We’ve all got that one friend who upgrades their phone every year, but the reality is you should be getting 2-4 years out of your mobile device, so long as you take the appropriate steps to look after it.
If you’re not in the frequent upgrade camp, the good news is there’s a ton of easy habits you can introduce with your daily life to help look after your phone, so you don’t need to replace it as often.
Here are seven easy pointers to get you started.
Nurture your battery
If you show love to your phone's battery from the day you unbox your new phone, it'll pay serious dividends a year or two down the line.
One of the biggest myths about phone charging is that you shouldn’t overcharge it. However, the most important thing you can do to get the most out of your smartphone battery is to charge it when it reaches a battery life of around 75 percent, and do short charging bursts throughout the day, instead of draining your battery to 0, before charging it back to 100.
Another way to nurture your phone's battery is to avoid putting your device in situations that could overheat it. Yes, your phone will likely switch itself off once it gets too hot, but by then the battery would have already endured some general stress, so it’s best to avoid letting your phone get to that stage in the first place.
Invest in a good case
Yes, we get it, phones look a whole lot sleeker in their purest form, but we’ve all experienced the gut-wrenching feeling of dropping a new phone and facing the reality of a cracked screen or even worse, a completely busted phone.
Screen repairs are horribly expensive these days and are a waste of money, when a lot of the time, a good, sturdy case will protect your phone. You don't have to go all out and get the most expensive case, but having at least some form of protection is super important.
The other benefit is that it keeps your phone in good condition for when you do upgrade and want to trade-in or sell your device.