Smartphones are one of the most useful inventions of the 21st century. The average cost of an iPhone is an eye-watering $800. With smartphones costing this much, you hope they last a number of years before having to fork out for another phone.
Smartphones range in price, value, and durability, but exactly how long should a smartphone last?
We’ve researched 7 genius hacks to ensure you get the longest life possible out of your smartphone.
Firstly, how long should a smartphone last?
Considering the cost, a smartphone should last 5+ years. Many people replace their phones with their contracts after 2 years.
Now onto the hacks to ensure your phone lasts.
1. Tempered Glass Screen Protector
A broken screen, at best can decrease usability or at worst, lead to the death of your phone.
Smartphone screens, especially of some brands (cough, cough Apple), cost an extortionate amount of money to repair. Early investment in a tempered glass screen protector ensures that you won’t have to pay for a screen repair when you inevitably drop your phone.
The idea behind this is that the protector takes the impact of the drop and shatters, dispersing the energy from the drop and saving your valuable screen behind it.
2. Invest in a Good Case
Your next line of defense against premature smartphone death is a good, high quality, shock resistant case that protects everything on your phone.
There are cases out there designed for the military and have been drop tested from crazy heights. Any case on your phone is better than no case. Smartphone protection is always a good idea.
3. Turn Off Regularly
Just like a laptop, your phone should be turned off regularly. this will help it run efficiently and extend life.
4. Keep It Clean
Keeping your smartphone clean will extend its life. You’ll prevent dust and other matter entering the phones internal system from various ports like the charging port or headphone jack. Phones should be cleaned with care.
A wipe over with a clean microfiber cloth and a spray designed for electronic devices is all you need. Ensure that the phone is completely dry when you are finished.
5. Battery Life
All batteries on all electronic devices should be used with care, and smartphones are no exception. A battery is designed to work for a certain amount of lives. If you charge your phone at 75% battery, rather than waiting for it to lose power, you could increase the longevity of your battery life.
If it is too late for your battery, considering replacing the battery instead of purchasing an entirely new phone.
6. Data Storage
If you need to store large files, videos or pictures, your best bet is to store them in the cloud rather than locally on your device. If your storage has reached capacity, your phone will be very slow to use. Storing these files in iCloud for iOS devices or OneDrive for Android devices may save you money in the long run when you don’t have to invest in a new phone.
You can also access this cloud account from anywhere in the world, which makes cloud storage convenient too.
Save Money and the Environment
So now you know how long a smartphone should last you’ll be able to get the most out of your purchase. Replacing or repairing parts instead of buying a brand new phone will help the environment. If you do purchase a new phone, recycle your old one.
Check out our smartphone blog for more tips on smartphone usage.