For any smartphone company, the goal is to try and entice people into becoming regular customers. They design clever strategies to make you perceive your phone as obsolete and want to replace it as often as possible.
But do you really need to buy a new phone every two to three years? We don’t think so. Here are 10 things you can do to make your phone feel and work like new again and give up the idea of buying a new phone – at least this year.
1. Change Your Wallpaper
I don’t know if you agree with me on this point or not, but many times, something as simple as changing your wallpaper can make your phone feel new. Here’s a tip: Only change your wallpaper once every month. Each new month, pick a different theme such as nature, space, stars, games, kids, flowers, cars, or any that you have not used before.
2. Update Your Operating System
If your phone is not up-to-date, it can start to lag and feel dated, and undoubtedly suffer from many software problems and noticeable delays in performance, as well as the struggle with all modern applications. Many Android smartphone makers offer at least three years of major Android updates. So, unless your phone is older than that, you should check if there’s an update available on your phone and then install it.
A new Android update can not only make your phone feel new, but it can also kill bugs, introduce new features, improve security, and more. It’s a good practice to keep your phone fully updated to get the most out of it and preserve your important data.
3. Download a New Launcher
One of the best things about Android that has stayed true throughout its inception is the customizability of the system like never before. No matter which Android phone you have, whether it is Samsung, Xiaomi, Redmi, Realme, Vivo, OnePlus, or any other Android phone manufacturer, you are never confined to one launcher experience. There are a plethora of launcher apps on the Google Play Store that you can download.
Some of the best launchers you can install, and try and choose the one you prefer are Nova Launcher, Action Launcher, and Microsoft Launcher.
4. Replace Your Battery
Everyone is aware of how the lithium-ion batteries inside our modern smartphones work. These batteries degrade after more than one year of use or even without using them. Over time they become unable to hold a charge. You will be surprised that the battery drains quickly even before one day of use is finished, and you will constantly find yourself running out of juice.
Most people get a new phone after three years, which is the period when all batteries reach the end of their life. For some, getting their battery replaced with another can solve all problems. It will also save you money as you will not have to buy a new phone.
5. Delete Old Unused Apps & Update All the Remaining
Over time, your phone gets filled with media, photos, videos, and apps that you no longer use or even need. All this data eats up a lot of phone memory and affects your phone’s overall performance. If your internal storage is full, this can slow down your phone, make it lag, and feel dated. To avoid this, it’s good practice to delete all the data you do not need anymore immediately.
Similarly, delete all out-of-use apps. If you ever need one of those apps again, you can download it back. Unused apps only make things harder for you as they eat storage, occupy RAM by running in the background, and make your phone feel cluttered. Deleting them will make more room for new apps. You should regularly sort all your applications and make sure you get rid of all the ones no longer needed.
Eventually, you can make good use of all that extra space you just gained by updating all the apps that remain since this helps them work properly and will address errors and security holes that can cause damage or destruction of your data.
Some smartphones can last for 3 years, while others may go for 5 or 6 years if you take good care of them. Remember that we all need a smartphone for a simple set of basics like calls, chatting with friends, browsing social networking sites and apps, and some websites. Most budget and flagship phones can do the same thing in the same way.