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How can I charge my smartphone faster?

There are numerous things you need to know about charging your phone in order to charge it any faster. Ampere is unit of current intensity. So higher amperage means more energy in the same time. It ...
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

Use a 1/16" drill bit. Do not put the bit into a drill! Just grip it between your thumb and forefinger. Press the end lightly into the lint-filled bottom of your headphone jack and spin it clockwise....
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

This can be done quickly and easily with a paper clip and scotch tape: Flatten out the paperclip. Tightly wrap scotch tape (with the sticky-side out) around the top part of the paperclip. Carefully ...
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How to not forget my phone in the bathroom?

I keep my phone in my front pocket, and don't remove it in the bathroom. Even when I sit. In this position it does not have a danger of falling into the toilet, nor will I forget it when I leave.
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How to not forget my phone in the bathroom?

Remind you with the phone itself in your way Get a small loop, strap, or lanyard which can attach to your phone or otherwise hold it (such as in a small bag). When you enter the stall, hang or clip ...
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How to shoot a video underwater using your smart phone?

I've done this before simply by taking two ziplock/sandwich bags, one inside the other. I take both bags, inflate them slightly by blowing into them, seal them tightly, then gently push on them to ...
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How to dry out a wet phone?

In case the phone fell into water there is a high risk of short circuits due to the electrical conductivity of water. This does not only cause damage to the parts but can also lead to an overheating ...
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How to recover swollen battery?

A battery, once it starts to expand or leak, cannot be safely "restored". A leaking battery will, at the least, corrode the phone and it also may catch fire. If you cannot change the battery yourself, ...
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How can I charge my smartphone faster?

The iPad charger will charge your iPhone faster than the iPhone charger that came with the phone. The iPad charger puts out 5.1v at 2.1 amps. The iPhone charger is 5v at 1 amp. The larger of the two ...
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How to avoid losing keys/phone/wallet?

<click> ⤴ Have you tried putting your phone on a leash? Seriously. Tether all your stuff to your belt loop and you won't be leaving it everywhere.
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How to not forget my phone in the bathroom?

Place the phone somewhere where you have to see it on your way out. One such place is the door handle of the cubicle / toilet. If there's an old-fashioned handle there, you can carefully lay the ...
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How to not forget my phone in the bathroom?

When traveling, such as on a plane or train, I take my phone with me in case I have to wait for the bathroom. When I go into the bathroom I tuck the phone into my bra strap. Oh, you're not wearing a ...
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How to prevent pickpocketing in busy bars?

Well, it really depends on what you are wearing. Do you have enough pockets or not? Do you have hidden / hard to reach pockets or not? If you wear a jacket, store the phone in an inner pocket in the ...
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What to do with old contacts on phone that aren't used anymore?

Although it would take time, you could prefix all your older contacts with the word "OLD". For example: First name "OLD Joe" Last name "Blow" That way, you would keep the old contacts, but they ...
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How to avoid butt-dials on phones where the keypad is always exposed?

Get, or make, a case that covers the buttons. Cardboard or cereal box and duct tape should work well, I would make it thick so that button presses can't make it through. Use colored duct tape if you ...
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How to make a cellphone tripod?

In a pinch you can use socks and a rubber band: Get four pairs of socks that have been "folded" the way you fold socks. (I'm pretty sure everybody folds socks the same way, but just in case, I'm ...
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Cleaning MicroUSB socket on mobile phone

You should use a toothpick, previously buffed with a fine sandpaper. You can use other objects, but with the toothpick you can do it without turning off the phone because it isn't a electrical ...
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How to shoot a video underwater using your smart phone?

You could use see-through plastic, perhaps bags. Seal with multiple folds. You can test your solution with something similarly shaped but less vulnerable to water. Test in similar conditions, ...
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How to avoid butt-dials on phones where the keypad is always exposed?

This may seem obvious, but possibly place it in your FRONT pocket, rather than your rear? Perhaps the looser pocket in the front will eliminate the pressure on the keys? Outside of that, the user ...
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How can I charge my smartphone faster?

Short-circuit the USB data pins on the phone side, that's what the most powerful chargers do to tell the phone that it can draw the max amount of current without needing any digital negotiation (...
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How can I charge my smartphone faster?

Lots of nice answers here, some uninformed answers as well, but I think that most of them miss the actual point. Background: First thing that needs to be understood is that device called "charger" ...
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How do I make my smartphone battery last longer?

A few things I always do to try and preserve my battery life: Reduce Brightness I always have the brightness as low as possible while not having to strain my eyes to see the screen - the dimmer the ...
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How to make an adapter for a micro SIM?

Get a thin piece of plastic. Cut it to a normal SIM size and shape and then cut a Micro SIM sized hole that will fit your SIM into it. This should now fit into your normal SIM phone easily - file it ...
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How can I keep my phone from falling over when watching videos?

In this answer I am going to assume you have a iPhone, smartphone or other gigantic looking phone that would fit into this mechanism. Actually many phones may fit into it, but the designs I saw are ...
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How do I make my smartphone battery last longer?

Make sure that geolocation, bluetooth and wi-fi, 3G are turned off when not needed - they often consume much power Also, when you don't use or don't need cellular communication, turn it off also (this ...
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How can I safely sanitise my smartphone's display?

If the screen itself is not greasy or visibly soiled then you should just wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. If the cloth is clean the screen will be clean. Clean the cloth though sometimes, I ...
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How to get a squished leaf out of a headphone jack?

They make small brushes for people with braces to get food out. I have a small packet of these in my desk drawer because my phone ports have gotten pocket lint in them more than once. The really ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

The components you describe have deteriorated and are in the process of decomposing into organic residue. The process is a natural part of the usable life span of an organic compound. It is not ...
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How can I charge my smartphone faster?

Something else to take into consideration, not really mentioned in any of the other posts, but does affect how fast the phone charges: Even if you had a charger capable of delivering as much current ...

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