Running out of power? Let's talk battery replacement
You charge your laptop or phone – but as soon as you unhook it from the charging cable, you can watch the battery icon drain. What is going on? It may be time for a battery replacement.
Batteries for laptops or phones will start to deteriorate over a period of 2 to 3 years, which also means they will stop holding a charge. There are several contributing factors that can shorten your battery life, such as keeping your phone or laptop on charge all the time or using unofficial chargers.
Here is the good news, though. Batteries for both laptops and phones can be replaced. But this is not a DIY job, this must be done by an expert. If done incorrectly, it can damage your system and hardware, and wrong parts can void the warranties. Just try to put an incorrect Apple battery replacement in your MacBook and see what AppleCare says.
How do I know when I need to replace my battery?
- Computer is getting hot
- Trackpad is no longer responding
- Charger is getting hot
- Laptop is getting deformed, case splits open
- Battery icon goes to 0% when unplugged
- Laptop turns off when unplugged
- Phone is getting hot to the touch
- Phone does not charge
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How to fix a phone that won’t charge – Try these steps
It has been a long and busy day. You get home with a nearly dead cell phone battery and finally plug it in, only to find out the thing isn’t charging anymore! Cell phone repair issues are annoying, but don’t lose hope just yet. Here are some quick solutions you can try to fix a phone that won’t charge.
Is your cable in good condition?
A phone charging problem could be due to many reasons, but the cable is one of the first things to check. Especially if it’s an accessory you’ve had for a long time, possibly since the phone was purchased. Our cables go through plenty of torture. They go with you to many places, not to mention we can often step or trip on them, they often get tangled up, we throw them in bags carelessly, use them as an emergency dog leash, and so on.
Inspect your charging cable thoroughly and see if there are any clear signs of damage. Any rips, bends, cuts, or general damage will be a good reason for cables not functioning correctly. Also, try to charge another device with it and see if it works. If it does, the issue might be the device. You can also try using another cable to see if it will charge your cell phone battery.
How about the adapter?
Of course, the wall phone charger is just as important as the cable and could be a fast way to fix a phone that won’t charge. Go ahead and put it through the paces. Inspect it for any obvious damage. Cracks or bent outlets are obvious red flags. Likewise, try using it with other devices and switching it with another brick to see if this is the problem.
Check your charging port
If your cable and charger work with other devices, then it’s time to start looking at your phone. A common culprit is the charging port. For starters, go ahead and check if there is any dirt or debris in the port. Something as simple as a dirty port will mess up your charging. You can try cleaning it with a brush or compressed air.
Have you noticed the port feeling loose lately? Ports can get work out with excessive usage. You could also find signs of corrosion in there. This is a good time to use the free basic diagnostic at ClickAway to get that checked out and repaired.
Test a wireless charger
Given that your phone supports wireless charging, and you have a wireless charger, this is an easy way to test if the problem is related to the phone or accessories. Try to charge your phone with a wireless charger. This could also be a temporary solution to keep your phone working until you figure out the problem and get it fixed.
Try a different power source
Plug something else into the same outlet you’re trying to charge your phone with and see if it works. Sometimes outlets go bad, or a section of your home might be having electric problems.
Additionally, some power sources can be weak. Those trying to charge using a USB port in a computer or power strip might not be getting the juice the smartphone needs to charge properly. Move to a regular outlet and see if this gets rid of your charging woes.
Turn your phone off or restart
This is a magical fix for all things tech, and it works most of the time. Sometimes a simple restart will get all your phone’s gears in place and have it working properly. Turning off your phone completely might also help your cell phone battery charge better. Any heavy usage or background processes can affect charging performance. Turning your phone off will leave all resources clear so that your device can solely focus on charging.
Can you replace the battery?
Cell phones with a removable battery are rare these days, but if you still have one of these gems, you could try a few steps to fix a phone that won’t charge. For starters, trying something like removing the battery and putting it back in place might get everything working again. Aside from that, you could have ClickAway install a brand new battery to replace the old one.
Did you completely deplete your battery?
Your phone needs at least a bit of power to continue operating correctly. Devices actually turn off a bit before the battery reaches zero, just so they can have some energy to manage things next time you turn them on, or even while turned off, charging. It’s common to run into problems when you deplete batteries completely. Luckily, those in this position are the luckiest of the bunch, as it’s not really a serious problem to deal with.
