5 ways to help your budget smartphone last longer

Keep your budget smartphone in tiptop condition with these simple tips

There are many fantastic budget smartphones today that are almost as good as their flagship counterparts. Many users are turning to budget smartphones - be it as a second phone, one that you use on your travels or the one or as their one and only mobile.  

However, its limited battery life, storage and processing power might turn your budget smartphone into an expensive brick in a couple of months when not properly card for. If you’re finding your budget smartphone getting unbearable, perhaps these tips can give it a new lease of life. 

Clean the charging ports

Noticing your phone not charging as fast as it used to? Try cleaning the charging port or the cables with a cotton swab. Dust, dirt and grime can build up on the charging pins over time and disrupt your smartphone’s charge speed.

If that doesn’t work, then the problem could be the charging cable itself. Don’t use a cheap cable as it uses lower gauge wire and damages easily. Insist on an original charger as its more worthwhile in the long run. Borrow an original cable from a friend and see if it makes any difference. 

Free up storage space

Most budget smartphones come with 8 to 16GB of storage space. Not much, considering most apps nowadays are 500MB or more. Once you’ve added your photos, videos and music there won’t be much left space left. With less than 1GB remaining, you’ll start noticing apps crashing, and your phone becoming laggy and slow.

Free up some room in your smartphone and get it moving smooth again. Start by transferring your photos and videos to your computer or to a cloud-based storage like Google Drive. Afterwards head to Settings > Storage on your Android phone and delete apps you don’t use. You’d be surprised by some suspiciously bloated apps that clog your storage space.