Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and more

The cost of smartphones has grown so much that everyone considers it their duty to take care of their device and treat it with care. Any generalization initially has a flaw, but when asking this question to dozens of acquaintances, I always saw the same reaction, regardless of the level of wealth - of course, I take care of my smartphone, since this is a personal device, without which it’s like without hands. But the further description of these "courtships" fell into the personal views of the speaker and his ideas about beauty. Unfortunately, if you write out such advice, they will be more harmful than helpful. A survey in our Telegram channel shows that the majority seeks to do something with their smartphone, to take care of it.

Accessory sales statistics perfectly underline the very desire to protect their money, the majority buy cases for their smartphone, almost half of the buyers glue a protective film or glass in the store. This is also caring for a smartphone, endowing it with additional properties that should protect the device from problems. I don’t like cases on smartphones, although I use most of the latest devices with them, since the protruding camera block spoils ergonomics and in this case a case is simply necessary. The extra mechanical drop protection that the case provides is such that you drastically reduce your chances of breaking your phone when you drop it. Tested on my children, they hit smartphones without a case almost instantly, with a case the problem as such disappears completely. Therefore, you can start caring for your smartphone by choosing a case that suits your taste. Today you can find cases for every taste and budget, silicone, made of leather or other materials, with a pattern or plain.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and other

Let's look at other smartphone care options to understand what is useful, and what is more likely to create an imaginary feeling that you are doing everything right.

Glass or film, additional screen protection

There is no universal rule that would suit everyone and everyone. A good glass or film can protect your smartphone if dropped, giving it extra protection. The display is the most vulnerable part of a modern device; if dropped, it is likely to get cracked on the screen, and in this case, the protective glass can take the hit. There are many different glass manufacturers on the market, it is extremely difficult to navigate this variety, and the high cost often does not affect the quality of the product, it can be anything. You can read a little about the glass production process in our material.

My attitude towards glasses has changed several times over the past years, from complete rejection to recognition of their usefulness, but inapplicability specifically in my use cases. My smartphones are flagships and they use the best material options, which is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus at the moment. From the factory, the screen is covered with a film, usually it lasts for 4-6 months, then I just remove the film and continue to use the device without it. The mechanical impact resistance of such a screen with Victus factory glass is higher than I can get with additional glass. Over the past five years, the survivability of smartphones in drops has increased dramatically, including an increase in the height of the fall and the hardness of the materials on which the device can fall. Of course, it all depends on your luck, if you fall on the corner of a metal fence or a protruding pin, the screen can die for a long time, since this is a point strike. But in all other situations, nothing bad happens and additional protection is simply not needed.

The choice of additional protection is adequate in cases where the manufacturer used a protective glass with worse characteristics than the one you put on. Find out what is the hardness of the glass that you are offered, compare with what is on your machine. If the proposed protective glass is better, then it will almost certainly give that extra protection. It is important that the glass is installed correctly, both the comfort of use and the protective properties depend on it. The film in terms of protection is much inferior to glass, but the fingerprint sensors built into the screen always work with it, but this is not always the case with glass.

My choice is cases, but I don’t put additional glasses or films on the device, I don’t see a special need for this for flagships. Your choice may differ, as you know better how often you drop your devices, whether this is a problem for you.

Cleaning the connectors on the device - a needle, a toothpick, a vacuum cleaner

Sometimes it seems that there are more beauty salons in Moscow than bakeries. They are often decorated in the same style: large windows through which you can see tables and seated customers, what is being done with them. At lunchtime, tables are usually empty, several masters sit and go about their business.

Walking past such a salon, I saw a picture that was imprinted in my mind: a girl in a white coat was cleaning the connectors on her smartphone, carefully picking out the dirt from the power connector. The metal scalpel was obviously larger than a connector, but she was rubbing something with enthusiasm and looking at her finds.

One of the most frequent stories when people take care of their smartphone is cleaning it from dust and dirt. All improvised means are used - needles, toothpicks, knives and other tools. At the same time, no one can answer the question why this is done. The answer is usually this: I saw dirt, and it obviously has a bad effect on my smartphone, I need to clean it! Alas and ah, this is a harmful procedure that will do harm rather than do something useful to your device. Dust does not affect the smartphone in any way, it does not clog tons of dust into the case, and does not impair heat dissipation from the processor. And aesthetically it does not affect your device in any way, because no one looks at its connectors, and dust and dirt accumulate exclusively inside. Unlike headphones, dust and dirt in a smartphone does not impair its performance.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and more

Modern connectors, be it USB Type C or Lightning, are designed to withstand the very same dust, it cannot somehow affect the connector. Breakdowns of connectors have become extremely rare, they almost never loosen, have no flaws - in the days of microUSB this happened, today the problem is gone.

There are conductive tracks on the connector, so "cleaning" with any metal object is the worst thing you can do. And why clean?

From communication with service engineers, I learned that our people are distinguished by ingenuity, any fiction fades before life situations. For example, they clean the holes of microphones with a needle, and as a result they pierce them, and they stop working as they should. One young man created a nozzle from electrical tape on his vacuum cleaner to clean the connectors on the phone, the result was disastrous - he was able to create a snug fit, and a powerful vacuum cleaner damaged the speaker membranes, he began to wheeze. No need to try to solve a problem that does not exist, your device does not need to clean the connectors.

