What a time to be alive!

You live in an era where things such as your email, calendar, contact list, video games, and tv streaming are all available on one gadget: your smartphone.

But as the wise Uncle, Ben once told Peter Parker: “with great power, comes great responsibility.”

While he may not have been referring to a smartphone when he told this to Peter, it still applies!

With all of the features your phone has on it, there are bound to be times where issues arise, and it’s up to you to figure out what’s wrong.

Luckily, this list includes 8 common cell phone problems and how to fix them. Read below to see which one applies to you!

8 Cell Phone Problems and How to Fix Them

It’s inevitable, your phone will have a glitch or two over its years of usage. Here are 8 regular cell phone issues and what to do when they occur.

A Neverending Low Battery

Sometimes your battery power can make it seem like you’re stuck in the movie Groundhog Day; it happens every day at the same exact time.

How are you supposed to be able to use your phone if it never stays charged, right?

Well, the problem may actually be self-inflicted. Is the brightness on your phone all the way up? Do you ever fully close out of the apps you open?

Make sure you’re enabling a power-saving mode on your phone, lower the brightness as much as possible, and train that lithium battery to last longer.

H2-Oh No!

71 percent of the world that you live in is comprised of water.

That means you’re more likely than not going to drop your phone in the water at some point… it was only a matter of time.

If the water damage isn’t too bad (got a bit of rain on it, water splashed on it, etc.), then you can turn off the device and place it in a bag of rice to soak up the moisture.

Should that not do the trick, then take it to a professional as soon as possible to fix the issue.

It’s Burnin’ Up

Time gets away from us sometimes.

What may have seemed like only a few minutes of leaving your phone outside while you quickly tended to something else has turned into an hour.

Now your phone is either acting strange or literally telling you it’s “too hot to function”.

Uh oh… now what?

The best immediate thing to do would be to turn it off and place it in a refrigerator (if there’s one nearby).

If there’s no fridge available, just do your best to keep it out of direct sunlight and leave it be for a few hours.

Regardless of whether it starts working again afterward, take it into the nearest professional ASAP!

Frozen Screen

Typical… just when you desperately need to check the score of the big game or text someone immediately, your phone screen freezes.

Rather than clicking your home button a million times and chucking the phone out of frustration, simply check the number of open apps you have.

If this keeps happening it’s a sign that a spring cleaning is afoot!

Delete any apps you don’t need, close the ones you need but aren’t using, and back up any photos you’d like to keep on your computer so you can delete them on your phone for more space.

Connection Issues

Does your phone go through sporadic moments where it can’t connect via facetime, or a text just won’t send properly?

If so, the quick fix could be as simple as turning on airplane mode for 30 seconds (count by Mississippi’s), turning it off, and reconnecting.

Lord knows everyone needs a re-jotting of their memory from time to time; sometimes our phones require the same reminder.

If the problem still persists, you may need to attend to your entire Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network.

“Message Not Sent”

The three most dreaded words in any responsive texter’s vocabulary.

“But my prior message JUST successfully sent a minute ago; what’s wrong with my phone?”… sound familiar?

When this happens, check your Wi-Fi connection (or cell data if you’re not on wi-fi at that moment), then click on the failed text message to resend.

If that doesn’t fix it, restart your phone to try giving your phone a minute to recoup.

Unresponsive App

There are more than 2 million phone apps that currently exist, and they’re all subject to crash at any given point.

Truth be told, there are several reasons why it may be constantly crashing, lagging, or not opening up at all.

First off, check to see if there’s an update of that app that needs to be installed.

If not, then simply force close the app and try to reopen.

If it still doesn’t work, then you may have to wait a few minutes before revisiting the app.

A Smorgasbord of Apps

Perhaps the main problem you’re having with your apps is the amount of them you have on your phone.

This may cause the phone to operate slowly, lead to cluttered up data storage, and intimidate you when you look at your home screen.

First off, go to your settings and delete any unnecessary apps right away.

If you’ve deleted all unnecessary apps and still have an overwhelming supply on your home screen, consider downloading an organization app to categorize your apps for easier location.

Dedicate Yourself to Better Habits

Now that you know what causes several of your biggest cell phone problems, it’s time to reassess how you use your phone.

Try to come up with ways you can better organize your cell phone and “cut the fat off” by getting rid of all unneeded apps.

Best of luck! Remember, good habits aren’t developed in one day, they come over time.

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.