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How to bring your phone back to life

Sep 24, 2018

It’s hard to imagine life without your phone in your hand.

A survey we carried out found that 40% of us feel ‘absolutely lost’ without our phone, with a further 30% stating they feel ‘pretty nervous’ when they don’t have access to their device.

So, when the worst happens, and we drop our phones down the toilet or smash our screens to bits, it’s no surprise that most of us are pretty devastated – especially as nearly two thirds (61%) of us don’t have a backup phone.

However, all might not be lost. We have compiled a list of the major phone issues you might run into, and how you can fix them, to ensure you can bring your smartphone back to life in no time.

You’ve dropped your phone down the toilet

If your phone isn’t resistant to water, the day that you accidentally send your phone to a watery grave is as sad as it is inevitable. However, if you act fast all might not be lost.

Despite the initial panic and shock it is important to rescue your phone as soon as you can, as the longer you leave your phone submerged, the lower your chances of reviving it.

Once saved from the water it is important to dry it out, being careful not to shake or move the phone. Grab a soft towel and gently dry the excess water, and use your vacuum extension to suck out any remaining water from headphone jacks etc.

Next grab some rice or silica and put the phone in a sandwich bag filled with them for at least 72 hours. The longer you can resist checking to see if it works, the better.

Your phone screen has cracked or smashed

If you have a small crack on your screen and don’t want to fork out for a new one, baking soda could be your solution. Many people swear that making a paste from two parts baking soda to one-part water can help fix the screen together for a short term solution. Simply, make a thick paste and then use a cloth to rub it in.

Alternatively, if you need a more long-term solution check if you are still in your manufacturer’s warranty period as you might be able to get it fixed for free.

Likewise, if you don’t already have phone insurance it is best to check with your home insurance policy or bank account as many reward accounts include this for free.

You’ve run out of juice… constantly

If your battery constantly dies, these tips may help your phone to last the day. Make sure you dim the screen brightness or use auto brightness as your smartphone's large, colourful display, is the battery's mortal enemy.

Likewise, when you aren't in your car, or when you aren't playing music wirelessly, turn off the Bluetooth radio. This way, you can add an hour or more to your phone's battery life, every day.

You’re always running out of storage

If it’s memory you’re short of on your iPhone, and you cannot bare to cut down on anymore pictures, apps or messages this trick might be for you. Before we begin, head to ‘Settings’ and make a note of how much storage you have.

Then, head to the iTunes Store app and find a film to rent that takes up more storage space than you currently have. Proceed like you would if you were going to rent the film (don't worry, you won't actually end up renting it) and dismiss the popup informing you that there's not enough space to download the movie.

Now, head back and check your storage space you should see a difference of a few hundred megabytes, possibly more.

For other phones, you can always invest in a larger SD card or backup your photos and videos to google drive or a hard drive.

And if all is lost…

If your phone is damaged beyond repair, look to recycle it. Envirofone accept damaged phones and you might still be able to get some cash back for trading it in. For more information, go to www.envirofone.com and if you want to replace your phone shop our range of second hand phones on shop.envirofone.com now!

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