Apple has inarguably been one of the most consistent manufacturers of top-notch electronics in the past decade. Even when facing stiff competition from leading smartphone manufacturers like Samsung and the newly revamped but ultimately doomed-to-fail Nokia, iPhones are still some of the best smartphones in the world today.
Unfortunately, they are often misused, and this largely stems from a common lack of understanding of the smartphone’s capabilities.
There are many right ways to use your iPhone, but just as many wrong things you can do to it. These mistakes are costly too as they often damage the device physically or shorten its lifespan.
It is concerning to think that your expensive iPhone will not live as long as it was designed to because you’ve been using it wrong. Some of these mistakes, as you will see, are so commonly made that they are hardly known as mistakes anymore. Without further delay, herein are a few ways you might be misusing your iPhone.
1. Leaving It in the Sun
Smartphones these days come with temperature-controlling capabilities, and the iPhone is no different. Though it is weather-resistant to an extent, it isn’t wise to leave it under hot, direct sunlight for too long. It’s all too tempting to pop it onto the dashboard while you drive or leave it by the window in your office, but this will do your phone no favors.
So, avoid leaving your iPhone to overheat under the harsh sun as this dramatically decreases its ability to function optimally.
2. Using Third Party Chargers
It’s hard to resist the thought of saving a few bucks, especially when buying accessories for our iPhones. A charger isn’t something you want to skimp on, however, and there is plenty of proof to back that up.
Off-brand iPhone chargers are a dime-a-dozen these days. iPhone owners line up to replace their original chargers with these seemingly cheaper versions but as they come to painfully learn, cheap is always expensive in the long run.
Not only are these third party iPhone chargers dangerous to your phone’s battery health, but they also do not meet the basic safety requirements. You might think that your phone’s health is all that’s in jeopardy, but it’s not—fake chargers are known to explode and cause damage to both the phone and its owner.
3. Ignoring System Updates
Granted there are some iPhone system updates we all could have done without (the notorious U2 automatic update comes to mind), installing every new system update is crucial to the wellbeing of your iPhone.
New system updates come with new security patches and features that improve the functionality of your phone. Most of the iPhone users who reported having their devices hacked or infected by malware were using an out-of-date operating system.
4. Not Doing Enough to Protect It
Anyone who owns an iPhone knows that they don’t come cheap, which is why it’s often a surprise to see one without any form of protection on it—be it a tempered screen protector or a case. Accidents happen when you least expect them, so don’t think that the gorgeous display on your brand new iPhone will remain unscratched for long, no matter how careful you are with it.
5. Not Cleaning It Correctly
First of all, spraying cleaner fluids directly onto your device is a no-no. Obvious as it may be, some people forget to first spray the cloth before dabbing it onto the screen and instead elect to do the opposite. Needless to say, your iPhone won’t survive long if it’s continuously subjected to moisture sprays, which can easily sneak into any one of the openings and wreak havoc.
Use the right materials (a microfiber cleaning cloth will do) but most importantly, use them correctly, to avoid damaging your phone when cleaning it.