It always happens at the wrong time, right? You’re on your way to an important meeting or you’re running late to pick up your children.
Your boss is waiting for you to dial into a conference call or you need to email a time-sensitive contract to a client! But one of the most frustrating things is preventing you from tackling your everyday tasks.
Your phone is dead. Worse, you’ve been charging your Android smartphone all night or in the car.
Yet, something is wrong. It’s dead and everything you need to get done is put on hold so you can rush to your cellphone provider’s store and either pay big bucks to get it fixed or pay hundreds of dollars for a new Android smartphone.
Don’t do that – yet. Before you spend any money, try these five FREE, straightforward tips to get your Android up and running, and don’t skip a bonus tip that you must try!
1. Check your power source
It’s easy to panic when your phone’s not charging. So, you look for the fastest solution, like replacing your smartphone with an expensive, new one.
But there’s a good chance that your Android smartphone might not be the problem. Start by checking the power source that you’re using.
If you are plugged into a wall socket, unplug your smartphone and try a different outlet. Or plug your USB connection into your laptop.
2. Change your charging cable
Your charging cables go through a lot of wear and tear, if you’re like most people. You’re constantly yanking them out of your smartphone or out of the power source.
You’ll notice the cable fraying over time. Check your cable if you’re unable to charge your smartphone.
3. Change your wall adapter
Your smartphone could also be dying while charging because the wall adapter you’re using is on the fritz. Try a different one.
Or, if you don’t have multiple adapters at home, try plugging it directly into your laptop. You could also try charging at a public charging station or your cellphone provider’s store.
4. Restart your smartphone
You know this trick, right? When all else fails, just restart your smartphone, tablet or laptop when it is not working the way it’s supposed to.
This trick often works, so give it a try. The steps you use to restart your phone may vary slightly from these, depending on the make and model of your Android smartphone. But they will most likely be similar to these.
Hold down the button on the right side of your Android phone until you see three options: Power off, restart and emergency. Click on restart on then click on restart again when it appears a second time.
5. Replace your battery
This is going to save you a lot of money. You may not have a bad smartphone, but an old battery.
Fortunately, unlike iPhones, you can easily take the back off most Androids. This may take a little bit of effort.
Pull the back off and check your battery. Check to see if there’s dust in there or, if you have a replacement battery or a similar smartphone handy, test out a different battery.
The great news is, you can get a replacement battery online or in stores for $30 or so. That is far less than you’d spend to replace a perfectly good smartphone.
Bonus: Clean your smartphone
Don’t skip this step. It’s easy to overlook this one.
You may just have dust or gunk inside your charging port. That may be preventing your smartphone from fully charging.
Look inside your charging port – you may need to hold a flashlight to it. You can clean out the dust with an old toothbrush, a needle or a paperclip. Easy, right?