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9 Subtle Ways You Are Damaging Your Phone

 Nowadays, most people practically consider their smartphone as one of their appendages, since it is on them almost 24/7. That's why it is of the utmost importance to ensure that we take proper care of them. Unfortunately, many people end up damaging their phones without even realizing that they are doing so, and here are 9 of the most common ways this happens:

 

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1. Using too much storage space

When your phone storage space is jam-packed, it can really slow down your smartphone, making it much more difficult for everything to work smoothly. If you need to clear up some memory quickly, begin by deleting things you rarely use. If you don't want to delete them, you can also transfer them to another device or to the cloud instead.

2. Not using a screen protector

Screen protectors can be an invaluable asset when it comes to keeping your phone in one piece. Computer Repair Doctor’s Matt Ham, speaking to The Wirecutter, said that, while screen protectors are far from perfect, they add an extra layer of protection to your phone. “It’s not an impenetrable force field of protection, it’s an added layer of defense.”

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3. Jamming the plug into your phone

If you’re simply jamming your charging cable into your phone, instead of slowly guiding it in, you could be causing major damage to your phone. You might end up knocking your charging port out of alignment, causing a whole plethora of charging and battery issues.

4. Letting your battery fully empty

According to Samsung, “Overall, and for optimal long-term results, you should keep your phone charged between 40 and 80 percent at all times.” That means that allowing your phone's battery to fully run dry is something that you should avoid doing at all costs, no matter what you've heard through the grapevine.

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5. Keeping your phone in your pocket

If you’re keeping your phone in your front pocket, as many of us do, you may be slowly ruining your cell phone. Apart from the risk of it bending and breaking, your body heat may actually deplete its battery. According to Apple, batteries work best at when between 62º and 72º Fahrenheit, which is way lower than the 98.6º Fahrenheit your body emits.

6. Using your phone in the rain

Since many people aren't aware that using their phone while it's raining is akin to dropping it in the toilet, they go about using it as they usually would afterward. This is a huge mistake since the moisture that entered your phone could be enough to render it completely unusable, as it may fry the phone's circuit board.

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7. Not installing software updates

Ignoring software updates for months on end will mean that your apps will not be working at peak capacity. In fact, according to software company Norton, leaving your apps without updates may make your phone far more vulnerable to hacking and malware, putting you at risk for identity theft, among many other nasty consequences.

8. Closing all your apps at once

While leaving a whole range of apps open might seem like it will waste your battery faster, it could actually have quite the opposite effect. This is because closing all of your apps in one go only to reopen the vast majority of them, later on, could actually drain more battery power than if you were to simply leave them running simultaneously.

9. Clicking on links from suspicious sources

If you’re clicking on suspicious links or pop-ups in your inbox, then don’t expect your phone's lifespan to be particularly lengthy. Opening suspicious links will end up exposing your smartphone to viruses and malware, which may significantly slow down your phone and even expose your private information.

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