You’ll have to be more patient and leave the phone plugged in for a longer time. Eventually, the phone will wake itself back up and start receiving a charge. You can try a soft reset, which is done by pressing the power button for 30 seconds.
Check for software updates
A simple solution to fix a phone that won’t charge might be to check for software updates. Of course, this is given you actually have some power to go through the upgrading process. Just go to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update > Check for Update. Follow instructions to upgrade if an update is available.
If all else fails, maybe it’s time for you to reach out to a professional and try to get it fixed. Otherwise, you can get yourself a new phone. We hope these steps helped to figure out how to fix a phone that won’t charge. Check out our other fixes for cell phone repair issues. ClickAway has been a top rated Diamond Certified cell phone repair service for 17 years.
The answer to “why is my phone so slow” could be low battery life, poor battery health or full storage capacity.
Troubleshoot an Android device – why is my phone so slow
- If your Android is running slow, chances are the issue can be quickly fixed by clearing out excess data stored in your phone’s cache and deleting any unused apps.
- A slow Android phone may require a system update to get it back up to speed, although older phones may not be able to run the latest software properly.
- If deleting data and clearing your cache don’t do the trick, your Android may have a battery or other hardware issue that requires professional assistance from ClickAway cell phone repair technicians. A free basic diagnostic can help in these situations.
Troubleshoot an iPhone device – why your iPhone may be slow
- Not Enough Space. Arguably the most common culprit behind a slow iPhone is the lack of free storage space. So how did we get here? Each iPhone’s storage capacity is measured by gigabytes, or GB, and ranges from 16 GB to 512 GB. Any kind of media – like photos, videos, and music – use storage space, and once your iPhone starts to get low, things start to get slow. This is because your iPhone requires a little bit of free storage space to function.
Your first course of action should be finding exactly what is taking up all that space. To access your storage usage data, go to Settings>General>Usage> and finally Manage Storage. This should give you a list of all your storage stealers, going from most storage used to least. From here, you have two options: Either start deleting photos or move them to the iCloud or an external storage. A good rule of them is to leave around 10% of your device’s total storage capacity free.
- Outdated Software. Your iPhone’s performance can change drastically as it ages. While some speculate this is Apple’s way of gently nudging us into a purchase of a newer model, Apple claims they sometimes slow older versions to preserve the phone, keeping the phone from shutting down due to an aged battery.
Before buying a new iPhone replacement, check to see if your model has any software updates available. Go to Settings>General>Software Update. If there’s no applicable update for your iPhone, you can keep troubleshooting, or contact Apple to check if there could be an underlying software issue.
- Too Many Apps Running. Do you really need to have my recipe app, AllTrails and Whatsapp open right now? It may be possible that multiple apps (and unused apps) open at the same time are slowing down the otherwise swift performance of your iPhone.
Clear your cache and memory once in a while. If you’re not using an app, go ahead and delete it- not only will this free up space for your phone, but if it was an app that continuously ran in the background, you should see the smooth speed of your iPhone return. Turning off automatic app updates can tremendously increase your phone’s performance speed by reducing background processes.
- High Performance Settings. Messing around with these settings may actually improve how you enjoy your iPhone as a whole. There are some graphic settings on certain models that can be altered to increase performance speed. One of the most useful settings you can change is the Motion setting. By going to Settings>Accessibility, you can see whether your phone has the ‘Reduce Motion’ option set to on or off. If it’s off, try turning it on to speed up your phone. This setting alters that cute little animation your iPhone does when swiping screens or opening apps, which helps speed up the phone by using less resources. For some, it’s also a lot easier on the eyes.
- A Simple Reset. Sometimes, processes are just too much, your iPhone just gets too hot, or an accumulation of your everyday wear and tear has your iPhone slowed down to a screeching halt. What do you do when your iPhone is suddenly slow for no apparent reason?
Just restart your phone! Turn it off, give it a second (or 10), and turn it back on. Make sure it’s unplugged during this whole process, too. While we can’t always explain the reason behind our iPhone’s moodiness, we can tell you that restarting your device is a fast and simple way to clear your device’s memory and straighten out those wonky, mishap-filled apps.
