A lot of people may not want to upgrade every year to another Android device. We can’t blame them since smartphones cost a pretty penny to start with. It also makes sense to protect the investment for as long as possible.

Moreover, technology outdates itself quickly and can be easily replaced. The good news is, even with constant technology upgrades, there are ways you can save your hard earned money to extend the longevity and durability in which you keep your device.

Here are some tips that can help your device stay longer and be durable to avoid replacing or repairing it.

1.      Do not upgrade the software immediately

This is a good rule preferably for the average smartphone users. Upgrading it seems like a good thing, but your handset’s performance can have a negative effect. Upgrading to a higher version of Android in an old device start hanging. If you insist, it is a good idea to do a proper research before upgrading your smartphone so that you can know what you are in for.

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2.      Do a hard reset

Sometimes you may not realize it but your smartphone may slow down over time as we continuously take photos and videos, download applications, transfer music and anything else that makes your device retain data. You can remedy this by cleaning up the affected areas of your device, but at times it is just best to transfer all files and applications to a flash drive or a PC and start afresh.

3.      Accessorize

It is uncommon to desire a new device because the current one has a cosmetic eyesore problem. However, there ae lots of cheap accessories that can help your device look good in case they look like they have had a rough life.

There also plenty of full coverage cases like the OtterBox that give your device a plastic screen and a strong case. If you want something that is less bulky, consider tempered glass screen covers and skins. There are many options to choose from.

4.      Make use of the power saving modes

Power saving modes tend to increase your smartphone’s longevity. All phones have their own power saving modes that save your battery’s juice and extend the usable times. However, these modes have drawbacks too. For example, the decrease the rate at which your phone’s display is drawn and they also slow the processor’s speed.

There is a place for the power saving modes. When you are low on battery and your devices longevity is far more vital than performance. Most smartphones have a settings of automatically activating the power saving modes at a certain point. You don’t have to leave these power saving modes on at all time.

5.      Don’t overcharge

If you leave your device to charge overnight, it is likely to leave it charging way past the charging point. While there some chargers designed to stop charging once the battery is full, it is recommended that you disconnect your smartphone from the charge once it is 100 percent full. Overcharging overheats the battery and this reduces both the phone’s lifetime and the battery’s capacity.

Source: AndroidPolice

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