Perhaps it is better to wash it? And then disinfect?

Advertising products that kill all bacteria and viruses has reached the technology, you can find a variety of statements, but it all comes down to the fact that everyone as one must stand up for the fight. A smartphone is a personal thing, and whether you like it or not, there will always be bacteria on it, which are part of your microbiome. A person picks up the phone more than a hundred times a day, some more, some less. And every time you touch your phone, you give it your microorganisms, they are part of your biome. Even if you disinfect your phone every few hours, you still will not achieve complete sterility, and it is not necessary for your personal belongings. You do not try to sterilize your pillow at home, do not process bedding every evening or morning. Exactly the same makes no sense to treat the phone from bacteria or viruses.

But in our times, many spit on common sense and try to create an imaginary sense of security, perform actions that definitely do not need to be done. For example, they fill the device with gel, and then carefully grind it, and the latter gets into the holes of the microphones, and it becomes worse to hear you. Solving one problem creates another. For those who are most worried, we can advise ultraviolet sterilizers, they can partially solve this issue, reassure you. And it's good that this is not an invasive way to disinfect the surface, it's impossible to damage anything.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and other

By wiping the screen with wet wipes, you usually hasten the destruction of the oleophobic layer, which is not eternal anyway. It is worth wiping the screen with a cloth for glasses, velvet is sold in any optics. But you definitely don’t need to rub with a gel, an alcohol solution, it’s superfluous.

Many flagships are waterproof, such as IP67/IP68. And you know what people think? That smartphones because of this can and should be washed in water. Someone even arranges a monthly ritual: pours warm water into a small container, takes soap and thoroughly washes the phone, and then dries it on a radiator (this is not a joke, some women do this). Economy can only be encouraged, but here it is harmful. Despite the protection against water, it is impossible to wash the smartphone in a basin or even more so under running water. Protection for such treatment is not designed, and sooner or later you will damage your smartphone. Please don't do this.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and other

You need to free up the memory of your smartphone, otherwise it's hard for him!

I don't know who laid the first brick in the myth that Android smartphones need to free up RAM. In the "Settings" section, you can see how much RAM is used on the device, be surprised that there is almost no free memory, and manually clear the memory.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and more

This is definitely not worth doing, since Android is very good at managing RAM, there is no problem of occupied memory. The architecture itself is such that those applications and services that you may need are kept in memory, the system anticipates your desires. By unloading them from memory, you are actually forcing the device to do the same job twice, then they will need to be loaded and spent more energy on it. Regardless of whether there are applications in memory or not, it still spends the same amount of energy when working. But energy is always spent on transferring data. Please don't get your hands on something that works great. I don't like the fact that all manufacturers have added utilities to clean up RAM, as they are more harmful than useful. But they give the misleading impression that you can take care of your smartphone.

We take care of the battery - we charge it for the night, we discharge it to zero

Caring for an expensive device requires that you also pay attention to how you charge your battery. There are a lot of stereotypes here, for example, that you need to do the first three charges at night, and then discharge the device to zero. Never allow it to fully charge and so on. The fact that you need to remember and accept is that the battery is a consumable item and after some time it will need to be replaced (usually not earlier than two years after the purchase of a smartphone, of course, if it was not produced in 3- 4 years prior to operation).

Modern technologies are such that a smartphone can take care of the battery better than you, you definitely shouldn’t pay attention to this. But it is important to do one simple thing - use quality accessories, such as chargers. It is best that they are original, although here you can also find fakes. The worst thing for batteries is that users use third-party cables and adapters, which are often not optimized for the device (formally they support the standard, in practice they don’t). Yes, and saving on charging is a bad habit, because the phone can be set on fire like that, but what’s the phone, and your home or car. There are dozens of such cases only in our country, but for some reason everyone thinks that this will not happen to him specifically and there will be no problems. Be careful not to do this.

A few harmless tips for all occasions

Caring for your phone includes not only things that you can do, but often things that you definitely shouldn't do. For example, any electronics do not tolerate direct sunlight, leaving the phone on the dashboard of a car for a long time or on the battery is a bad idea. It is also not worth going to the sauna with your device, regardless of the presence or absence of water protection in it, steam is an insidious thing.

Our daily habits often affect how long a phone lasts in our hands. For example, the more often you throw the device on the bed, the more likely you are to damage the cameras, especially if you have a flagship. Yes, the bed is probably soft, and it seems that the impact is insignificant, in fact, the cameras are precisely aligned, and any mechanical impact can harm them. So I do not advise doing such experiments.

When you scroll through these tips, you get the impression that a modern smartphone is a device that does not require special intervention and care. It's true. You can enjoy your device daily, but it doesn't need any special care. There are almost no rules for caring for a smartphone, but many people want to protect their expensive device, and as a result, they only make things worse. Therefore, it is worth pulling yourself up if you are drawn to take care of your smartphone, clean it or disinfect it. I hope that after this article there will be fewer of those who usually do such procedures with their device. And I wish you that electronics does not let you down and gives you the opportunity to realize your plans. Good luck!

