字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント 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? Yep… Even 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 it – and 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. Hey, if you learned something new today, then give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos I think you'll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay on the Bright Side of life!