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    19 Ways To Increase Your Tech's Longevity

    Before you go dunking your phone in a bowl of rice, check out these tried and trusted solutions from our BuzzFeed Community.

    New tech devices are not cheap to get, but with so many dodgy "tips" floating around online, it can be hard weeding out the bad from the good.

    It can be pricy getting a device repaired, so it makes sense to keep the ones we have ticking healthily. But sometimes, they run into problems, and it can be scary putting your faith (and your device's fate!) in a tip you found on YouTube.

    We recently asked our BuzzFeed Community for the tried and trusted tips they'd vouch for when it comes to keeping their electronic goods running well in the long-term.

    1. "Whatever device you have, buy a sturdy cover for it. I'm convinced 'they' make devices which are easily breakable so you have to replace them often, so if you're clumsy like me, investing in a good cover will counteract that."

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    2. "Keep a computer or laptop running better and lasting longer by investing in a few tools and doing maintenance."

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    3. "Clean your devices, inside and out."

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    4. "I like to do what I call 'my monthly purge.' At the end of every month, I delete all my phone calls, voice mails, emails, and browser history, that kind of thing."

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    5. "My 11-year-old laptop was running painfully slow, but I didn't really want to fork out for a new one (I don't game or need anything high-performance), so I moved the files to an external hard drive and ran a factory reset."

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    6. "Let your battery get low before recharging."

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    7. "Protect your accounts online."

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    8. "Take care of your battery."

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    9. "Don't be afraid of DIY repairs."

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    10. "When you see something on your screen, READ IT."

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    11. "More software = slower computer speed."

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    12. "Dusty Springclean your computer."

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    13. "Be careful where you're clicking to."

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    14. "Avoid fried electronics with a surge protector."

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    15. "A few simple tricks can improve your PC's longevity."

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    16. "Get acquainted with thermal paste."

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    17. "A few things to bear in mind..."

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    18. "Keep your computer from getting bogged down with unneeded files."

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    19. "Keep your programs up to date."

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    Note: Some answers have been lightly edited for length and/or clarity.

    What's your top tip? Let us know in the comments!