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3 Tips for Dealing with Cell Phone Battery Issues

3 Tips for Dealing with Cell Phone Battery Issues

You need to get that Uber headed your way to get home late at night, but there’s a problem – your cell phone battery has already called it a night. If you’ve brought a charger and have access to a quick supply of electricity, you’re in luck. If not… well, that’s a real problem.

Unfortunately, batteries drain, and no matter how well-made, are going to have a lifespan that you need to measure by the number of charge cycles. Typically, that is somewhere in the area of roughly 500 cycles before the battery’s charge quality begins to degrade and decline. In other words, after that 500th charge, you may see that the phone’s power supply is not lasting as long as you’ve grown accustomed to, but you can take steps to keep things operating optimally.

What to Do About the Battery


If the average phone user has a single charge cycle per day, it means a phone that is around 1.4 years in age is going to need a bit of attention if each charge is going to last as expected. There are three simple things to do:

• Invest in a high-quality charging cable as this plays a significant role in any battery’s life span
• Keep the phone away from extremes of heat and cold. Don’t ever leave a phone out in the sun, but also don’t toss it into a freezing cold car overnight as both extremes heavily tax the battery
• Never expose the phone to moisture or liquid

There are quite a few other steps that phone owners can take, however, beyond these apparent options.

3 Ways to Improve Cell Battery Life


Most phone owners already know those three tips above, but there are several more and three of the most useful include:

1. Uninstall Apps – If you don’t use apps on your phone, eliminate them. Doing so removes the data associated with them. NOTE: Install only premium versions of apps, too. Why? The freebies are full of ads that most definitely consume battery life!

2. Don’t Manually Close Apps – Experts at both Google and Apple have determined that manually closing apps can slightly reduce battery life and that it may be better to leave your most common apps open

3. Go to Airplane Mode – If in an area with a low signal, it may be better to switch the phone into Airplane Mode and using only Wi-Fi (when available). Doing this prevents the phone from burning through power while trying to connect to the low-signal. On the backside of this, though, disabling Wi-Fi does not spare any battery life since a phone is going to consume much less energy connecting to Wi-Fi. You can also use Airplane Mode at night, and especially if you’re somewhere without your charger!

Don’t forget to shut off notifications, eliminate any widgets from a home screen, disabling apps that can open the home screen, turn off app location features, and turn off GPS if you’re not using it to help keep batteries charged.

And when none of these things seem to help, but you know your battery should still have plenty of zing, get in touch with the team at Totally Techy to have the device diagnosed and your charging problems eliminated.

Why Your Phone Should Have a Protective Case

Why Your Phone Should Have a Protective Case

It might seem crazy but about a quarter of people who use a smartphone do not use a protective case. Some people don’t like the bulkiness of cases, think phone cases are overly expensive, or never worry about dropping their phones. While those are valid points, having a case on your phone protects a large investment. When iPhones and Androids can cost hundreds of even thousands of dollars, having one drop and shatter can be devastating.

Protection Against Accidental Drops

The biggest reason to keep a case on your phone is to prevent damage if you drop your phone. Some people are clumsier than others and might drop their phone on a daily or weekly basis. Even if you rarely drop your phone, it’s best to have a case so those rare situations don’t lead to a broken screen. Cases are created to absorb the impact of a fall. Adding a tempered glass protector to the screen is also a fantastic idea. Hard shell cases are the most likely to break while hybrid cases are the best option. Soft cases can also work in a pinch. However, keep in mind that any case is better than having no case whatsoever.

Show Off Your Unique Personality

Another great reason to use a phone case is so you can show off your personality and style. Some people like to show off a sleek, modern case, others like to have cats or dogs on the case, and some might want to represent their favorite sports team. There is no lack of options on the market so you can pick something that gives people a peek into who you are.

You Aren’t Paying for Insurance

If you are someone who opted not to have a protection or insurance plan for your phone, having a case is even more important than normal. You don’t want to feel your phone slip out of your hand only to see it drop to the sidewalk and break into pieces. This is why it’s best to have a protection plan, tempered glass, and a case. This will prevent you from many accidents and give you peace of mind no matter where your day takes you.

Protection of the Resale Value

Even those who don’t dent their phone or crack the screen will notice that scratches and nicks add up over time. If you decide to upgrade your phone and want to sell your current model, any of those blemishes will cut down on the value you can get for the phone. Using a case can prevent a lot of cosmetic damage so you can sell your phone for a bundle when you want a new one. Everyone enjoys extra money so keep this in mind.