If none of these tried and true methods answered “why is my phone so slow?”, it may be time to contact an Apple expert, like ClickAway iPhone repair – or succumb to that shiny new model that was just released. A free basic diagnostic at ClickAway could help in this matter. Contact us to make an appointment to stop in to one of our locations.
Most of us spend a large amount of time with our cell phones. The majority of the time we’re scrolling through social media, clicking on pictures and video, making video calls and messing with phone apps. All these activities use processing power, internet connection, location gps data and a whole lot more. The activities, in turn, consume battery, draining your cell phone quickly.
Why is my phone battery draining so fast?
These are the primary reasons why you’re experiencing fast phone battery draining:
- Keeping your phone screen brightness on maximum
- Turning on notifications for all the apps
- Keeping your WiFi on all the time
- Apps running in the background
- Hardware issues
How can I reduce battery drain on my phone?
- Let the display on your cell phone turn off sooner
- Reduce brightness of screen
- Set brightness to change automatically
- Turn off keyboard sounds or vibrations
- Restrict notifications on unnecessary apps
- Turn on adaptive battery or battery optimization
- Delete unused accounts and apps
How can I check which app is draining my Android phone’s battery?
In most versions of Android, go to Settings>Battery>View Detailed Usage. This allows you to see a list of all apps along with the percentage depicting battery usage.
Why is my phone’s battery draining when not in use?
There are certain processes running in the background that slowly drain the battery even when you are not using your cell phone. This is normal. As your battery ages and wears out, it’s also likely to drain faster. Ask ClickAway about cell phone battery replacements. ClickAway can also do a free basic diagnosis on your phone to see the status of your current cell phone battery draining issue.
Given the hundreds of ways your phone can get wet, it’s good to know what to do to get water out of your phone safely and effectively. It was in your pocket when someone pushed you in the pool. Your phone fell in the toilet. You spilled coffee or beer on your phone. These are just some of the ways our customers tell us their phone has liquid damage.
Troubleshooting Steps – Get Water Out Of Your Phone
- Get your phone out of the water. Simple, right? Eww, but I dropped it in the toilet! I need to get some rubber gloves on… No. Tough it out. Every second of water exposure reduces the phone’s chances of making it. Wash your hands thoroughly later, but for now, the priority is to get your phone away from any more water. If it’s raining, wrap it in any material that won’t let in more liquid (a plastic bag works in a pinch). And, obviously, get out of the rain as soon as you can.
- Turn It off and Start Removing Things. The case, and any other accessories, need to get out of the way ASAP. Much like in the emergency room when your clothes get cut off instead of carefully removed, seconds matter. If it was plugged in when water was spilled on it, carefully turn it off at the wall and remove the plug from the socket. Water and electricity don’t mix. If the phone didn’t shut down automatically, power it off now. Take out the SIM card, microSD card, and if you can, the battery. These can all trap water inside, as well as get damaged themselves.
- Dry It With a Lint-Free Towel. It’s time to coddle this piece of tech you’ve just abused. If you wear glasses or own a DSLR, you probably have a lint-free towel laying around. If you don’t, a paper towel or washcloth will have to do. Get rid of as much water as you can. The front and back of the phone should be completely dry by the time you finish. Be sure to get the cloth into the charging port, headphone jack, SIM slot, and any other nooks and crannies you can find. The more water you can remove yourself, the better.
- Find Things to Help Dry Your Phone Out. Now you’ve got rid of the surface water, it’s time to do what you can to get water out of your phone on the inside. We’ve listed three options here, depending on how well you’ve planned and where you are when disaster strikes.
Option A: The “Emergency Kit” Method. There are a few premade kit options on Amazon, including this Nine Lives version. They all work in a similar way: you put your phone inside, seal the top, leave it for at least 24 hours, and fervently pray to any nearby gods. Don’t try to use high heat to speed up the process. You’ll damage your phone even more if you sit it on top of the radiator for hours, or try to blast hot air through it with a hairdryer or fan heater.
Option B: The Old “Smartphone in Rice” Method. Putting your phone into a bowl of uncooked rice is a well-known way of trying to dry it out. If you’re traveling or otherwise away from home and don’t have access to the emergency kit mentioned above, it’s certainly better than doing nothing. Just be aware ClickAway cell phone repair technicians have had to remove rice kernels from phone ports before.
