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5 Ways You're Damaging Your iPhone That Can Be Fixed Easily

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It's not surprising that the world's most popular smartphone is an iPhone.

They're aesthetically pleasing and user friendly. The only downside is that they cost a lot of money.s

When you're spending big bucks like that, you'll want to make sure your phone lasts for as long as it can.

We all know basic smartphone maintenance, but there are some mistakes you may be making without even realizing it.

Here are six ways you may be damaging your iPhone, but luckily there are some easy fixes!

1. You're unknowingly wasting too much battery

There are a lot of myths about smartphone batteries, like how you should wait for your phone to drain before you charge it back to full.

According to Apple, their lithium-ion batteries work in charge cycles. So, waiting for the battery to drain every time before you charge it may actually jeopardize its longevity.

If you leave your phone in the charge for too long or constantly charge it while on wireless, you run the risk of overheating your phone, which may cause a fire hazard.

The thing is, we're all forgetful and sometimes we need to charge up at night so that our phones are ready to go in the morning.

If this is you, get the Yootech wireless charger on Amazon for only $14. It has an intelligent temperature control system and the LED light lets you know when it's charging.

2. You're not cleaning your phone regularly

Studies have shown that a majority of personal phones are dirtier than a toilet seat.

It makes sense because whatever surface you touch, you end up coming in contact with your mobile device soon after.

All this bacteria accumulates to the point that it's screaming to be cleaned thoroughly.

Investing in a streak-free screen cleaner is just what you need to not only get rid of all that nasty bacteria, but to protect your phone from scratches.

The iCloth Lens cleaner on Amazon is a soft absorbent cleaning cloth that works to remove germs and repel oil and grease.

Get 30 wipes here for only $9.

3. You may be using the wrong charger

If you're using anything other than the iPhone charger that came with the phone, be careful.

Many cheaper charger are counterfeits and can actually harm your battery. Not only that, they could also pose a safety risk.

The trick here to save money while still doing good for your iPhone is to do a little research, which we've done for you.

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Third-party chargers aren't the best way to go, but the AmazonBasics Nylon Braided USB is certified to charge your device safety and sync to all your Apple devices.

And for a good dual port wall charger, click here. Anker's 40W 5-Port USB Wall Charger is perfect for travel and for all your charging needs!

4. You have a weak phone case, or no case at all

You probably already know that a phone case is important to shield your phone from unwanted damage, but this is the sign for you to actually get a case that will protect your iPhone.

The reason why many of us opt out of buying a good quality phone case is because they're expensive.

Anker has affordable protective phone cases that come with a built-in clear screen protector or other heavy duty protection.

For the iPhone 6 or 6s, get yours for only $10.

For the iPhone 7 or 8, get yours for $6.

5. You leave your phone unattended for too long

Leaving your phone in direct sunlight for long periods of time drains your battery and, if hot enough, permanently damages your phone.

The problem is, leaving your phone in the glovebox isn't going to do it much good either, since it runs the risk of overheating.

A solar powered car fan circulates the air in your vehicle and keeps your car cool.

What I love about this product is that it's not only for my phone, it's for me too.

Get it here for only $30.

[H/T: Urbo]

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Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.