All too regularly, smartphones can make you feel dumb. Even the most cool-headed among us have actually felt the perfectly understandable urge to wreak utter damage upon that pocket-sized gadget that renders us feel so clumsy and also stupid. But in a lot of instances, a phone’s demise is understood “accidental.” Here are ten straightforward methods to ruin a smartphone, and exactly how to avoid those costly, inconvenient mishaps…


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Breaking cellphones seems to be a renowned pastime, also if it is accidental in most instances. According to sector estimates, Americans spend over $4 billion annually on repair and replacement of damaged phones. Popular YouTube celebrities attract numerous viewers by creatively ruining brand-brand-new phones - commonly iPhones, for some reason. Check out these videos if you've ever before wondered what happens when you drop an iPhone right into a river of red-hot lava, or attack it via a 4.5mm airgun.

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No volcanos handy? You could hop a airplane to Hawaii, however tbelow are much easier means to fold, spindle or mutilate your expensive smartphone. Here are ten tongue-in-cheek suggestions for breaking your phone, all of which you'll want to stop.

#1 - Drop your phone on a tough surconfront. Manufacturers love to brag that phones have the right to survive falls of up to ten feet onto a concrete floor. What they don’t point out is exactly how specifically those phones are oriented before they’re dropped, to avoid landing on their many vulnerable points. In genuine life, a phone that lands on its glass face is exceptionally most likely to shatter its display screen, bring about a repair bill of $200 or even more. Soft silicone cases not only cushion drops, they carry out a non-slip grip that renders dropping a phone much less most likely.

I use and also recommfinish Spigen Phone Cases bereason they fit perfectly, look excellent, and also are incredibly fairly priced, from $12 to $16. For additional defense, I add a Supershieldz screen protector to prevent scratching and nicks.

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#2 - Get your phone wet. In a Geekly Upday segment, I mentioned the sailor who dropped his iPhone X right into the sea, and also it was still working after being subunified for 6 days. Chances are you won't be so lucky - you don’t need a big body of liquid to short-circuit the electronics in your phone. Just leave it on a counteroptimal at a bar, cafe, or restaurant and ultimately somepoint will spill and also seep into the phone. At the beach or swimming pool, set the phone down close to the water so you deserve to hear your favorite tunes clearly. Or take it for a chlorinated swim, favor I did. Another favorite way to drown a phone is to let it slip out of your back pocket into a toilet.

If your phone does acquire dunked, don’t break out the white rice! See my article Oops, I dropped My Phone AGAIN for tips on just how to rescue a wet phone.

Speaking of the back pocket, that leads us to our third a lot of renowned way to break a phone.

#3 - Sit on it. Bending iPhones or Android phones can cause them to cease functioning and also also shatter. This astounding discovery took the technology civilization by surprise through the release of the iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, generating dozens of test videos and heated debates about whether or not a phone must break as soon as a 200-pound-plus perkid sits on it. Well yes, it need to, because it isn’t a paperback book, wallet, or a two-by-4. The more recent iPhone 11/12 and Samsung Galaxy S21 models seem to fare much better in bend trial and error, yet why take that risk? If you have a low-finish, much less expensive design, it most likely won’t have actually the tough building and construction of these flagship phones.

Another caution about placing your phone in your pocket has nopoint to carry out via physics. I was told by a Verizon keep owner that phones are a lot of conveniently stolen as soon as stored in the back pocket. In a crowd, a professional thief deserve to relieve you of your phone lengthy before you alert that it went missing.

#4 - Chef it or Freeze it. Phones and various other electronic tools don’t like extreme heat; watch my short article, Do You Know Your Computer’s Worst Enemy?. When overheated for prolonged periods, RAM will begin dropping bits, disk drives will construct poor sectors, transistors and resistors will burn out, and also the phone will “just speak functioning.” And by “cooking” I don’t mean putting your precious in the microwave. Most phones are rated to stand approximately 113 levels Fahrenheit, a temperature easily exceeded on a car’s dashboard on a sunny day. Even leaving a phone on a window sill in an air-conditioned room have the right to lead to overheating as a result of the phone’s absorption of radiant power. Freezing a phone to death is a bit harder; most are rated dvery own to -4 F.

