Dropped iPhone - Please Help!

You went out with your friends to play some football; the match was going fine and you positioned yourself to kick the ball towards the goalpost. Running towards the ball, you kick it with all your might and you realise that you just scored a goal. Your team cheers for you and just when you felt a sense of pride, you noticed that your iPhone is lying on the ground, right on the spot where you made your goal.

When you pick it up, the screen is blank and it is not responding, no matter what you do. Panicking, you decide to take it to the nearest service centre. But hold your horses! There are a few fixes you can try on your own to revive your little companion.

·      Dropped iPhone: Try Hard Resetting it

First you need to find out whether there is a hardware problem or a software defect. And the only way you can do so is by carrying out a hard reset. Here’s how to do it:

Press the home button and the sleep/wake button simultaneously and hold them together for about 10 to 20 seconds. You need to hold them until the Apple logo appears on the screen. If your phone powers back on and works normally, there was nothing wrong with it in the first place. In fact, your phone didn’t even turn off; rather it was on the entire time, but the software had crashed. Hence, the black screen.

·       Dropped iPhone: Charge Your iPhone

If that doesn’t work, you can try plugging your iPhone into the wall charger. If the Apple logo appears, the phone might have switched off itself as this is a common problem in an iPhone. If the wall charger doesn’t work, use your laptop’s USB port.

·      Dropped iPhone: Connect it to iTunes

Another option is to connect your iPhone to iTunes using the charging cable. In the event that iTunes recognises your phone, back it up straight away. In some cases, this signifies a hardware problem such as a damaged screen, even though there are no physical signs of damage on the screen itself.

If iTunes displays an error message, try a hard reset while it is connected. If iTunes gives you the option of recovering your phone, go for it. If nothing happens, your iPhone has developed an internal fault.

In the case that your iPhone develops a hardware fault such as a cracked screen, the only solution is to get it replaced. If your phone is under warranty, Apple will replace it. Otherwise, you will need to go to an iPhone repair centre. In some situations, your iPhone could have soaked up water; maybe the football field was wet or maybe it was raining.

If that’s the case, then you can try a home remedy. Place your phone in a bag of rice or better yet, packets of silica gel. Leave it overnight and try powering your iPhone the next day. Rice or silica gel is good at absorbing moisture; silica gel being the better bet as it is a better drying agent.

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Is Your Phone Harvesting Germs? Blog

Is Your Phone Harvesting Germs?

Yes, we know it has been a while since Halloween; however do you want to hear something scary? Well, here it goes. Did you know that the phone you’re possibly reading this on is covered in more germs than a toilet seat? Pretty startling!

In fact, according to the consumer magazine Which? who took swabs of 30 mobile phones and tablets many devices are ‘hazardous’ to health such is the germs and bacteria on them. One iPad it tested was covered in bacteria known as Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause serious food poisoning.

There are a number of reasons why our phones and devices are covered from on button to charge port in potentially life threatening bacteria.

Bacteria Breeding Ground

The best breeding ground for bacteria is warmth and iPhones and other devices are fortunate enough to create enough through charging and out handling to provide the perfect conditions for incubation.

In addition, and one of the most major causes of the problem, smart phones are brought everywhere with people and that includes the bathroom. If you don’t think that’s the case, there are Ofcom studies that prove one in five 18-24 year olds do just that, as do 11% of us as a whole. And even so, most of us wash our hands intermittently; though use our phones all the time, meaning the germs gathered during daily routines between these washes builds up on the phone screens. Truth being told we’re a pretty disgusting bunch.

Anti-Bacterial Charger?

There are a number of innovative tech solutions that are heralded to prevent the growth of a small colony on our devices. One that takes itself seriously is the PhoneSoap charger. This device not only charges but also sanitises your phone and manages to do so without the use of heat, liquid or chemicals. But how?

It uses two UV-C lamps that kill the bacteria. According to PhoneSoap, the device sends a “wavelength of light which encompass your phone and pass through the cell walls of bacteria and virus to impair their DNA. Once the DNA is compromised, the cells die and can no longer cause infections or disease”.

Another innovation and an impressive one at that come from Corning and Gorilla, creators of the antimicrobial glass. This glass uses an ionic silver agent to kill off bacteria throughout the day and lasts for the lifetime of the device.

Disease Laden?

These are two excellent ideas; however as with anything in life we have to be realistic. The likelihood of contracting a life threatening disease from a phone is limited however the average mobile phone is laden with bacteria and may even be covered in serious bugs such as streptococcus, staphylococcus and diphtheroids, but chances are it’s unlikely to harm us. However, a rub down with an antibacterial wipe every so often won’t do anyone any harm.

Despite mobile phones harvesting bacteria it’s not going to them being used everyday. So, remember to give your mobile a good clean and also some comprehensive phone insurance to ensure to phone is safe. Get a quote from us today!

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