Check your warranty first.
A little maintenance can go a long way in terms of extending the life of your phone battery. For starters, try to keep it as cool as you can, especially if you live or work in a hot climate. Overheating will kill the battery much faster than normal use. It’s also important to keep it properly charged, which is to say, between 80 and 100 percent most of the time. And don’t let it drain all the way to zero very often—this also accelerates aging and shortens lifespan. If you are having problems with your current battery, there are some options for fixing them:
- Check your warranty first. Most smartphones come with one-year warranties that cover manufacturing defects like this one, so if your phone is under warranty, reach out directly to whatever company made it or the place where you bought it and find out what they’ll do for you. If they don’t replace the battery without charging a fee, then look into replacement companies that specialize in this kind of service (see below).
- Replace the battery yourself. This option is not for beginners but can be done by anyone willing to take a risk with some basic tools and common sense (see tips below). You’ll save money this way but run a greater risk of damaging or breaking something else in your device through ignorance and/or maladroitness, so proceed carefully! Replacement batteries can be purchased almost anywhere for comparatively cheap and often come with instructions on how to install them yourself safely, so no need to worry too much about teaching yourself from scratch; just follow directions exactly as given when replacing batteries at home.
- Go back through whichever company made it or store where you bought it originally; sometimes, these places offer free replacement services for defective batteries during certain periods throughout any given year! Be sure not
there are several ways to safely dispose of a Smart Phone battery
- Recycle your old phone batteries at the local recycling center.
- Drop off the battery at a local collection point.
- Contact your electricity provider to see if they run a recycling scheme where they collect old batteries, or they give them to people who will recycle them. Also, ask if they have any collection points.
- You could get in touch with your local council and see if there is a battery collection point near you; also, ask them what happens to the batteries they collect, as some councils send these to specialized treatment centers where the batteries are either broken down or melted down into liquid metal so it can be sorted out for recycling purposes.
Call your local recycling center and ask if they accept old phone batteries.
Call your local recycling center and ask if they accept old phone batteries. If you’re able to drop yours off at a facility near you, be sure to double-check that they do indeed recycle the lithium-ion batteries found in smartphones before making the trip there.
The location will likely send them off to a third party so that the battery can be recycled safely, with all its components broken down and reused in other materials.
By taking this environmentally conscious step, you’ll be joining the millions of Americans who recycle phone batteries every year, reducing their impact on landfills and helping keep hazardous materials from entering our ecosystem.
Be confident about the capabilities of the recycling center you chose.
When you take your old smartphone’s battery to a recycling center, find out if the facility is certified by an independent governing body. This ensures they are equipped to handle it properly. Be sure that they are also able to properly dispose of the battery. The recycling center should be able to provide certification of compliance with state and federal laws and a proper chain-of-custody document from the time you dropped off your battery until its destruction.
Donate your old phone to organizations that resell or recycle used electronics.
Donating old phones is a great way to give them another life, but you can’t donate phones that have been damaged in water or have been opened. Make sure your phone is still functioning properly so they can donate it to someone in need.
Here are some organizations that accept and recycle used electronics:
- Cell Phones for Soldiers
- HopeLine from Verizon
- Mobile Muster