Keeping Your Phone Alive and Working


Jay Park, Staff Writer

  At this point, it’s clear that Apple went back a generation with their new iPhone 7. A water-resistant body, an improved camera and 256 GB of storage. All these features were expected with the recent trend of newer iPhones, but this new model also deleted a key feature: the headphone jack. Apple now requires you to purchase their own wireless earbuds named “AirPods” that seem to be a tacky ploy for more money. Buying the phone seems like buying an incomplete product. How will Apple convince us that taking off a core feature will make the product better? But I’m not here to discuss how faulty Apple’s new iPhone 7 is.

  Rather than pouring all of your (or your parents’) money into this controversial product, it might be a better idea to hold onto your phone. However, it is worrisomely common that your phone will die before the release of the iPhone 8; maybe it’s already broken. Despite being such an expensive product, many users mistreat their smartphones by carelessly flinging it around or putting them around fatal substances like water. These are some thoughts to keep in mind when handling your phone.


  1. Don’t overcharge your phone

  The battery has hardly been able to keep up with the evolution of phones. Despite all the new features that recent iPhones have been introducing, the lithium-ion battery is still the same as it was in the original iPhone. That also means that it can be easily damaged. While phones aren’t meant to last forever, the death of the battery is one main cause. While our phones are connected to the charger, strong currents continuously flow into the iPhone. Even when our batteries are full, the currents will not stop and continue degrading the battery. If possible, try to keep the charging timely and efficient.


  1. Don’t leave your iPhone outside too long

The scorching sun and dust are features of living in California and unfortunately are dangerous nemeses to your dear smartphone. You are well familiar with how your iPhone overheats when you’ve been on an app like YouTube too long, and it applies to outside temperatures as well. Heating damages the system board or the IC and the battery. Dust from the wind and elsewhere can also enter your iPhone and is irritatingly difficult to remove. To avoid all these problems, put your iPhone into your backpack or a closed space to spare you the trouble.


  1. Use a case

  This is a given. You should always have a case. No matter where you are and what you are doing, there is always the ever present danger of dropping your phone. Even if you use your phone at home, 50 percent of all phone damages happen at your own house, and 10 percent of that are toilet-related … Regardless of brand or type, cases should protect the back of the iPhone and its frame. A screen protector is highly recommended because the original screen itself is prone to scratches and finger marks.


  1. Respect the lightning cord

You might be in a hurry to go somewhere, but it doesn’t take much effort to slowly remove the lightning charger. The design of the cord itself is fragile and has a tendency to wear out if you handle it carelessly too often. Pinch the plastic connector by hand to prevent the cord from tearing, which means that you don’t have to replace with another expensive charger.


  1. Don’t press down excessively on the screen

  Whether or not it is in your pocket or in your hands, the screen is not invincible. Over time, pressing down on the screen will lead to it being less responsive to swipes. The same goes for the home button. You should realize that weightless taps are sufficient to navigate through the iPhone. Remember, don’t transmit your anger into the iPhone; it did nothing wrong to you.


  1. Mind the (storage) ceiling

  Those of us who have 16 GB and 32 GB of storage may find ourselves running out of storage. At this point, we just delete a few photos and applications and proceed with our daily business, but this state is dangerous. Maximum storage denies the most basic functions, such as even surfing the web or trying to send messages. This bottleneck of space will damage your phone’s memory and space. It is always great to keep 10 percent of the storage available for your phone to be able to use basic functions.


  1. Let the phone rest.

  This is synonymous with overheating issues, but the modern phones process more data than ever before. After hours of functioning, its short-term data storage may be working slower because its short-term memory is full. Even a few minutes of rest will allow the iPhone to revert back to normal functionality. It is a good time to let your eyes take a break as well.


  It may be easy to become negligent of your iPhones in the busy rhythm of your day. I get it. Still the fact stands that your iPhone is just another electronic device: it’s not invincible. Using these tips and looking out for your iPhone will definitely extend its lifetime.