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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by roalush, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. roalush

    roalush Lurker
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    I keep a spare phone in my drawer ready to replace my main device if needed. Is it OK to just keep it in my drawer for months, or should I take steps to take care of it in order to keep it in good working condition?

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  2. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    Charge it every now and then to keep the battery from going completely flat. Other than that, don't drop it in the toilet and you should be good. ;) :D
  3. roalush

    roalush Lurker
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    Great. Thanks.
  4. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Keep only the necessary apps that you use on the spare phone and update them once in a while.

    Turn on the spare phone once in a while. I once let a (spare) phone sit without turning it on and didn't charge it and it bricked. (It was rooted so I was able to revive it by restoring a nandroid backup)

    I am presently using my spare phone as a house phone by using T-Mobile's Digits app.

    Use it as a spare media player. I use mine around the house. Watching netflix or listening to Spotify. Why wear out the battery on the primary phone when you have a spare! LOL
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  5. PitCarver

    PitCarver Android Expert

    Got a couple retired phones that I set up as media players, just because of the same reason.
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  6. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    I just charge mine every now and then. I still use them for non-phone things like playing music, watching movies and reading.

    I charge them all the way up then do a full power off to stop them from looking for updates.
  7. roalush

    roalush Lurker
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    Wow, great tips. I guess I'll find some use for it so it won't just sit in the drawer turned off as it was. I love this phone and wish I could use both my phones.
    Damn this SIM system I hate it!!!
  8. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Usually with the SIM system you can do exactly that, just swap the SIM between the phones that you want to use for the day. Are you on a restrictive CDMA carrier, like Verizon or Sprint or something?
  9. roalush

    roalush Lurker
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    Unfortunately, SIM cards are not reliable and best left untouched. Also, my carrier charges 10$ for SIM replacement. My phone has nano SIM while the other sports micro SIM.
  10. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    I picked up a pay-as-you-go sim for my 'beater phone' just to have mobile data. I never use the number. I do have to recharge it every three months because the plans expire, but $10 every three months is worth it for the convenience.
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  11. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    My goto for internet is my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 mostly, but the LG G6 has a big screen too.

    HTC ONE M8 for non-accessory speaker listening.

    And the HTC 10 for headphone listening.

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