May 25, 2018

5 Ways to Make Your Devices Last Longer

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5 Ways to Make Your Devices Last Longer

Your smart phone, laptop and other devices are key to the smooth operation of your business as a real estate pro. Avoid committing commonplace mistakes that can strain and drain your electronic devices. Writer Nicholas Pell explains five things you should do to make sure they last as long as possible.

Power Down

Users commonly reboot devices, but they rarely realize the benefits of completely powering down, says Pell. Here’s how: Occasionally let the power run all the way down. While the device is powered off, charge it all the way up, not using it or turning it back on until it’s fully charged.

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Buy a Case

Your new smartphone isn’t quite as slim when it’s wearing protective gear, but you should resist the temptation to go commando. A case is simply the best way to ensure that a quick slip has the fewest consequences.

Seek Specialized Cleaners

There’s a reason manufacturers make special cleaners for electronic devices: Their screens are coated with a protective layer that is broken down by common household solutions like Windex. So spend a few extra bucks and get the cleaner designed specifically for your screen.

Take Time to Cool Down

Devices must stay below a certain temperature and excessive heat will damage systems. Laptop fans will sometimes engage to help cool them down during periods of high activity or in warm environments, but fan-free devices such as smartphones and tablets have this same temperature need. Avoid setting your devices on blankets and other surfaces that don’t allow for quick and easy cooling.

Wrap it Right

Remove cords from the wall gently and wrap them as loosely as possible when you’re transporting or storing them. Apply this same rule to your headphones and they’ll last longer too. 

Source: “How You’re Ruining Your Devices” (Xfinity’s Your Security Resource blog).