Both Apple and Samsung recommfinish maintaining your phone in between 32 to 95 levels F during consumption. Apple warns that reduced or greater temperatures "can cause the tool to readjust its behavior" and might temporarily or permanently shorten battery life.

#5 - Leave it on always. If you don’t sleep, you acquire puzzled, sluggish down, and also eventually speak working; the same goes for your phone. Constant background operations muddy memory, wear out hardware, and cause early failure. Turn the phone off at night (you’ll sleep better!) or at least reboot it when a week.


Should you buy "gadget insurance" or a "defense plan" from your mobile phone carrier? My advice is no. See my article SCAM ALERT: Mobile Device Insurance and Extended Warranties to uncover out why, and also a much cheaper alternate.

#6 - Cram it full of stuff. Photos, videos, messeras, contacts, and also apps take up storage room. The more crowded storage becomes, the harder the phone has to occupational to store things arranged and also retrieve what’s required at a offered moment. I've additionally discovered that having actually a boatpack of saved text messperiods have the right to really slow-moving or even freeze my phone. If 90% or even more of your storage is full, it’s time to clean residence. Move documents and photos to offline or cloud storage, uninstall unused apps, and also delete old text messeras.

#7 - Don’t update anypoint. A phone that’s running an outdated operating device or apps is operating inefficiently, also dangerously. Updates and patches enhance performance (if they’re done right) by eliminating bugs and fine-tuning operating processes. Keeping your phone’s software program and also apps up to date will make it much less likely to crash, and more secure too.

#8 - Install sketchy apps. Althe majority of all mobile malware sneaks in as an outcome of making use of third-party app stores. If you jailbreak your iPhone, or readjust the settings on your Android phone to enable installation of apps from unknown resources, you're open up to a civilization of hurt. Almethods use the official iPhone or Google Play app save for your phone, and also then, install just trusted apps via numerous excellent reviews.

#9 - Use the cheapest charger you can discover. A two-buck no-name charger from China is not just as excellent as a $20-$30 OEM charger. Dirt-cheap chargers frequently omit feedearlier circuiattempt that avoids overcharging of a phone’s battery, and also that is just how smartphones burn dvery own dwellings. I newly bought a cheap wiremuch less charger for my Samsung Galaxy, and collection it dvery own to charge overnight. The following morning, the phone was super-warm, and also had charged just 20 percent. Cheaper is not better once it concerns connecting phones to various other gadgets, either. I defined some of the flaws and telltale indications of a dangerously cheap USB-C cable in my write-up, Don't Buy the Wrong USB-C Cable.

Speaking of wireless chargers, I very recommend them if your phone has actually wireless charging capcapacity. I’ve had actually numerous phones via broken charging ports, which have the right to outcome from inserting the charging cable over and over.

#10 - Never before clean the phone. Dust, crumbs, and also gunk will get in between the phone and that silicone instance, and also into the ports on the phone. If you ignore this ick, it will certainly ultimately clog electric contact points and your phone will sheight working. Remove the case and wipe it clean with a soft towel and water (not alcohol or soap) eextremely currently and also then, and also especially after a camping trip or other time spent in the great, filthy outdoors. Clean ports as gently and also very closely as you would certainly clean your ears; a soft-bristle toothbrush brushed up lightly over the outer rim of a port is often sufficient.

Have you tried any of these handy tips for damaging your mobile phone? How did they work? Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Blog post your comment or question below…


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I one loaded my tennis equipment in my auto and drove off toward home. About the moment I realized I did not have actually my ohone in the car I heard a bump-bump sound from the automobile roof. I glanced in the rear-see mirroe just in time to view my phone autumn onto the roadway behind me yet in front of 3 or 4 cars. I circled earlier to retrive the phone which was face-doen in the roadway with tire tracks accross the back of the protective situation, which was no enhance for the 3,000-pound vehicles. Turning it over I discovered the front glass shattered in an superior pattern reflecting the unstable surchallenge of the roadmeans. I carry out not recommend this approach of damaging your sophisticated phone.


