A mobile is probably most important gadget you have in the world today. Your entire life is wrapped around your phone with the countless applications designed to make your daily tasks easier. Among all, an iPhone is not only a cool smart-phone, it also makes a style statement every time you pull it out of your pocket. If you want to keep your iPhone looking brand new for a long time, then you have to learn how to take good care of it.

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

1. Protect it by covering it

Everyone drops their phone once in a while. When you keep it on rough surfaces, it is bound to get scratches. As soon as you buy your phone, cover the display screen with a high quality scratch resistant screen guard. Replace this guard every six months. The regions around power dock connector and the headphone jack are also prone to scratches and abrasions due to continuous usage. Cover your phone with a hard casing to protect your iPhone from these abrasions and also from cracks to the thin corners of the phone.

2. Keep dust and dirt far away

When dust and dirt enters your phone, it can fry circuits and cause unwanted interference in performance. In an iPhone, the speaker and microphone are placed on opposite sides. If a person on call is unable to hear your voice, it may be due to dust accumulation in the microphone hole. When you play music, you might notice noise disturbances. This is also due to congestion in the speakers due to dust and dirt particles. Keep any dust away from these two areas of your phone to avoid damage to the sound system.

3. Watch not to overcharge or undercharge battery

Phone users generally complain that the battery life is mediocre or their phone does not charge completely. This is because of the practice of leaving the phone on charge even after the battery is fully charged or unplugging it before it reaches full charge. To manage this condition, allow the battery to completely die on your iPhone and then charge it to full capacity. Repeat it once again. It allows a few microchips to synchronize.

4. Check the temperature around your iPhone

All phones are sensitive to external temperature and iPhone is especially sensitive. Its battery life and system performance depends a lot on the temperature of its environment. Just like how our body needs to be at around 98 degrees Fahrenheit, the iPhone needs to be in a temperature that is more or less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You do not have to carry a temperature sensor in your pocket. Just keep touching your phone to check if it is heating up. If it is, then place it somewhere cooler or switch it off until you need to use it again. Do not leave it in the refrigerator. It will damage the phone.

With Siri in iPhone 4, you probably feel like the phone takes care of you. The relationship is symbiotic – Siri takes care of you and you take care of her in return. Now doesn’t that seem like a good deal?

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