We all know How to Make Your Laptop Last Forever:
- Keep it CURRENT.
- Keep it CLEAN ON THE OUTSIDE.
- Keep it CLEAN ON THE INSIDE.
- Keep it COOL.
- Keep it CONSISTENT.
- Keep it CUSHIONED.
- Keep the CORD in good shape.
- Keep it on CONTINUOUSLY when you’re using it.
It’s too much hassle and people tend to end up writing them down on a piece of paper and oftentimes they get misplaced.
We created this guide to make sure that doesn’t happen to you! While following most of these tips may feel like an inordinate amount of effort, we’ve made these steps as easy as possible so that hopefully whether you’re a student or just someone looking for ways to keep track of passwords better, these tips should help! Furthermore,
it’s essential for your personal safety (and protection against identity theft) that you follow these steps because we wouldn’t want something unfortunate to happen like your laptop or computer with all its precious information stolen – especially if like many students you most likely take your laptop with you every day when going off campus or back home from school.
Don’t eat or drink next to your laptop
Also, don’t leave food or drinks close to your phone or laptop. It’s not just the screen that will suffer from it; a single spill can damage your motherboard. When this happens, turn it off immediately and wait for several hours until you can use it again.
Keep it covered
Cover your coffee maker with a cloth when not in use to avoid playing unnecessary cleaning games. One less chore to tend to is one less chore that gets in the way of you and a great cup of coffee.
If you’ve been slamming on your laptop for hours and hours at a time with demanding games or software – go take a break. Stay out of the sun and don’t let those dangerous temperatures reach levels where they can ruin your hardware.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that just because your machine has worked well enough so far, it is invincible against heat.
Keep it Clean
Dust sticks to the insides of computers like bees cling to the sticky honey. Using canned air to remove dust ensures longevity for hardware and processing parts. Perform an internal dusting of computers at least once a month with a can of compressed air.
If you are like me, however much pride you take in keeping it clean on the outside doesn’t extend to cleaning up the inside! If that sounds like you, then here is a list of reasons why you should clean your computer’s interior with compressed air.
Turn it Off For Once
Don’t keep your laptop on overnight or attend to it every day. Instead, hibernate it and let it rest during the night so that it has time to cool down.
Don’t turn it off and on constantly either
Although laptops are meant to be used in a seated position, they’re still machines that need time to rest. And giving them a break can make your computer last longer! Alternately, when you press too hard on the keyboard or click too frequently with the mouse, their structures will wear down at an accelerated rate too.
So don’t use it for prolonged periods of time and don’t force it to do something that it was not designed for. Think about how you shouldn’t repeatedly disturb someone throughout the night either as well as.
Set it to hibernate instead of sleep
If you’re working on important documents with lots of browser windows, textbooks, and videos open, but you have to take a break or do something else away from your laptop, be sure to hibernate it rather than shutting it down. That way the sleeping computer can resume finishing that essay right where you left it.
But if you won’t be returning for a long time and don’t want to continue using up your hard drive’s memory space by having such a large file left there in hibernation mode or don’t want the power costs associated with leaving your laptop running while not being used as well as wanting it to boot up faster when needed then simply turn off your computer.
Close your laptop properly
Laptops close with the screen up and your phone on top of it. If you turn off the laptop but haven’t manually turned off the mobile device yet, things will get stuck and you could end up damaging your phone beyond repair.
Learn why all laptops have a light sensor in them as well as how to take care of your laptop so that it lasts longer! Make sure to also read our article about backlight bleeding to prevent damage during shipment.
Set your laptop to hibernate mode before going to class or home.
Many problems can stem from the improper use of technology because when something breaks or goes wrong there are often a lot of fingers to point around. However, one commonplace mistake that is easy to avoid is using your laptop while it’s charging.
Pack your Laptop safely
When you’re commuting or just heading to campus, remember to bring your laptop along with you so that the computer doesn’t have any problems even if there are bumps in the road.
Investing in a padded laptop sleeve can work wonders as this will absorb all of the shocks and movements during the commute, and since it’s an anti-dust material, it can also prevent your laptop from picking up particles on its own.
Avoid Sporting Pretty Bags
Avoid advertising to burglars that you have expensive items in your house by leaving out pretty-looking laptop bags.
Pack your power Cable properly too
When it comes to wrapping and packing up your cable, there are a variety of options available to you. There is no stress on the parts where the cable will touch the charger if you drape them gently rather than tightly around one another.
It’s best not to keep the nodes too twisted or bent by constantly repositioning them, but alternatively, you can avoid using a lot of overlapping layers.
Leave some spare Storage in your Hard Drive
Try clearing out stray files and software or moving them to an external drive. Not only will this make your laptop perform faster, but it’ll also reduce the amount of heat when used regularly. A laptop with incompletely loaded data will overwork itself, produce more heat and wear down faster.
Empty your trash every day.
Keep your hard drive from getting filled up too much to avoid excess heat buildup and early failures.
