Smartphones are an essential part of life in 2018 but, as our handsets get older, they can start to slow down and as much as you try to avoid them, unfortunately accidents do sometimes happen.
Luckily, here at e2save, we've compiled a list of the most common phone mishaps and the top tips on how to fix them so that if misfortune does strike, you can get your phone back to full fitness as quickly as possible.
Whether a splash from the tap or a drop down the toilet, a water-damaged phone is most people’s worst tech nightmare. Unless you’re lucky enough to own a waterproof phone, it’s important to switch your phone off straight away if it becomes wet and remove your SIM and any memory cards too.
Quickly wipe away any excess water by dabbing your phone with a cloth and then place it into a bag or bowl of rice and leave for 48 hours to allow the rice to soak up any additional moisture. As tempting as it can be to switch it back on, it’s important to give your phone time to dry out to ensure it won’t short circuit when you turn it back on.
With so many different apps now vying for our phone’s attention, draining battery life is inevitable. Little changes, including turning off Bluetooth/Wi-Fi when not in use, turning off vibrate and keytones, dimming your brightness and not using the flash when taking pictures, can make a big difference.
Location services and GPS tracking are also huge battery drainers and if you rely on your phone through long days at work, turning these off could give you some vital extra juice. Many smartphones also feature battery-saving modes, so be sure to utilise these when needed.
Using Wi-Fi for voice calling and messaging can be a great way of staying on top of your phone bill, but occasionally your connection can be slow. Some routers have a limit on how many devices can connect to it, so this could be a reason for connectivity issues.
In most cases, the best thing to do is to restart the router by simply pulling out the power cable, waiting for 15 seconds and then reinserting the cable. The system should then reboot, which may take a few minutes. Restarting your phone could also help if you’re having connectivity issues.
It sounds ridiculous, but opening a window can help you if your phone signal is sub-par. This is because obstacles such as walls or double glazing can obstruct mobile signal, so if this is a regular problem, try opening a window. Phone signal can also be affected by buildings and objects blocking the line of sight.
Elevating your phone and going upstairs to make calls means there is less chance of anything getting in the way of this communication. Simply waving your phone in the air if there are no obstructions won’t work, however. Technology now allows smartphone users to make calls over Wi-Fi, eliminating any signal issues. If none of that makes a difference then it might be time to switch networks or buy a signal booster for your home.
Photos and videos take up a lot of space on our phones. Tools like Amazon Prime Photos, iCloud and Google Photos all store pictures online for free, leaving more storage available on your phone for the important stuff.
Alternatively, accessing the ‘manage storage’ section on your phone will help you to track which apps are taking up the most memory, so you can cull those storage draining apps you never use. If this fails, deleting your browsing history, text messages and disabling app notifications will also help to free up some much needed storage.
The most common reason for your smartphone overheating is having too many apps running at once.. Although they are designed to do pretty much anything, too many demands at around the same time can affect the efficiency of the device. Phone cases and tight pockets can also cause your phone to feel hot, so try to keep it ventilated where possible.
During the summer months, it’s important to keep it out of direct sunlight, as many phones absorb and retain heat from the sun which can cause overheating. If it does overheat in the sun, store it somewhere cool until you’re able to switch it on again.
On the other hand, it’s also very easy for your phone to get too cold. The best way to make sure the freezing temperatures don’t do long-lasting damage is to keep your phone turned off when exposed to colder climates.
While cold temperatures can affect battery life, once you’re back in a warmer place, the phone should return to normal . One way of ensuring your phone stays a little warmer is to buy a high quality case for it.
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