Smartphones are a sure sign that we live in the modern world. In fact, most of us can’t even imagine what life would be like without our favorite gadgets. They have not only made our lives much easier, but they have also become a status symbol in some ways, just like our clothes, shoes, and cars. Still, unlike the other three, smartphones are much more likely to get broken, damaged by accident, or just stop working. And it’s possible that nothing is more annoying than a broken phone in the middle of a business event, meeting, or vacation. That’s why you should know a few clever ways to fix your phone in case life throws you a big curveball in the form of an unexpected phone failure.
Most of us can’t remember how many times we’ve had to buy a new cell phone because we dropped it in water by accident. And if it’s a high-end phone, which can cost up to $1000, you might have to go without a phone for a few days or weeks before you can buy a new one. But it turns out that there is a way to save a situation like that.
Most people don’t know this, but most phones made after 2014 have a semi-waterproof sheath around their most important parts that can keep water out for a few minutes before it starts to damage the internal circuitry. So, if your phone falls into water, whether by accident or on purpose, your first thought should be to get it out as soon as possible, before the water does any serious damage. Make sure you don’t drop it as you do this, because most gadgets get very slippery when they get wet.
After you get the phone out, put a bag or bowl of uncooked rice or silica inside it for a day. The rice should soak up the water, and then you can turn it on. People often say that you should put your phone in the sun, but you should never do that.
Fixing small cracks and scratches on screens
Nothing is more annoying than using or texting on a phone with a cracked or badly scratched screen. If you don’t clean up the glass shards, they can also hurt your fingers when you use the tool. The good news is that most phones today have Gorilla glass 3 or better.
Still, the best way to deal with scratches and cracks is to fix them as soon as you notice them. You can fix it by putting a thick layer of white toothpaste over the crack to fill in the gaps. Still, make sure to first seal the microphone, the start button, and the USB ports so that no liquid can get in through them and damage the inside circuitry.
The best emergency and temporary fix for a badly broken screen is to put a thick but clear sticker on it to hold it in place until you can get a new one from the same brand.
A phone that freezes, stops, and hangs up all the time can quickly drain a person’s patience, enthusiasm, and energy. A friend of mine threw his favorite gadget against a brick wall in a fit of rage, which seems to have been caused by a slow operating system. Nothing tests your patience like a phone that freezes up on you, especially when you’re trying to do more than one thing at once. The good news is that there is a way to stop these annoying little freezes.
A slow phone is a clear sign that the RAM is full and that the device is having trouble keeping up with the demand for resources from all the apps and programs you have installed. So, start by getting rid of these apps that you don’t need. These are apps you don’t use very often or have never used at all. You will be surprised by how many of the apps that come with your phone don’t really do anything.
Next, get rid of any temporary files or cache for the apps you just deleted that are still on the device’s RAM. This should free up a lot of space so that the few remaining useful apps can run smoothly and at the same time.
Last but not least, restart your phone to give it a fresh start. If this doesn’t work and the phone still freezes, you might have to do something hard, like a complete factory reset. Yes, that should solve the problem.
Most people have the wrong idea about how hard it is to fix a smartphone. If you make it a habit to read your phone’s manual carefully every time you buy a new one, you’ll be surprised by what you can find out.