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Tips for Extending the Life of Your Mobile Device

There are many low-cost or free methods and solutions to improve the life expectancy of your device.

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Since mobile devices started becoming more and more expensive, we as consumers have been  trying to make those devices last as long as possible. The cost and headache of replacing your device makes investing some time and potentially some money in simple life-extending techniques even more important.

While the potential cost and inconvenience of replacement are important factors, the longer your phone suffers and is not running effectively, the higher the risk becomes for data loss or a completely broken device. However, there are many low-cost or free methods and solutions to improve the life expectancy of your device, inside and out.

External Solutions

Battery Replacement

If your phone has a replaceable Lithium-Ion battery, it is a good idea to replace it about every two to three years. For most of us, we charge our cell phones and deplete the battery every day—rinse and repeat. This is called a “charge cycle” where the battery is completely drained and then recharged.

Typically, a Lithium-Ion battery is good for about 300 to 600 full charge cycles. This means that over time, the battery may either not hold a charge as well, operate as efficiently, or eventually fail completely. To keep your phone running smoothly, replacing the battery is a good place to start.

  • Tip: To limit the number of full charge cycles, do not let your phone go completely to 0% or completely charge it to 100%, either.

Protective Case/Screen Protector

Protective cases and screen protectors may protect our phones from general wear and tear (and maybe a few accidental drops). However, this is not necessarily going to prevent serious damage, like accidentally getting crushed or soaking in water, but it may provide device protection from more minor incidents and avoid some internal damage. Most cases and screen protectors are fairly inexpensive and are a good long term investment.

  • Tip: A protective case that provides cover to the ports, speakers, and microphone may prevent some dust and lint particles from getting into your phone.

Clean Connector Ports/Holes

Over time, our phones collect all kinds of lint and dust particles that get into nooks and crannies. These particles can affect the performance of your phone or even damage connectors as you continuously try to plug in your phone on top of them. The techniques used to clean out ports or holes in the phone may be risky to do yourself, including the use of compressed air and sharp objects like a toothpick.

While some of these techniques can be successful, using compressed air incorrectly may cause moisture to build up inside the phone and using a toothpick/sharp object may damage the connectors in the port.

  • Tip: It may be best to take your device to your provider or another professional to accomplish this task and avoid causing damage.

Internal Solutions

There are numerous possible solutions to managing your device settings and data to allow the phone to run more effectively. Here are just a few:

  • Deleting Unused Files and Applications—Every once in a while, check out what is running in the background of your device. You will be shocked to learn that there are apps and files open or running at all times.Deleting unused data in the device file system and only keeping the applications that you really need on your device goes a long way for keeping your device operating at a high level.
  • Using Cloud Alternatives for File Storage—Cloud storage is great for long-term storage of files like photos and documents. This action limits the amount of data that you have stored on your phone and you can access it elsewhere. We are using our phones for pretty much every task, like taking pictures and posting pictures, and these actions are called a “read-write action” on the memory in your phone. Eventually, your phone can only handle so many read-write actions before slowing down and failing.
  • Dimming the Screen—Dimmer screens and blue light-blocking settings are not only better for your eyes, but they’re better for your device overall. Bright phone screens contribute to a high use of the battery and dimming the screen saves energy. Additionally, if you set a dark theme on your phone, this can also help conserve battery over time.
  • Powering Down—Honest question; when was the last time you turned off your device? If the answer is “never,” you’re not alone. Just like any device, a phone, tablet, and laptop benefit from an occasional power down.

The key to extending the life of your device is twofold; protecting the outside and replacing external parts, and managing settings and data internally stored on the device. The main goal is to help your device live longer. Overall, some of the techniques improving the longevity of your mobile device may reduce the risk of losing your device data.

If you lose the data because of a damaged device, or internal, logical damage, the experts at Secure Data Recovery Services know what to do. With a 96% success rate, these experienced professionals provide quick and excellent service to recover your lost data. To learn more about our data recovery services, call 1-800-388-1266 today.

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