3 Smartphone Emergencies You Should Always Prepare For

 

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It’s always wise to prepare for the worst. So, find out how you can prepare for three common smartphone emergencies:

1. Losing Your Phone

Losing track of where you put your phone is frustrating when you’re at home. Losing track of it when you’re out in public is another thing. How can you prepare for this panic-inducing emergency?

Start by downloading apps like Find My Device or Find My iPhone so that you can pinpoint the GPS location of your missing phone. Then boost your phone’s security: set up facial-recognition or fingerprint-scanning to unlock the homescreen and add password/passcodes to important folders. This will keep strangers out of your personal data.
And finally, put together an emergency fund. That way, you can use those savings to replace a lost phone immediately. You’ll be ready.

What if you don’t have enough emergency savings? In that case, you should consider applying for a personal loan available in your state. Personal loans give you the opportunity to borrow what you need during emergency situations. If you’re approved, you can use the borrowed funds to get an affordable replacement for your lost phone and then manage repayments at a steady pace. You can deal with the problem quickly and move on. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t apply for a loan to help you fix your phone unless it’s essential to your well-being.

2. Cracking Your Screen

You dread this situation: you drop your phone on the floor. You get a twinge of panic, pick it up and see that there is a spiderwebbed pattern across the screen.

How can you prevent a cracked screen?

  • Get a durable screen protector.
  • Get a sturdy smartphone case.
  •  Get an accessory like a popsocket or finger ring to help you get a better grip.
  • Don’t rest it on the edges of tables or countertops.
  • Don’t put your phone in shallow pockets that it can fall out of.

What happens if you crack your screen? First, if there is a screen protector — don’t pull it off. That could increase the damage. The next thing that you’re going to want to do is get it fixed.

The good news is that a cracked screen doesn’t mean that you’ll have to replace your phone. You can just pay for the repair. However, the price tag for the repair can be shocking — it depends on your smartphone model and whether you’re still within warranty. For instance, Apple Support states that many of the screen replacements for iPhones cost between $200-$300 for customers that are out of warranty. That’s not a cheap repair.

3. Getting 0% Battery

A 0% battery is a major problem when you’re out of the house, and you have nowhere to charge it. This is especially stressful when you’re in a new place and you have no idea how to get around without the help of your phone. What will you do if you need to get directions? Order a rideshare service? Or even call someone you know? Without your battery, you can’t do anything.

So, how can you avoid this emergency?

  • Make sure that your smartphone is fully charged whenever you leave the house.
  • When you notice your battery getting toward the halfway point, put your settings into battery-saver mode.
  • Try to limit your use of apps that drain your phone battery when you’re out.
  • Get a portable battery pack to charge your phone back to full capacity.

Don’t get caught by surprise when one of these emergencies happens. Be prepared!

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