If it’s a little too late for you and you already dropped your phone and are now dealing with the aftermath, you need a professional to help. Totally Techy can repair screens, batteries, and more. We also offer free diagnostic services!

MacBook Problems: What Requires Repair

MacBook Problems: What Requires Repair

You probably spent a pretty penny for your MacBook, and anytime it isn’t working correctly, it can be a real frustration. It may even leave you feeling quite helpless.

This reaction is understandable. Most people keep the essential details of their lives on their computers, and it can cause a moment of panic when it suddenly stops working properly.

Here are a few of the common MacBook problems that you may encounter and the steps you can take to get things working again.

#1 A MacBook that Keeps Dying

The Problem: You are busy working away on your laptop when it suddenly goes black without warning even though you have a fully charged battery.

The Solution: Restart your MacBook using the power button, and then wait for it to power back on fully. Then, immediately restart it; this will allow it to do the regular healthy shutdown procedure. Once it comes back up again, you can try resetting the SMC or System Management Controller. This reset should fix any issues that are going on within your systems. If it doesn’t, it may be time to see a MacBook repair professional.

#2 You Have a Blank Screen

The Problem: You push the start button to power on your MacBook, but instead of the usual start-up process, you get a black or a blue screen that won’t go away.

The Solution: When your laptop is stuck on a blue or a black screen, it usually means that you have an app that is causing your computer to freeze up. Try holding down the power button for five to six seconds to restart. If you can get it restarted, you can try to remove any newly installed apps that may be causing the hang-up. If you can’t figure out the cause, a MacBook repair professional should be able to run a diagnostic and let you know where the problem lies.

#3 Things are Running Very Slowly

The Problem: You are trying to check your email or do some work, but your MacBook is running slowly.

The Solution: There is any number of things that could make your computer run slowly, so the first thing you should do is restart your MacBook. Turning it off and then back on again can sometimes be the answer to your prayers. If that doesn’t do the trick, check to see if you have any unapplied updates. Install anything that is left waiting.

If your computer still isn’t running as it should, you can open up your Activity Monitor. It will show you what is running, and there may be some app hanging out in the background that is using up all your resources. The next fix is to run a virus scanner.

If none of those solutions have any effect or your slowdown is accompanied by strange noises, you will want to have a repair professional take a look. It could be that your laptop is overheating, or you may have a hardware issue.

Let Totally Techy Take a Look

If you can’t seem to get things running as they should, let one of the friendly MacBook repair professionals at Totally Techy take a look. Our experts use the most advanced repair technologies to get your laptop working again.

Benefits of Buying Certified Pre-Owned Computers

Benefits of Buying Certified Pre-Owned Computers

If you are in the market for a new computer, you are probably doing a fair amount of research. Buying new technology is always an exciting time because there are so many options available. You can add new features that you didn’t have before, and you can find computers that run much faster than the older model you are used to. However, all those bells and whistles come at a price, and it is usually one that is pretty steep.

Yet, if you don’t have your heart set on the absolute newest available systems, you may find that a certified pre-owned computer is more in line with your budget. There are plenty of benefits and reasons for going this route, and we will explore some of them below.

You Only Have to Pay for What You Need

It seems like all of the newest things on the market have a million programs and accessories that come with them, but all those extras cause the price to skyrocket. Turning to a pre-owned system may not give you the newest VR capabilities, but the options are probably more in line with what you actually need in a system. If your main goal is to surf the internet or take notes in class, you don’t need high-powered editing software or the ability to play a video game on a super expert high-speed setting.

Money Will Be Saved

Did we mention your budget already? Yep. One of the best things about buying a certified pre-owned computer is that it will save you a considerable chunk of change. In fact, you might save hundreds of dollars off the sticker price of a brand new machine.

Saving all of that money doesn’t mean you are getting an item that is completely outdated either. There are plenty of relatively new models in all of the most popular brands available in a pre-owned state. Do your research, and you should be able to find a quality machine that suits your needs without completely wiping out your budget.

You Cut Back on Waste

Buying pre-owned is another way of reducing and reusing. By making this purchase, you are keeping another system from hitting the landfill. Consider the effects it could have on the planet if everyone started buying used instead of always opting for the brand new technologies.

If the environmental impact is your number one concern, you will want to check out the amount of power that the computer uses. Some of the older models aren’t quite as energy efficient as the newer models. You may not want to get the oldest PC available in the pre-owned stock as it may not offset the amount of energy that the beast consumes.

