How To Expand The Lifespan Of Your Mobile Phone

Expand the lifespan of your mobile phone and keep your mobile devices in prime condition for longer.

Here at Meelie Mobile we believe in sustainability and do everything we can to prolong the lifespan of mobile devices. As an Apple and Samsung mobile device recycler, we encourage people to sell their old devices (click here) to us and we will pay you a great price, even if your device is faulty. This recycling process refurbishes and puts otherwise unused devices back into circulation, allowing others to purchase great devices at great value and stops these from adding to our ever-increasing global e-waste issues.

Expand the lifespan of your mobile phone

Getting a new shiny new toy is a great feeling, it looks great and it works great, but keeping it this way can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. For a while you treat your new device like your baby, you admire it and you care for it, but after a while it stops being such an important task and your devices become a little neglected. While you may still be taking great care of your device, there may be extra steps you can take to expand the lifespan of your mobile phone.

Charging your battery.

Your phone’s battery is it’s lifeforce, so knowing how to look after it is essential to a long and happy phone life. Knowing how your battery works is the first step in looking after it properly.

To put it really simply, smartphones use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, these batteries work by passing ions from one side to the other, causing a build-up of power, followed by a decrease as you use it.

Now that we know how these little boxes of energy work, we can look at how to look after them.

Expand the lifespan of your mobile phone

Sometimes it is unavoidable, but if possible, you should never drain your battery down to 0%, and certainly don’t recharge from 0% to 100%. Lithium-ion batteries only have a finite number of times they can be charged, this is their ‘charge cycle’ they typically have around 300-500 cycles). Charging from 0-100% counts as one charge cycle, so by doing this day after day, you are shortening the lifespan of your battery.

To get around this issue, experts advice following the 40-80 rule, in which you plug your phone in when it hits 40% charge and unplug once it reaches 80%. This way, each time you charge your device, you’re not using a full charge cycle, leaving many left for the future.

To read more about your device’s battery click here to visit Battery University’s brilliant in depth article.

Screen

Your screen is a powerful tool and while all of its touch screen wonders are incredible, there are a few things that can go wrong, leading to damaged and unusable devices.

The beautiful big screens are where most of your battery’s energy goes, simple steps like turning down your brightness will help keep it in a great condition for longer. Many devices have auto-brightness, a function that automatically changes your screen brightness depending on the light around you, however this does involve the built-in light sensor to work overtime, which in turn would decrease your battery.

We recommend the best way to deal with your screen’s brightness levels is to do it manually. Each time the light around you changes, you flick the light switch or move to another room, manually change your brightness levels and set this to the lowest you can whilst still being able to see your screens content.

Expand the lifespan of your mobile phone

Another screen issue that can be reduced my managing your devices brightness is screen burn. Screen burn is a noticeable discolouration or ghosting of a previous image on a mobile phone display, this is caused by the regular use of certain pixels more than others, leaving them to display colour slightly differently.

Screen burn can cause major issues, making your content much harder to see. If you’re in the habit of having your brightness set to full and leaving your device’s screen, chances are that you are going to get screen burn. This will manifest itself by having a ghosting of your most used apps constantly showing over the top of whatever you are currently trying to see. Not only is this an annoyance for you but can also devalue your device when selling to mobile phone recycling companies, so it is definitely something worth keeping an eye one.

Sun and Heat Damage

With Summer due to begin this weekend (if the storms would go away!), sun and heat damage is something to look out for. Leaving your mobile devices in extreme heat, or even cold for that matter can cause serious damage.

Leaving your phone out in the sun, or in your car on a hot day will cause the temperature of your device to soar, potentially damaging and even melting the chips and circuits inside. Most devices are only made to function between 0 – 35 degree Celsius, so it will give you a warning when the temperature is too high, so it’s not too late to move your device to the shade or even better, take it indoors where the sun can’t get to it at all.

The same goes for extreme cold temperatures, anything below 0 degrees Celsiusand your device will struggle. This is due to the cold temperatures increasing resistance within your device and ultimately reducing the number of electrons and positive ion that are able to move around your phone, causing a reduction in your battery capacity.

Make sure to look after your phone this summer and don’t leave it lying around in direct sunlight – you may love the sun, but your phone doesn’t.

Water Damage

While some mobile devices are water resistant up to a certain degree, many are not and water damage can severely affect it’s functionality and in some cases stop it from working altogether.

The main way to avoid a water damaged phone is simply to care for it, watch out if you have drinks nearby, don’t leave it outside where it could rain and keep it well away from pools of water such as baths.

If you  are unlucky and your device gets water on it, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that it doesn’t damage it beyond repair.

  • If your device is submerged, remove it from the liquid immediately. The quicker you do this, the less time the liquid has to seep into the casing and cause serious damage.
  • Switch your device off, stopping the components inside from whirring away.
  • If you have an added protective case on your device, remove it, dry it and leave it to one side. Keeping this on could result in liquid buildup that finds its way into your device.
  • If your device has a removable back, take this off and remove your battery, SIM card and any MicroSD cards you may have. Taking these out of the equation will hopefully save its life.
  • Use a cloth to carefully dab your device dry. Do NOT rub the liquid on your device as you may end up pushing the liquid into any holes in the casing, causing further damage to the inside of your device.
  • Keep your device in a cool, dry place and do not attempt to turn it on until completely dry.
  • Switch your device back on and hopefully you have managed to save it from severe damage.

Looking after your mobile device is key to keeping it running well for longer. It is this act, along with many others that helps to keep e-waste and other environmental issue at a minimum. Our planet is a wonderful thing and sustainability is what makes us thrive.

So please, look after your devices, look after our planet and look after yourselves!

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