Can’t find the manual? Don’t panic. Here’s a cell phone remedy a crazy lady with a dog knows about, and it’s free!

I’m not sure that this will work with those fancy iphones and things like that, phones that people shell out an arm and a leg for each month, but it may.  This remedy also will also occasionally cure some laptops and other electronic devices when they are not working right.

I am telling you this just to save you a call to 611 only to be told to call back on a landline, and then a long, long wait to get a real human being, only to be told to take your cell phone to a shop.  Then, you travel far and wide to get to the shop, wait in line, maybe you get charged and maybe you get talked into buying a new cell phone.  Or you Google and Google to find the manual, finally find the .pdf, open it, and if you find your answer at all, it’s probably, “Get your phone serviced.” Or all you find is a “Quick start guide” that tell you how to turn the phone on and off, and then buy ringtones and spend more money.

Now, I want you to avoid all this hassle.

Here’s what to do if, say, someone calls and instead of ringing, the phone just sits there and maybe lights up for a sec or maybe does nothing at all.   Super annoying, right?  This is 2013 and we no longer have clunker ancient cell phones that fail and drop calls all the time.  Or rings weirdly or does or does not do anything else incorrectly.  If your cell phone does it once, forgive it.  Twice is completely unpardonable.  Here’s what to do.

1. Don’t panic.

2. Sit down in a well-lit place that’s free of clutter.  You don’t want to do this, for example, in an extremely messy car because something will get lost.  You’re already frustrated, and misplacing something is going to make you doubly frustrated.

3. Shut off your cell phone.

4. Remove the battery cover.  Most cell phones have some sort of back cover that is removable.  You may need a coin to get the back cover off.  Dimes work well.  I don’t recommend using your fingernail, although sometimes these work fine, too.  Don’t be violent with the cover no matter how pissed off you are, because many of these covers are quite delicate.  Remember which way the cover fit on, because you are going to have to put it back.  Now above all, once you’ve got the cover off, put it someplace safe.  Do not lose it or step on it, or let your three-year-old use it for a teething ring.

5. Carefully remove the battery.  This may in fact not be so easy.  Don’t drop it and don’t lose it and don’t get it wet.  Once you’ve got it out, keep it out for a few seconds and then put it back in exactly how it was before.  You have now “reset” your phone.

6. Put your cover back on.  Gently.

Of course, if your phone or device does not have a battery you can remove yourself, none of this applies, but this little trick will often restore your phone to life and will save you a length call to tech support or a trip to the shop, and maybe even some dough.


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