Totally Techy Can Repair Your Technology

Before you decide that your old computer just can’t hack it anymore, let Totally Techy take a look. We may be able to repair some of the damage. Let us ado a free diagnostic to see if there is something that can be done to get the device back to running full speed.

Micro-Fractures: What Are They and How Can You Avoid Them?

Micro-Fractures: What Are They and How Can You Avoid Them?

If you think about how many times per day you pick up your smartphone, you will probably realize that you most likely use it more than any other single item in your possession. Your phone is almost like your lifeline to the world, right? It is a big part of how you socialize, how you find information, how you get from one place to another, and it may even be a large part of how you work.

That is why having a cracked or shattered screen can be so devastating. It is like a huge part of your daily life has been broken! Of course, you probably already know about some of the ways your phone can be put out of commission, like dropping it in a pool, but do you know about micro-fractures?

What are Micro-Fractures?

The tiny, sometimes invisible, hairline cracks in your phone’s screen are called micro-fractures, and you may already have a few that you don’t even know about. Every time you drop your phone, you run the risk of gaining a micro-fracture or two. Even if you can’t really see them, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t already there, and every single one of them weakens your screen making it much more susceptible to developing large cracks or shattering. When too many micro-fractures develop, even a minor drop can cause your screen to shatter.

Luckily, newer phones are much stronger than the phones of the past, and the heavy-duty glass that is used can take a bigger beating than that original iPhone from back in the day. However, that doesn’t mean it is invincible!

Avoiding Micro-Fractures

The absolute best way to prevent your phone screen from getting micro-fractures is to protect it. A good quality phone case can go a long way to keeping your screen intact and protecting the phone’s integrity. The best case options have a lip around the screen. This lip can even help protect from a drop that has your phone landing facedown.

The material of the case is another important factor to consider. While a plastic case is better than no case at all, it isn’t the best option because it too can break rather easily. It is better to choose a polycarbonate material or a silicone case. Once you have a proper phone case, you will want to add a screen protector, like the glass or plastic ones that sit directly on top of the phone’s screen. This just adds another layer of protection, and it helps you avoid getting any micro-fractures.

Phone Repair at Totally Techy

Sometimes no matter the precautions you take, life happens and your phone breaks. That is where Totally Techy comes in, we are the market leaders in technological repairs. If you have micro-fractures or even really large cracks, we are here to help.

We offer screen repairs for both the glass and the LCD. Plus, we can also provide home button repairs if the fall damages more than just your screen. In fact, any kind of smartphone repair you may need we are prepared to help. While it is always better to prevent phone damage than attempt to repair it, Totally Techy is here for those times it just couldn’t be avoided.

Tips for Resuscitating a Drowned Smartphone

Tips for Resuscitating a Drowned Smartphone

Bathrooms, days at the beach, a visit to the local pub…what do these three activities have in common? They are all zones in which your smartphone may die by drowning! As spring arrives and you can add activities like a pool-side barbecue, a tall glass of iced tea by your deck lounger, and more travel plans, the need to figure out what to do should your phone take the plunge increases.

You might be thinking or even saying out loud that a friend, cousin, neighbor, sibling or partner dropped their phone in a drink/toilet/body of water, popped it into a bowl of rice and “voila” it was saved. Here’s the thing about this so-called solution to the problem – it doesn’t work so well.

In fact, in an independent study it was determined that the use of rice to revive a phone that had been completely submerged was less effective than things like cat litter and silica gel, or even couscous and oatmeal! Additionally, the same study found that simply leaving something in the open air without any additional drying materials worked better than anything else.

Shaking, vacuuming (with a miniature keyboard vacuum) and blowing out as much water as possible was also a measure used in combination with drying materials. Yet, not many devices were able to recover from full submersion.

And if you say, “Okay, no biggie, because the warranty will cover the issue”, guess again. Why? Most phones have a water damage indicator tripped the moment it contacts water. This means the warranty is of no use.

Water’s Journey Inside the Phone

While debating the best solutions to a phone dunked fully under water is interesting, it is important to understand why water is such a problem. In other words, where does water actually go when it gets inside of a phone. The answer is pretty disheartening: It goes everywhere. It will easily flood a phone, but it may be a bit of a surprise to learn that many Android phones drain and dry, and then recover. iPhones, on the other hand, can actually trap water.

The problem comes with water causing corrosion to the battery connectors and/or batteries themselves. In many instances, a new battery can often get the drowned phone up and running, but in other scenarios, the connection is ruined and so the phone remains dead. Thus, in many instances, phones with removable batteries can be redeemed and revived.

