It’s not news that individuals think and act differently because that is/ should be a fact, a fact that we see clearly in our everyday lives and activities. And as such, we also know that people handle their gadgets differently. Gadgets such as our phones, laptops, earphones and televisions. Focusing on smartphones, smartphones are a class of mobile phones and of multi-purpose mobile computing devices. They are distinguished from feature phones by their stronger hardware capabilities and extensive mobile operating systems, which facilitate wider software, internet (including web browsing over mobile broadband), and multimedia functionality (including music, video, cameras, and gaming), alongside core phone functions such as voice calls and text messaging.
As read above, we can tell that our phones are important, obviously because they carry out tasks we can not. These ‘babies’ help in strengthening our emotional, psychological, neutral relationships whether we’re conscious about it or not. And this depends solely on how we use them. In other words, our smartphones help in portraying our emotions. How could they not be important? Imagine life without technology, without a smartphone. Unimaginable. Mobile phones are used to provide mobile banking services; e-commerce which includes buying things we need from online services through our phones and also selling products. They help us communicate with people far and wide, through various means; texting, calling, gaming and also installation of applications which aid in better communication.
Smartphones help our everyday life but are we taking care of them the way we should be or enough? Whether you splurged on your smartphone or opted for a budget-friendly device, a phone is a big investment. That means that you’re probably doing your best to keep your smartphone looking and running like new. But no matter how much time you spend clearing out old apps or ensuring that your software is updated, there are still plenty of ways that you can inadvertently damage your phone. Dropping your phone in the toilet or shattering the screen on the sidewalk aren’t the only ways to do some serious damage to your device. Other ways we damage our smartphones including;
- Installation of Malware: One of the biggest misconceptions about smartphones is that you don’t have to worry about security with them nearly as much as you do with your computer. Malware ends up on your phone via an app, so it’s in your best interest to avoid downloading apps from third-party stores or clicking download links on suspicious websites, even if they show the icon and name of an app you think you can trust. Downloading an infected app is a great way to damage or even permanently ruin your phone, so your best bet is to only download apps from trusted sources, always be vigilant about what you’re downloading, and be careful about which apps you’re granting permissions, especially if you’ve rooted or jailbroken your phone.
- Leaving your phone plugged in: Leaving your smartphone plugged in and charging all night isn’t great for the longevity of the device. It may not really be a problem to leave your phone plugged in for a couple of hours once it’s charged completely, since devices can limit the power being transferred to the battery once that battery is fully charged. But there’s no benefit to continuing to charge your phone after the battery reaches 100%, and leaving the device plugged in for long periods of time can generate excess heat and damage your phone.
- Allowing your phone to overheat: Speaking of overheating, your phone doesn’t have to be plugged in for the device to get too hot. Whether you’re reading the news on the beach or playing a game at your neighbor’s barbecue, it’s relatively easy for your phone to overheat in strong sunlight. The problem there is that excessive heat can damage the battery. That’s never a good thing, particularly because most people want longer battery life out of their smartphones, not shorter times between charges. What is a gadget with terrible battery life?
- Exposing your phone to liquids: Most people know that dropping their phone in a sink full of soapy dishes is a situation they want to avoid (just like throwing a phone in the pool or even dropping it into the toilet). But it’s not as immediately obvious that any exposure to liquids can do real damage to a phone, even when a large vessel of water isn’t involved. Plenty of smartphones aren’t made to stand up to use in a rainstorm, and you should probably prevent yours from getting splashed at the pool. the damage your phone might incur when you use it with wet hands in the bathtub even if you manage to avoid dropping it into the water probably isn’t worth delaying your response to a text message by 20 minutes. Unless you’ve purchased a phone that’s specifically certified for water resistance, it’s better to be safe than sorry and assume that water needs to stay away from your phone in all settings.
- Lastly, being careless about plugging your phone in to the charger: being rough or careless when you’re plugging your phone in is always a bad idea, since tiny ports are easy to ruin and major force is never necessary. From a scratched phone to a broken port, the outcome when you force the cable is never good.