Nowadays, mobile technology has improved from small brick sized Nokia cell phones to the large, delicate, powerful smartphones which complement our daily life. It is undeniable that our smartphones and tablets have become more important and play a vital role in our daily lives. But all these can be taken in a flash when that device fells and crashes on to the floor.
Some of the unavoidable incidents includes scratching, cracking and breaking the screen. Instead of spending more money on it, we have some solutions readily available, which can be done by yourself at home itself, which will save money and time both.
Here GizBot brings you the 10 DIY (Do it Yourself) ways to fix and avoid your costly repairs.
Keep your wet mobile in Bowl full of Rice
What to do if you drop your phone in water
Many of us have already heard of this trick before, and in reality it really works as well. If your phone drops in water unexpectedly, you can save it by removing the battery and then keep it in a bag of rice as soon as possible. Leave it there for a day or two. If your screen's having problems due to moisture, you can often massage the stuck pixels away with your fingers.
How to remove scratches from your phone
Smartphones getting scratched up in your pocket is unavoidable. It may happens because of the keys or coins in your pocket. If you want to prevent your phone from scratches, you can brush the bezel or sandpaper the back to get it shiny and smooth again.
Rescue your phone from getting bricked
What to do when your phone is completely unresponsive
For iPhone Users
When it is plugged in, try to reset the device by holding the power and home buttons for up to 10 seconds. If this doesn't work, try to switch on normally. After the phone has booted, you can restore iOS by connecting to iTunes and downloading the latest version for your device.
Otherwise, restoring from iTunes can also be an attempt after putting the device into DFU mode, which is done by holding the home button while connecting the phone to your computer via USB cable.
For Android Users
Android devices are usually pretty flexible when it comes to connecting them to a computer and installing an update using free software known as ClockworkMod Recovery. If your mobile is bricked follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Return to the place where you downloaded the flash tools and update.
Step 2: If the phone only boots as far as the recovery screen, you will need to find an alternative ROM to install and copy it to your device. Installation can be performed through recovery.
Step 3: Should the device appear to be caught in a reboot cycle, you will need to use ClockworkMod Recovery to clear the cache data using the options Wipe Dalvik Cache, Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
Step 4: Now remove the SD card, reformat, and try again.
What to do when battery is dead
Almost in every smartphones, battery won't hold the same charge it used to. Changing the battery is easy for Android users, while the iPhone users have to do a bit more work. You can usually buy batteries online and replace them without too much problems. For the Apple users, get some guided video, get your toolkit, open your iPhone and change the battery.
Small dose of Alcohol
How to repair mobile phone keypad
If you come across a situation like, phone button works half the time or the button wont seem to press down, fix this issue by treating it with a small dose of alcohol with a cotton swap and wipe on it and keep pressing the buttons few times.
How to know if your phone is overheating
This heating thing happens often because of battery, software and hardware problems. This can be solved by installing some battery related app or by ending the CPU draining apps. If possible, keep your mobile out of pocket or take off the case and see if that helps
DVD lens is the Quick Fix
How to fix camera lens in smartphone
If your smartphone camera lens is broken or if you want to take higher quality macro shots, take your unused or broken DVD player, remove the small lens out of it and replace your camera lens with it. Otherwise, you can set it on top of your current lens to get the same effect.
Time for Earbuds
How to fix smartphone speaker
Sometimes, there is possibility of sand or dust particles getting in to your headphone jack. During this situations, your phone will have problems switching from headphones to speaker. To fix this issue, just clean it with ear bud down the headphone jack.
Repair Charging port with Toothpick
How to fix a broken smartphone charging port
There comes a time where your USB port will come loose to a point where you cant charge your phone. If you come across a situation like this, just take a toothpick, clean the dirt inside the port and fix it back.
All you need is a Toothpaste
How to remove scratches from smartphone screen
If you have a scratched screen, it may look ugly for outsiders, To get rid of this problems, apply bit of toothpaste at the end of a cotton swab or a soft cloth, gently rub it in to the screen in a circular motion and make sure you do not remove any surface coating.
Another method is, use two parts of baking soda to one part of water. Mix it well until you get a solution of thick paste. Put a small amount of the paste onto a microfiber cloth and gently rub in a circular motion on the scratched part of your screen. Additionally for a temporary fix rub the screen with a drop of vegetable oil.
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