I live in a desert area and recognize very well exactly how heat deserve to damage stuff.Recently on a pilgrimage,I had actually to make a quick pit speak.While at the sheight,I found a iPhone laying in the sand.The situation was sunmelted and the screen glass was completely shattered.

The location where I found the phone is an impromptu rest location next to a state highmeans,so anybody can have actually quit there.If someone really wanted to rid of the phone,they discovered an excellent area to perform it.

I am curious about what's on it,however via criminal and other types approximately,I think I will pass on it and also just put it in my recycling box.


Until the iPhone 12, I've used Otterbox and a plastic screen saver. Otterbox is so heavily cushioned that it renders your phone much bigger, for one point, yet also really protects it from accidental drops. With the iPhone 12 though, I switched to a smaller sized Apple instance which has actually operated well and GoTo glass display screen cover - both derived at T-Mobile store which is the ideal screen cover I've ever had actually. Near a year into it and both are functioning fine. Couldn't even discover the appropriate screen cover for an iPhone 12 Supershieldz at Amazon, only went up the SX and X models, fyi...


this is a true story; no names wbelow adjusted to defend the innocent :bambi eyes: I do not have actually a smart phone. I have actually what is termed a candy bar phone and also have had actually for over 13 years. in the time of that time I have actually not dropped it, particularly I have not dropped it in the toilet. execute you intend I can insurance claim some distinct award??


As I see it, your phone case referral (Supershieldz display screen protector) is only for iPhone's. Several of us, as I'm certain you recognize, own android phones. However before, it does seem that many stores that offer noted dvery own phone situations such as Ross and also Marshalls sell greatly iPhone situations and also screen protectors. Not certain why this is so. Maybe because there are also many kind of variations on android phones.


I didn't actually damage my last iPhone X+ exactly, yet by not paying attention to charging and also discharging references I manages to get the available battery down to 75%.

I am dealing with my Pro Max 12 a lot better.


I constantly use a display protector on my Galaxy S9+, which can be purchased on eBay for between $5 and also $10. The display protector is the static cling selection, not the glued-on form. After a couple of months it will certainly start to get hairline cracks in it, and I'll relocation it via another inexpensive one. At the same time the genuine display screen on the cell phone stays pristine. This has actually worked well for years.


I was price moved when it involved cable chargers. Not any type of even more. After a poor endure w/ one, simply bad high quality, I acquire the name brand cable charger. It's worth it. It gets the job done.


In a fit of rage due to its balkiness, I slammed my iPhone 6s, encased in Otter, on my kitchen floor thinking ah, now I can go back to my flip phone. Well, it still works. Was hoping the shock would solve the voicemail alert which never did job-related, however it did not.


When my firm swapped out my iPhone 5SE for iPhone 8 I noticed that it slid off the arm of our sofa very quickly as unfavor the previous the brand-new gadget was smooth on both sides. Sorted utilizing a item of masking tape on the ago, ugly yet it functions and also as soon as the tape starts to peel I can replace it easily and also it's cheap. It's a occupational gadget, so does trick nicely without me spending lots of my very own money.

Because I have actually a pacemaker I can't put phone in shirt pocket or other pocket close to pacemaker site. The pedometer functions better at hip level anyway so it goes in typical trouser pocket. Not so good if you have actually among those really massive phones but both devices occupational provided execute fit right here.


Tright here is no reason eextremely cell phone shouldn't have some kind of water and dust resistance unmuch less you desire to construct a disposable phone. It reminds me of the old chevettes that kept running, so flegislations were deliberately designed in so that world would certainly need to replace their car even more often.


I don't recognize if I must be depressed considering that I am missing out on the entirety smartphone cultural(?) rituals uze awl are happily engaged with/in. Novelist Thomas Pynchon wondered if it was “O.K. to be a Luddite”... I amcelebrating the 200th (+/-) year anniversary of Ned and also the Great Enoch.


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