How to Lengthen the Lifespan of Electronic Devices

We live in the age of technology, and more electronic devices hit the market with each passing year. From Apple to Samsung and Microsoft, electronics basically rule our world. If you’re like most people, you probably spend an incredible amount of time, money, and resources on your devices, and it’s natural to want them to last as long as possible.

Unfortunately, most of us forget that it’s necessary to maintain our devices and replace them much more than necessary. Many people don’t even know how to maintain their devices at all! There’s no shame in it, and if this sounds like you, learning how to care for your electronics will be a gamechanger.

This article will go over some of the best practices that you can adopt to lengthen the lifespan of your devices going forward.

Read the Manual

This first step might seem obvious, but how often do you skip this step when you get a new device? Be honest.

It’s easy to assume that you’ll “figure it out” when it comes to phones, tablets, laptops, chargers, and other electronic devices. However, most manuals include valuable information about the best way to maintain your new device, including the best environment to keep it in, the most efficient method of using it, and more.

Don’t skip the user’s manual. We recommend keeping it on hand or scanning it into a digital file so that you can refer to it whenever you need it. (And you might need your manual for the following tips.)

Keep Away from Heat

Heat is the kryptonite to electronic devices. Nothing can shorten the lifespan of an electronic device the way high temperatures can. The best thing for you to do for almost any device is to keep your space from overheating whenever possible. The easiest ways to do this are with proper ventilation or a cooling system. Check the user’s manual for ideal temperatures or a range of temperatures to avoid.

It is also essential to make sure that your device itself is overheating. This is why it is ill-advised to keep laptops on your laps or bedding for too long. A table or a lap desk works better for keeping your device nice and cool, and you can even find stands with fans if you’re having issues with overheating.

Charge Your Device Properly

If you want your device to last, you need to know how to charge it and what you can charge it with. For example, if you’re using a cheap knockoff laptop charger, it could be causing severe damage to your entire device, especially the battery. It’s always best to purchase a charger directly from the manufacturer to ensure it is charging your device appropriately.

It is also essential to know how long you need to charge your device and when you should unplug it. While it’s alright for many laptops to remain plugged in when you’re working on them, overcharging your smartphone can be the death of it. Read the user manual to find out the specifics for your device.

Update Regularly

Nothing can be more frustrating than a slow and outdated device. Instead of skipping updates, it’s best to make time for updates shortly after they’re available on your device. This simple step can help your software and settings keep your device running smoothly and efficiently. Updates are different for each device, but the one thing they all have in common is that they’re designed to improve on what you already have.

These simple methods offer ways that we can all keep our devices around for longer than ever. It’ll save you time, money, and stress to follow these steps for all of your electronic devices now and in the future.

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