Since the dawn of smartphones, their biggest drawback has been their vulnerability. From cracked screens to scratched casing, keeping your phone in immaculate condition can be tricky. Moreover, even before smartphones, mobiles often became battered and bruised over time with regular use. We explore how to keep your phone in a tip-top state and why it can help you get more cash once you have decided to get a new one.
Why should I keep my phone in good condition?
First of all, having a phone in good condition can help keep it working. Damage to the glass can create issues throughout use and often prevents you from being able to use the touchscreen to the best of its capability. Whether it’s a chip in the corner, or a crack along the middle, your touch screen calibration relies on having an excellent screen to help you work the phone.
In addition, it isn’t just the touchscreen which suffers. Accidental drops and damage can harm the motherboard inside the phone and affect its use. Plus, there’s nothing worse than showing a friend or family something on your phone and the content being obscured by an ugly crack along the screen.
However, perhaps the most important reason to keep your phone in a like-new condition is when you decide to upgrade to another device. Having your phone in a pristine condition can improve your chances of selling your phone, and with our sell my phone services, the better condition it comes to us in, the more money you can get for your device. So keeping your phone in its best condition can help your wallet too!
How to protect the screen of your smartphone
Whilst many manufacturers have improved the strength of their smartphone screens, even the toughest of glass can crack or break accidentally. Luckily there are many glass protectors on the market, which all assist in preventing damage to your screen.
There are two types that users often purchase – plastic or tempered glass. Whilst the plastic is better for a seamless experience (as they are hardly noticeable), they aren’t the ideal choice as they offer less protection than a tempered glass screen protector. The tempered glass protectors are usually a little bit more expensive, but not by much and will earn you more money in the long run when you come to sell your phone.
Also, when looking for a screen protector, you will need to find one that fits your make and model. Having one designed specifically for your device will ensure it protects the screen better than a more generic one.
Get your phone a case which works
The number of cases available for your phone can come in various styles and designs, but not all of them protect your phone. Many of them come with fun and funky designs, some can even be personalised, but unless they protect your phone, they can offer nothing but a pretty cover.
The most important thing to look for in a phone case is whether it fits your phone. Like the screen protector, finding a case designed for your device offers the best protection. A silicone cover will protect against scratches, but if you accidentally drop your phone, you need a case that will absorb any shocks that may crack the screen.
Finally, the cut-outs must offer protection but not obstruct the phone’s functionality. Whilst it may provide holes for the charging port, it may prevent the easy application of wired chargers if they aren’t cut very well. Forcing your charger in can damage the charging unit and could damage your charger.
Regularly scan for viruses and wasted space
How many pictures do you have on your phone? How many of them are the same picture, just at a better angle? How many screenshots do you no longer need? Regularly clearing out your storage on your mobile phone can improve its functionality, preventing it from becoming slow. You can also upload any photos to the cloud that you no longer need but still wish to keep.
Viruses are another issue that can slow your phone down. Most modern devices will automatically have a virus scanner with which you can scan your phone to ensure it is free from software affecting bugs. Alternatively, you can download specific anti-virus apps from either the play store or app store, which may offer automatic virus scans without the need to do it manually.
General care and attention
Overall, the best way to protect your phone and keep it in perfect condition is by taking care of your device and considering where it is left and stored. For example, while slipping it into your back pocket may be easy, forgetting it is there and sitting down can cause many aspects of the phone to break. Even if the phone looks okay, the inside components can become damaged. Another example is leaving your phone in a bag unsecured, whether it’s a gym bag, handbag or school bag. Most of the time, your phone will slip to the bottom of a bag and putting, placing, or dropping your bag on the floor can put your phone at risk. A better place to ensure your phone is protected in a bag is by using the pockets most bags provide.
Being more aware of where you leave your phone can help protect it from damage and make you more conscious about putting it in a place where it won’t get accidentally stood on, knocked from height or damaged in any way.
Don’t worry. We still love broken phones
Even if you have tried your best to protect your device, but it has become damaged whilst you have owned it, you can still sell it to us! We know life happens, but we will love your phone anyway. Whilst we try to accept any phone, there are some damages to phones that we can’t buy (such as being snapped in half). For more information on if you can sell your broken phone, take a look through our pages.
Whatever condition your phone is in, you can get an instant quote online to see how much you could receive for your old devices, and the extra cash can help you buy that new device you’re after.