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5 Dangerously Useful Things You Must Do Before Bricking Your Phone 

Updated: Jan 5

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Are you ready to get bricked?

All puns aside, and before you say anything about the title of my post:


There's a good reason that everybody should do it since I don't want you to end up in a similar situation as I did.


The last thing you want is to find out that your phone either:

  • Starts boot looping

  • Is stuck on a black screen, whether it's due to a software or hardware issue

  • Any scenario where you can't put your phone back to a normal home screen where nothing happens


So to avoid that from happening, you need to follow these 5 dangerously useful things before you start having problems leading up to your iOS or Android phone being bricked.

Let's start putting these things into your head as a habit, so you don't dread what will happen to your phone in the future.


 

The 5 Things You Have to Do Before Your Smartphone Starts Showing Signs or Problems of Getting Bricked:




1. Back Up Your Phone Every 3 Months at Minimum

It's crucial to back up your phone. That's not much of a brainer thing to do as long as you don't forget.


But if you happen to:

  • Back up your phone once every year

  • Have your phone brick 5 months after the last backup

You're most likely going to be frustrated with the amount of data you just lost, especially if it's something important for work or a passphrase you never made copies of.



My minimum recommendation is that you back up your phone every 3 months.


Why?


I want you to develop a habit of it regardless of whether you have important things or not.

My recommendation is once every month or two.


That's because my iPhone got bricked due to a hardware issue less than 2 months after the last backup, and I freaked out when I thought my last backup was 5 months before the brick.


Luckily, I didn't lose anything crucial other than screenshots I took to remind me of information for work purposes.

As for the number of backups you should have, creating just one may not be enough for you.


I know I sound a bit cautious.


But if something goes wrong with the backup process, such as the possibility of corrupted files, at least you have another copy that most likely isn't corrupted.


My minimum recommendation is making 2 separate backups, both stored in different devices in cold storage, if possible, such as an external hard drive.


My recommendation is to create 3 backups, if possible, through free software.



In my case, I've just made 2.5 backups for my iPhone since I used iTunes, 3uTools, and a copy of my iTunes backup onto an external USB drive, hence, the "2.5 backups".

For Android, you can use Google Drive, Samsung Cloud, and any trustworthy 3rd party apps as long as you get at least 15 GB of free storage with automatic back ups.


But if you prefer storing onto a PC or cold storage instead since 15 GB can get filled up quickly, I suggest using MyPhoneExplorer, MoboRobo, Qmobile Android PC Suite, SyncDroid, etc. if you use Windows.


For macOS, you have Android File Transfer, Smart Switch, SyncMate, AirDroid, etc. Your options are a bit more limited for 3rd party free software though.



You have a lot more free software options with Android than Apple, so you can freely take your pick.