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and more

The cost of smartphones has grown so much that everyone considers it their duty to take care of their device and treat it with care. Any generalization initially has a flaw, but when asking this question to dozens of acquaintances, I always saw the same reaction, regardless of the level of wealth - of course, I take care of my smartphone, since this is a personal device, without which it’s like without hands. But the further description of these "courtships" fell into the personal views of the speaker and his ideas about beauty. Unfortunately, if you write out such advice, they will be more harmful than helpful. A survey in our Telegram channel shows that the majority seeks to do something with their smartphone, to take care of it.

Accessory sales statistics perfectly underline the very desire to protect their money, the majority buy cases for their smartphone, almost half of the buyers glue a protective film or glass in the store. This is also caring for a smartphone, endowing it with additional properties that should protect the device from problems. I don’t like cases on smartphones, although I use most of the latest devices with them, since the protruding camera block spoils ergonomics and in this case a case is simply necessary. The extra mechanical drop protection that the case provides is such that you drastically reduce the possibility of breaking your phone when you drop it. Tested on my children, they hit smartphones without a case almost instantly, with a case the problem as such disappears completely. Therefore, you can start caring for your smartphone by choosing a case that suits your taste. Today you can find cases for every taste and budget, silicone, made of leather or other materials, with a pattern or plain.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and other

Let's look at other smartphone care options to understand what is useful, and what is more likely to create an imaginary feeling that you are doing everything right.

Glass or film, additional screen protection

There is no universal rule that would suit everyone and everyone. A good glass or film can protect your smartphone if dropped, giving it extra protection. The display is the most vulnerable part of a modern device; if dropped, it is likely to get cracked on the screen, and in this case, the protective glass can take the hit. There are many different glass manufacturers on the market, it is extremely difficult to navigate this variety, and the high cost often does not affect the quality of the product, it can be anything. You can read a little about the glass production process in our material.

My attitude towards glasses has changed several times over the past years, from complete rejection to recognition of their usefulness, but inapplicability specifically in my use cases. My smartphones are flagships and they use the best material options, which is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus at the moment. From the factory, the screen is covered with a film, usually it lasts for 4-6 months, then I just remove the film and continue to use the device without it. The mechanical impact resistance of such a screen with Victus factory glass is higher than I can get with additional glass. Over the past five years, the survivability of smartphones in drops has increased dramatically, including an increase in the height of the fall and the hardness of the materials on which the device can fall. Of course, it all depends on your luck, if you fall on the corner of a metal fence or a protruding pin, the screen can die for a long time, since this is a point strike. But in all other situations, nothing bad happens and additional protection is simply not needed.

The choice of additional protection is adequate in cases where the manufacturer used a protective glass with worse characteristics than the one you put on. Find out what is the hardness of the glass that you are offered, compare with what is on your machine. If the proposed protective glass is better, then it will almost certainly give that extra protection. It is important that the glass is installed correctly, both the comfort of use and the protective properties depend on it. The film in terms of protection is much inferior to glass, but the fingerprint sensors built into the screen always work with it, but this is not always the case with glass.

My choice is cases, but I don’t put additional glasses or films on the device, I don’t see a special need for this for flagships. Your choice may differ, as you know better how often you drop your devices, whether this is a problem for you.

Cleaning the connectors on the device - a needle, a toothpick, a vacuum cleaner

Sometimes it seems that there are more beauty salons in Moscow than bakeries. They are often decorated in the same style: large windows through which you can see tables and seated customers, what is being done with them. At lunchtime, tables are usually empty, several masters sit and go about their business.

Walking past such a salon, I saw a picture that was imprinted in my mind: a girl in a white coat was cleaning the connectors on her smartphone, carefully picking out the dirt from the power connector. The metal scalpel was obviously larger than a connector, but she was rubbing something with enthusiasm and looking at her finds.

One of the most frequent stories when people take care of their smartphone is cleaning it from dust and dirt. All improvised means are used - needles, toothpicks, knives and other tools. At the same time, no one can answer the question why this is done. The answer is usually this: I saw dirt, and it obviously has a bad effect on my smartphone, I need to clean it! Alas and ah, this is a harmful procedure that will do harm rather than do something useful to your device. Dust does not affect the smartphone in any way, it does not clog tons of dust into the case, and does not impair heat dissipation from the processor. And aesthetically it does not affect your device in any way, because no one looks at its connectors, and dust and dirt accumulate exclusively inside. Unlike headphones, dust and dirt in a smartphone does not impair its performance.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and more

Modern connectors, be it USB Type C or Lightning, are designed to withstand the very same dust, it cannot somehow affect the connector. Breakdowns of connectors have become extremely rare, they almost never loosen, have no flaws - in the days of microUSB this happened, today the problem is gone.

There are conductive tracks on the connector, so "cleaning" with any metal object is the worst thing you can do. And why clean?

From communication with service engineers, I learned that our people are distinguished by ingenuity, any fiction fades before life situations. For example, they clean the holes of microphones with a needle, and as a result they pierce them, and they stop working as they should. One young man created a nozzle from electrical tape on his vacuum cleaner to clean the connectors on the phone, the result was disastrous - he was able to create a snug fit, and a powerful vacuum cleaner damaged the speaker membranes, he began to wheeze. No need to try to solve a problem that does not exist, your device does not need to clean the connectors.

Perhaps it is better to wash it? And then disinfect?

