Staying healthy has never been more trendy; with the recent proliferation of veganism and near-global obsession with going to the gym, people understand that it’s important to stay tip-top. It stands to reason then, that this attitude should translate to the way we treat our favourite gadgets. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. With new models always around the corner, it’s easier to let your smartphone become more damaged – unhealthier.
Seeing as World Health Day is coming up, we thought we’d celebrate by putting together a few tips for how to improve and maintain your smartphones health. That way, it’ll work better for longer, and you won’t need to splash the cash on a new model every year or so.
Uninstall Old Apps
One thing that’s bound to slow down your smartphone is if it’s crowded with once-used but now-forgotten apps. Every time you download an application that takes up memory on your device, it takes a little bit of power away from the primary functionality of your device. This results in your phone becoming slower over time – and the more apps you have, the slower it’ll get.
The best thing to do in order to keep your phone healthy is to go through your applications and delete those that you no longer use. If you think you might need it in the future, delete it anyway! Your phone will remember the data associated with the apps, so if you re-download it, you be able to use it as normal.
Keep Your Software Updated
Regardless of whether you run iOS or Android, it’s vitally important for your phone’s health that you keep the software up-to-date. These usually have bug fixes and updates which fix issues on the device, ensuring that it runs more efficiently. There are also occasions when your phone may not support certain applications or functions unless it has the relevant update.
Insure Your Device
This may seem obvious, but a fairly easy way to make sure that your mobile phone remains in good shape is to invest in comprehensive phone insurance. Not only will you be able to repair any damage to your device – such as a cracked screen, water damage, or a manufacturer fault – you’ll also get a replacement if the device is broken for good. While this might be a last resort for ensuring your smartphone’s health, it’s great to have something to fall back on should the worst happen.
Don’t Use Your Device in Extreme Temperatures
The health of your smartphone is very dependent on how well the battery operates. A sure-fire way of putting the battery under undue strain is to expose your smartphone to extreme temperatures – both hot and cold. Like the human body, your phone has an optimum running temperature which needs to be maintained; if it gets too cold the battery will over work itself and cause damage, and if it gets too hot the device could overheat and shut down completely.
Avoid Draining Your Battery or Overcharging It
Most modern phones aren’t really supposed to be charged to the max, nor are they meant to run out of battery completely. This is due to how the batteries are designed – if they get too far out of their optimum range, they can become over worked and stop working properly, damaging the overall health of the device. Smartphone batteries work best when they operate between 20% and 90%. So, if you want to ensure that your phone stays healthy, it’s better to perform short charges throughout the day rather than maximising it or letting it run too low.
Use Your Phone’s Low-Power Mode
Most, if not all, modern smartphones have some form of low-power mode, which reduced functionality in order to preserve battery life and power. While this is usually intended for when your battery is dying, there’s no reason why you can’t use it at other times of the day. In fact, it can be beneficial for your device to have a break and enter a low-power state. This could be done while you’re at work or sleeping, or even when you’re in the cinema – whenever it’s convenient to reduce the functionality of your device.
These are just a few tips to improve your smartphones health this World Health Day. While they won’t fix your smartphone if it’s beyond repair or ensure it works forever, they’re a great of way of ensuring that your device works for as long as possible, allowing you to get maximum enjoyment out of it.