Three Pointers For New Phones

Have you purchased a new smartphone recently? Most users find themselves upgrading their devices every couple of years and, to be honest, the typical smartphone should probably be replaced (or at the very least, scrubbed through a factory reset) every year or so. These remarkably complicated devices don’t do well after about a year, and after two or three years they become downright unreliable. This is a planned obsolescence, of course; smartphone technology moves so fast that it would be unreasonable to expect a device that is two or more years old to compete with devices that have just been introduced. If you’ve just gotten a new phone or tablet, you should take these three tips to heart.

First, make sure to periodically download and backup the material on your smartphone. If you take a lot of photos and videos, especially if those photos and videos are important to you (because, for example, they’re pictures of your family), one of the biggest mistakes you can make is just letting those photos and videos accumulate. If you do that, if your phone is lost or stolen, all those precious memories are lost. Worse, a lot of us take photos and videos of important notes or other things that we want to quickly record, and these things could conceivably be used against you by a hacker or identity thief who is going through your phone. Make sure that every so often, you take the time to make a backup copy of the information that is on your phone and its storage card or storage space. That backup copy should be kept in a safe place. That way, if something does happen to your phone, you won’t lose too much data. Also, when you download the material on your phone, make sure you don’t still leave it also on the phone. You’ll be tempted to have it copied to both places, but a phone that is lost or stolen is one that you don’t want to have a lot of personal pictures or data lingering on.

While we’re talking about lost or stolen phones, make sure you buy the replacement insurance. There are some sources that will tell you that you don’t need this insurance, but when you drop your phone and crack the screen and are told that the out of pocket expense to replace your precious wireless device is hundreds of dollars, you may feel differently about the relatively high copay of the insurance sold with your device. It’s always a good idea to buy the device insurance. This is only good sense. You may think you don’t need it and you may tell yourself that you won’t have an accident because you’ll be careful, but the fact is, you don’t get to make an appointment for an accident. By definition, it always happens when you least expect, and when you drop your guard for a moment. That’s just human nature.

Finally, we know a lot of you don’t read the documentation that comes with your smartphone. These modern days, very few phones come with exhaustive physical manuals. You’re expected to download the manual, or look up your help questions, online. That makes the device manufacturer’s life easier, but it could actually make your life easier if you keep it in mind. That’s because in those instructions, in that documentation, is a whole bunch of insight that you might not notice otherwise. Your device’s instructions contain many different details that most people ignore. If you read these things up front, you could conceivably save yourself some hassle later. It’s a good idea to get very familiar with your device’s documentation when you buy it.

Keep these tips in mind when you buy a new smartphone or tablet. By paying attention and staying alert, you can extend the life of your device and be a better steward of the technology entrusted to you.