Every time Apple unveils a new iPhone, it can be tempting to ditch your device and upgrade to the latest model with all the bells and whistles. But a new device is a big investment, so before you decide to drop a few hundred dollars, it’s important to ask yourself: do I really need this?
Today, we will share some tell-tale signs that your technology is ready for an upgrade. If you are more of a visual learner, watch our latest Tech Tip video to follow along with tech expert Katie.
1. You’re Draining Your Battery
Like anything that is used frequently, your cell phone’s battery will wear out over time. If a full charge lasts only a fraction of the time it used to and your phone constantly needs to be plugged in, it’s time to make the switch.
2. You Can’t Upgrade to the Latest Operating System
Running on an outdated operating system can slow down your phone and leave you vulnerable to security threats. Search for the latest operating system for your device and check in your phone’s settings to make sure you are up-to-date. If you can’t download the latest update, it’s time to upgrade.
3. Your Audio is Cutting Out
“Can you hear me now?” As your phone ages, you may find yourself asking that question more and more. As time passes, your phone’s microphone can get worn out. Although we use it for so much more, a phone is a phone, and it needs to be able to send and receive calls—so if your microphone is wearing out, it’s time to say goodbye.
4. Your Apps are Crashing
You may also notice certain apps crashing on your device, but not on your friends’. That’s probably because the problem is your device, and not the app. There are two different kinds of memory on devices. One is for storing your files, and the other, called RAM, is for running your operating system and apps. Within RAM, there is a memory threshold for running each individual app. As you reach that threshold, your apps may begin crashing more frequently—a hint that it’s time to head to the store.
5. Your Device is Obsolete
Finally, if your phone is old enough, you may not be able to get technical support or replacement parts anymore. Check your manufacturer’s website to see if your device is considered obsolete. Then, if it does start glitching out, you really have no choice but to get a new phone.
So no, you do not need to give in every time Apple or Samsung drops a new smartphone. But if you found yourself checking “yes” next to any of these warning signs, it’s probably time to upgrade. That’s it for this edition of Tech Tips! Check back soon for another tip to make your technology work for you.