Advertising products that kill all bacteria and viruses has reached the technology, you can find a variety of statements, but it all comes down to the fact that everyone as one must stand up for the fight. A smartphone is a personal thing, and whether you like it or not, there will always be bacteria on it, which are part of your microbiome. A person picks up the phone more than a hundred times a day, some more, some less. And every time you touch your phone, you give it your microorganisms, they are part of your biome. Even if you disinfect your phone every few hours, you still will not achieve complete sterility, and it is not necessary for your personal belongings. You do not try to sterilize your pillow at home, do not process bedding every evening or morning. Exactly the same makes no sense to treat the phone from bacteria or viruses.

But in our times, many spit on common sense and try to create an imaginary sense of security, perform actions that definitely do not need to be done. For example, they fill the device with gel, and then carefully grind it, and the latter gets into the holes of the microphones, and it becomes worse to hear you. Solving one problem creates another. For those who are most worried, we can advise ultraviolet sterilizers, they can partially solve this issue, reassure you. And it's good that this is not an invasive way to disinfect the surface, it's impossible to damage anything.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and other

By wiping the screen with wet wipes, you usually hasten the destruction of the oleophobic layer, which is not eternal anyway. It is worth wiping the screen with a cloth for glasses, velvet is sold in any optics. But you definitely don’t need to rub with a gel, an alcohol solution, it’s superfluous.

Many flagships are waterproof, such as IP67/IP68. And you know what people think? That smartphones because of this can and should be washed in water. Someone even arranges a monthly ritual: pours warm water into a small container, takes soap and thoroughly washes the phone, and then dries it on a radiator (this is not a joke, some women do this). Economy can only be encouraged, but here it is harmful. Despite the protection against water, it is impossible to wash the smartphone in a basin or even more so under running water. Protection for such treatment is not designed, and sooner or later you will damage your smartphone. Please don't do this.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and other

You need to free up the memory of your smartphone, otherwise it's hard for him!

I don't know who laid the first brick in the myth that Android smartphones need to free up RAM. In the "Settings" section, you can see how much RAM is used on the device, be surprised that there is almost no free memory, and manually clear the memory.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and more

This is definitely not worth doing, since Android is very good at managing RAM, there is no problem of occupied memory. The architecture itself is such that those applications and services that you may need are kept in memory, the system anticipates your desires. By unloading them from memory, you are actually forcing the device to do the same job twice, then they will need to be loaded and spent more energy on it. Regardless of whether there are applications in memory or not, it still spends the same amount of energy when working. But energy is always spent on transferring data. Please don't get your hands on something that works great. I don't like the fact that all manufacturers have added utilities to clean up RAM, as they are more harmful than useful. But they give the misleading impression that you can take care of your smartphone.

We take care of the battery - we charge it for the night, we discharge it to zero

Caring for an expensive device requires that you also pay attention to how you charge your battery. There are a lot of stereotypes here, for example, that you need to do the first three charges at night, and then discharge the device to zero. Never allow it to fully charge and so on. The fact that you need to remember and accept is that the battery is a consumable item and after some time it will need to be replaced (usually not earlier than two years after buying a smartphone, of course, if it was not produced in 3- 4 years prior to operation).

Modern technologies are such that a smartphone can take care of the battery better than you, you definitely shouldn’t pay attention to this. But it is important to do one simple thing - use quality accessories, such as chargers. It is best that they are original, although here you can also find fakes. The worst thing for batteries is that users use third-party cables and adapters, which are often not optimized for the device (formally they support the standard, in practice they don’t). Yes, and saving on charging is a bad habit, because the phone can be set on fire like that, but what’s the phone, and your home or car. There are dozens of such cases only in our country, but for some reason everyone thinks that this will not happen to him specifically and there will be no problems. Be careful not to do this.

A few harmless tips for all occasions

Caring for your phone includes not only things that you can do, but often things that you definitely shouldn't do. For example, any electronics do not tolerate direct sunlight, leaving the phone on the dashboard of a car for a long time or on the battery is a bad idea. It is also not worth going to the sauna with your device, regardless of the presence or absence of water protection in it, steam is an insidious thing.

Our daily habits often affect how long a phone lasts in our hands. For example, the more often you throw the device on the bed, the more likely you are to damage the cameras, especially if you have a flagship. Yes, the bed is probably soft, and it seems that the impact is insignificant, in fact, the cameras are precisely aligned, and any mechanical impact can harm them. So I do not advise doing such experiments.

When you scroll through these tips, you get the impression that a modern smartphone is a device that does not require special intervention and care. It's true. You can enjoy your device daily, but it doesn't need any special care. There are almost no rules for caring for a smartphone, but many people want to protect their expensive device, and as a result, they only make things worse. Therefore, it is worth pulling yourself up if you are drawn to take care of your smartphone, clean it or disinfect it. I hope that after this article there will be fewer of those who usually do such procedures with their device. And I wish you that electronics does not let you down and gives you the opportunity to realize your plans. Good luck!

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and more

The cost of smartphones has grown so much that everyone considers it their duty to take care of their device and treat it with care. Any generalization initially has a flaw, but when asking this question to dozens of acquaintances, I always saw the same reaction, regardless of the level of wealth - of course, I take care of my smartphone, since this is a personal device, without which it’s like without hands. But the further description of these "courtships" fell into the personal views of the speaker and his ideas about beauty. Unfortunately, if you write out such advice, they will be more harmful than helpful. A survey in our Telegram channel shows that the majority seeks to do something with their smartphone, to take care of it.

