Smartphones are without a doubt the hallmark of our modern lives. In fact, a majority of us can barely imagine a life without our precious gadgets. They have not only significantly simplified our lives but also, to some extent, grown to become a status symbol just like our clothes, shoes, and cars. Nonetheless, unlike the three, smartphones are greatly predisposed to accidental damage, breakage or plain-old malfunction. And there’s arguably nothing as frustrating as a broken phone in the middle of a corporate event, business meeting or when on vacation. That’s why it is important to have a few clever phone repair hacks tucked away should life throws a major curveball at you in the name of an unexpected phone failure.
1. Wet Phones
Most of us can barely count the number of times they’ve had to replace their mobile handsets after inadvertently dropping them in water. And if it is an expensive phone ( most high-end phones can set you back as much as $1000 ), you might have to stay phoneless for a few days or weeks before purchasing a new handset. But as it turns out, there is a way to salvage such a scenario.
Contrary to what most people know, most phones manufactured after 2014 have some sort of semi-waterproof sheath around their major functional components to hold off water for a few minutes before it damages the internal circuitry. Therefore, should your phone fall in water – accidentally or otherwise – your first impulse should be to extract it as soon as possible before the water wrecks any significant damage. Be sure not to drop it as you do this; most gadgets are super slippery when wet.
Next up after successfully fishing out the phone, place in it a bag/bowl of uncooked rice or silica for a day. The rice should absorb the moisture, and you can power it on after that. Under no circumstances should you place the phone in the sun as it is commonly advised.
2. Repairing Minor Scratches and Cracked Screens
Nothing is as displeasing as using/texting using a phone with a badly scratched or cracked screen. The glass splinters – if left unchecked – can also injure your fingertips during use. Luckily, a huge chunk of today’s phones is fitted with Gorilla glass 3 or better.
That being said, the best way to take care of scratches and cracks is to take immediate action as soon as one shows up. And you can fix it by smothering white toothpaste over it to fill up the wedges left by the crack. Nonetheless, remember to first of all seal the microphone, start button and USB ports to make sure no liquid seeps through them to the internal circuitry.
For a badly shattered screen, the best emergency and temporary fix is placing a thick but transparent sticker on it to hold it in place before you replace it with a similar one by the same brand.
3. Freezing/Hanging Phone
A phone that constantly freezes, stalls and hangs can quickly drain off one’s patience, zeal, and energy. I have a had a friend who smashed his prized gadget on a brick wall out sheer frustration that, apparently, stemmed from a lagging operating system. Nothing tries your patience better than a phone that stalls unexpectedly especially while multitasking. Fortunately, there is a solution for these little incessant and annoying freezes.
A lagging phone is a clear sign of an overloaded RAM and that the gadget is struggling to keep up with the demand for resources from various installed apps and programs. So, start by deleting these unnecessary apps from your phone. These are apps that you hardly use or those that you have never used at all. You will be surprised by how many pre-installed apps are virtually good-for-nothing.
Next up, clear all the temporary files/cache of the deleted apps that are still on the gadget’s RAM. This should free up plenty of the much-needed space to run the few remaining useful apps smoothly and concurrently.
Lastly, reboot your phone to give it a new lease of life. If this does not work and the freezing persists, consider going down the difficult route- a complete factory reset. By all means, that should solve it.
The Bottom Line
Smartphones are not as hard to diagnose as most people imagine. Cultivate a habit of studiously reading through your handset’s manual each time you purchase a new phone, and you will be surprised at what you can unearth.