By Ayse Stenabaugh
Whether you acquired new devices over the holiday, or want to ensure you are properly caring for your old electronics, read on for tips on how to get the most life out of them!
Purchase an extended warranty
Electronic devices eventually fail. No one wants to see their device fail just days or weeks outside of the typical 1 year manufacturers warranty. Protect your investment by purchasing an extended warranty for your device. Most places will let you add an extended warranty to your device within 30 days of purchase. You can also contact companies like Asurion to add a warranty to your new devices.
Good charging habits
If you are using a rechargeable device you should always let your device drain its battery either completely or close to it before recharging the device. This is because your rechargeable devices have a memory meaning that if you keep recharging your device when it is mostly full, only the cells that are being recharged will work and you will find that your device will start to hold less and less of a charge. Eventually this process can kill your battery completely and you will only be able to use your rechargeable device while it is plugged in.
Always use power adapters and cables that are high quality and are designed for your device. It may be tempting to buy that USB cable that is at your local convenience store but think twice. Poor quality cables can not only damage the circuity in your device, some have been the cause of electrical fires.
Keep your devices updated
It may be tempting to skip updates because they can sometimes cause issues. If you skip updates for your devices you could be preventing performance and security patches that can keep your device running the way it should be. If you absolutely feel like its best to skip updates when they first come out, you can always update your device after a week or two. This will give the devices manufacturers a chance to push out any update fixes before you install the updates on your devices.
Not all devices require maintenance, but it is recommended for certain devices such as computers. Regular maintenance can prevent your devices from having problems down the road. Printers for example can perform maintenance if you experience ink smearing. Cell phones may not require the usual “maintenance” however you may need to empty your memory card or download data off your phone from time to time to increase storage space.
Use guest accounts
On computers and some tablets, you can setup guest accounts. Anytime you let someone use your device you should let them use your guest account. Typically, guest users have limited privileges, so they can’t usually mess up your device. On some devices the data on a guest account is erased after they log out preventing unwanted data from using up storage space.
Learn how to use your device
Let’s face it, hardly any electronic devices come with instructions these days and if instructions are offered they are usually buried somewhere within the device. Learning from family and friends can be free but stressful. Jester’s Computers in Fairfield offers one-on-one technology training so that you can learn exactly what you want to learn right from your very own device. Classes are by appointment only and start at just $25 an hour.
As always for computer repair service and technology advice you can trust contact Jester’s Computer Services at 717-642-6611 or visit us Contact Us page to send us an email.