How to Better Maintain Your Cell Phone Screen
Ahh, the cell phone. It's the constant companion wherever we go. From the train station to the car, to the bathroom, to the boardroom. We tend to take our cell phones everywhere, rarely letting it out of our sight.
It's pretty understandable that your phone may develop a bit of wear and tear over time. But replacing your phone can be expensive! And that's not even counting the hassle of actually upgrading your phone in a store and renegotiating your contract.
That's why you'll want to get every last bit of use from your phone. After all, no part of your phone is more vulnerable than the cell phone screen.
This little piece of plastic or glass is our portal to another world. But did you know just how filthy it can be? Studies suggest that your phone's screen is likely the dirtiest thing you'll touch all day!
Accordingly, you'll need to learn some basic ways to keep your phone intact and clean.
Read on for some of our favorite tips for cell phone screen maintenance!
Know What Kind of Material Your Cell Phone Screen Is Made From
We'll start with the basics. The first thing you're going to want to do is to get a basic understanding of what your cell phone screen is made of.
While you were shopping for your beloved phone, odds are you're enticed by the pixel count and how sharp it looks. While, yes, pixel count is pretty great and that snazzy new camera is a nice touch, you'll need to keep your screen intact to display anything on it.
But can you actually tell us what material your cell phone uses? Odds are, no. Don't feel bad, we reckon that most people couldn't.
The first step in keeping your phone clean and unbroken is to figure out what it's made of. A quick Google search should provide you with the answers you need.
If possible, check out your phone's box for an exact serial number. The more details you have on your phone, the easier maintenance will be. Once you've got that in tow, hit the web and find the material.
Most phones use a type of sapphire because it tends to be scratch-resistant.
Others go with the more sturdy Gorilla Glass. These screens are tough to break and are known for their seeming shatter-proof design.
And best of all, they're cheap to replace should you manage to crack your screen.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Alright, this one is a bit obvious, but since you take your phone everywhere, you'll want to keep it out of harm's way.
Be sure that, when you are taking your phone out on that fantastic hiking trip, you have a firm grasp on your phone.
Never take your phone out on a steep incline or when you're in a particularly rocky area.
Yes, it can be tempting to take that beautiful selfie near the river, but sometimes it's better not to risk it.
Be sure you're not tempting fate. Cell phones seem to almost have a mind of their own, so keep track of your surroundings -- especially if you have a tendency to be clumsy.
Plus, do you really want to explain to your friends or family that you dropped your phone in the toilet? We didn't think so.
How to Clean Your Cell Phone Screen
So you've managed to keep your cell phone screen intact. Congratulations! But you're not quite out of the woods in terms of maintenance.
You'll still need to keep your screen clean. Take a moment to hold your phone up to the light and look at just how dirty it is. There's a good chance it's covered in fingerprints, dirt, grease, or virtually anything else.
So how exactly do you clean a cell phone screen?
Well, it's surprisingly easy and you've got a few options. Here are just a few ways to keep your screen clean.
These multi-use cotton sticks are likely hanging around your house, waiting for use.
Take a bowl and mix a small bit of rubbing alcohol with some water. Then, take the Q-tip and dip it into the liquid.
Gently rub your screen in small circles for a few seconds. This should clean off most smudges and stains.
Of course, if you don't want to risk it by creating your own solution, you could always pick up a pack of sanitizing wipes.
Plenty of companies manufacture wipes specifically designed with phone cleaning in mind. It's definitely an easier way to keep your phone clean, but it can be a bit costly.
Whether you use rubbing alcohol and water or vinegar and water, you'll want the right cloth.
Microfiber cloths are soft, so you won't need to worry about damaging your phone while cleaning it. Be sure that you clean the back of your phone and the audio jacks/speakers, as well.
Buy Products To Maintain Your Cell Phone Screen
If all of that DIY maintenance seems like it may be a bit too much for you, you're not out of options!
You can always invest in a screen protector, for instance. While they won't protect the back of your phone from smudges or fingerprints, they're great for keeping your screen looking fresh.
Or, if you have a tendency to shatter your cell phone screen completely (you're not alone), grab a case.
While it may be tempting to grab a cheaper plastic case, you may end up having to buy a few per year.
Your best bet is to invest in an Otterbox. You've likely heard about these little cases, as they're notoriously tough. Think of them as the Gorilla Glass of the phone case world.
They're ubiquitous enough that you should be able to find one for whatever cellphone you have. While they may cost a bit, it pales to compare to the hundreds of dollars it'd take to replace your phone entirely.
Or you can buy what's essentially a hybrid of the two. Cell phone covers are pretty popular these days and for good reason.
If you don't want to shell out the money for an Otterbox, a cell phone case is a good compromise. Your phone will remain safe, and there are tons of customization options.
Maintaining your cell phone screen doesn't have to be an expensive chore. Check out our products and see how you can keep your phone looking great for less! And don't forget, you can
And don't forget, you can sell us your old device when you're ready to upgrade!