There is this popular saying “prevention is better than cure”. Paraphrasing, this means safety is better than repair. So you shouldn’t take safety tips likely as repairs could be costly. Some repairs might even be close to the price of a new smartphone.
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So today, we will be telling you many phone safety tips that will make your phone last longer together with some safety tips. Stay tuned as you read through.
PHONE SAFETY TIPS
• Always put your phone in protective cases and screen guards:
Protective cases reduce the impact of falls on your phone and also protects the phone body from scratches. As we know, many a time our phone falls off our hand and this could lead to its damage. Also a phone with protective case could stay for 2years and still look very new.
Screen guards on the other hand protects the screen from scratches, cracks and damages. So it’s best to have your smartphone on a protective case and screen guards.
• Avoid buying substandard charger:
Substandard chargers cause more harm than good. Its harms may includes:
1. Slow charging
2. Easily gets blown
3. Damages phone charging port
4. Charging rates keeps reducing with time
5. Could also damage your phone panel.
Do you know that it’s more economical to buy a quality charger? Many don’t know this but let me tell you how. Most substandard charges gets damaged with time most especially, over little voltage fluctuations.
I could remember when substandard chargers really dealt with me. I was buying a new charger almost every week for like six weeks. I then realized that I have spent two times the price of a new quality charger. I then had to advise myself. I then bought a quality charger that lasted for almost three years. So I will advise you to always go for quality chargers.
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• Avoid overheating:
Have you noticed that when you use your phone for too long, it starts getting a bit hot? So using your smartphone for a very long time leads to overheating and this isn’t good for a smartphone.
Tips to reduce overheating of smartphone
1. Avoid direct contact with sunlight
2. Always check your screen brightness. Make sure your screen brightness isn’t too bright
3. Close unused apps and restrict unused background running apps
4. Take your phone case off or keep your smartphone in a well ventilated area.
5. Always update your phone and apps since most updates fixes bugs which improve the phone’s efficiency.
Effects of overheating includes:
1. Battery drains faster
2. Forced shutdown or restarting
3. Processor meltdown
• Be careful while using your smartphone:
Many a time, our phone falls off our hands when we lose focus. We should endeavor to pamper our smartphone same way we pamper our pets. Keep a close eye on your phone when your kids are using it because kids tend to be very carefree with things.
Always do thorough checks on the phone on a regular basis. Avoid keeping your phone on heights, don’t use your phone near water or fluid.
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• Set passwords:
Passwords are for security. Imagine going out without your phone, on returning home you discover that some vitals files have been deleted, your private chats have been read, etc. won’t you feel sad? So make sure your phones are on password. Use password that are difficult to guess by extruders but very easy for you to remember.
Most times, I use names of people for password especially name of old friends. For example let me assume you had a basic school class friend by name “Hernandez” and this my old classmate isn’t known by any of my friends or family, then I will now decide to use the name.
• Install software only from trusted sites, install only trusted software too:
Do you know that some installed software contains virus, malware, tweaks, codes and these could be used to spy on our phones. Scammers have used these to scam a lot of people. Please make sure you don’t input your bank details, social media passwords or login through untrusted software.
Also avoid sharing vital info on untrusted websites too. Anytime you are a doing a sensitive something and you see something like “redirecting” please leave.
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• Install antivirus:
Antivirus should be one of the vital apps on anybody’s phone. From time to time, we share files, documents, images, videos, PDFs with people and that person’s gadget might contain virus but we won’t know.
Signs your phone might have a virus
1. Poor and slow performance
2. Invasive adverts
3. New apps display on phone
4. Contacts receiving spam messages
5. Quicker battery drainage
6. Corruption of files and documents
7. Question mark on some files, apps, folders.
• Install two-way authentication on your social media accounts, avoid login in with someone else smartphone:
When you activate the “two way authentication” on your social media accounts, it provides an extra security to that account. For example, if you set this on your Facebook account, before anybody log’s into your account, a verification code will be sent to your alternative phone number.
Also on WhatsApp, the intruder will have to input a password (set by you) before he or she is granted access. So you see the extra security this adds to your social media accounts.
We should also resist the urge to login with someone’s phone especially when we are out of data, out of battery or phone isn’t with us at the moment. Many people’s social media and bank accounts have been hacked via this. Don’t trust anyone with your social media password be it friend or brother.
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• Set recovery phone numbers and emails to your email and social media accounts:
When we forget our login passwords, a link or verification code is sent via our recovery phone numbers and emails. This can also help when our social media account is hacked.
• Make sure your phone storage isn’t full:
When your smartphone’s storage becomes full, it hangs most of the time and you know how annoying this is. So try as much as possible to have at least 3gig free storage left. If you are someone that is into movies, games and other high storage consuming files, then its best to have an external MicroSD.
Uninstall unnecessary and less useful apps, clear app and file cache regularly, delete or move large files to the external microSD.
Also, ensure you aren’t multitasking many apps especially if you are using a low RAM size smartphone. Close apps you aren’t using at the moment.
• Check for system and app updates and ensure they are up to date.
• Avoid lying on your smartphone as this could damage the phone’s screen and could even lead to explosion due to radiation.
• Backup your contacts and files to your email account for recovery purposes.