Fix That Phone! What To Do When You Damage Your Cell

August 5, 2019

For many people, our cell phones are like the extensions of our hands. We keep them with us constantly and when that energy bar gets low, we feel our anxiety spiking. Our phones are a way to keep in contact with people, to let our families know that we’re doing well, to talk to our friends across the world, to share tips and ideas and photos and thoughts. And when our phones go wrong, we instantly start to worry. Here are some tips on how to fix your phone when it breaks.

A Cracked Screen
A lot of the time, when you drop your phone it turns out to be completely fine. But almost everyone has had a moment where they pick it up and feel their hearts sink to see a spiderweb of cracks that has formed across their screen. It is often possible to keep using a phone with a cracked screen, so long as it isn’t too badly damaged - and you can always get it fixed by a company like iFixYouri Smart Device Repair. But if you want to try fixing small cracks yourself, there are some tips. Firstly, try out the toothpaste method. Put a little toothpaste on the tip of a cotton bud, and rub it on the scratch. This will often make it less visible. Vegetable oil can have the same effect, although beware, because this can make your phone feel greasy. A good short term fix until the professionals can replace your screen is to put a protector over it - this will stop it getting worse and will stop splinters of glass getting in your fingertips.

Slow Speed
If your phone is running slowly, there are a few things that could be causing it. First, it might be too full, so delete all the apps that you don’t regularly use, along with any bloatware. Go to the settings menu and then apps, to see which ones you have that you aren’t using, so that you can uninstall them. You could update your phone, which might fix any slowness or bugs that are going on with it. Another simple tip is that you could make sure that all your apps are closed. A lot of the time, we go back to the home screen without actually shutting down the app. This will mean it’s continuing to run in the background, slowing down the phone and taking up battery life.

Water Damage
Once you have recovered from the near heart failure that comes alongside accidentally dropping your phone into some water, there are some things you can do to fix it. First of all, make sure that it’s off. Wipe it off with some paper towels to make sure the outside is dry. Then you need to put your phone somewhere that will help it dry off quickly. The most popular thing to do is to completely cover your phone in dry rice, in a ziplock bag or completely covered in a bowl. The rice will soak up the humidity in the air and create a dry environment for your phone.

One final tip: get phone insurance and keep backing up the contents of your phone so that you don’t have to worry too much, no matter what happens to it!

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