Accessory sales statistics perfectly underline the very desire to protect their money, the majority buy cases for their smartphone, almost half of the buyers glue a protective film or glass in the store. This is also caring for a smartphone, endowing it with additional properties that should protect the device from problems. I don’t like cases on smartphones, although I use most of the latest devices with them, since the protruding camera block spoils ergonomics and in this case a case is simply necessary. The extra mechanical drop protection that the case provides is such that you drastically reduce your chances of breaking your phone when you drop it. Tested on my children, they hit smartphones without a case almost instantly, with a case the problem as such disappears completely. Therefore, you can start caring for your smartphone by choosing a case that suits your taste. Today you can find cases for every taste and budget, silicone, made of leather or other materials, with a pattern or plain.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and other

Let's look at other smartphone care options to understand what is useful, and what is more likely to create an imaginary feeling that you are doing everything right.

Glass or film, additional screen protection

There is no universal rule that would suit everyone and everyone. A good glass or film can protect your smartphone if dropped, giving it extra protection. The display is the most vulnerable part of a modern device; if dropped, it is likely to get cracked on the screen, and in this case, the protective glass can take the hit. There are many different glass manufacturers on the market, it is extremely difficult to navigate this variety, and the high cost often does not affect the quality of the product, it can be anything. You can read a little about the glass production process in our material.

My attitude towards glasses has changed several times over the past years, from complete rejection to recognition of their usefulness, but inapplicability specifically in my use cases. My smartphones are flagships and they use the best material options, which is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus at the moment. From the factory, the screen is covered with a film, usually it lasts for 4-6 months, then I just remove the film and continue to use the device without it. The mechanical impact resistance of such a screen with Victus factory glass is higher than I can get with additional glass. Over the past five years, the survivability of smartphones in drops has increased dramatically, including an increase in the height of the fall and the hardness of the materials on which the device can fall. Of course, it all depends on your luck, if you fall on a corner of a metal fence or a protruding pin, the screen can die for a long time, since this is a targeted strike. But in all other situations, nothing bad happens and additional protection is simply not needed.

The choice of additional protection is adequate in cases where the manufacturer used a protective glass with worse characteristics than the one you put on. Find out what is the hardness of the glass that you are offered, compare with what is on your machine. If the proposed protective glass is better, then it will almost certainly give that extra protection. It is important that the glass is installed correctly, both the comfort of use and the protective properties depend on it. The film in terms of protection is much inferior to glass, but the fingerprint sensors built into the screen always work with it, but this is not always the case with glass.

My choice is cases, but I don’t put additional glasses or films on the device, I don’t see a special need for this for flagships. Your choice may differ, as you know better how often you drop your devices, whether this is a problem for you.

Cleaning the connectors on the device - a needle, a toothpick, a vacuum cleaner

Sometimes it seems that there are more beauty salons in Moscow than bakeries. They are often decorated in the same style: large windows through which you can see tables and seated customers, what is being done with them. At lunchtime, tables are usually empty, several masters sit and go about their business.

Walking past such a salon, I saw a picture that was imprinted in my mind: a girl in a white coat was cleaning the connectors on her smartphone, carefully picking out the dirt from the power connector. The metal scalpel was obviously larger than a connector, but she was rubbing something with enthusiasm and looking at her finds.

One of the most frequent stories when people take care of their smartphone is cleaning it from dust and dirt. All improvised means are used - needles, toothpicks, knives and other tools. At the same time, no one can answer the question why this is done. The answer is usually this: I saw dirt, and it obviously has a bad effect on my smartphone, I need to clean it! Alas and ah, this is a harmful procedure that will do harm rather than do something useful for your device. Dust does not affect the smartphone in any way, it does not clog tons of dust into the case, and does not impair heat dissipation from the processor. And aesthetically it does not affect your device in any way, because no one looks at its connectors, and dust and dirt accumulate exclusively inside. Unlike headphones, dust and dirt in a smartphone does not impair its performance.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and more

Modern connectors, be it USB Type C or Lightning, are designed to withstand the very same dust, it cannot somehow affect the connector. Breakdowns of connectors have become extremely rare, they almost never loosen, have no flaws - in the days of microUSB this happened, today the problem is gone.

There are conductive tracks on the connector, so "cleaning" with any metal object is the worst thing you can do. And why clean?

From communication with service engineers, I learned that our people are distinguished by ingenuity, any fiction fades before life situations. For example, they clean the holes of microphones with a needle, and as a result they pierce them, and they stop working as they should. One young man created a nozzle from electrical tape on his vacuum cleaner to clean the connectors on the phone, the result was disastrous - he was able to create a snug fit, and a powerful vacuum cleaner damaged the speaker membranes, he began to wheeze. No need to try to solve a problem that does not exist, your device does not need to clean the connectors.

Perhaps it is better to wash it? And then disinfect?