Take your time when removing CDs and Flash Drives
You can’t wait for your computer beeping to tell you it’s available to pull out the USB stick or CD? It may seem like a trivial waste of time, but plugging and unplugging devices every day may shorten their lifespans.
In addition, working with a laptop that doesn’t have a built-in storage device is hardly ideal; you might as well just get yourself a desktop tower and save some money.
Run those Updates Already
I know you’ve been postponing those updates windows all the time. They’re there for a reason, to keep your laptop in tip-top shape. If you haven’t been updating your computer regularly, we recommend updating it yourself every once in a while.
Keep your little brother and german shepherd away from your laptop
They’ll take apart your laptop faster than a Geek Squad technician.
Run Regular Maintenance
The first step is to right-click on your C drive and run these commands. Or you may right-click them and create a shortcut.
Keep the power stable
My entire family wasn’t worried about our electronics during the surge because the company was sure to replace them, or so it seemed. To this day we are still waiting for replacements.
When you can hear raindrops on the window, it’s time to get off of your computer and head to the library or computer labs. Alternatively, you might want to invest in a surge protector.
Drain Your Battery Life
Do this occasionally to maintain your battery lifespan. At least once a month.
Replace your Battery
Laptop batteries have a limited lifespan. These devices aren’t cheap, and they have to do quite a lot. Replacing a battery before it dies completely is an important step to keeping your laptop working properly.
Remove the Battery Cell if you’re not using it
If you’re not using your laptop on a regular basis, it’s advisable to keep the battery out. Keeping the battery in while it’s not in use can diminish its lifetime.
A laptop battery has a limited number of recharging cycles before they aren’t able to hold any more charge. Proper care is needed if one plans to maintain it for longer periods of time.
Any work that requires a lot of attention to detail, or is important, should be prioritized before doing other less urgent tasks. By doing so you make sure that you’re giving the appropriate amount of attention and time to complete it without getting pulled away for something more pressing or with a shorter deadline.
Also, one shouldn’t rely on batteries in such cases as the chance for failure is higher and given how important it is for those projects not to go un-completed we want to make sure you never overlook this precautionary measure.
Upgrade your Hardware
Owning a laptop that can keep up with the demands of your work is essential. Whether it’s graduate school or a nine-to-five job, being chained to a sluggish computer that seems to get slower whenever you have multiple tabs open eats at productivity and overall satisfaction.
When upgrading or purchasing new parts for your laptop, make sure to first swap out your old hard drive for an SSD, which connects via solid-state rather than mechanical means and enables faster speeds, better energy efficiency, and superior durability all around.
If your computer isn’t powerful enough to handle the extra software, take it to the IT department for assistance. They may be able to upgrade your entire system so that you can easily handle those programs without having any setbacks.
Protect your Monitor From yourself
After having french fries, it’s probably best to not switch on your screen until you clean the oil residue off… otherwise, you could risk damaging it if debris gets stuck between the buttons or if moisture has built up in-between while you were stuffing your face.
Make sure to wipe off your screen with a microfiber cloth or other tool that safely wipes away any unwanted materials before you put it back into use.
Change the cooling fan inside and hard drive
The easiest things to easily fix are the most important parts of your laptop and they play a fundamental role in how long it lasts. If they seem to be malfunctioning, check them out to make sure they’re still properly functioning so you can change any components that aren’t working right as soon as possible.
Keep off unsavory sites and software downloads
Viruses and malware can be just as destructive as accidental spills and drops. They’re challenging to get rid of and often propagate themselves throughout your entire computer if not removed quickly.
You can always prevent them from finding their way onto your laptop by using a strong antivirus program with virus definitions updated regularly or by buying new anti-virus programs that have already recently been updated. However,
the best way to protect yourself is simply to avoid surfing through sites you know are known to harbour these malicious viruses which can slow you down or crash your computer altogether.
Perform a Factory Format every 6 months
A great free app to have on your laptop is CCleaner. It’ll not only ensure you keep the most important files and software backed up, but it’ll also get rid of any malware and junk that’s slowing down your computer.
It’ll also help prevent similar junk from being installed in the future as well, without causing too much heat buildup so your laptop continues to run tasks smoothly every day.
Repair anything that needs to be repaired
Computer chips and computer components grow tired like humans do and produce errors here and there. If you find any problems with your laptop computer, fix them as soon as possible.
If you’re not confident in your abilities to repair it yourself, contact an IT support service for help. These little problems can become bigger issues eventually such as driver failure or lack of connectivity due to these things going wrong.
Get a warranty
Lastly it’s a good idea to keep a warranty on your computer. They’re relatively inexpensive. One can also easily find inexpensive hard drives with lots of space for storing all of his data, as well as great anti-virus software that should protect against many different cyber threats such as identity theft.
Cody is a passionate gamer, writer, and computer programmer who’s always looking for ways to optimize and automate everyday tasks. When he’s not immersed in prose and code, he’s busy tinkering with computers, automating his home, and spending time with his wife and kids.