Let’s face it, we rely on technology at this point. Imagine spending a whole month without using your phone or computer. Even just 24 hours is enough to make most people begin to feel anxious. Why, then, are we so reluctant to take steps to make sure our devices last?
Top three things that destroy a device
The three most popular mistakes that end your phone or smartwatch’s life prematurely are dropping it on a hard surface, software malfunction, or water damage.
Protecting your device from breaking from a fall is one of the simplest. Of course, it’s also next to impossible. No matter what you do, at some point your going to drop something, and it might break. However, with the right preparations, you can ensure that 99% of those drops don’t end in disaster.
Buy a Case
Whether it’s your laptop, phone, or smartwatch, someone has created a protective case for it. You’ll want to make sure you get a screen protector as well because all of that hardware underneath is useless if you can’t get your screen to work. A good rubber case and screen protector should keep your device safe from any hard falls, scratches, or cracks. It’s also important to keep cleaning your phone. Most people leave their case on for months before they realize how dirty it gets inside. All that dust and dirt can wreak havoc on your device if it gets stuck in a headphone jack or a USB port.
Protecting your software
When it comes to technology, protecting the inside is just as important as protecting the outside. Even if you have never had so much as a scratch on your device if you don’t maintain the inside it could slow down and even potentially stop working completely.
It’s important to keep all of the software on it updated. If your device connects to the internet, this is twice as important because the outdated software is vulnerable to viruses and malware. You will also want to make sure that you continually maintain your device’s memory. If you fill your device to the brim with information it can cause operations to slow down and even stop functioning. Make sure you delete files you no longer need, and if you have pictures or files you want to save you should keep them on a separate USB drive.
One of the most dreaded fates of your device is water damage. It doesn’t matter if you drop it into the depths of the ocean or if it just slips out of your hand into the toilet, once water has penetrated your device it’s game over. There are two approaches to protecting your devices from water damage.
First, before you blame your device for having a poor design, consider changing your behavior. Are you bringing your laptop into the shower with you to play music? Probably not the best idea. Do you find yourself pulling your phone out of your pocket every time you go to the bathroom? Maybe wait to check your Instagram. Keeping your phone out of harm’s way is by far the most effective way to keep it safe.
Second, if you’ve already lost a device or two to water damage it might be time to invest in a waterproof device. The newest Android devices are highly water-resistant, the newest iPhone is rumored to be waterproof, the few waterproof laptops are deemed “rugged”, and there are already a whole range of options if you want a waterproof smartwatch.
Keeping your device safe is not only convenient for you, it also saves you a great deal of money. Keep your wallet fat and your life easy by protecting your devices from hard falls, water damage, and software malfunctions.