You don’t keep your software up to date

You don’t keep your software up to date

Putting off device updates does more harm than good for your phone. iPhone and Android makers push updates to make your user experience better and so that your phone functions properly. These updates come with extra benefits, too. In fact, if your device has a weak battery or other issues, these software updates could remedy them, Popular Science reports. Make sure to keep up with app-specific updates as well. Even if you keep up with all these updates and avoid ways you shorten the life of your phone, there still comes a time when you need to upgrade.

When you do, don’t toss that old device in the trash; instead, check out these 14 genius ideas for old phones.

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