Is it time to upgrade your smartphone? Our quiz can help you decide.

Save money and help the environment by only getting a new smartphone when it’s necessary

Apple’s iPhone 14 can detect car crashes and talk to satellites in case of an emergency and it now comes in yellow, too. Google’s new Pixel Fold bends in half, plus makes talking on the phone — especially with customer service agents — less of a headache. And some of Samsung’s fanciest models let you write on them with sophisticated styluses.

These can sound pretty tempting, but do you actually need a new one?

A new smartphone is a major purchase that can cost anywhere from $200 to $2,000. The companies that make and sell the devices would like you to believe it’s necessary to shell out for a new one every couple of years. In reality, a smartphone can live a long and fulfilling life with proper maintenance and, if needed, a few repairs.

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Go easy on your wallet and the environment by only buying new devices when you really need them. To help you decide when that time has come, the Help Desk has made this quiz to guide you.

Question 1 of 5
How old is your phone?

To find the date of purchase for a new iPhone, log into Apple's support site and select your device. For an Android phone, log into the Play Store or your Google Account. If you bought a used phone, use the year that model was released.

Question 2 of 5
Is anything wrong with your phone?

Select all that apply

Question 3 of 5
How important is camera quality to you?

Question 4 of 5
What features are you currently missing and willing to spend money for?

Select all that apply

Question 5 of 5
How important is it that you be seen with the newest phone?

You need to answer every question to see your result. You’re missing questions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.


Chris Velazco contributed reporting. Illustrations by Emily Wright and Emma Kumer. Editing by Yun-Hee Kim, Kate Rabinowitz and Karly Domb Sadof. Additional editing and production by Susan Doyle and Candace Mitchell.