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Android Phone? 8 Easy Solutions to Combat Your Smartphone Frustrations!

Do you want to improve battery life;  speed up your phone;  change the font or rescue a wet phone?  These tips just might help you…!

Smartphones are brilliant inventions – they enable us to keep in touch, take photos, keep us entertained and help us learn about the world.  But on occasion they can be frustrating.

Most of us want our phones to be faster, the battery to last longer or more storage space, and fortunately, many common smartphone issues are easy to fix. Keep on reading, we might be able to solve a few of your common frustrations.

1. How can I make my phone’s battery last longer?

To make your phone’s battery last longer, start by activating battery saver mode, a feature common to new phones that automatically shuts down certain features to conserve battery when the power is low. On Android phones this is called Battery saver, on the iPhone this is called Low Power Mode.

Turn off connections:  Wi-fi, GPS and mobile data all use battery. You don’t need them on all day so turn them off when you don’t need them by swiping down and toggling them off, or by looking for Location services in the menu.

  • On an iPhone swipe up and tap the wi-fi and Bluetooth icons so they are off. Go to Settings – Privacy –Location Services and turn the toggle Off.
  • On an Android phone swipe down and toggle Bluetooth, wi-fi and Location. Depending on the device you use, you may have to swipe down again to reveal all the options.

Turn off push email: Push email is when messages are sent to your phone instantly, which uses up the battery. Unless you need to stay in touch with work, you probably don’t need push email turned on, instead choose to sync manually so your phone will only search for new emails when you choose to.

  • Android: Go to Settings – Users & accounts and turn the slider next to Automatically sync data to Off.
  • iPhone: Go to Settings – Accounts & Passwords and under Fetch New Data ensure Push is Off.

Turn down screen brightness: Swipe down to view the quick settings and turn down the brightness slider.

  • On an iPhone swipe up from the bottom and drag the Brightness slider left.
  • On an Android phone swipe down from the top and drag the Brightness slider left. Depending on the device you use, you may have to swipe down again to reveal the Brightness slider.

2. How can I improve my phone signal at work?

If you have problems with your mobile reception inside a big office building, there is a service called Wi-Fi Calling.  This lets you use the  wi-fi instead to guarantee your signal.

With Wi-Fi Calling, any calls and texts you make come out of your monthly allowance, so it doesn’t cost anything extra or use your data allowance when in the UK.

3. How can I speed up my phone?

If your phone feels sluggish, speed things up by closing any apps you aren’t using. Lots of open apps use your phone’s RAM to operate and having too many open at once will slow down your phone.

  • Android: Tap the Overview button (the square icon on the right of the phone) to view open apps as thumbnails, and flick them left or right to shut them down. There may also be a ‘Close All’ option on this screen.
  • iPhone: This is not so easy to explain so if you want to know more, click here

It can also help to clear your app cache: on an Android phone you can do this using an app such as Turbo Cleaner

4. How can I get more storage space?

The easiest way to get more storage space is to delete what you aren’t using.  Before you do this ensure your files are backed up.

Android smartphones allow you to automatically back up your photos and videos to Google Drive over wi-fi. When you started using your phone you’ll have been given an option to do this, and you can check it’s turned on by going to Settings – System – Backup.

5. How to delete files

Android: Go to Settings – Storage. You’ll see a list: Photos & videos, Music & audio, Games, Movie and TV apps.  Tap each one to see how much storage they are taking up.

Tap ‘Free up space’ and select the box next to the item you want to delete. Alternatively tap ‘Review recent items’ and choose items you want to delete.

Check what photos you’ve backed up at: https://photos.google.com

iPhone: You might see a message on your IOS devise when you are doing an update saying there is not enough space on your device! There are a few ways you can mange your storage but for this blog, lets do it manually. Go to Settings > General > Storage. Select any app to see how much space it uses. Tap Delete App.  Some apps, such as Music and Video, let you delete parts of their documents and data.

6. How can I change the language on the keyboard?

The keyboard on some phones are automatically set to American English, fortunately it’s easy to change this and select another language.

  • Android: Go to Settings – System – Languages & Input. Tap the language then Add a language and search for the one you want to use.

iPhone: Open an app that uses the keyboard such as Messages or Mail.  Touch and hold the emoji or world symbol.  Select Keyboard Settings.  Customise your settings.

7. How can I make the text bigger on my phone?

Some people find the default smartphone font is tricky read, particularly if your smartphone screen is on the small size.

  • Android: Go to Settings – Accessibility – Font size. Use the slider to choose an appropriate size.
  • Apple: Go to Settings – Display & Brightness > Text Size.  Drag the slider to select the font size you want.
  • Note – Apple – Want the text even bigger!! Settings – General > Accessibility > Larger Text.  Tap Larger Accessiibility Sizes for Bigger Font Options.  Drag the slider to select the font size you want.  Just be careful here.  If you make the text too larger, it can make it hard to tap buttons and some other buttons or functions within apps.  Big is not always best.

8. How can I fix a water-damaged phone?

Water damage is something that (unfortunately) happens too easily, but if you act quickly it’s possible to save your phone using the steps below. Note to self, make sure no one is going to push me in the swimming pool on holiday while holding my phone…….

  • Remove the battery, or if you can’t remove it, turn the phone off to cut the power.
  • Dry the water off by dabbing using a soft cloth or paper towel.
  • Put your phone in a bowl or sealed bag of uncooked rice. It sounds strange, but it can absorb water.
  • Leave it somewhere airy for at least 24 hours, then turn it on. Check that no rice has got into any of the holes on the phone such as the headphone socket or charging port.

Well I hope this has been some use to you.  We can supply mobile phones from 1 upwards but if you are looking for a deal on more than 5 handsets, please give us a call on 03456 885 122 and we would be happy to help you find the best deal for your business.  We really are a company that helps make all you communication needs simple.

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About Yvonne Roberts

Yvonne has spent the last 30 years in field sales, working up and down the UK. Deciding it was time retire the poor car before it died, she now is a prolific writer and teacher as well as writing and performing ceremonies as a civil celebrant. This means blogging comes off her pen as natural as breathing! Working with Connect-it gives her a platform to let her natural and alternative view on life to be expressed; as well as an understanding of the telecoms world.

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