Long queues are back this year as people in some parts of the world waited all night to be among the first to own Apple’s latest iPhone 14s. Latest phones It was available for pre-order on September 9th It was launched in stores on September 16th.
If you are not among them Compete to “keep up the phone” And take advantage of a small fortune to own the latest model, whether from Apple, Samsung, or any of the latest devices debuting this fall, there are a few simple ways to make your old phone look like new again. Here are five of the easiest things to do today.
1. Replacing the battery
If your battery runs out before lunch each day, you’ll likely be tempted to throw it out and get a new one. This is the main complaint I hear and one of the main reasons people upgrade.
Batteries drain significantly faster when you’ve had your phone for about two years – or about 500 charge cycles. If the rest of the phone works fine – you can have it Brand new battery for iPhone X. For $70 or Samsung Galaxy S10 Between $75 and $80.
This is hundreds if not more than a thousand dollars less expensive than the new phones to be released.
How to replace your battery if it does not hold more than 80% of the charge
On iPhone: Go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health To find out the battery capacity.
For most Android phones: Go to Settings > Device > Battery (or Settings > Battery if you have a newer version of Android).
The information in this list is the same as the information on the iPhone and it lists “Device Idle”, which is the same as Standby.
If you can’t find a built-in feature that’s easy to access, use An app like AccuBattery to get the same information.
As I wrote earlier this yearMost of us do at least one thing every day that shortens the life of our devices. The lithium-ion batteries in our phones last the longest when we keep them charged between 30% and 80% throughout the day, not just above 100% and then drop to zero.
2. Free up space
Think of your smartphone like a room in your house, say your bedroom. Imagine adding dozens of new physical items like books, stacks of pictures, and movies (imagine them on old VHS tapes if you’re like me and old enough to remember them). Now, consider spending two to five years without removing anything. Yikes! You won’t have any room to move around!
Your smartphone is like that. When the internal storage is almost full, the device slows down. When the memory runs out, your phone can’t cram the new data, so it has to overwrite the old data. This is what makes the phone move like molasses.
Find out what’s taking up storage space in your iPhone or Android settings, and follow the prompts to get rid of whatever you can. Delete duplicate photos, videos and files. Use a cloud photo service that backs up your photos, saves them to the cloud, and then automatically removes them from live on your device.
Also, get rid of all screenshots, movies you’ve downloaded and watched, old messages and texts, podcasts, apps you no longer use, and anything else you don’t want or need anymore.
3. How to speed up your phone
Once you clean your phone, you can speed it up even more by turning it off and back on every day. Leaving it on indefinitely could fill it with things you don’t use or need, including clogged cache.
Your phone often stores data to load things faster next time. It’s like using a shortcut to get to work every day. Instead of looking at the map every time you need to know the shortest distance between two places, you automatically go the same way. When you go to a website in your browser, your browser stores a little bit of data on your phone to get to it faster next time.
The easiest way to clear history and cookies on iPhone
Go to Settings > Safari, and tap on Clear History and Website Data. Clearing your history, cookies, and browsing data from Safari won’t change your Autofill information.
To clear cookies and keep your history, go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data, then click Remove All Website Data.
How to clear history and cookies on your Android device
Go to Settings > Storage > Cache. Now clear all cache data by clicking on the “Clear cache” button.
4. Update your software to keep your old phone running fast
Running the latest software is always a good idea because it fixes security issues and makes everything on your device run more smoothly, including apps.
Apple has released its latest operating system, iOS 16, and while it’s okay to wait a few weeks while it’s still in its early days, it will eventually become the norm. But, iOS 16 will not work with any iPhone older than iPhone 8 (2017), according to Apple. So if you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, it’s time to upgrade to a newer model phone.
It’s a little more complicated for Android devices because Varies by manufacturer. You can check and update the file Android version in Settings appbut know that security and system updates are separate.
If you are using a Google Pixel phone, you can find out about the latest updates in its help center. For Samsung, devices get three years (Galaxy S20 and earlier) or four years (Galaxy S21 and later) of Android OS updates and an additional year of security updates.
Make sure all your apps are up to date as well. This can cause your phone to crash if they delay updating to the latest operating system as well.
5. Repair broken pieces on your phone
Replacing a cracked screen, cleaning a clogged port, or fixing a minor water damage is often less expensive than buying a new phone. For example, a screen replacement on an iPhone X costs $279, or $29 if it’s under Apple Care. It’s $165 to replace the screen on the Samsung Galaxy S10.
Depending on your repair costs, you may want to consider upgrading to a new phone, not this year’s newest phone. For example, an iPhone 12 or 13, with your phone replaced, might cost the same to repair. It’s worth running these numbers any time you’re looking at a repair bill of $300 or more.
Always use a case to protect your phone
This brings us to the final task here. No matter what model you have, use the case that protects the back and sides. It’s amazing how many people I see walking around with their bare and often cracked phones.
Hopefully, a little maintenance and care can help you get an extra year of your trusty device by your side before sending it into smartphone retirement and spring for a new one.
Jennifer Jolie is an Emmy Award-winning consumer technology columnist. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: Tweet embed. The opinions and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of USA TODAY.
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