Old mobile: 10 signs that it needs to be changed

The battery or the screen are the most determining components

There is no set rule for when to switch phones. For some it’s when the next model comes out, for others when a technology they’re interested in emerges (like 5G or foldable phones), while there are those who try to get the maximum performance from each mobile before buying a new one.

According to the “Close the Circle” report, prepared by the second-hand site Milanuncios, 6 out of 10 Spaniards do not use the smartphone until the end of its useful life. Moreover, according to an IOSondea study carried out two years ago, the majority of users (44.41%) wait between three and four years to change their phone and 34.11% do so between the first and second year.

When do you know that time has come? Here are some of the signs that it’s time to pick up a new device:

1. The screen flickers or shows vertical lines: This is a symptom of aging and indicates that the screen has deteriorated with use, although it could also indicate that a cable connection has been damaged during a drop or a blow.

2. The screen loses touch sensitivity: The sensors do not detect our touches in the same way, it is necessary to insist more or there are areas of the screen where it is necessary to press with more intensity. It’s usually not cost effective to change it to a new one, especially when the rest of the terminal will soon show symptoms that it’s about to stop working.

3. Apps take much longer to open or get stuck: Manufacturers usually offer updates for the operating system of phones two years after its launch (three in high-end models), after this time applications will no longer be optimized for this device.

4. The phone heats up even when not in use: It is normal for the screen to get a little warm when you are talking on the phone or playing games for a while, but if the temperature rises even when it is idle, something is wrong. That something is usually the battery, which if it gets too hot can explode (although that’s unlikely). You must take it to the technical service or change it.

5. The mobile does not charge well (and the charger works): The charging ports are also worn and damaged; In any case, in the event of failure, it is advisable to clean them -very carefully- with a compressed air sprayer designed for this purpose, with a small soft brush or by removing any remains from the part around the connections with a toothpick or pin.

6. The phone is deformed or the battery exceeds: Without a doubt, the clearest and most recognizable sign that you better turn off the phone as soon as possible, as it indicates that the battery components have failed and there is a possibility of a short circuit or of fire.

7. The battery drains very quickly: In iPhone there is an option to know the battery status, but in Android it is not so simple unless the manufacturer has included it. There are applications that indicate what state it is in, such as ‘Acubattery’ or ‘Ampere’.

8. Phone restarts on its own or suddenly turns off: This is usually an indicator that the battery is having a problem, but it could also be a cable connection that is starting to fail or an internal component that is dying. If it is not a new mobile (in which case it may be a factory defect), this is an important warning that it may fail at any time. This is almost always due to a faulty battery, which is easily replaceable on some models, but not all.

9. Buttons Fail: Mobile phones have few buttons, but when the device has been there for a while, sometimes one of them breaks down (almost always the power button, which is a problem when restarting it).

10. Takes a long time to restart: It’s not that it takes a few seconds longer than when it was new, but that it takes noticeably longer. The first thing to do is to review the content: free up as much memory space as possible. If after that nothing changes, it’s time to start thinking about buying another phone.

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