Advertising products that kill all bacteria and viruses has reached the technology, you can find a variety of statements, but it all comes down to the fact that everyone as one must stand up for the fight. A smartphone is a personal thing, and whether you like it or not, there will always be bacteria on it, which are part of your microbiome. A person picks up the phone more than a hundred times a day, some more, some less. And every time you touch your phone, you give it your microorganisms, they are part of your biome. Even if you disinfect your phone every few hours, you still will not achieve complete sterility, and it is not necessary for your personal belongings. You do not try to sterilize your pillow at home, do not process bedding every evening or morning. Exactly the same makes no sense to treat the phone from bacteria or viruses.

But in our times, many spit on common sense and try to create an imaginary sense of security, perform actions that definitely do not need to be done. For example, they fill the device with gel, and then carefully grind it, and the latter gets into the holes of the microphones, and it becomes worse to hear you. Solving one problem creates another. For those who are most worried, we can advise ultraviolet sterilizers, they can partially solve this issue, reassure you. And it's good that this is not an invasive way to disinfect the surface, it's impossible to damage anything.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and other

By wiping the screen with wet wipes, you usually hasten the destruction of the oleophobic layer, which is not eternal anyway. It is worth wiping the screen with a cloth for glasses, velvet is sold in any optics. But you definitely don’t need to rub with a gel, an alcohol solution, it’s superfluous.

Many flagships are waterproof, such as IP67/IP68. And you know what people think? That smartphones because of this can and should be washed in water. Someone even arranges a monthly ritual: pours warm water into a small container, takes soap and thoroughly washes the phone, and then dries it on a radiator (this is not a joke, some women do this). Economy can only be encouraged, but here it is harmful. Despite the protection against water, it is impossible to wash the smartphone in a basin or even more so under running water. Protection for such treatment is not designed, and sooner or later you will damage your smartphone. Please don't do this.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and other

You need to free up the memory of your smartphone, otherwise it's hard for him!

I don't know who laid the first brick in the myth that Android smartphones need to free up RAM. In the "Settings" section, you can see how much RAM is used on the device, be surprised that there is almost no free memory, and manually clear the memory.

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and more

This is definitely not worth doing, since Android is very good at managing RAM, there is no problem of occupied memory. The architecture itself is such that those applications and services that you may need are kept in memory, the system anticipates your desires. By unloading them from memory, you are actually forcing the device to do the same job twice, then they will need to be loaded and spent more energy on it. Regardless of whether there are applications in memory or not, it still spends the same amount of energy when working. But energy is always spent on transferring data. Please don't get your hands on something that works great. I don't like the fact that all manufacturers have added utilities to clean up RAM, as they are more harmful than useful. But they give the misleading impression that you can take care of your smartphone.

We take care of the battery - we charge it for the night, we discharge it to zero

Caring for an expensive device requires that you also pay attention to how you charge your battery. There are a lot of stereotypes here, for example, that you need to do the first three charges at night, and then discharge the device to zero. Never allow it to fully charge and so on. The fact that you need to remember and accept is that the battery is a consumable item and after some time it will need to be replaced (usually not earlier than two years after buying a smartphone, of course, if it was not produced in 3- 4 years prior to operation).

Modern technologies are such that a smartphone can take care of the battery better than you, you definitely shouldn’t pay attention to this. But it is important to do one simple thing - use quality accessories, such as chargers. It is best that they are original, although here you can also find fakes. The worst thing for batteries is that users use third-party cables and adapters, which are often not optimized for the device (formally they support the standard, in practice they don’t). Yes, and saving on charging is a bad habit, because the phone can be set on fire like that, but what’s the phone, and your home or car. There are dozens of such cases only in our country, but for some reason everyone thinks that this will not happen to him specifically and there will be no problems. Be careful not to do this.

A few harmless tips for all occasions

Caring for your phone includes not only things that you can do, but often things that you definitely shouldn't do. For example, any electronics do not tolerate direct sunlight, leaving the phone on the dashboard of a car for a long time or on the battery is a bad idea. It is also not worth going to the sauna with your device, regardless of the presence or absence of water protection in it, steam is an insidious thing.

Our daily habits often affect how long a phone lasts in our hands. For example, the more often you throw the device on the bed, the more likely you are to damage the cameras, especially if you have a flagship. Yes, the bed is probably soft, and it seems that the impact is insignificant, in fact, the cameras are precisely aligned, and any mechanical impact can harm them. So I do not advise doing such experiments.

When you scroll through these tips, you get the impression that a modern smartphone is a device that does not require special intervention and care. It's true. You can enjoy your device daily, but it doesn't need any special care. There are almost no rules for caring for a smartphone, but many people want to protect their expensive device, and as a result, they only make things worse. Therefore, it is worth pulling yourself up if you are drawn to take care of your smartphone, clean it or disinfect it. I hope that after this article there will be fewer of those who usually do such procedures with their device. And I wish you that electronics does not let you down and gives you the opportunity to realize your plans. Good luck!

Proper care of your smartphone: battery, screen, settings and more

The cost of smartphones has grown so much that everyone considers it their duty to take care of their device and treat it with care. Any generalization initially has a flaw, but when asking this question to dozens of acquaintances, I always saw the same reaction, regardless of the level of wealth - of course, I take care of my smartphone, since this is a personal device, without which it’s like without hands. But the further description of these "courtships" fell into the personal views of the speaker and his ideas about beauty. Unfortunately, if you write out such advice, they will be more harmful than helpful. A survey in our Telegram channel shows that the majority seeks to do something with their smartphone, to take care of it.

