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What To Do Before Selling Your iPhone

Whether you’re the kind of person who has to have the latest model iPhone, or the kind who prefers to stick with the same phone for a few years at a time, eventually there will come a time when you want or need to part company with your iPhone. At Phone Medics Plus, we want to help you make that transition as smoothly as possible. With that in mind, here’s a quick guide to getting your iPhone ready to sell. Unpair Your Apple Watch If you own an Apple Watch, then the first thing you need to do is unpair it from your phone. To do that, open up the Watch app on your iPhone. If the app doesn’t open to the My Watch screen, tap the tab at the bottom. From the My Watch screen, tap your Apple Watch, then tap the orange letter i in a circle next to your watch’s name. At the bottom of the screen you should see “Unpair Apple Watch” in red letters. Tap that to unpair your iPhone and Apple Watch. If your watch is an Apple Watch Series 3, you’ll also need to decide whether you want to keep

How to Extend Your Battery Life

In our last two articles we’ve told you a bit about how lithium ion batteries work  and why they sometimes expand . Today we’re going to round out our series on batteries with a few tips on the best ways to make sure your batteries last as long as possible. Batteries are one of the most important components in cell phones, tablets, and laptops - they’re what make your mobile devices mobile. By keeping the battery in your device healthy, you can extend the useful lifespan of the entire device. Here’s how. Avoid Extreme Temperatures The first thing to do is avoid extreme temperatures, especially extreme heat. Heat increases the wear on a battery’s internal components and can shorten its lifespan. So in general, try to avoid leaving your phone, tablet, or laptop in a hot car or laying out in the sun on a hot summer day. Run Fewer Apps in the Background Another thing you can do to keep your battery healthier longer is to reduce the amount of things your device is running in th

Why Do Lithium Batteries Expand?

In previous posts we’ve told you about how lithium ion batteries work  and discussed some of the benefits of replacing the battery in your phone. Today we’re going to talk about why some lithium ion batteries expand, and what you should do when that happens. The battery on this iPhone 8 has swollen and popped the phone open. This is a topic that’s been in the news a lot the last couple years. As you may recall, in late 2016 Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phones experienced severe battery problems, to the point that some phones actually burst into flames. Then in late 2017, as Apple began shipping their new iPhone 8, there were reports that some customers were experiencing battery swelling - sometimes after charging their phone, and sometimes right out of the box. In some cases, the swelling was so bad that it actually caused the screen of the phone to separate from the casing. So the big question is, why does this happen? Why lithium ion batteries expand? Well, as it turns out, th

How Lithium Ion Batteries Work

Many of the questions we get here at Phone Medics Plus relate to phone batteries. Why does my battery stop working? How can I improve my battery life? Why isn’t my battery charging/holding charge? With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick primer on just how your the battery in your phone, tablet, or PC works. How Batteries Work Every battery - from the button battery in your watch to the AAs in your remote control to the battery in your car to the battery in your phone - has three basic components: a negative electrode (the anode), a positive electrode (the cathode), and an electrolyte. In a fully charged battery, the anode is holding onto a bunch of electrons. When the battery begins to discharge, those electrons start to move from the anode to the cathode, through the electrolyte. That movement generates the electricity your device uses. The more electrons make their way to the cathode, the less power the battery puts out. Once the battery isn’t putting out enough po