We often go to great lengths to protect our phones, whether that’s buying screen protectors, cases, or carrier bags to hold our phones securely. You probably drop loads of money to prevent the inevitable from happening, but unfortunately your Phone will eventually break. There is a correlation in the data Repairly has collected, so we thought it would be useful for you to know the 5 common ways to break iPhones.
A study by Verizon and KRC Research stated that 49% of mobile phone owners have broken or lost their phone at least once. On average people will break or lose their phone twice. Knowing this information, hopefully this list will assist you in locating and preventing the problem, or just encourage you to be more careful.
Ways To Break iPhones
1. Cracking the Screen
The first way to break iPhones is one we see on a daily basis. In fact 64% of our repairs are damaged iPhone screens. A lot of people tell us they sit on their phones, which is easily preventable. But other times it’s hard to limit human error.
If you are a millennial, odds are against you. It’s estimated that a millennial’s phone will take 200 falls per year.
Top Tip: If you have a high propensity to get angry while watching football matches, we would strongly advise not to have your phone anywhere near you, just in case you feel like throwing it.
2. Battery Fault
The second way to break iPhones is to keep your charger plugged-in too often. A huge frustration for our customers is a battery fault. It’s common knowledge that the battery life of an iPhone deteriorates over time. But you don’t need to keep it on charge until the battery has gone flat.
Another issue could be your most used apps. There are specific apps which may be draining your battery quicker than needed, and you can find those in our last blog Worst Apps For Your Battery Life. I would suggest taking five minutes to read it and see which apps you have that are your battery stealing culprits.
Top Tip: Turn off apps in Background App Refresh. Go to Settings>General>Background App Refresh. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend turning Background App Refresh entirely. Here you can select which apps to turn off and which ones to leave running.
3. Damaging Buttons
The third way to break iPhones includes your home button. Buttons on your phone affect everything: your ability to navigate, text, search the internet, and switch between apps. It can be quite frustrating. We constantly see repair requests for the home button. Possible reasons that your home button may be stuck are because you dropped the phone or exposed the circuits to moisture or heat. If you need a temporary fix enable Assistive Touch to keep using your phone, even if it may be somewhat annoying.
Top Tip: Enable AssistiveTouch. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility, and scroll until you see AssistiveTouch and turn it on. You can even customise it if you want to get technical.
4. Damaging the Charging Port
The fourth, a lot of people freak out when their phone doesn’t charge. I do too. How would we function without being connected 24/7? This is key indication of damage to the charging port. Usually the charging port will fail to function if it’s had water or debris inside of it. A damaged charging port doesn’t mean that you need a whole new device. You can stop holding your breath. You’ll just simply need to get the charging port replaced.
Top Tip: Don’t try this at home for risk of messing up the whole device. Get a trusted professional to do the replacement.
5. Breaking the Speakers
Lastly, speakers often stop working because of loose or corroded internal parts, a big drop of your phone, keeping the volume on a high for long durations, or even a software issue. Most software issues can be fixed at home, which is a good thing. If it’s a software problem you can do a DFU Restore of your phone. In the case of a hardware issue, you’ll need to have that fixed by a professional.
Top Tip: Back-up your iPhone before doing the Restore. It would be a shame to lose all of your holiday and cat photos.
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