the more battery power is consumed. It will begin to discharge faster, turn off in the cold, heat or all of the above.

Also don’t just think that if you charge a smartphone all the time from 40 to 80 percent, then you have never gone through a cycle. It all adds up (2 times 50, 10 times 10, 5 times 20 and so on) – the cycle is complete.

Wireless charging does not harm your smartphone. Of course, if it's of high quality.
Wireless charging does not harm your smartphone. Of course, if it’s of high quality.

If the battery does not work properly, try calibrating it. If this doesn’t help, then it is better to go to the service center. It is advisable to choose a good service center because we all remember stories of how smartphones batteries exploded during use!

Most importantly, remember that in 99.9% of smartphones, batteries have been installed for many years, and it doesn’t matter when they are charged. They have no memory. The only thing batteries don’t like is being dead for a long time before being charged again. If you don’t plan to use it, charge it up to 50-70 percent, turn it off and put it away for storage so you extend its life.

Many people think it’s better to let the battery run down on a larger smartphone for a safer charge but this won’t work so charge the phone before it gets to this point.


Is it possible to repair a smartphone by yourself?

You can! But all actions are performed at your own risk. This is especially true for models with expensive components and with water protection. You need to understand how to remove the case, how to raise the screen and how to carefully disconnect all the cables.

If you don’t know how to do this, it is better to contact a good service center. You can select a few good ones based on recommendations or reviews on the Internet. But if you do want to fix it yourself then you need to study everything carefully. When you contact the service, you will overpay a little for the work, but you won’t risk an expensive smartphone or your nerves!

You can only repair your smartphone yourself if you know exactly what to do
You can only repair your smartphone yourself if you know exactly what to do

I disassembled smartphones before so I know how. It seems very simple, but without experience, you come across many pitfalls. Be careful, otherwise the device may need even more expensive repairs.


Is it safe to take a smartphone to the bathroom?

There is no definite answer to this question, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Besides that you can drop it into the water, there are other dangers, such as water vapor and wet hands. Water can easily get into the connectors and damage the smartphone. Even if the smartphone is protected from water, the vapor falling on the contacts settles and leaves salt on them, which can lead to corrosion.

Better not do it!
Better not do it!

Never use a smartphone in the bathroom that is plugged into an outlet. Even if you’re sure you won’t drop it in water, the risk of death increases.

Excessive humidity in the bathroom can also damage the contacts even in a waterproof smartphone.

Don’t charge your smartphone immediately after exiting the bathroom. There may be moisture in it due to steam. This can lead to a short circuit and malfunction.


Smartphone in the cold and the sun

The instructions for the smartphone always indicate in what conditions it can be stored and operated. As a rule, the temperature indicated in the documents rarely exceeds room temperature. Typically, manufacturers are very safe, but it’s still worth checking.

Get your smartphone, do what you need and hide it in the inner pocket of the jacket.
Get your smartphone, do what you need and hide it in the inner pocket of the jacket.

If you leave your smartphone in the sun, it wears out faster. First of all, it can lead to battery damage which is why it’s not recommended to put the smartphone on a car dashboard in summer or winter when the heater might be on. If you do put your phone on the dash, at least turn off the heat.

In winter, carry your smartphone in the inside pocket of your jacket, not on the outside so it’s protected from the effects of cold temperatures.


How to make your smartphone last longer

Of course, smartphones don’t last forever and sooner or later you will have to get a new one. With careful use, you can sell your old phone for quite a lot of money. But there is an alternative opinion. A friend of mine said he didn’t want to take care of his things (car, smartphone, etc.) for the person to who he would later sell to. As a result, he simply sold cheaper and didn’t worry about keeping things safe and undamaged.

As practice shows, most users want to keep their smartphone in its original form longer but don’t know how to do this. I have compiled basic tips for these users. It’s up to you to decide whether to follow them or not.

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