4 top tips to prolong the life of your Xiaomi Mi Band 2
How do you clean a smart watch/band or change a battery? Get the scoop with this handy guide. Learn how to handle accidents, including a broken screen, and much more!
In this article, learn some valuable general maintenance skills for all smart wear, not just for Xiaomi Mi Band 2.
1. Clean the screen without damaging it
A smart watch display is constructed using similar techniques adopted in smartphones. We recommend a microfiber cloth to wipe the screen to avoid damage from small particles left behind by paper towels or tissue. Power down the device if the cloth is damp to avoid any risk of damage.
Important: always steer clear of using household chemicals or cleaners. Contrary to popular belief Windex or window cleaning solutions are not good for touchscreen devices.
2. Use the correct approach to clean the band
You’ll need to tailor your approach based on the band type (rubberized, metal or leather):
• Rubberized bands are easy to clean: just use a wet cloth and wipe them clean.
• Metal bands can be cleaned with a light mixture of vinegar and water; rub the surface of the band to remove all stains and dirt.
• Leather bands are more complicated: first, wipe any loose dirt from the band with a cotton ball. Then, use a damp cloth with a small amount of mild hand soap. A leather conditioner can also prolong the life of the leather.
Note: during this entire band-cleaning process, it is important to avoid the watch face, as it houses all the electronics.
3. Replace the battery
Most smart watches come with an internal, rechargeable battery – just charge it when required. However, replacing a self-enclosed battery is difficult for most devices without considerable tech knowledge and experience.
Some specialist services exist however this will void the warranty, and we do not recommend this.
4. Dealing with a broken screen
If a major watch component (including the screen) breaks, you’re probably going to have to buy a new watch unless it’s still covered by the warranty. For expensive smart wear, it’s a good idea to purchase an extended warranty if available.
In most cases, a broken device can be fixed by RMA (Return Merchandize Authorization) to the manufacturer or to a licensed repair shop. Fewer options exist for smart watches due to the electronics involved, so you can’t take it to any watch repair shop.
Replacing a touchscreen display requires a lot more specialist knowledge and dedicated tools than replacing a glass face.
The best advice is to look after your smart wear to prevent damage as much as possible, and understand its design limits (e.g. waterproof to specific depth).
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