Manufacturers of today’s smartphones use the toughest materials to churn out durable phones. As a result, phone users may become casual with their phones and fail to safeguard them properly. No matter how durable the materials inside a phone are, if you are careless, you can still end up damaging your phone.
You can protect your phone’s touchscreen by doing the following:
- Have a gentle touch — Electronics sometimes work slowly, especially if they are getting older. If your touchscreen is lagging, don’t bang your phone to make it speed up or apply excessive force to the screen with your fingers. Using force with your phone can cause internal or external damage—or both.
- Be selective about the tools you use — Manufacturers create smartphones with the expectation that you will only be using specific tools on the screen. Generally, the best tools to use are your fingers or a stylus. Some products come with specialized pencils, but using that same kind of tool on a different product’s screen might damage it. To keep your screen looking good, make sure you don’t touch it with a tool that it is not compatible with.
- Don’t let electrical devices touch the screen of your phone — Electrical devices that come into contact with your phone’s touchscreen could damage it. Similarly, a magnet could also compromise the built-in magnetic sensor in the phone’s compass app.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun — Leaving your phone out in the sun for an extended period of time can damage the LCD display. Keep your phone inside or in shaded areas when you need to go outside.
- Beware of electric shock — A jolt of electricity can impact the sensors in your touchscreen. Avoid putting your phone near anything that conducts electricity and could shock your phone.
- Steer clear of burn-in — Burn-in happens when you leave your phone’s display idle for an extended period without activating your display. Burn-in could result in an after-image of the display that was present on your screen for that period of time. You can prevent screen burn-in by setting your smartphone screen to turn off after a certain amount of time. You can adjust the setting of your lock screen in the settings section of your phone.
- Protect your screen — Even the most durable screens can be subject to scratching and other damage. Buying a case for your phone and installing a tempered glass screen protector can greatly increase the lifespan of your phone, while also preventing your screen from shattering.
Smartphones are an expensive investment, so it’s important to do all you can to protect your phone from potential damages. If you take all the necessary precautions, your phone should serve you for a long time, and you’ll get your money’s worth in usage.