On average, people change their mobile phone every 20 months, even if it still works. Knowing that Canada is far from a leader in mobile phone e-waste recycling, here’s how to make them last longer. For the good of the planet and your wallet.
Did you know?
According to NETendances 2020, 81% of adults in Quebec own a mobile phone.
On average, people change their cell phones every 20 months, even if the vast majority of the time, their device still works great. The younger you are, the faster you will replace your cell phone.
According to used device retailer Recycell, the battery life is between three and five years, depending on usage and maintenance.
According to a recent analysis of mobile phone e-waste conducted in 27 countries, Romania, Greece and Canada have the worst overall recycling rates (11%, 19% and 24% respectively), while Slovenia, Germany and Lithuania have the best (75%). %, 67% and 59%).
Good to know
Don’t rely on the purchase price: A high price doesn’t mean your cell phone will last longer or be easier to repair. Find out about the availability of spare parts and the price for general repairs (screen, battery).
To keep costs down, many manufacturers have made it a habit to glue the parts of cell phones, computers, and game consoles instead of screwing them on. This makes some manipulations very difficult.
If you want to try a repair, you can check out the iFixit website, which offers a lot of tutorials in addition to selling replacement parts and all the tools you need to do certain repairs at home.
Your cell phone is still working, but do you think it has already gone through this? You could give it a second life by using it as a surveillance camera. To do this, download the Skype app and set it up so that your device initiates a video call whenever you want.
>> Read also: How to choose the right phone
Actions to be taken
You can limit battery wear by following the tips below.
- If your device offers a “power saving” mode, activate it when the battery is less than 80%: this will prevent some applications from performing tasks that are not currently needed.
- When you have access to a Wi-Fi network, feel free to turn off your cellular network.
- Avoid extreme temperatures at all costs: they affect battery performance. Do not use your phone outdoors if the temperature is below -5°C or above 35°C.
- Don’t wait until the battery is completely dead to charge it: when the charge level is less than 10%, it’s time to connect the device.
- Avoid using devices such as a wireless charging station.
- Try not to keep your mobile phone on all the time. Once a month, fully discharge and then fully charge the battery for recalibration.
- If your screen is cracked, replace it as soon as possible, otherwise, when worn, small pieces of glass can damage internal components. Remember to protect your phone well with a case and screen protector.
- Use only dry microfiber cloths for cleaning. Do not use water or chemicals. Use a needle to remove dust and dirt from the connectors.
If your phone is dropped in water and it’s not a waterproof model, don’t panic, act fast!
- If your mobile phone is expensive or contains sensitive information, go directly to a repairman who will disassemble it and dry all components, which will increase its chances of survival.
- If the battery is removable, remove it. Turn off the device, remove the SIM card and memory cards (if applicable).
- Gently shake the device with the holes downwards so that the water flows out, but does not fall on the dry components.
- Place your phone in a Ziploc bag filled with wheat semolina (more effective at absorbing moisture than rice) or, if possible, silica sachets. Do not squeeze out all the air and reseal for 24 hours. Do not turn on the device again during this time.
- First of all, never dry your mobile phone yourself, for example with a hair dryer: you risk increasing corrosion!
- If your phone turns back on after 24 hours, back up all your data immediately as it can fail at any time.
Make all suggested updates regularly to address security vulnerabilities.
Clean up your data and apps so you always have plenty of storage. To do this, first assess the situation by going to the settings, to the “storage” section, to see what really takes up a lot of space. Photos and videos are usually large, so don’t be afraid to store them on your computer, hard drive, or online storage and then delete them from your phone. Remove or “deactivate” (which will keep your data) apps you don’t use.
Need a new phone? Think “refurbished”
If you are interested in a refurbished device, start by assessing the reputation and reliability of the seller. Visit only trusted sites. Before choosing a phone, read its description very carefully to fully understand its condition, tests carried out, and included accessories. Often dealers don’t sell original accessories, but cheap replacements, so do your own research. The benefits of a refurbished cell phone are numerous: attractive prices, the phone is unlocked and you’re not tied to a carrier, not to mention your environmental impact is 90% lower than what you could get by buying a new device. . However, be aware that a refurbished cell phone may have been bumped and scratched (which should always be mentioned before purchasing), that it is not a very new model, or that its battery is not new.
This article is taken from the 100 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Home Appliances guide prepared in collaboration with RECYC-QUÉBEC and the Observatory for Responsible Consumption.