Option C: The “Air it Out” Method. Look around the area for a place with air movement. Hopefully you’re indoors, or some other place where there’s little chance of the phone getting wetter. Your main goal at this point is evaporation of whatever liquid is still inside. A fan is ideal, but even a laptop, cable box, or TV has some exhaust vents. While you don’t really want dirty air blowing onto your phone, a quick wipe of the vents will help.
Be sure the phone rests at an angle: water should be flowing out of the device, not pooling inside of it. Put a paper towel or napkin underneath to absorb whatever water drains out.
If you still have a dead phone at this point after trying everything to get water out of your phone, it’s likely to be time for a trip to the nearest ClickAway repair shop. Depending on which components got damaged and what kind of phone you have, though, repairs aren’t always prohibitive.
Like any computer, a smartphone may sometimes stop responding and leave you asking, “why does my phone keep freezing?” An app or an operating system glitch may prevent your phone from working. A slow or disconnected internet connection can do the same.
Troubleshooting – Why does my phone keep freezing
There are several reasons why an iPhone, Android, or another smartphone might freeze. The culprit may be a slow processor, insufficient memory, or a lack of storage space. There may be a glitch or a problem with the software or a particular app. Often, the cause will reveal itself with the corresponding fix. Other times, a basic troubleshooting step may fix the problem without revealing the cause.
How to Fix Your Freezing Phone
Follow these steps, in order, to get your smartphone working again and stop asking why does my phone keep freezing.
- Reboot the iPhone or Android. As with most electronic devices, the first troubleshooting step is to turn the device off and on. Your phone is no different. A restart or reboot may resolve a number of problems.
- Update iOS or Android. A flaw in the system software can cause sporadic and unpredictable problems. Updating to the current version of iOS or Android resolves any systemic problems identified by the developers.
- Update iOS or Android apps. A bug in an app can affect a device’s available memory or performance. The best software developers maintain their software and publish periodic updates. Configure your iPhone to automatically check for app updates or update apps on your Android smartphone.
- Force the iOS or Android app to close. This procedure works when an app is stuck in an unusable state—you tap it, and it doesn’t open or doesn’t respond. Much like on a computer, forcing an app to close stops the app so you can start it again.On iOS, you shouldn’t need to quit apps often. iOS pays attention to which apps should be running and stops apps that don’t require as much of the device’s resources.
- Use Android storage manager or free up your iPhone’s storage space by deleting apps, photos, or videos. Store videos and photos somewhere other than on the device. Videos take up the most storage space. A lack of storage space can cause a phone to pause or appear to stop working, while full (or almost full) storage may slow the device.
- Delete problem iOS or Android apps. If the phone frequently freezes after you open an app, remove the app. Some apps are flawed or prone to crashes.
- Reset the iPhone or Android device. If you tried all the above steps and your phone still freezes, reset the device. After a reset, go through the standard setup process, like you did when you first got the phone. On both iOS and Android, you can restore from a previously made backup.
- Visit a licensed repair facility like ClickAway phone repair. If you tried all the above steps and your phone still freezes, seek a specialist to figure out if there’s a hardware problem with the device. We can often do this during a free diagnostic.
How much to replace iPhone battery? AppleCare and Non
Make sure to dig into the data about your iPhone’s battery to determine if the replacement is even warranted. ClickAway’s free diagnosis is a good start. Rest assured, if you hang onto your iPhone long enough, a battery replacement will be warranted eventually. New batteries cost from $49 for older iPhones or $69 the X, XS, XS Max, and XR, if you go through Apple. Plus you may go without your iPhone for days if you don’t live near an Apple Store. You could go to a third-party repair shop like ClickAway. We recommend you choose a reputable service center that guarantees their parts.
More Details – How much to replace iPhone battery?
Modern lithium ion batteries are brilliant. They’re energy-dense, charge quickly, and rarely explode. However, they’re not perfect by a long shot. Unfortunately, modern smartphones such as the latest iPhones don’t have everlasting batteries. So if your iPhone battery has given up the ghost, is it worth the hassle and expense of replacing it and getting a new one installed?
