People often seem to forget that smartphones are essentially small computers and therefore require maintenance in the same way as your laptop or desktop computer to ensure their longevity.
If neglected, your Android phone may start developing issues long before the right time to upgrade. In this guide, let’s go over 10 easy ways to maintain your phone.
How to Maintain Your Android Phone’s Hardware
Let’s first look at how to maintain your phone’s hardware. All hardware inevitably degrades over time, but how you use your phone can greatly influence its lifespan.
1. Follow battery health guidelines
You’d be forgiven for not knowing how batteries work, but you should learn how to care for the one inside your phone and other electronic gadgets to increase their lifespan.
Here are the five most important battery health guidelines you should follow:
- Avoid using your phone in extreme weather conditions or doing anything that causes it to overheat. Ideally, your phone should stay between 32° and 95°F (0° and 35°C) at all times.
- Don’t use your phone while it’s charging as this produces even more heat in the process than your fast charger is already causing.
- Avoid wireless charging as it produces unnecessary heat; using a regular wired wall charger is the best way to charge your phone.
- Do not fully charge or discharge your battery; keep it between 20 and 80% at all times. Batteries degrade faster the more unbalanced they are.
- Avoid overnight charging as a long charge cycle is more harmful to battery health than short charge cycles throughout the day.
2. Avoid exposure to water and dust
Do your best to avoid exposure to water and dust whenever you can. Sometimes the damage from these things isn’t immediately obvious, but only becomes noticeable when it’s already too late and you don’t know what’s wrong with your phone.
Sure, some phones come with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, but they’re still not invincible. For example, prolonged exposure to water can sometimes create rust in the charging port, and dust can get into the speaker or mic and affect call quality.
3. Use a case and screen protector
Most people use a case and a screen protector to protect their phone from accidental drops. it’s a practice you probably follow too. Luckily, these accessories are pretty cheap, so if they get damaged over time, you can just replace them. This will not only protect the hardware, but also make your phone look brand new.
4. Clean all openings and buy dust caps
Over time, the openings of your phone will accumulate dust. Dust in the USB port can interrupt charging and data transfer, spoil audio in the headphone jack, and deteriorate call quality in the mic and speaker.
To remove dust and lint, take a toothpick or the SIM card eject tool and gently scrape it out of the openings. You can also buy dust plugs on Amazon to completely seal the openings.
5. Clean the screen, cameras and sides
Similar to the last point, your phone’s screen, camera, and frame will also get dirty over time due to fingerprints and dust. Some phones come with an oleophobic coating on the screen that prevents fingerprints, but this coating won’t last forever.
So it is a good idea to clean your phone at least once a day. For more information, you can always come back to our complete guide on how to clean your phone body.
If your phone needs repair for some reason, avoid trying to fix it yourself (unless you’re an expert) because you may cause even more problems than there are already. Instead, take it to an authorized repair center for the best results.
How to Maintain Your Android Phone Software
Maintaining your phone’s hardware is not enough. If you want it to keep working well for a long time, you also need to take care of the software. Here’s how:
1. Don’t overload your device storage
If you often have to free up storage space on your phone, that’s a sure sign that your phone is having trouble working properly. If there is no room for new (even temporary) files and apps, your phone will start to slow down and slow down.
The fastest way to reclaim lots of storage is to remove all unnecessary apps from your phone.
2. Keep your apps and operating system up to date
Software updates are important for your phone as they improve performance, increase power efficiency, fix bugs, and add new features. You can easily find the option to see if a new OS update is available for your phone in the settings.
The same goes for apps on your phone; keeping them up to date minimizes errors and bugs. To update apps on your Android phone, open the Google Play Store app, tap your profile picture, select Manage apps and deviceand touch Update all.
3. Avoid graphics-intensive games that your phone can’t handle
Unless you have a dedicated Android gaming phone, you shouldn’t try to push your device to its limits. Even if you have a flagship, the device will still struggle to maintain peak performance if you play graphics-intensive games for long periods of time.
If you have a budget or mid-range phone then you should avoid playing these games as there is a high chance that your phone will overheat and the CPU will not be able to handle the heavy workload. As a result, your phone will slow down, freeze, and may even reboot unprompted.
4. Do not download apps and files from unverified sources
This one should be obvious, but many people fall prey to rogue apps and malware that they have unwittingly downloaded from the web. When it comes to security and privacy, prevention is better than cure.
Google Play Store is safe for the most part, but you’d be wrong to assume it doesn’t have dangerous apps – all app stores have them. Do not browse sites that seem obviously fraudulent and avoid clicking on links that seem too baiting. Stick to what has been proven reliable.
5. Restart your phone at least once a week
Smartphones require breaks like any other electronic gadget, and yet many of us have never done it. Restarting your phone at least once a week helps it clear temporary cache files, remove minor bugs, increase performance, and preserve battery health, allowing it to run smoother for longer.
Maintain your Android phone for longevity
How you take care of your phone is one of the many things that affects its lifespan. If you don’t maintain your phone at all, it will naturally show signs of degradation much sooner and as a result, you will have to buy a new phone sooner than necessary.
If properly maintained, you can save money on repair costs and expect better long-term performance.