Nowadays, thanks to constantly improving technology and wider access to technology, the majority of us have some sort of cellphone. 95% of adults have a portable phone of some sort, and the vast majority of 77% have smartphones. Now, it’s not all too surprising that we want to get our hands on one of these devices. However, our use of cell devices has changed significantly over time. While smartphones do still allow us to make calls and send and receive messages, and while this is still a major part of what we use them for, smartphones have the ability to change your entire lifestyle. Seeing as they can access the internet, they provide you with a whole world’s worth of information in your pocket. If you want to know how to do something, what something means, where something is, or when something in particular is happening, you can just reach to your phone and the answers will be with you in moments. Need to know the capital of Sweden? No problem! Need a little advice on how to put up a shelf? Your phone’s got it in moments! Wondering when the next big event in your city will be taking place? Not a worry! Then there are a whole host of apps that take care of pretty much anything else that you could possibly need – calendars, storing contacts, weather, health monitors, language translators, games, loyalty apps, shopping apps, music apps… the list goes on and on. It’s not all too surprising then, that when we lose or break our smartphone, we can find ourselves experiencing a little difficulty. Here are just a few different ways that you can minimise the negative consequences that tend to come hand in hand with losing or breaking your smartphone!
The first step that you need to take is not to panic. This sounds silly, but so many of us are dependent on our smartphones for multiple aspects of our day to day lives, that losing or breaking it can come as a bit of a shocks. But life without a smartphone is possible. If you have an insurance policy, file your claim quickly to ensure that your new phone arrives as quickly as possible. If you don’t, draw from your savings or start saving to buy a new one. If it’s going to be a while before you have sufficient funds to replace your phone, you might want to invest in a low-quality temporary phone that can help others to keep in touch with you.
Write Contacts in a Notepad
Before anything happens to your smartphone, it’s generally a good idea to make a tangible note of all of your contacts. Many of us find that even when we get our replacement phone, we lose memory of the contacts saved to it. This can be extremely frustrating, as you can lose touch with people.
Keep a Physical Calendar or Diary
Most of us make use of the calendar app, noting important dates in it, allowing it to function like a diary. It probably includes dates of work booked in, dates of social events we have agreed to attend, and even dates that payments are due from our bank accounts. Make an extra copy of this with a physical calendar. This will prevent you missing anything down the line should something happen to your phone.
Backup Your Photos
One of the things that upsets people the most when losing a smartphone is losing all of the photos and images that they had saved to their camera roll. Many of this images may hold sentimental value, so losing them can be pretty upsetting. Avoid this disappointment by backing up your images. There are a few ways to do this. If you have an Apple device, many images will be automatically backed up to the cloud. If you exceed your free limit, consider paying for an increased limit. Alternatively, you can back any data up onto a hard drive. This will keep them safe and complete separate and independent from any other device.
These are just a few steps that you might want to consider taking while your phone is in good working order. Sure, you may not think about problems while everything is going well. But it’s much better to be prepared and avoid issues from arising should disaster strike.