If you’re anything like me, your cell phone is basically your best friend: it’s with you all the time, it knows all your secrets, and you can always count on it for a good time. What’s the first thing you do when you’re bored? Go to your phone. When you’re sad? Call someone on your phone. When you’re bursting with good news? Text on your phone. Give your phone a hug right now, because it totally deserves it. #PhoneLove
You might not be treating your best friend very well, though. There are careless things that you’re doing every day that are harming your phone, even if you don’t realize it. Just like with an actual BFF, you’re probably taking it for granted and not taking care of it the way that you should. Is that any way to thank the device that has been with you through thick and thin? ABSOLUTELY NOT.
Here are 10 little things you do every day that are actually ruining your cell phone:
Texting Photos and GIFsIf your phone is low on memory (and whose isn't, let's be honest), it could be due to the photos that you text. Just a few pics or gifs can take 1 MB of memory! For you non-techie people, that's a lot. To avoid this, delete your messages regularly or use apps like SnapChat to send photos without using your phone's memory. Source: iStock
Letting It Die And Then Finally Charging ItIf you're forgetful and lazy like me, you probably wait for your phone to completely lose battery before charging it all the way full again. You might not even think twice about it. However, many phones use lithium-ion batteries which only have a certain number of "charge cycles" before they no longer work (A charge cycle is when it's fully drained and then fully charged). Ideally, you charge your battery in small amounts of time to keep your battery life going for longer. Think about it this way: if you wait until you're completely starving to eat, and then you stuff yourself until you couldn't eat any more, you wouldn't be making yourself feel very good. Better to snack and eat throughout the day! Source: iStock
Charging It OvernightRemember how I literally just said you should charge your phone in short bursts instead of all at once? Well, that applies to this too. Most of us plug our phones into the charger before we go to bed, then fall asleep and leave it charging all night long. While this isn't going to kill your battery or phone, it's still not ideal. Unlike old batteries, your new cell phone battery knows when it's fully charged and so it knows when to stop charging. However, there is still the very small chance of it overheating and going on fire. Leaving it on the charger all night long every night will also shorten the lifespan of the phone. Like we said before, try short bursts of charging instead of doing it all at once. Source: iStock
Putting It In Your PocketHow many of us stick our phone in our pocket? Probably everyone, at least once a day. It's just easy! Unfortunately, it's not the best thing to do. Your phone is pretty sturdy, but there is still a risk of breakage when it's in your pocket - obviously, there's way more of a chance of it dropping, and not as obviously, there IS a small chance of it bending or breaking in half. A guy I went to high school with ended up on the news last year because he left his iPhone in his pocket and it started burning. Scary! While that is rare, still, your pocket is not the place for your phone. Source: iStock
Enabling Push Notifications On Every Single AppYou're basically stressing out your BFF phone by allowing push notifications. Poor guy! Your phone has to constantly send data and waste battery lighting up the notification when this setting is enabled. Just like you, it needs a little downtime every once in awhile. Go through your apps in settings, and only allow the ones that are the most important to send you messages. Source: iStock
Yanking Out The Auxliary Cord or HeadphonesYou're busy, on-the-go, a mover-and-shaker. WE GET IT. You're kind of a big deal. But that doesn't mean that you can violently pull out the cords to your phone. Eventually you're going to end up with a damaged port! Take some time and pull the cord out from close to the base. Source: iStock
Keeping It On 24/7Let's be honest: do we EVER voluntarily turn our cell phones off? I know I don't. The only time my cell is off is when it dies, and with portable chargers, that almost never happens. In fact, I don't even remember the last time it was off for more than one minute. Your phone is like a tiny computer - it needs a break sometimes! At least once a week, turn your phone off for an hour or a few hours to give it some rest. Source: iStock
Permitting All Of Your Apps To Use Your Location ServicesCertain apps need location services (Uber, Yelp, Maps, etc.) in order to function. In other apps, it's definitely not necessary. Location services steals your battery like a thief in the night. Stand up for the wellbeing of your phone and say, "Not today, Apps. Not today." To turn off location services on an iPhone, go to each individual app in settings or go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Source: iStock
Leaving It In The CarYou wouldn't leave a baby in a hot car - why would you leave your precious phone? Letting your phone reach temperates higher that 95 degrees fahrenheit will damage the battery permanently. THAT MEANS FOREVER. Saying sorry and letting it cool off works with your boyfriend, but it isn't going to fix this situation. Source: iStock
Using A Case That's Cuter Than It Is ProtectiveI know, I know... the case you got for $2 online is so adorable. It's a bunny and it has sticky-out ears and it's your favorite color. SQUEEL! How much is it doing to actually protect your phone, though? Probably not much! Give your phone a case that will be protect it when you decide to carry twelve things inside instead of taking two trips and drop it on the concrete. Source: iStock
Have you been doing any of these things that are ruining your cell phone? What tips do you have? Let us know in the comments below!