It’s probably worth taking a minute to talk about when a battery needs replacement. With each charge cycle, lithium batteries begin to lose some part of their original capacity. At some point, this can progress to the extent that your device doesn’t last long enough to be of practical use. Lithium ion batteries also lose some of their ability to provide peak voltage and power. This is why Apple throttles iPhones with poor battery health, to prevent shutdowns that result from a battery that can’t output enough power. In either case, putting a brand-new battery into your phone is an option. Give us a call and we can tell you exactly how much to replace iPhone battery you have now.
Troubleshooting steps – how to remove virus from iPhone
Though iPhone viruses are rare, they can happen. Typically, this occurs through a few different methods, but it’s almost never totally your fault. Hackers are clever, and are always finding new ways to infect devices for nefarious purposes. You can get a virus from clicking links you don’t recognize, or downloading sketchy apps.
A common method for hackers to load viruses and malware on your iPhone is via iMessage. You’ll get a message telling you something urgent, and encouraging you to click a link to resolve an issue or claim a prize. When you do, your phone is subject to whatever is on the other end – and it’s almost never good.
If you believe your iPhone has a virus, we’ll show you how to clean your phone from virus threats, how to get rid of a virus on your phone already, and discuss some apps that can help keep your Mac and iPhone safe from harm.
How to find out if my iPhone has a virus or malware?
Plainly put, your iPhone will be acting strangely. Devices with viruses or malware are often slow, and can hijack normal functionality, like search. This is why removing viruses from iPhone or iPad is so important. If your phone is acting abnormally, consider what links you may have clicked recently. There’s no Safari virus on iPhone, but Safari can be a gateway for hackers to load malware or other bloatware onto your device.
You should also think about which apps you’ve recently downloaded. Apps are a direct way for hackers to gain entry to your phone, and it’s not always as direct as it seems. Developers often use snippets of code called APIs that are open source to access services in the cloud, and hackers have been known to inject malware and viruses into APIs.
Prevention is still the best path forward. Don’t click links you’re not confident in, and don’t download sketchy apps from any source.
How to remove virus from iPhone
Now that we know why it happens, let’s discuss how to get rid of virus on phone and keep it from occurring again.
- Delete apps that look suspicious. Dig through the apps on your phone: do any look suspicious? Do you recall downloading each of them, and do you use them often enough to keep around? The answer to “how to remove virus from iPhone?” is often as simple as deleting an app. Apps have associated files, and deleting them typically removes the files they imported. All you need to do is press and hold on the app icon, and select “Remove App” from the menu that appears.
- Clear history and website data. Understanding how to remove virus from iPhone history is critical, too. Viruses can live in your browser history or website data, especially if you revisit a suspect website on your phone often. Viruses can re-inject files onto your phone, perhaps doing more damage.
- Restart your iPhone. Viruses and malware often happen while your phone is operating, and shutting your phone off completely can stop a virus or malware form working. It’s a simple measure that can often save you a lot of headache. Keep in mind you will have to shut your phone down; putting it into Airplane Mode won’t do the trick. All you have to do is hold down the power button on the left side of your iPhone and the volume up button on the right side for a few seconds. On the screen that appears, slide the icon at the top of the screen to power your phone off.
- Restore your iPhone from a previous backup version. Apple provides a small sliver of iCloud storage for backups, but it’s often not enough to store many backups. It’s also not a useful method if you’ve had a virus on your phone for a long while. Each backup iCloud has may also be corrupted!
- Restore with factory settings. If all else fails, or you simply want to start completely over with your iPhone, you can always reset your device to factory settings and start anew. Know that any data you haven’t backed up will be lost
Remember, preventing issues is far better than solving them. Fortunately, ClickAway gives a free diagnosis before you decide to pay anything. The risk is minimal but the knowledge of what is wrong is of huge value. Call 800.960.9030. Request a free quote.
Why is iphone screen unresponsive to touch after I dropped it?
