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  • Every time I nestled in the driver's seat of my car, my first instinct was to stuff

  • my phone into the glove box. I kept doing it for a long time, until about a week ago,

  • I found out that my carelessness could damage my cell phone beyond repair!

  • Glove compartments (and mine is no exception) tend to be filled with tons of useful stuff,

  • from snacks and napkins to insurance papers and the car owner's manual. And gloves, right?

  • You'd think. Why else do we call it that? Anyway, why not add your phone to this pile

  • of useful things? This way, you won't see it, and it'll be easier to fight that irresistible

  • impulse to check your phone for new messages every 5 minutes! Which means you won't get

  • distracted from the road! Great, sounds good to me!

  • But this "out of sight, out of mind" approach can leave you with another problem on your

  • hands. You don't have your phone in sight, so when you get out of the car, you're likely

  • to leave it where it is - in the glove box. Welcome to the moment where you might lose

  • your phone altogether.

  • Modern smartphones are vulnerable to extreme temperatures, no matter if those are freezing

  • or scorching hot. That's why if you forget to grab your phone out of the glove compartment

  • in the summer (even if you're just popping into the grocery store for a loaf of bread!),

  • get ready for trouble

  • A car, even if it isn't parked in direct sunlight, can heat up to well over 100°F in under an

  • hour. And not only your vehicle's outer shell will get red-hot to the touch, but its insides

  • will turn into a mini greenhouse as well. The fact that your phone is in the glove box

  • will only worsen the situation.

  • Once the heat reaches 95°F, your phone will get warmer and warmer until all the electronics

  • it's packed with get too hot. The result is likely to be dramatic: from data loss to permanent

  • battery damage. In the worst-case scenario, the heat can lead to battery leakage. And

  • that's outright dangerous because it can cause a fire and cost you not only your phone but

  • also your whole car! So, just keep in mind that the temperature in the enclosed and stuffy

  • glove compartment can rise way higher than 95°.

  • Cold temperatures can do just as much harm to your gadget, and I'll tell you about that

  • a bit later. But first, have you ever had any problems with your phone because of the

  • heat? If so, tell me in the comments below what you did to deal with them!

  • What I know for sure: you shouldn't unlock your phone and open any apps, especially processor-intensive

  • ones like games. It can make your device get even hotter. The best idea is to put the phone

  • in airplane mode and leave it alone for a while. This mode will cut your device from

  • all kinds of networks, and it'll relieve a lot of the strain your phone is experiencing.

  • If your phone is in a case, immediately take it off. The problem with protective cases

  • is that they can block the vents and prevent your gadget from cooling down.

  • But the most effective way of dealing with an overheated phone is the trusted ol' "switch-it-off"

  • method. Experts claim that turning your phone off for even half a minute usually helps cool

  • it down. It also resets all processes that demand a lot of memory and can cause additional

  • overheating.

  • And now, try to remember the last time you got in your car on a freezing winter morning.

  • The temperature inside wasn't so different from the outside, right? So what would happen

  • if your phone had to spend some time in such conditions? Nothing good.

  • Smartphones don't take kindly to freezing temperatures and anything lower. If you abandon

  • your device in a cold car, it's likely to have problems later on with its display, its

  • battery life will get shorter, and it may start to shut off on its own. Cold temperatures

  • can even cause some physical damage: your smartphone's glass display could shatter.

  • So, what can you do to protect your phone from all that? Simple: don't put your gadget

  • in the glove box! To make sure that it doesn't distract you while you're driving, switch

  • on the "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode instead. It'll prevent all those messages

  • and notifications from popping up on the screen and catching your attention.

  • But even if you never leave your phone in the glove compartment, I bet you make some

  • other mistakes that can damage your precious device. Because I do. With alarming regularity.

  • For example

  • It's very dangerous to keep a charging phone under something like a pillow or blanket.

  • Everybody that likes to sleep with it nearby for fear of not hearing the alarm, let's

  • all just raise our hands. Still, most devices get warmer while charging, which is normal.

  • But if there's something on top of your phone, it'll prevent that heat from dissipating.

  • And then, if worst comes to worst, the whole charging situation may end in a fire. The

  • best way to fill your phone's battery is by putting the device on a cool hard surface,

  • out of the sun.

  • If you're like me, go ahead and keep your hand up. Guilty of failing to update your

  • apps? YepEven if it seems like no big deal, it's a crucial safety issue! Newly updated

  • apps can deal with bugs more effectively. They're more likely to notice some security

  • weaknesses and can easily identify new threats. Your phone doesn't have the best protection

  • if your applications aren't up-to-date.

  • Another thing loads of people tend to forgo is cleaning their phones. And I'm not talking

  • about deleting unflattering photos or old chat history. I mean taking wet wipes and

  • cleaning the phone's body, and doing the same with a microfiber cloth for the screen. You'd

  • be terrified if you knew how many bacteria are hanging out on your most loved device!

  • Some of these bacteria, for example, salmonella or E.coli, can make you sick!

  • Forget about that popular idea of putting your phone in the freezer when it heats up.

  • Such sharp temperature changes can do irreparable damage. The main reason for that is condensation

  • that can appear inside your gadget and lead to all kinds of troubles. And if you've ever

  • dropped your phone in water, you know the damage it can do.

  • Another disservice you can do to your phone is to charge it with the help of a non-original

  • charger. Losing or breaking your charger is a pretty common situation, and those cheap

  • alternatives seem like a great bargain. But you should understand that this low price

  • must have some catch. And it does: a low-quality charger can seriously damage your phone or

  • even set it on fire! So remember that chargers not made by the phone's manufacturer usually

  • can't boast great quality, stability, and efficiency. Try to get the original one.

  • The following mistake won't harm your phone or anything, but I feel like it's a useful

  • tip to share. There was a time when I used to close all the open apps to save my phone

  • battery. But not so long ago, I found out that it was a pointless waste of my time,

  • and closing most of the applications did nothing to prolong the battery life. The apps you've

  • opened before aren't running in the background. And even if you close them all, it won't change

  • anything. The only kinds of apps that can indeed drain your battery are location services.

  • Public Wi-Fi is becoming more and more common, and it's often hard to resist the temptation

  • to surf the Internet at no cost. But don't forget that the information you access and

  • share while using public Wi-Fi can become visible to other people if they know how to

  • search for itand many do. A much better idea is to use a private Wi-Fi network protected

  • by a password. But if it's not an option and you have to use a public network, try not

  • to visit sites where you must enter your username and password.

  • And I feel like it goes without saying, but let me just go ahead and do that: don't

  • squeeze your smartphone or put something heavy on it. Keep it out of your pockets and don't

  • throw it carelessly into your bag. Too much pressure can damage the screen from the inside.

  • And while on the outside, your gadget will look no different, you'll still see a blurred

  • picture or non-working pixels on its display.

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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