These days, cracked phone screens are an unfortunate fact of life. It doesn’t take much to end up with a crack screen, especially if you’re rocking one of the more delicate iPhone models. If you’re lucky, your phone will still work and the damage will only be cosmetic. However, a serious crack can render your phone useless and this can mean costly repairs, lost data and even having to replace your phone.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is plenty you can do to protect your phone screen,from investing in protective hardware to good phone handling habits. So,forget about constantly paying for phone repairs. Prevention is better than cure, right? Check out these tips to help you avoid cracking your phone screen.
- Invest in a protective case
One of the most common ways to crack a phone screen is by dropping it. A good-quality protective case will protect your phone from falls and drops. Depending on the product, some cases can protect your phone from falls of up to three metres onto solid surfaces.
Phone cases vary in price from around $20 to more than $100. This can seem like a lot to spend on a plastic case. However, it’s worth weighing up the level of protection you need. People who work in high-risk areas, like building sites, need significant phone protection from bumps, knocks and falls. And a high-quality, military-grade protective case will supply that.
Many protective cases also offer additional protection including waterproofing and dust proofing.
- Use a screen protector
Screen protectors can stop your phone screen getting scratched as well as cracked. They act as an outer layer which can be replaced as needed, without compromising the functionality of your phone.
Screen protectors are made of either tempered glass or plastic. Both work the same way, but tempered glass tends to feel more like the standard smartphone screen.
While screen protectors help to minimise damage to your phone screen, they will need to be replaced from time to time when they get damaged. However, replacing a screen protector is much cheaper and simpler than fixing or replacing a cracked screen.
For maximum protection, combine a screen protector with an ultra-tough protective case.
- Usea PopSocket
A PopSocketis a plastic circle that you attach to the back of your phone or phone case. The circle can be extended, or “popped” out, to create a comfortable and convenient grip for your phone.
Given the slim-line design of most phones, they have a tendency to slip out the hand. They can be difficult to handle, especially the larger phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Using a PopSocket or similar device, provides a solid grip so you are less likely to drop your phone, even in those awkward selfie poses.
- Don’t keep your phone in your back pocket
Keeping your phone in your back pocket is a recipe for disaster. Mistakenly sitting down with your phone in your back pocket can bend your phone and crack the screen. Skinny jeans and tight pants have also been known to crack phone screens without the person even sitting down.
Keeping your phone in sight, rather than in your back pocket also stops it from being pickpocketed or slipping out without your knowledge.
- When you’re not using your phone, keep it somewhere safe
When you’re not using your phone, you should always keep it in a safe place. Throwing your phone down any old place at home increases the risk of someone sitting on it or placing something heavy on it.
You should try to use set, regular places around the home to keep your phone when it’s not in use. Make sure there’s no risk of anyone placing something down in this place and that nothing will catch the charging cable and pull the phone to the ground.
It doesn’t take much to stop your phone screen getting cracked, just a little bit of protective technology and some good habits.