1. Begin with a quality product
The first, and arguably most important way to get the most out of your cell phone is to begin with a quality product. If you purchase a low-end budget cell phone, the component materials that make up the phone itself will be lower grade with a higher potential for breaking. Cheaper phones also typically have lower specs, such as slower processors, lower megapixel cameras, smaller batteries, and limited features. These limitations will inherently decrease the long-term effectiveness of the phone and it will become obsolete much more rapidly.
2. Protective case
The next obvious step is to buy a hard-case to protect your purchase. There are thousands of different brands, styles, and colors to choose from, this is up to personal preference. Usually a slim case is sufficient, but if you use your phone in harsh conditions, we recommend a more heavy-duty shock resistant case. A $20 case could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run, especially since current phones cost upwards of $600.
3. Screen protector
A screen protector is another cheap way to extend the life of your cell phone. These also range from a lightweight thin film to heavy duty Gorilla Glass alternatives. They will not only shield the screen from dirt, dust, debris, it could also save it from cracking if you drop the phone on a hard surface.
4. Over-charging battery
This tip is less important with newer phones since the charging circuits in current phones have improved along with more efficient lithium-ion batteries. If your phone is a few years old, this will benefit you in the long run. It is recommended that you unplug a phone once it has reached 100%, some batteries will over-charge and become damaged. A good indication that your battery has sustained damaged is if it shows a bloated or cracking case.
5. Liquid damage
One of the top reasons for a retired phone is exposure to liquid, which will disable most phones permanently. Being aware of your surrounding and if your phone is in close proximity to liquid is very important. You could slip into a puddle of water, accidentally knock over your coffee, be caught in heavy rain, along with many other scenarios that are common in daily life. Any number of these could lead to a damaged or disabled phone.
Top 5 Methods to Extend Cell Phone Lifespan