You can be on Entrepreneur’s cover!

8 Ways to Make Your iPhone Last Longer What you can do to help your Apple phone remain functional and useful for as long as possible.

By Dylan Love

entrepreneur daily

This story originally appeared on Business Insider

Your iPhone is expensive. It's pretty. And it's probably proven to be an indispensable tool.

Why not take care of it to make sure it sticks around long enough to serve you well?

Here are some tips on what you can do to guarantee your iPhone will be functional and useful for a long time.

Kevin Smith/Business Insider

It might be obvious, but use a case.

The simple act of keeping your phone inside a durable plastic shell will go miles in keeping your phone intact.

You'll no longer fear dropping your phone on the sidewalk or seeing it succumb to some horrible impact.

There are loads and loads of cases out there. Just find the one that works best for you.


Related: The 10 Stupidest Things Ever Said By Tech's Smartest People

Double up on the protection and use a screen protector.

We swear by Zagg's Invisible Shield. This small plastic film keeps your screen incredibly scratch-proof and far more resilient than a naked screen.

Business Insider, William Wei

Reduce the strain on your battery.

Push email, maximum screen brightness, Bluetooth connectivity. These only scratch the surface of battery-draining conveniences that you might do just fine without. If you value your battery over your need to instantly know when you have a new email, turn them off.

You can replace a broken screen.

So you cracked your screen. Don't replace the phone, just replace the screen.

A number of third-party companies will do this for a reasonable price -- we paid $70 to get our cracked screen replaced. Do some searches for your area, read reviews, and find a vendor that looks promising.

Apple won't replace screens, but will only swap out entire phones.


Related: Pebble Smartwatch Review

Turn off your phone if it's hot to the touch.

Heat and electronics don't necessarily get along so well. If your phone is hot to the touch, turn it off and give it some time to breathe and cool down. That heat is only bad news for your phone and battery.

Use the passcode lock.

Keep your phone locked down so that only you can access it. A missing phone that no one else can use is a bit more likely to make its way back to the owner.

Use Find My iPhone.

Apple makes it possible to pinpoint the location of your phone with GPS if it's lost or stolen. "Find My iPhone" is a free app that you can download right here.

Business Insider / Matthew Lynley

Sync your phone often.

If and when your phone finally does crap out, it's best to have your most current data and settings backed up on your computer. Sync your phone with iTunes often and make it a habit. It will save loads of time when you replace your phone and want to pick up where you left off.


Related: People Who Spend All Day Online Reveal How They Get The Most Out Of The Internet

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Growing a Business

5 Innovative Ways to Give Your Customers the Personalized Experiences They Want

How to provide unique, personalized experiences that enhance customer satisfaction, foster brand loyalty and boost revenue.

Side Hustle

This Insurance Agent Started a Side Hustle Inspired By Nostalgia for His Home State — Now It Earns Nearly $40,000 a Month

After moving to New York City, Danny Trejo started a business to stay in touch with his roots — literally.

Business News

Side Hustles Are Soaring as Entrepreneurs Start Businesses Working Part- or Full-Time Elsewhere, According to a New Report

The younger the entrepreneur, the more likely they were to start a business as a side hustle.

Business News

Scrabble Makes First Change to Its Board in Over 75 Years

The new roll out is only available in Europe as of now.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.