Even the most adept smartphone users can find themselves making the occasional blunder. Perhaps they drop their mobile device in the sink or it slips out of a hand and lands screen-first on rough asphalt. Even co-mingling in pockets with car keys can damage a smartphone. Yes there are few things more irritating than a damaged handheld. Not only are these issues unpleasant to the eye, they often result in the poor functionality of the unit as well. But before cashing in that mobile insurance policy or calling in the smartphone techs, mobile owners may want to consider addressing the problem themselves.
It’s true, a number of smartphone issues don’t require the services of tech professionals in order to fix. In fact, owners can often remedy three of the most common smartphone problems on their own in a short space of time. Here’s how:
A very common problem that ranges from minor and superficial to major and debilitating. Most often the culprit is a key scratch or accidentally dropping the smartphone on the ground. In many instances the user can remedy this issue on their own. There are a number of scratch-removal products that can be purchased from most mobile retailers for around $5, but those who really want to go the home-remedy route can use the old toothpaste trick.
This involves dabbing the scratched area of the smartphone screen with a dollop of toothpaste. Then, using a microfiber cloth, the user should gently massage the paste over the screen in a circular motion until it is thoroughly coated. After waiting ten minutes, the owner can wipe the phone clean using a damp (not wet) microfiber cloth. It is crucial the owner use a plain toothpaste with no whitening agents or other harsh additives, as they can damage the screen.
Those who have accidentally dropped their smartphone in water are usually aware that the damage is already done, no matter how quickly they retrieve it. The reality is that most water damage results in the breakdown of the phone, with replacement being the next step. However, those who act quickly may just be able to salvage their smartphone after is has gotten wet.
The key is to remove the battery as quickly as possible after the incident. This ensures the phone won’t turn on while wet, which almost always fries the circuits for good. Then, the owner should dry the unit with a towel and submerge both the handheld and battery in a bowl of dry rice overnight. This should help to suck out any excess moisture.
This usually is a sign that the pixel in question is dead. While often a superficial problem, it can also be severe enough to prevent proper use of the smartphone touch screen. The only home remedy for solving this problem is to massage the area firmly with a soft cloth. This sometimes has the effect of massaging the particular pixel back to life.
The above tips are intended to be helpful household remedies to some of the most common smartphone issues. Of course, if the mobile in question ceases to function due to said damage, then it may be time to consider replacement.
About the author: Sara Wells is a tech blogger who writes on behalf of companies such as Protectyourbubble.com smartphone insurer, a popular company that insures gadgets people can’t live without.