What Can Be Done

So, what have we learned? We have learned that it is often best to allow air to dry the phone rather than sinking it into a big bowl of rice or even silica or cat litter. But, we’ve also learned that you cannot allow water to become trapped inside of the phone.

That means that one of the best bets is to open the phone as quickly as you can after dropping it into the water, and then positioning it in front of a fan or the open air. However, though some phones open with the use of a Philips head screwdriver, some require specialty gear.

Of course, you can forgo all of the rice and DIY techniques and just get in touch with the team at Totally Techy. As market leaders in technological repairs, they can help with liquid damage and many other issues. Just get in touch as soon as you can after a problem occurs.

Why is My Phone So Slow?

Why is My Phone So Slow?

When you first got your shiny new smartphone, it seemed like it was lightning fast. Texts sent rapidly, even if you were sharing videos. Pages loaded with a quickly, and it seemed like there was nothing your phone couldn’t do. But now…things are starting to run slowly.

Perhaps you have noticed that texts are taking longer to send or you can get your social media feeds to refresh. Before you chuck your phone in favor of a new one, you should see if one of these reasons may be why your phone is feeling bogged down.

5 Reasons Why Your Phone May be Running Slowly

A smartphone isn’t just a phone. It is basically a miniature computer that you can carry around in your pocket. That means it will be susceptible to the same issues that your desktop will have.

  1. Running Too Much. If you are trying to run a gazillion apps or other programs on your phone, you can expect the speed to decrease in a big way.
  2. Too Little Space. Your phone’s storage isn’t infinite. You can and probably will run out of space when you start taking a million pictures and downloading all of your social media apps and games.
  3. Out of Date. If you aren’t doing your updates as suggested (or your phone is really old) you are probably using an out-of-date operating system. Being outdated will definitely slow you down.
  4. Old Battery. Your phone’s issues could stem from the battery. If you have a battery that isn’t working as it should, it won’t be able to power your phone properly which will lead to slowdowns.
  5. Overheating. Another reason for your phone to run slowly or even shut down is because it is overheating.

What to Do About It?

Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, these general tips can help you breathe a little life back into your phone.

  1. Clear the Cache. Most people use their phone more than they use their laptop or desktop computer. Think about how many times per day you look up something really quickly on your phone. Right? Well, the web browser in your phone (no matter which one you tend to use) is storing a ton of data. One quick fix for giving you extra storage space and speeding up your phone is to clear the cache.
  2. Update your System. The dreaded system update can be intrusive and many people continue to ignore the update prompt because of the hassle and potential new bugs or issues that could arise. However, an update is a good thing for your phone. It can fix bugs that are present on the previous version, improve security features, and make things work just a little bit faster. If you have been holding out and refusing to update, go ahead and update your operating system. You may even get a few new emojis out of it.
  3. Delete Unused Apps. Do you still have a ton of games on your phone that you aren’t using? How about other random apps that you downloaded but aren’t really using anymore? Go ahead and get rid of them. There is no reason to have all that extra stuff hanging out on your phone taking up space if you aren’t even using it.

These are just a few simple steps that you can take to get your phone running more efficiently. If you try these three tips and still aren’t satisfied, let Totally Techy provide a free mobile phone diagnostics. Our phone repair experts may be able to find the root of your speed problem and get you back on track. Give us a call today.

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Protect Yourself from an iPhone Repair – How to Prevent Scratches on your Cell Phone Screen

  • Problem: Most people use their cell phone mоrе than аnу оthеr іtеm іn thеіr росkеts. We use them more than оur hоuѕе kеуѕ. More than our саr kеуѕ. We even pull them out оf оur pockets more thаn a wallet or purse. Let’s fасе іt – whеn you uѕе ѕоmеthіng оvеr аnd оvеr again, еvеntuаllу it’s gоіng to start ѕhоwіng ѕіgnѕ оf wеаr аnd tеаr. As a result, it’s going to get scratched and damaged by keys, соіnѕ, pens, and other sharp objects… eventually forcing you to get an iPhone Repair. Thе screen may еvеn сrасk. That’s a lоt of risk fоr such an expensive gadget.
  • Solution: Hence, you want to prevent the seemingly invadable iPhone Screen Repair. Sо bе ѕmаrt and protect your cell phone, especially your screen since it is typically the most fragile part of any device. There are a couple of simple wауѕ to protect your cell phone screen from scratches, оr еvеn wоrѕе, сrасkіng. Lеt’ѕ examine a fеw of thеm tо reduce уоur rіѕk аnd іnсrеаѕе the lоngеvіtу оf уоur dеvісе.