Accessory sales statistics perfectly underline the very desire to protect their money, the majority buy cases for their smartphone, almost half of the buyers glue a protective film or glass in the store. This is also caring for a smartphone, endowing it with additional properties that should protect the device from problems. I don’t like cases on smartphones, although I use most of the latest devices with them, since the protruding camera block spoils ergonomics and in this case a case is simply necessary. The extra mechanical drop protection that the case provides is such that you drastically reduce your chances of breaking your phone when you drop it. Tested on my children, they hit smartphones without a case almost instantly, with a case the problem as such disappears completely. Therefore, you can start caring for your smartphone by choosing a case that suits your taste. Today you can find cases for every taste and budget, silicone, made of leather or other materials, with a pattern or plain.

Let's look at other smartphone care options to understand what is useful, and what is more likely to create an imaginary feeling that you are doing everything right.

Glass or film, additional screen protection

There is no universal rule that would suit everyone and everyone. A good glass or film can protect your smartphone if dropped, giving it extra protection. The display is the most vulnerable part of a modern device; if dropped, it is likely to get cracked on the screen, and in this case, the protective glass can take the hit. There are many different glass manufacturers on the market, it is extremely difficult to navigate this variety, and the high cost often does not affect the quality of the product, it can be anything. You can read a little about the glass production process in our material.

My attitude towards glasses has changed several times over the past years, from complete rejection to recognition of their usefulness, but inapplicability specifically in my use cases. My smartphones are flagships and they use the best material options, which is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus at the moment. From the factory, the screen is covered with a film, usually it lasts for 4-6 months, then I just remove the film and continue to use the device without it. The mechanical impact resistance of such a screen with Victus factory glass is higher than I can get with additional glass. Over the past five years, the survivability of smartphones in drops has increased dramatically, including an increase in the height of the fall and the hardness of the materials on which the device can fall. Of course, it all depends on your luck, if you fall on the corner of a metal fence or a protruding pin, the screen can die for a long time, since this is a point strike. But in all other situations, nothing bad happens and additional protection is simply not needed.

The choice of additional protection is adequate in cases where the manufacturer used a protective glass with worse characteristics than the one you put on. Find out what is the hardness of the glass that you are offered, compare with what is on your device. If the proposed protective glass is better, then it will almost certainly give that extra protection. It is important that the glass is installed correctly, both the comfort of use and the protective properties depend on it. The film in terms of protection is much inferior to glass, but the fingerprint sensors built into the screen always work with it, but this is not always the case with glass.

My choice is cases, but I don’t put additional glasses or films on the device, I don’t see a special need for this for flagships. Your choice may differ, as you know better how often you drop your devices, whether this is a problem for you.

Cleaning the connectors on the device - a needle, a toothpick, a vacuum cleaner

Sometimes it seems that there are more beauty salons in Moscow than bakeries. They are often decorated in the same style: large windows through which you can see tables and seated customers, what is being done with them. At lunchtime, tables are usually empty, several masters sit and go about their business.

Walking past such a salon, I saw a picture that was imprinted in my mind: a girl in a white coat was cleaning the connectors on her smartphone, carefully picking out the dirt from the power connector. The metal scalpel was obviously larger than a connector, but she was rubbing something with enthusiasm and looking at her finds.

One of the most frequent stories when people take care of their smartphone is cleaning it from dust and dirt. All improvised means are used - needles, toothpicks, knives and other tools. At the same time, no one can answer the question why this is done. The answer is usually this: I saw dirt, and it obviously has a bad effect on my smartphone, I need to clean it! Alas and ah, this is a harmful procedure that will do harm rather than do something useful to your device. Dust does not affect the smartphone in any way, it does not clog tons of dust into the case, and does not impair heat dissipation from the processor. And aesthetically it does not affect your device in any way, because no one looks at its connectors, and dust and dirt accumulate exclusively inside. Unlike headphones, dust and dirt in a smartphone does not impair its performance.

Modern connectors, be it USB Type C or Lightning, are designed to withstand the very same dust, it cannot somehow affect the connector. Breakdowns of connectors have become extremely rare, they almost never loosen, have no flaws - in the days of microUSB this happened, today the problem is gone.

There are conductive tracks on the connector, so "cleaning" with any metal object is the worst thing you can do. And why clean?

From communication with service engineers, I learned that our people are distinguished by ingenuity, any fiction fades before life situations. For example, they clean the holes of microphones with a needle, and as a result they pierce them, and they stop working as they should. One young man created a nozzle from electrical tape on his vacuum cleaner to clean the connectors on the phone, the result was disastrous - he was able to create a snug fit, and a powerful vacuum cleaner damaged the speaker membranes, he began to wheeze. No need to try to solve a problem that does not exist, your device does not need to clean the connectors.

Perhaps it is better to wash it? And then disinfect?

