4 tips to protect your smartphone or tablet

July 28, 2015

Prevent problems from the get-go and have less reason to repair or replace your smartphone and/or tablet.

4 tips to protect your smartphone or tablet

1. Get a solid case

  • They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is certainly true when it comes to protecting all the valuable data on most smartphones.
  • Given the universally fragile nature of these devices, one of the best ways you can safeguard your investment and your important information is to keep yours housed in a protective carrying case.
  • There are a number of different styles and materials to choose from; you can pick based on design or price point.

2. Protect a smartphone or tablet screen

  • By far, the most important — and most delicate — feature of any smartphone or tablet is the screen.
  • To maintain its "fresh out of the box" clarity and to ward off scratches and dirt, cover it with a transparent screen protector.
  • You can also make your own screen protectors by cutting up a sheet of clear vinyl (available from most fabric stores).
  • First clean the smartphone or tablet screen with a bit of glass cleaner applied to a soft lint-free cloth.
  • Then cut the material to fit your screen, place a few drops of water on the vinyl, and attach it to the smartphone or tablet.
  • Don't lay the vinyl down all at once, because that tends to trap large pockets of air between the surfaces. Smooth out any air bubbles with a credit card.

3. Sync your smartphone frequently

If you carry a lot of valuable addresses, phone numbers, appointments, and other important information on your smartphone, be sure to sync it with your computer frequently — every day if you input new information all the time.

4. Shout out to a Good Samaritan

Although there's no guarantee that someone will return your smartphone if you lose it, there is one way that you might help facilitate its safe homecoming: set a repeating alarm to go off once a week that displays your email address.

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