Does the glass repair fix this? Yes. Non responsiveness of your phone due to a drop will be corrected with the Glass & Digitizer repair. The Digitizer that is being replaced is the part responsible for all touch functionality. All repairs include a free diagnostic. You will know ahead of paying what problems we uncover with your damaged phone. We give you an estimate so you know what to expect. Call 800.960.9030. Get a free quote
The touchscreen is your primary means of control over your iPhone, and if it doesn’t work, your phone doesn’t work. However, while an unresponsive touchscreen — any touchscreen that either doesn’t respond at all to your taps or that responds only occasionally — can be frustrating and alarming, there are a number of simple fixes you can try to get it up and running again.
The first thing to try should be obvious: Restart your iPhone. Of course, you may find that your touchscreen is so unresponsive that you can’t even shut your iPhone down normally. In this case, try a force restart.
Check your screen protector
Screen protectors are usually very thin these days, but in certain rare cases, they may be the reason why your iPhone touchscreen isn’t working. As such, you should check to see whether your screen protector has been applied properly to your iPhone’s touchscreen. If it hasn’t, try removing and reapplying it or reapplying a new protector if you have one available. ClickAway can do this for you as well.
Try updating your phone
Assuming that you’ve tried the two steps above and your iPhone touchscreen still isn’t responding, you should next try updating your iPhone by connecting it to your computer. You won’t be able to update it normally (due to the unresponsive touchscreen) and will instead have to put it into Recovery Mode before updating.
Factory reset iPhone
Updating your iPhone should resolve any software-related issues that may be causing your iPhone’s touchscreen to freeze. However, if it still doesn’t work, it may possibly be worth performing a factory reset on your iPhone.
Contact ClickAway for Further Repair Diagnostics
If you still have an iPhone screen unresponsive to touch after all these steps, contact ClickAway for more in-depth look into your iPhone. We have been repairing iPhones since the beginning.
Are cell phone repair kits worth it? There are a variety of phone screen repair kits offered for sale. Before you invest in buying repair kits and replacement parts make sure you are prepared to tackle the task. Otherwise, you could end up wasting money on repair kits and parts that only further break your device.
Certain phones are much easier to fix than others. For instance, iPhones are the trickiest to repair and many that attempt to fix their iPhone end up regretting it. DIY repairs should be reserved for people with a working knowledge of phone parts and experience taking similar devices apart and putting them back together. Keep in mind, conducting repairs DIY-style is risky because it can void your warranty or insurance. Call ClickAway at 800.960.9030. Get a free quote
Are Cell Phone Repair Kits Worth It?
First, users have to remove the screen and disconnect the home button, camera, sensors and microphone. DIY kits also ask users to melt adhesive with a hair dryer without damaging the phone.
According to Consumer Reports, the worst part was dealing with tiny screws. “They were stripped,” said one tester. “I mean, anyone who’s built anything or taken anything apart knows how aggravating stripped screws can be, but imagine having to deal with those screws and having them be nearly microscopic size.”
After the fix, the tester’s phone worked — but it now has a dark, shadowy image in the upper left corner of the screen. “To me, the hours that I put into this — the aggravation and the stress — it just wasn’t worth it.”
The take-home message? Fix your screen at your own risk! It can save you money if you’re up for a challenge.
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The first thing our skilled technicians do is perform a free basic diagnostic exam to determine exactly what is wrong with your computer, desktop, or laptop. Once we have found the root of the problem, our tech support will explain what is wrong and provide repair options, including cost and time estimates. If you choose to proceed, they will get started on your computer and laptop repair right away. Our diagnostic is high quality and saves you a lot of time and agony. It really is how computer repairing shops near me should be.
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One thing you can be assured of with ClickAway, your computer and laptop are in good hands. Our trained technicians have experience with all computer brands. We have loads of experience with MacBook Air battery replacement jobs and so much more. ClickAway has repair services including cooling fans, cracked screens, ports, batteries, RAM, hard drives and more. The technician will keep you updated on the progress of your device throughout the process. No matter what brand of computer, desktop, or laptop you have or your repair needs, you can be assured we will fix it quickly and professionally.
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ClickAway has always offered the lowest price guarantee on all computer, desktop, and laptop repairs. Need a great price for an HP laptop battery replacement? Ask us. If you find a lower published price on the same repair we will match or beat that price. All of our repairs come with a 90-day guarantee so you can rest assured. If you are looking for the most affordable computer repair near me, desktop repair, or laptop repair near me, come to ClickAway.
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