It’s vital to learn how to take care of your iPhone. After all, the iPhone is a £550 computer, that you carry around with you. It’s all too easy to ruin your iPhone, but these terrific tips will help you take protect an iPhone’s battery, screen and charger. This valuable advice teaches you what not to do with your iPhone. What's more important is that you’ll discover tricks that enable you to make an iPhone last longer.

The last thing you want to do is ruin your iPhone. Our tips for taking care of your iPhone teach what not to do with this priceless gadget.

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Don't get your iPhone wet (or damp)

This is a biggie. The iPhone doesn't like water one bit.  Apple places a water sensor inside the device to let them know if the iPhone has been dropped in the sink (or worse, down the toilet). We'd also advise keeping the iPhone away from damp environments, such as bathrooms or shower rooms. Liquid damage is not covered by your warranty. It's a good idea to invest in an emergency waterproof package like this Kensington EVAP.

If you do have a spillage, take a look at How to rescue a water-damaged iPhone.

Don't get your iPhone wet

Don't let your iPhone get dirty

Every month or so give it a good cleaning to keep dust and dirt away from it. Apple gives the following cleaning advice.

Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, and similar items may cause damage to the item.

  • Disconnect your Apple product from any external power sources.
  • Disconnect any external devices and other cabling from the product.
  • Keep liquids away from the product.
  • Don't get moisture into any openings, and don't use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.
  • Do not spray cleaners directly onto the item.

See more: How to Clean Apple products

Don't ruin your iPhone battery

Apple has made terrific strides over the years in ensuring that the Lithium batteries in its devices. There is a lot of misinformation around regarding batteries. In particularly, people suggest regularly emptying the battery or not charging it to 100 per cent. Our understanding is that neither of these affect the iPhone. Apple devices have built-in power management that protects the lithium battery.

Even so the iPhone battery has a lifespan, the number of times it can be recharged before the battery needs replacing. The more you take care of your battery in day-to-day use, the longer it will last overall.

Here are some tips for keeping your iPhone battery in good shape:

  • Enable Wi-Fi. Using Wi-Fi consumes less power which will extend your daily battery life, but the amount of time before your battery needs replacing.
  • Turn on Auto-Brightness. Tap on Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper and set Auto-Brightness to on.
  • Fetch data less frequently. Tap on Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap Hourley instead of Ever 15 Minutes. You will recieve emails less frequently but it will extend the battery life of the iPhone.
  • Turn off Push Notifications. Tap on Settings > Notifications, choose apps you don't need notifications from and turn off notifications (Alert Style to None, Badge App Icon to Off, Sounds to Off).

Read our tips about getting more battery life.

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Don't jailbreak your iPhone

This isn't our political pulpit moment. Jailbreaking the iPhone does offer a range of new features that we’re sure some people find invaluable. On the downside it can affect both the battery life, usage and security of your iPhone. Don’t jailbreak and iPhone unless you have a specific reason for doing so. Keep it updated with the latest official iOS software. See: Opinion: Why I continue to jailbreak

Don't scratch the screen

Nobody wants a scratched iPhone screen. While the toughened gorilla glass is stronger than in previous years, you should keep it scratch free. In particularly be careful when putting your iPhone in a bag. Keep it away from keys. You'll treat the iPhone like a newborn baby for the first few months. When you find yourself tossing it into a bag along with any other gadgets you own, that's your cue to buy a case or screen protector.

See: How to apply screen protector to iPhone or iPad

Don't drop it on concrete

Obviously. The iPhone isn't happy when you drop it on concrete, and even on some less intimidating surfaces: the iPhone is nowhere near as strong as many of us would like. Hold it with care or buy a sturdy case.

Don't lose your iPhone

Nobody loses their phone on purpose. You can improve your chances of recovering a lost phone by activating Find My iPhone (in Settings > iCloud). Also set a Passcode (Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode). The passcode makes it harder for criminals to reset the iPhone. Find My iPhone allows you to locate the missing device, and request the person return it. Oten an opportunist whose picked up your iPhone will return it. They are more likely to give it back if the iPhone has a lock on it, and they can’t sell it on.

Don't fill it up with apps, photos and video

We think it’s usually a good idea to keep a small amount of space free on the iPhone. Sometimes if you fill the iPhone to the brim it can refuse to download new updates. Click on Settings > General > Usage and check how much storage is available. We like to keep around 10 per cent of our iPhone Storage Space free for updates and any apps we need in a hurry. Click on Manage Storage or start deleting apps from the Home Screen if you’re a little full.

Don't yank the Lightning cord out

The Lightning connector is fragile so take care when inserting and removing it. The Lightning connector is small, but pinch the connector itself when pulling it out. Don't yank the power connector out by grabbing the cord. The iPhone doesn't have the MagSafe (magnetic quick release) feature found on Apple notebooks. If you pull the cable it'll send your iPhone flying. So learn to treat the power cable with care.

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If it does - well, it may not be the end of the world, as we discuss in How to fix a broken iPhone or iPad or iPod charger, and when you're safer just buying a new one. But let's do our best to avoid it, shall we?