Watch Where You Put It

  • It аlmоѕt gоеѕ wіthоut ѕауіng, but іf you want tо protect your cell phone screen, watch whеrе уоu put іt! Bеfоrе you cram it іn a росkеt оr a bag, make ѕurе it’s nоt next tо your kеуѕ, paper clips, оr anything оthеr semi-sharp оbjесtѕ you саrrу with уоu.

Boost your grip

  • Almоѕt еvеrуоnе drорѕ thеіr cell phone оn thе flооr every nоw аnd again, even wоrѕе, some of uѕ hаvе dropped our рhоnе іntо thе drеаdеd toilet! Evеn іf уоu hаvеn’t, уоu рrоbаblу know ѕоmеоnе who hаѕ! Thе truth іѕ, phones саn bе ѕlірреrу. Aрраrеntlу, hаvіng ѕuсh a sleek gаdgеt соmеѕ wіth a рrісе. There are a lot of cell phone accessories оut thеrе thаt bоаѕt the аddеd benefit оf bооѕtіng your grір. Therefore, it mау seem lіkе a silly thіng, but іn rеаlіtу, thе better your grір, thе ѕlіmmеr the сhаnсе you’ll drор іt. It’s a simple phone screen protection tір thаt wіll рrеvеnt thе ассumulаtіоn of scratches and сrасkѕ.

Get Cell Phone Protection (оr Full Bоdу Protection)

  • Getting a screen protector is the best way to protector your device from need a Screen Repair. Some companies nоw ѕеll ultrа-thіn clear protectors (or сеll phone ѕkіnѕ wіth cool dеѕіgnѕ) that prevent scratches on your screen. Yоu simply аррlу a thіn and nearly іnvіѕіblе ѕhіеld, therefore, your screen will be able to withstand a multіtudе of dаіlу thrеаtѕ. You саn еvеn find full bоdу рrоtесtіоn. As a result, thаt will kеер уоur entire gаdgеt free оf dіngѕ, scrapes, аnd ѕсrаtсhеѕ. Above all, when comparing the соѕt of thеѕе ѕhіеldѕ tо thе cost of thе gаdgеt іtѕеlf, this turns into a great long term investment. Come check out Totally Techy’s screen protectors and cases to prevent an iPhone Repair.
Prevent Your Device from Malfunctioning and a Cell Phone Repair

Prevent Your Device from Malfunctioning and a Cell Phone Repair

Preventing a Cell Phone Repair and Malfunctioning

  • Many phone users think that spending a high sum of money towards protection is essential to prevent Malfunctions and a Cell Phone Repair. Yes, keeping your phone safe is really important, but expensive products are not always the solution. In fact, in order to keep your phone safe, all you need to do is to clean it. However, we all know that a smart phone is such a unique device and has a sensitive screen, so how and what you use to clean it is more important.

Least Expensive and Most Effective Cleaning Supplies

  • So, what exactly are the tools to clean a smart phone? Believe it or not, all you need is a microfiber cloth and water or alcohol wipes. Generally, cleaning your phone with any type of chemical agents such as aerosol sprays, solvents, or ammonia, is not advised. Using such chemical agents can cause damage to your phone’s screen and can actually hinder the way the screen interacts with the device.

How to Give Your Device a Thorough Cleaning

  • When you are cleaning your phone, you must carefully choose your cleaning supplies. You must ensure not to clean your phone if you are in a rush. Cleaning your phone when you are in a hurry might cause damage to your phone. The phone might slip out of your hand or you might miss to notice that there’s too much water in the cloth
  • As a safety measure, the first thing you should do before you start cleaning your phone is to remove your phone’s battery. If the battery cannot be removed, turning off the device will suffice.
  • Now, what exactly are the ways to clean a phone safely? First, dip the corner of the cloth into the cleaning liquid, allowing it to become saturated. Make sure the clothe in not oversaturated by wiping it on a piece of glass or mirror. If there are no water drops streaming down the glass/mirror, then the cloth is good for cleaning the phone. Next, begin to wipe the screen of your phone in an up-and-down-motion. Wiping in circles will leave smudges behind that can only be seen when the phone is off. Usually, wiping twice is enough to clean the entire surface of your phone.

How Often Should I Clean My Device?

  • According to research from Dscout, the average person touches their phone around 3,000 times a day! Therefore, you should clean it as often as possible. But to keep things realistic, professionals recommend cleaning your phone at least once every month. Nevertheless, if you have a cold or flu, it is recommended to clean your device every day!



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