Few devices accompany us so closely through life as our phones. From our early morning alarms to our neurotic twitter-checking before we go to sleep, smartphones truly shape our lives. 

Throughout the day, you touch your phone 2,617 times on average. Phone addicts even reach for it around 5,427 times a day. As you can imagine, this can add some serious wear to your favourite gadget. That being said, it’s important to us that you get as much use (and fun) out of your rented device as possible. 

So that all renters thereafter can enjoy their “new” phone, we’ve created a list of our top five tips to keep your smartphone alive and looking fresh.

 

Tip no. 1: your case matters

Sometimes the most basic tips are the best tips. As soon as you get your hands on a new phone, it’s best to slap a case and a screen-protector on that bad-boy. Without a case it may look sexier, but many phones have super slippery glass screens and are too large to just hold in your hand. So, better safe than sorry. 

 

Tip no. 2: Charge it right

It’s probably easier to find factual evidence that supports the existence of sasquatch than it is to find a proper article detailing the right way to charge your phone. 

Confusion mainly arises from the difference in batteries- many new devices are fitted with lithium-ion batteries, and many standard charging rules no longer apply them. 

One old-but-gold rule still stands however: don’t leave your phone to charge overnight. Not only is it bad for the battery, but it can even lead to fires. No real surprise though- after all, batteries only work via chemical processes. 

It is thus recommended that you try to keep your battery between 10% and 95%. Also recommended: only use original accessories, not cheap Aliexpress knock-offs. Even cheap and dodgy cables can impact the performance of your phone. 

 

Tip no. 3: Keep it clean

 

All germaphobes beware- you might want to skip this section. That you should be washing your hands regularly you (hopefully) already know. But what about a device that you touch everyday, that lies on your desk at work, that you take with you when you need entertainment in the bathroom…let’s just say: gross. 

Don’t worry, we won’t go into detail, but it’s safe to say that your smartphone is teeming with bacteria. So, what do we do? We clean it, of course! Your best bet to kill those critters is a microfiber cloth and an anti-bacterial spray. Trust us, your immune system (and the skin on your face) will thank you for it.

 

Tip no. 4: Back it up, baby

 

We all love new tech, but we also know that Murphy’s Law hates us. Or rather loves destroying our shiny, loveable phones. Whether they’ve fallen in the toilet, been dropped on bathroom tiles or just forgotten at the club, something always happens. Sometimes such accidents can be truly hilarious and YouTube has compiled a wonderful archive of such videos, so we can learn from their pain. For example, here you can watch a smartphone be burned to a crisp with boiling hot lava and here you can watch an iphone fall down 30 flights of stairs. 

We sincerely hope the phones didn’t suffer. But before you prepare for your phone’s potential funeral, do a backup! To find out how, click here.

 

Tip no. 5: Keep it chill

Temperature has a huge impact on the battery life of your phone. In winter this is especially noticeable- you battery suddenly drops from 90% to 25% in an hour, or simply just dies. 

It’s best to keep your phone in between temperatures of 10 to 35 degrees, where the chemical process of the battery work at peak efficiency. 

Properly taking care of your tech not only benefits you, but also the next renter. The fact that we constantly buy new tech, and chase the latest upgrade before our old tech has been used beyond the point of repair, is one of the contributors to the massive amounts of e-waste pollute our planet. Our renting-models aims to tackle this by using technology until it is completely inoperable. And then we refurbish and re-circulate them ourselves. That way, no-one needs to buy a new phone and we drastically reduce the production of e-waste. 

To find out more about how Grover contributes to the circular economy (and what exactly this means), click here.