How to Protect Your Phone From Damage
We all live in fear of our phones getting damaged, either expensively or irreparably. You don’t want to waste all that money by wrecking it, especially if it’s a limited time rental. And yet smartphones seem to be eminently breakable. We’re all too aware of smartphones with spiderwebbed screens, bent frames or water damage. So what can you do, proactively, to prevent damage to this modern-day lifeline? Here is the ultimate list of tips and tricks to ensure that your phone has as long and productive a life as possible.
Know where it is
It sounds like a no brainer, but if you know where your phone is at all times, this will reduce the likelihood of you sitting on it, standing on it, dropping it out of a pocket, leaving it in a precarious place or forgetting to charge it. A smartphone is a useful and expensive bit of kit, which most people wish to have on their person whenever possible, so there’s really no excuse for not keeping it on you most of the time.
There are risky behaviours that people often undertake when using their phone. For example, eating or drinking while browsing the internet, or texting while in the bath. Our smartphones make connecting with people and communicating ideas easier than ever, regardless of time and place. But this ease of use has the adverse consequence of making it easier to drop this amazing device in the bath, or spilling food on it, or watching it slip out of your hand and smash on the ground. As a general rule, at UK Repairs we don’t multitask with our phones. We only use them when we’re not doing anything else, and give them our full attention while using them. Avoid water in general, as well as overly hot environments and operating heavy machinery.
Watch out for back pockets
I’ve already mentioned back pockets, but they deserve their own section. If you put a fragile, expensive smartphone in the tight back pocket of a pair of jeans, something’s got to give. And it will be the phone. Just don’t do it. Invest in jeans that fit, or clothes with suitable pockets, roomy enough for a smartphone, in an area that won’t bend, preferably one that fastens to stop the phone jumping out.
Use a screen protector
Screen protectors are relatively cheap, and can really help to prevent your screen being damaged, either by scratches and breaks, or else by food or water damage. There are several different types of screen protector on the market, some of which are super-flexible or self-healing. But some report that using a screen protector changes the experience of using their smartphone, so you may have to do some shopping around to find the protector that is right for you.
A phone case is the natural next step after the screen protector. Phone cases ensure that the body of the phone isn’t scratched, as well as providing structural support. It’s not just a fashion statement: phone cases can also give your phone an extra layer of armour with which to brave a dangerous world of high tables and bags with keys in them.
Finally, insurance is a good idea. This won’t prevent damage to your phone, but it will prevent damage to your wallet in the case of an accident. Insurance packages can cover accidental damage, loss and breakdown, and can be as low as £5 a month. It’s an investment in the future of your phone, which gives you endless hours of joy, for the cost of a sandwich and a coffee.
So now you know how to protect your phone from damage in most situations. But you can’t, unfortunately, plan for every eventuality. That’s where UK Repairs comes in: we can help to get your phone back to scratch when the inevitable happens. Contact us to get a quote or some much needed advice about your phone.