Advertising products that kill all bacteria and viruses has reached the technology, you can find a variety of statements, but it all comes down to the fact that everyone as one must stand up for the fight. A smartphone is a personal thing, and whether you like it or not, there will always be bacteria on it, which are part of your microbiome. A person picks up the phone more than a hundred times a day, some more, some less. And every time you touch your phone, you give it your microorganisms, they are part of your biome. Even if you disinfect your phone every few hours, you still will not achieve complete sterility, and it is not necessary for your personal belongings. You do not try to sterilize your pillow at home, do not process bedding every evening or morning. Exactly the same makes no sense to treat the phone from bacteria or viruses.

But in our times, many spit on common sense and try to create an imaginary sense of security, perform actions that definitely do not need to be done. For example, they fill the device with gel, and then carefully grind it, and the latter gets into the holes of the microphones, and it becomes worse to hear you. Solving one problem creates another. For those who are most worried, we can advise ultraviolet sterilizers, they can partially solve this issue, reassure you. And it's good that this is not an invasive way to disinfect the surface, it's impossible to damage anything.

By wiping the screen with wet wipes, you usually hasten the destruction of the oleophobic layer, which is not eternal anyway. It is worth wiping the screen with a cloth for glasses, velvet is sold in any optics. But you definitely don’t need to rub with a gel, an alcohol solution, it’s superfluous.

Many flagships are waterproof, such as IP67/IP68. And you know what people think? That smartphones because of this can and should be washed in water. Someone even arranges a monthly ritual: pours warm water into a small container, takes soap and thoroughly washes the phone, and then dries it on a radiator (this is not a joke, some women do this). Economy can only be encouraged, but here it is harmful. Despite the protection against water, it is impossible to wash the smartphone in a basin or even more so under running water. Protection for such treatment is not designed, and sooner or later you will damage your smartphone. Please don't do this.

You need to free up the memory of your smartphone, otherwise it's hard for him!

I don't know who laid the first brick in the myth that Android smartphones need to free up RAM. In the "Settings" section, you can see how much RAM is used on the device, be surprised that there is almost no free memory, and manually clear the memory.

This is definitely not worth doing, since Android is very good at managing RAM, there is no problem of occupied memory. The architecture itself is such that those applications and services that you may need are kept in memory, the system anticipates your desires. By unloading them from memory, you are actually forcing the device to do the same job twice, then they will need to be loaded and spent more energy on it. Regardless of whether there are applications in memory or not, it still spends the same amount of energy when working. But energy is always spent on transferring data. Please don't get your hands into something that works great. I don't like the fact that all manufacturers have added utilities to clean up RAM, as they are more harmful than useful. But they give the misleading impression that you can take care of your smartphone.

This is definitely not worth doing, since Android is very good at managing RAM, there is no problem of occupied memory. The architecture itself is such that those applications and services that you may need are kept in memory, the system anticipates your desires. By unloading them from memory, you are actually forcing the device to do the same job twice, then they will need to be loaded and spent more energy on it. Regardless of whether there are applications in memory or not, it still spends the same amount of energy when working. But energy is always spent on transferring data. Please, no need to get your hands into something that works great. I don't like the fact that all manufacturers have added utilities to clean up RAM, as they are more harmful than useful. But they create a deceptive impression that you can take care of your smartphone.

We take care of the battery - we charge it for the night, we discharge it to zero

Caring for an expensive device requires that you also pay attention to how you charge your battery. There are a lot of stereotypes here, for example, that you need to do the first three charges at night, and then discharge the device to zero. Never allow it to fully charge and so on. The fact that you need to remember and accept is that the battery is a consumable item and after some time it will need to be replaced (usually not earlier than two years after buying a smartphone, of course, if it was not produced in 3- 4 years prior to operation).

Modern technologies are such that a smartphone can take care of the battery better than you, you definitely shouldn’t pay attention to this. But it is important to do one simple thing - use quality accessories, such as chargers. It is best that they are original, although here you can also find fakes. The worst thing for batteries is that users use third-party cables and adapters, which are often not optimized for the device (formally they support the standard, in practice they don’t). Yes, and saving on charging is a bad habit, because the phone can be set on fire like that, but what’s the phone, and your home or car. There are dozens of such cases only in our country, but for some reason everyone thinks that this will not happen to him specifically and there will be no problems. Be careful not to do this.

A few harmless tips for all occasions

Caring for your phone includes not only things that you can do, but often things that you definitely shouldn't do. For example, any electronics do not tolerate direct sunlight, leaving the phone on the dashboard of a car for a long time or on the battery is a bad idea. It is also not worth going to the sauna with your device, regardless of the presence or absence of water protection in it, steam is an insidious thing.

Our daily habits often affect how long a phone lasts in our hands. For example, the more often you throw the device on the bed, the more likely you are to damage the cameras, especially if you have a flagship. Yes, the bed is probably soft, and it seems that the impact is insignificant, in fact, the cameras are precisely aligned, and any mechanical impact can harm them. So I do not advise doing such experiments.

When you scroll through these tips, you get the impression that a modern smartphone is a device that does not require special intervention and care. It's true. You can enjoy your device daily, but it doesn't need any special care. There are almost no rules for caring for a smartphone, but many people want to protect their expensive device, and as a result, they only make things worse. Therefore, it is worth pulling yourself up if you are drawn to take care of your smartphone, clean it or disinfect it. I hope that after this article there will be fewer of those who usually do such procedures with their device. And I wish you that electronics does not let you down and gives you the opportunity to realize your plans. Good luck!