We all have that one thing we can’t leave the house without. Maybe it’s your favorite lipstick, your lucky pencil, or even your childhood stuffed animal (I won’t judge). But we also have that one thing we can’t be without at ALL times…and that’s probably your cellphone. I don’t mean to be dramatic, but phones are basically an extension of our bodies. You can use it for pretty much everything. I’m not saying we should be attached to our phones 24/7, but they are a huge part of our lives, without question. But, like all good things, there are negatives to cell phones – and some of them might be your fault. You might be doing something dangerous things that are destroying your phone without even realizing it.
I know we all love to worship our phones, but certain things we do to them or with them can put us all at risk for a lot of things, like hackers, sicknesses, and even chemical burns (YIKES. More on that later). We all have to be super cautious when it comes to handling our smartphones, no matter that type you have. It sucks to hear, but it’s important to be safe when it comes to your phone, since it really is like a part of you. So if you, like a lot of the world, have a smartphone, be sure to check out these bad things that you’re probably doing with your phone.
Charging It In PublicI know that I was excited when those public charging stations started popping up all over, but they actually might not be a good idea. There are such things as "hacked outlets", aka people might be trying to steal your information from your charging phone. It's super sneaky, but it happens and can put your personal information, even photos and texts, at risk. If you find your battery draining easily, it might be time to invest in a portable charger or charging case. Image Source: iStock
Trickle ChargingThis is not something I had ever heard of, but it is actually a thing for newer phones. When you plug your phone into the charger, it is always going to try to be fully charged (obviously). But, stay with me here, after your phone gets to 100 percent, it will stop charging. But, then the battery might drain, even if it is plugged in, and then have to recharge. It sounds confusing, but it is basically just an endless cycle of your phone charging over and over again, when it doesn't need to be. That's what trickle charging is, and it can actually be bad for your phone battery! If you notice your phone gets charged to 100 percent, you should unplug it ASAP. Image Source: iStock
Having A Liquid Glitter CaseI know those glitter cases are cute AF and go along with your '90s aesthetic, but they are actually terrible for your phone and your body. There have been multiple reports of the liquid inside the case leaking and causing third degree burns, and even though some companies have pulled those products from their shelves, other companies still have them on sites like Amazon, so watch out! Image Source
Not Cleaning ItYour phone could be making you sick! I know, it sucks to hear, but it's true. Your phone gathers a lot of germs, which makes sense, since you touch it with dirty hands all day. The bacteria from your hands transfers from your phone, which can make you sick and even give you acne. Be sure to clean your phone regularly to avoid the dreaded phone sickness. Image Source: iStock
Cleaning It WrongThere are right and wrong ways to clean your phone...and you're probably doing it wrong. You really shouldn't use water, since it can damage your phone. You can buy special cleaning formulas made specifically for your phone, so that you can clean it without ruining your precious phone. Or, you can make your own DIY cleaner, which will save you money and still get your phone squeaky clean. Tutorial
Using Public WifiI now how convenient public wifi is, but unfortunately, this is just another way for hackers to get your info. Is anything safe these days? Obviously, not all wifi is bad, but is can be hard to tell. You should make sure you're using secure wifi, and always be cautious when using the free wifi at your local mall. Image Source: iStock
Not UpdatingI don't know about you, but I am always clicking those "update later" options when there is a new update. But...they are important. Your operating system needs updates to be sure that it's staying safe and secure. So, even though they can be annoying, you should be keeping up with those updates. Image Source: iStock
Clicking Sketchy LinksDid you know you're more likely to click on a dangerous link on your phone than your computer? Be sure to always be aware of what site you're clicking on, especially if it's from a weird email or text from someone you don't know. Image Source: iStock
Are you guilty of any of these phone mistakes? Tell us in the comments!