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<p>(BPT) - We sit on our smartphones, toss them into a purse and sometimes, quite accidentally, douse them in the toilet. And that doesn&rsquo;t include what grimy-fingered kids do to smartphones as they play games. Generally, we are not very nice to the technology that has become central to our lifestyles.</p><p>&ldquo;Most smartphones are pretty durable, but they are not tanks,&rdquo; says Iza Perez, a product marketing manager for Sony Mobile. &ldquo;Smartphone damage is typically user-inflicted but they can be user-corrected just as easily.&rdquo;</p><p>Here are three tips she recommends to reduce wear-and-tear on smartphones to extend their life:</p><p>1. Water salvage</p><p>Let&rsquo;s be honest: 75 percent of us use our smartphone in the restroom, according to marketing firm 11Mark. And software-maker Plaxo found that nearly one in five people drop their phones in the toilet. Hey, it happens. So what do you do if you&rsquo;re one of those unfortunate souls that wets their phone? (Don&rsquo;t forget rain storms and swimming pools.) First and most obvious: Dry it immediately with a soft, absorbent cloth. Second, remove the battery and place the damp phone and battery separately into an uncooked bag of rice to absorb the moisture. Don&rsquo;t be in a rush to put it back together. And if that doesn&rsquo;t work, well, you&rsquo;ll likely need a new phone. Fortunately, many case makers and smartphone makers are introducing water-resistant features to help minimize water damage. The <a href="http://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-z-tmobile/" rel="nofollow">Sony Xperia Z</a>, for example, can stay submerged in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, which should be plenty of time for a long bathroom break.</p><p>2. Keep it clean</p><p>Smartphones are germ magnets because they are constantly touched with unwashed hands. Did you know that the average smartphone user checks their device 110 times a day?&nbsp; That&rsquo;s according to a 2013 study by Locket, an app maker, who checked how often its 150,000 users activated their phones by swiping the screen or tapping a home button. To reduce germs from clinging to your phone &ndash; they can live up to 48 hours, by the way &ndash; regularly clean your phone with microfiber cloth and a spritz of sanitizing screen-cleaning solution. Likewise, you can remove dirt and grime build up in crevices with a microfiber cloth or a cotton swap and a touch of solution. If you have a case, remove it every once and a while to thoroughly clean that as well.</p><p>3. Battery preservation</p><p>Aside from the cool touchscreen, the battery is a smartphone&rsquo;s lifeblood. There are a few simple things you can do to extend battery life on a daily basis that will help reduce the number of times a recharge is needed. Dimming screen brightness and reducing the number of alerts you receive &ndash; particularly those that vibrate &ndash; will save a lot of juice. Closing apps when finished is also a plus, particularly those that use location features. Apps running in the background doing nothing still suck battery life.&nbsp; Also, check your settings menu for battery saving features. Most phone makers now include software to automatically adjust usage &ndash; but not close opened apps. When shopping for a new phone, consider one with advanced battery-saving features.&nbsp;</p> <img src='http://www.brandpointcontent.com/printsite/ImageWriter.ashx?articleid=18815&memberid=8729' border='0' width='1' height='1' />

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