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5 Tips for Making Your Cell Phone Last Longer

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5 Tips for Making Your Cell Phone Last Longer

Cell phones can be a pretty hefty investment, which is why it’s important to keep them in the best condition possible to ensure they last long. Not many people have the means to go out and buy a new phone to replace a broken phone, especially if the phone isn’t insured.

Cell phones are lifelines, there for emergencies and to provide a way to stay connected with family and friends. It’s a good idea to handle them with proper care so they’ll be there when you need them the most.

1. Get a Good Case

One of the best ways to keep your phone in excellent condition is to buy a good case for it. A good case will have the impact-absorbing technology to provide ample protection.

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It’s important to make sure the case is designed specifically for your type of phone to ensure it fits snugly. A case with a screen protector is a must because screens are fragile and often shatter with impact. Other features to look for in a good phone case is a comfortable grip design and a slim and sleek profile, such as BodyGuardz iPhone 6 cases.

2. Protect the Battery

Batteries on smartphones are typically the first to go. Constantly charging your phone is bad for the battery, so a good tip is to let your battery get to 1% before charging it.

Charging it too long is also a way to make the battery begin to degrade, so make sure you take it off the charger when it hits 100% or even before then. Letting your battery drop to 0% is also not a good idea because it causes the battery to become unstable.

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3. Keep Your Phone Clean

A cell phone can become extremely gross over time, especially if they’re never cleaned. There are many ports and surfaces that can easily become clogged with dirt and debris, which may lead your phone to malfunction.

The best way to get it cleaned is to buy an air pressure canister and get the debris out of the nooks and crannies. Once you do that, you can wipe down your phone with a cloth. Keeping it clean will also increase the resell value when you want to get rid of your phone for a new one.

4. Keep Your Phone at the Right Temperature

Your phone can’t function properly if it gets too hot or too cold. Avoid leaving it out in direct sunlight because it can easily become overheated. Extreme heat can damage the battery and cause the processor to fry.

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Keeping your phone in extreme winter conditions can also damage the phone, eventually causing the LCD screen to malfunction, lose battery health and you may end up with a device that no longer works properly. Avoid leaving your phone in your vehicle when it’s hot out or when it’s very cold.

5. Recycle Your Old Phone

A great way to recycle your old phone is to sell it and earn some extra cash. There are websites you can go to that allow you to check how much your phone is worth and you can then send it in and get money for it.

There are also many organizations available that take old phones for good causes. Improperly disposing of your phone is harmful to the environment because it causes environmental pollution.

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Conclusion

Treat your phone with care to ensure it lasts as long as you want it to. Avoid keeping it around water or sticky surfaces and always handle it with care.

Phones are incredibly expensive but they are absolutely necessary, so get a good case for them and keep the battery in good condition as far as you can.

Featured photo credit: Public Domain Pictures via publicdomainpictures.net

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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