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10 Android maintenance tips to keep your device running smoothly

People often forget that smartphones are basically small computers, and therefore they require maintenance in the same way a laptop or desktop computer does to ensure longevity.

If neglected, your Android phone can start developing problems long before it’s time to upgrade it. In this guide, let’s go over 10 simple ways you can maintain your phone.

How to maintain your Android phone hardware

First, let’s see how to maintain your phone hardware. All hardware inevitably degrades over time, but the way you use your phone can greatly affect how long it will last.

1. Follow the battery health instructions

You’ll be forgiven for not knowing how batteries work, but you should learn how to maintain the batteries inside your phone and other electronic gadgets to maximize their life.

Here are the top five battery health tips you should follow:

  1. Avoid using your phone in extreme weather or doing anything that causes it to overheat. Ideally, your phone should remain between 32° to 95°F (0° to 35°C) at all times.
  2. Do not use your phone while charging as this creates more heat in the process than a quick charger actually does.
  3. Avoid wireless charging as it produces unnecessary heat; Using a regular wired wall charger is the best way to charge your phone.
  4. Do not fully charge or drain the battery; Keep it between 20 to 80 percent at all times. Batteries degrade faster the more unbalanced they are.
  5. Avoid charging overnight as a long charge cycle harms battery health more than short charge cycles throughout the day.

2. Avoid exposure to water and dust

Do your best to avoid exposure to water and dust whenever you can. Sometimes the damage caused by these items isn’t immediately obvious but only becomes noticeable when it’s already too late, and you’re not sure what’s wrong with your phone.

Of course, some phones come with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, but it’s still unbeatable. For example, prolonged exposure to water can sometimes cause rust in the charging port, and dust can enter the speaker or microphone and affect call quality.

3. Use the case and screen protector

Most people use a case and screen protector to protect their phones from accidental drops; It’s a practice you might also follow. Fortunately, these accessories are very cheap, so if they get damaged over time, you can just replace them. Doing so will not only protect the hardware, but it will also make your phone feel like new again.

4. Clean all nozzles and buy dust-proof seals

Over time, dust will accumulate on the openings of your phone. Dust in the USB port can interrupt charging and data transmission, spoil the sound in the headphone jack, and worsen the quality of calls in the microphone and speaker.

To remove dust and lint, take a toothpick or SIM ejector tool and gently scrape it from the slots. You can also buy dust-proof seals on Amazon to seal the openings completely.

5. Clean the screen, cameras and sides

Similar to the last point, the screen, camera unit, and frame of your phone will also get dirty over time due to fingerprint smudges and dust. Some phones come with an oleophobic coating on the screen that prevents fingerprint marks, but that coating won’t last forever.

So, it is a good idea to clean your phone at least once a day. For more information, you can always refer to our complete guide on cleaning the body of your phone.

If for any reason your phone needs a repair, avoid trying to fix it yourself (unless you are an expert) as you may end up causing more problems than there is already. Alternatively, take it to an authorized repair center for best results.

How to maintain your Android phone software

Just maintaining your phone hardware is not enough. If you want it to keep running smoothly for a long time, you should also take care of the software. Here’s how to do it:

1. Don’t bloat your device’s storage

If you often find yourself having to free up storage space on your phone, this is a clear sign that your phone is struggling to function properly. If there is no space left for new files and apps (even temporary ones), your phone will start lagging and will slow down.

The quickest way to recover a large amount of storage is to delete all the wasted apps from your phone.

2. Keep your apps and operating system updated

Software updates are important for your phone because they help improve performance, increase energy efficiency, remove bugs, and add new features. You can easily find the option to see if a new operating system update is available for your phone in Settings.

The same goes for the apps on your phone; Keeping it updated reduces bugs and errors. To update apps on your Android phone, open the Google Play Store app, tap your profile picture, and select App and device managementand press update all.

3. Avoid graphics-intensive games that your phone can’t handle

Unless you have an Android gaming phone, you should not try to push your device to its limits. Even if you have a flagship device, the device will still struggle to retain its peak performance if you play graphics-intensive games for extended periods of time.

If you have a budget or mid-range phone, you should avoid playing these games altogether since it is very likely that your phone will overheat and the processor will not be able to handle the heavy workload. As a result, your phone will lag, freeze and may restart without having to be turned off.

4. Do not download applications and files from unverified sources

This should be obvious, but a lot of people fall prey to apps and malware that they inadvertently downloaded from the web. When it comes to security and privacy issues, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The Google Play Store is safe for the most part, but it’s a mistake to assume that it doesn’t have any dangerous apps—every app store is out there. Don’t browse websites that seem downright deceptive, and avoid clicking links that feel like a push of a button. Stick to what’s proven to be reliable.

5. Restart your phone at least once a week

Smartphones require spacers in the same way as any other electronic gadget, however, many of us have never done so. Restarting your phone at least once a week allows to delete temporary cache files, kill minor bugs, increase performance, and keep your battery healthy, allowing it to run more smoothly for longer.

Keep your Android phone for a long time

The way you take care of your phone is one of the many things that affect its lifespan. If you don’t service your phone at all, it will naturally show signs of deterioration early on and therefore, you will need to buy a new phone sooner than necessary.

If properly maintained, you can save money on repair costs and expect better performance in the long run.

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