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Who doesn’t want to squeeze out the last drop from a lemon to make lemonade? We all expect efficiency from our tools and often scope out tweaks or ‘hacks’ that make our tools more efficient. It’s the same with smartphones, where people download a lot of apps to delete unnecessary data and kill battery intensive processes. 

While software tweaks can be undone easily, a lot of people try physical adjustments to make the phone’s hardware perform better. It’s in this grey area where people become careless and end up damaging the phone by following unverified claims on the internet.   

To help you and warn you against making regretful phone-melting mistakes, we bring you the top 5 ‘smartphone hacks’ that you should definitely avoid.  

Microwaving your smartphone   

Internet trolls are getting more creative every day. In 2014, a 4chan troll uploaded an Apple advertisement that promoted an iOS 8 exclusive feature- ‘Apple Wave’. This online post suggested that an iPhone running iOS 8 can be charged using microwaves. Readers were told that the new iOS 8 drivers would synchronize the iPhone with the electromagnetic radiation and promptly charge the phone to 100% in a matter of minutes. 

The sceptics who didn’t fall for the prank in poor taste were saved from a possible catastrophe. The gullible ones ended up with an inferno in the oven.    

Using Snails to clean your phone 

https://youtu.be/_WUv66CjbGE

Snails are good aquarium pets and a greater delicacy in some parts of the world. Scientists are even experimenting with them to create high-end and effective skin products. Yet, Snails are still gastropods that carry a lot of microbes and bacteria on their bodies, especially flatworms that can cause Snail Fever. A parody YouTube video claimed to make an iPhone look brand new using Snails’ slime trails. 

The video shows a man letting Snails crawl over an iPhone 7 screen. The slime-smeared phone is then wiped using a microfiber cleaning cloth, revealing a shiny iPhone 7. This could have severe implications on the user’s health as the dirty smartphones are placed near the ear and mouth. A lot of people on Twitter thought of it to be an actual phone hack and decided to do the same. Luckily no one was reported sick.     

Coiling phone charger  

https://youtu.be/r3iSRAcqI6Q?t=118

Phone chargers and earphones have a habit of tangling and forming knots when they’re put away. It’s a hassle to unknot them. A YouTube video found a potential solution in the form of a coiled charger hack. When a thick wire or a cord is in coils (like in landline phones), they have fewer chances of forming knots. 

A YouTube crafts video decided to apply this principle on an iPhone charger. The charger cord was wounded around a thick marker and heated using a hair dryer to set in the shape. In practice, the hack can damage the inner wires and leave the plastic jacket vulnerable. One of the YouTube users complained in the comments of the hack ruining the charger.

Water droplet Macro lens 

https://youtu.be/r3iSRAcqI6Q?t=587

According to another YouTube video, a really cool way to take macro pictures using simple camera phones instead of DSLRs is to put a drop of water on the camera lens. The method works but can damage the lens by slowly seeping in the camera through really small crevices. It can also cause water vapours to form behind the camera’s glass, not to forget the damage it can do to the surface if the trick is frequently used.  

Put your phone in the freezer

It’s well known that gadgets work better at lower temperatures. Some netizens took this fact to the next level and decided to chuck their smartphones in the freezer. What they didn’t know is that air contains water vapours. Freezing the phone cause them to solidify and expand the phone components, breaking them in the process. Your phone should be best left at room temperature.     

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