For many of us, getting our hands on the newest iPhone is something we have been looking forward to for a long time. While we are all super careful when we first get the phone, it is easy to become complacent after a while. Brand-new iPhones can cost a lot of money, so it is important that you know how to look after your phone in order to prolong its life and keep it in good shape. Even relatively minor repairs to iPhones can be costly, so the best course of action is always to take preventative measures against damage.
Here is how to properly take care of your brand-new iPhone.
1. Add a Screen Protector to Your Phone
It may seem slightly odd that new iPhones don’t just come with screen protectors as they are basically a standard kit for every iPhone user, but fortunately, they are very cheap to buy. Cracking or smashing your iPhone screen is a terrible feeling and can cost a lot to repair. Screen protectors will prevent scratches from keys in your pocket and also go some way to saving your screen if you drop the phone by accident.
2. Backup Your Phone’s Data
Backing up your phone data is so important as you don’t want to lose your important files or special photos and memories. iPhones have access to the iCloud storage through your account, but it is always advisable to have a second backup just in case. The best device backups use a layered system of the phone’s internal storage, the iCloud, and an external cloud storage system. This means that even if one system has a problem, you won’t need to worry about losing anything. Always have auto-updates activated on all your backup systems so that your data is protected at all times.
3. Clean Dust Out of the Charging Ports
If your phone is not charging properly then it may be that the charging ports are clogged up. You can first try removing the dust using a toothpick or something similar. Be very careful and delicate when doing this so that you don’t cause any damage to the contact points.
4. Keep the Microphone and Speaker Clean
Many functions of your iPhone rely on your speaker and microphone and if they are dirty it will affect the quality of your calls, music, and will also prevent you from using Siri effectively. To clean your phone’s speaker and microphone you should gently rub them with a soft toothbrush. Once you have loosened the dust, you can press a strip of tape over the openings so that the dust sticks to the tape.
5. Protect Your Phone’s Battery
The biggest issue that many people have with their iPhones is battery life. If you use your phone a lot, it can be impossible to even make the battery last all day. While this is less of an issue with a brand-new phone, the problem gets worse as the battery ages. There are various things you can do to make your battery last longer. First, you can try turning off all of your push notifications. In addition, try recalibrating your phone regularly as this often helps the battery last longer and will also increase the life of your battery.
6. Increase Your Phone’s Storage Space
The top models of the iPhone are so expensive that many people choose a model which has less storage capacity. This can be filled very quickly, especially if you like to take a lot of photos and videos, or you receive a lot of messages. On a regular basis, you should look to clear your browsing data, delete all the apps which you don’t use, and remove photos and videos from your phone’s hard drive.
7. Download the Latest Updates
This is very important for both your apps and your phone’s operating system as it will ensure that everything works well and that there are no bugs or issues. Many people put off updating their phones without realizing the problems it can cause. Turn automatic updates on, and it will take care of the job for you. Keep your phone on charge overnight and your newly updated phone will be ready for you in the morning.
iPhones are amazing pieces of technology, but they do require some care on your part. From protecting the screen to looking after the hardware, there are various things you can do to keep your iPhone in good working order. Follow these simple tips and your iPhone will be as good as new for years to come.