How to Fix a Damaged Smartphone

For many people living in the modern world, smartphones are an integral part of daily life. And these devices offer far more than the ability to make and receive calls. In fact, talking has taken a back seat to almost every other feature on modern smartphones. They act as organizers, MP3 players, business managers and more. So it goes without saying that there is often a lot of vital data on these devices. And therefore damage to the smartphone can compromise this data.

Indeed, a damaged or dysfunctional smartphone is never a fun prospect. However, what many people don’t know is that a lot of common damage as well as certain performance issues are reversible. Here are just a few tips to getting a damaged smartphone back on the mend.

Water damage

Water is probably the biggest killer of smartphones out there; the two simply don’t mix. Drop a mobile device in a pool or ocean and most of the time it is deep-sixed for good. That said, quick thinking on the part of the owner can — and often does – result in the salvation of wet smartphones. The first thing the owner needs to do after getting a smartphone wet is instantly turn it off and remove the battery. Dry the two components with a towel thoroughly. To draw out the remaining moisture, place handset and battery in a bowl of dry rice and leave overnight.

Rapid battery loss

Many smartphone owners may notice their devices going dead after a mere few hours of use. More than likely this has to do with features and settings as well as mobile apps. To improve overall battery life, it’s important to delete any unused mobile applications and disable location-based features. Disabling push alerts will also help maximize battery life, as will not constantly running features such as GPS and Bluetooth.

Scratched screens

Screen scratches can be the bane of the smartphone owner’s existence. True, these are merely superficial issues, but they should be remedied nonetheless. The quickest — and cheapest – home remedy for getting rid of screen scratches is by using toothpaste. Merely add a dollop of basic toothpaste – without whitening agents – to a cotton swab and apply to the scratched area of the screen. Leave the toothpaste for a few moments and then wipe away with a damp cloth.

Frozen pixels

This is another cosmetic issue, but one that can make actually viewing a smartphone screen a difficult prospect. Some screens are so damaged by dead pixels that total replacement is in order. However, for more minor issues the best solution is to use a microfiber cloth to lightly massage the damaged area. This will help reinvigorate the pixels and restore some of their color.

These are just a few things average smartphone owners can do to keep their handhelds looking and running great. Of course, for major protection, owners should invest in a quality screen protector to ensure optimum protection against things like scratches as well as dropping the device.

Scott Johnson is a tech blogger who writes on behalf of companies such as smartphone insurer, a popular brand who insures gadgets that people can’t live without.


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I am the Team Leader here at BurnWorld. I am an audio/video enthusiast and have been in this industry for over 10 years. I love testing DVD/Blu-Ray and Video software.

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