How to make your older phone feel new again

We use our smartphones every day, but with the constant use and abuse, it’s easy for them to start feeling old and worn out. 

Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to keep your phone feeling brand new. 

In this week’s tip, we’ll share six easy tips to help make your phone feel a little fresher and new again.

1. Use a Protective Case and Screen Protector

The first step to keeping your phone feeling brand new is to protect it from physical damage. Invest in a good quality protective case and screen protector. This will help protect your phone from scratches, cracks, and other types of damage. A protective case and screen protector will not only help to keep your phone looking new, but it will also help to extend its lifespan.

If you have a scratched up screen protector or an old, worn out case, it might be time to invest in a new one.

2. Keep Your Phone Clean

Let’s face it: our phones are filthy. Studies show that our phones carry around 17,000 bacteria per square inch — 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat — and we touch our phones roughly 2,617 times a day. For heavy phone users, that number jumps to 5,427 times. 

Keeping your phone clean is a great way to keep it feeling brand new. Dirt, dust, and yes, germs, can build up on your phone, which can cause it to look old and worn out. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down your phone regularly and keep it clean. You can also gently use a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe or 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe to disinfect your phone.

Check out our recent tip on how to safely sanitize your phone and keep it germ-free.

3. Manage Your Storage Space

It’s happened to all of us. We use our smartphones to store all of our photos, videos, music, podcasts and more — but then receive that dreaded “Storage is Full” warning on our home screens. 

A phone that is overloaded with apps, videos, and pictures can slow down and become sluggish. Regularly go through your phone and delete any unnecessary apps, pictures, and videos to free up space. This will not only keep your phone running smoothly but it will also give you more space for the things that matter.

Here’s our recent tip on ​​how to free up storage space on your smartphone.

4. Update Your Phone’s Operating System

Regularly updating your phone’s operating system is essential to keeping it feeling new. Updates often include bug fixes, security patches, and new features that can improve the performance of your phone. Set your phone to automatically update so that you don’t have to worry about missing any updates.

Here’s how to update iOS on an iPhone from Apple, and here’s how to update an Android device from Google.

5. Be Mindful of Your Phone Usage

Be mindful of how you use your phone. Constantly scrolling through social media, watching videos, and playing games can drain your phone’s battery and cause it to overheat. Take breaks from your phone and give it a chance to cool down. Limit your phone usage when possible, and always make sure to charge your phone when it needs it.

Here’s our blog post with 8 Cool Tips to Keep Your Smartphone from Overheating.

6. BONUS TIP: Maybe It’s Time For a New Phone

We’ve all been there: We’ve tried everything we can to keep our smartphone running in tip top shape, but nothing seems to work. Your phone has had a great life — but it’s just time to buy a new one.

We know buying a new phone can be a big purchase, but never fear — CREDO Mobile has some great deals on the latest iPhone and Android models. In fact, for a limited time, you can get $200 off with offer code SP200. Just visit our website at or call 1-866-996-4341 to speak with one of our friendly experts who can help!