10 Practical Ways to Ensure Your Smartphone Is Protected

These days, almost everyone has a smartphone in their hand. People seem to be so hooked on these gadgets that many people will start to feel as if they are lost when they do not have their smartphone with them. In fact, there are a lot of people who find these gadgets really useful.

Given how important smartphones are to the individuals that rely on them, it is important to make sure that you are protecting your gadget as much as you want to. Here are some of the things that you can do to ensure that your phone will not be broken easily.

1. Start monitoring your available storage space

SD cardOne of the reasons why your smartphone is malfunctioning is when you no longer have available storage space. You can fill the storage space really quickly with a lot of media files and apps.

This is one of the reasons why it is very convenient to have an SD card since you could extend your phone’s ability to handle more data. Smartphones do not function properly and it has a tendency to hang or work really slow. So you need to keep tabs on how much space you have used up and try to delete unimportant files and apps.

2. Remove malware from your smartphone

Malware SmartphoneMalware can affect not only your computer but also your phone. Remember that your smartphone is highly susceptible to malware.

In fact, it is more alarming when your phone has malware because it could be used to tell your exact location and a lot of personal information is stored in your phone.

One way to get rid of malware and prevent it from infiltrating your smartphone is to install anti-malware software.

3. Root under the supervision of a skilled user

root smartphoneRooting happens to be quite popular these days as there are many people who see its uses. For one, you would be able to increase the internal storage capacity of your device and manipulate the apps that are in the internal storage. This means that stock apps can be removed too.

However, there can be problems associated with rooting. However, when the rooting process goes wrong, you might brick your phone and it could stop functioning. Hence, you need to be careful when rooting and as much as possible, consult a skilled professional.

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4. Connect the Micro USB with care

The port for charging phones which can be connected to a USB port may not be too delicate but you need to exercise a certain degree of care when you are connecting it. If you ever destroy the charging port, you will be in huge trouble. You will need to have your smartphone repaired which means that it will take time and would also cost you money.

5. Do not destroy your pone’s SIM card lock function

If you are the only one who is using your phone, it makes sense for you to put a lock on your SIM card. But you need to take care that you won’t be causing harm by ruining the block feature for the SIM card. It would take you a significant amount of time to repair your phone if you mess up this function.

6. Do not put your phone in a place that is too cold or too hot

When you own a smartphone, you want to keep it in a place that has a room temperature. Leaving your phone out in direct contact with the sun especially on a hot summer day is not in your best interest as it would make your device overheat. You should also avoid exposing it to temperatures that are very cold as it can damage the device as well.

7. Exposure to water

All of the modern gadgets today are susceptible to water damage. Even a few drops of water can seep into the device and make it malfunction. So, when you are doing any kind of activity that will cause your device to come in contact with water, you need to be very careful. You should try to get a waterproof cover for your smartphone especially when you are planning to do activities where your phone might come in contact with water.

8. Turn off your phone regularly

Phones will need time to recover from constant use. As much as you need it to work, you need to make sure that you will give the device enough time to rest. On a weekly basis, try to turn it off for about half an hour. This will help make subsystems run better and clear caches. You should take the time to restart the device from time to time to make it last for a longer time.

9. Try to keep it out of your pocket

Your pocket can be one of the most dangerous places for your phone especially when you are wearing a snug pair of pants. When you sit the wrong way, there is a possibility that your phone will be destroyed. Hence, you need to make sure that you will try to put your phone on a safer place compared to the pocket of your jeans.

10. Choose the right operating system for your phone

There are different ROMs that are available today. However, you need to make sure that you are using a ROM that is suitable for your device. With the wrong ROM, you will find your phone broken in no time.

These tips may seem to be basic but you need to keep these in mind to make sure that your smartphone will be safer.

Thao Nyugen

As editor in chief, Thao Nguyen is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of Technology Review.