Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Cell Phone in the Best Condition

If you just bought a brand new cell phone from your wireless carrier, make sure you keep your phone in the best condition to get the highest price when you sell it after your next upgrade.

A used cell phone that is in like-new mint condition will sell for the most money. I you’re selling your phone on eBay or Craigslist, you’ll be competing with a lot of other sellers. Make sure your phone looks and feels just like it did when your first bought it. The following is a list of the top 10 ways to keep your used cell phone in the best condition while you’re using it.

Buy A Case For Your Phone

Believe it or not, I see people everyday walking around with their $700 cell phones unprotected. If you can afford it and don’t have a problem paying for a brand new cell phone, then by all means, go for the naked phone look. However, it’s very risky to expose your phone to the everyday world. No matter how careful you are, gravity is just stronger than you. You’ll probably drop your phone at least once or twice in the years that you own it. How much protection you need, though, depends on your phone: lots of Android phones are built a bit tougher, and are more likely to survive the occasional drop (I’m speaking from experience here). The iPhones on the other hand, while blessed with gorgeous looks, are a lot more likely to break when you drop them, so the argument for using a case becomes much stronger. Just a single drop can shatter your phone’s screen making it almost useless. If you’re one of those people who simply is against the look of a case on a phone, then I encourage you to invest in cell phone insurance. For everyone else out there, you can find a great selection of phone cases on, some that are very thin and won’t even look much different than your bare phone. If you do one thing on this list, make sure this is it.

Phone Case

Protect Your Screen

Screen protectors are one of those things that the Verizon Wireless representative will try to sell you and you’ll automatically think you don’t need it. Some of the newer phones have stronger Gorilla glass that is more scratch resistant. However, there are also many phones that have screens that will scratch easily. Do some research on your particular phone model to determine if you need a screen protector. If you do buy one, make sure to get a good one that won’t create air bubbles. The other advantage to a screen protector is that it can provide an anti-glare surface and prevent smudging from fingerprints.

Clean Your Phone

Smartphones are a lot more sophisticated than the old dumbphones. They have more ports such has HDMI, USB mini, and larger surface areas to collect dust and dirt. Think about it, your cell phone is disgusting. You touch a million gross things every day, including bathrooms, escalators, public doors, and then you touch your cell phone. You may not know it but your phone is probably germ infested. That is why it makes sense to routinely clean it. Plus, it keeps the resell value up. Buy an air pressure canister and spray out all the dust from your phone. Attack every nook and cranny including charging ports and underneath the battery. Then wipe down the rest of the phone with a cloth.

Clean Phone Ports

Don’t Use or Open Your Earphones

Most smartphones come with a set of earphones. The iPhone is known for iTunes and is shipped with an Apple set of earphones. Inside your iPhone box, the earphones will be wrapped separately. Don’t open them, keep them sealed and let them stay in the box. This is a tip most people don’t know about that will boost your cell phone’s value when you sell it. Used cell phone buyers aren’t interested in used earphones. They don’t want something that was in a stranger’s ears. Therefore, including a set of used earphones is almost worthless. However, if you advertise that your phone includes a set of brand new unopened earphones, then you might get a few more bucks. Instead of using the earphones that come with your phone, use another pair you have.

Save The Original Packaging

When you buy a cell phone, save the box and all of the contents that it comes with. This includes instruction manuals, chargers, earphones, etc. If you look on eBay or Craigslist, you’ll notice that the phones that are selling for the most money have all of their original contents. People want to buy a used phone that is closest to a brand new phone. And they are willing to pay more for that experience.

Phone Battery Cycle

Just like a laptop, you’ll need to properly maintain your phone’s battery so that it lasts longer. Otherwise you”ll have to recharge more frequently. No matter which device they power, it is also a fact that batteries wear down over time, so their health percentage will never be 100% except for the first days the devices are used. The initial charge of a new iPhone is very important. To do it right, charge your new phone for at least 3 hours before using it for the first time. Fully charge and drain your iPhone’s battery once every two or three months. In my opinion, this helps calibrate your battery indicator properly.

Take Care Of All Accessories

The charging wires that your phones is sold with will be used a lot. You’ll pack them into suitcases for vacations and share them with friends who need a charge. Over time, these cords will deteriorate and fray. Keep your cords in great condition and don’t bend them in ways they weren’t meant to. I’ve seen many broken iPhone USB cords, don’t let it happen to yours.

Keep Your Phone Away From Sticky Substances

After you eat wash your hands. Greasy finger foods will cause fingerprint smudges to build up on your phone.

Avoid Mixing With Heavy Objects

Don’t put your cell phone in bags or boxes that also have heavy objects in them. Also don’t place heavy objects on top of your cell phone. This all sounds like common sense, but it still happens quite often. People do this without realizing it and it causes dings and scratches all over their phones. Additionally, always keep your keys in a separate pocket from your cell phone. Your pockets don’t have very much room inside, so if you’re keys are up against your touchscreen, they are bound to scratch it.

Beware of Weather

Have you ever left your cell phone in the car, or in an outdoor area directly under the sun? Chances are, your phone is bound to get severely overheated in the sun. A mobile device overheating in the sun is not a good thing for the phone, and should be avoided at all costs. Also, I’m sure you already know, electronic devices don’t appreciate getting wet. If you’re at the beach, or sitting by the pool, keep your phone far from the water. If it gets wet, your chances of water-damage recovery are slim if you don’t act quickly.

Phone in Pool

You are responsible for maintaining the condition of your used cell phones. When you ship your phone to a buyer, make sure it is securely packaged. Don’t forget, all these methods will work for any mobile device so remember to keep your tablets in good condition as well.



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