How to protect your phone during the summer (water and heat damage)
Summer is here, and it’s time to relax under the sun at the beach or by the pool. Take a minute to find out how to prevent water and heat damage that can happen to any phone.
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Here are some tips on how to protect your phone this summer.
Most phones are “water resistant” NOT the same as waterproof. If your phone happens to get wet, make sure it’s fully dry before you charge it. If any water has entered your phone in any way, the act of charging your phone will speed any damage that may occur.
Use a dry towel or cloth before charging your phone. Don’t dry it with a blow dryer or in the sun, this might damage the electronics inside or the seals of your phone.
If you’re able to remove your battery dry it off immediately this will help any electricity stored in the battery from the corrosion process.
We’ve all heard about putting your phone into a drying agent like rice that’ll only work to absorb water on the surface of your phone and close to the surface. It won’t dry the electronics inside your phone so don’t rely on this method if you drop your phone in water.
How to prevent water damage? Place your smartphone in a waterproof case. Our #1 choice for a waterproof case is, LifeProof FRĒ’ case.
The temperature inside a car rises far above outside temperature surprisingly quickly from 130 to 172º. If your phone overheats you could lose data, or your battery could explode.
Most phones are equipped with fail-safes that put them into protective mode when the phone starts to heat up. For instance, when your phone overheats a message will pop up a temperature warning, then start trying to cool itself by dimming the screen or lowering cellular signal.
Device Advice: Here are five tips to prevent a summertime phone meltdown:
1. Keep your applications up-to-date. This one might seem counter-intuitive, but many app updates include bug fixes, and that can improve your phone’s efficiency.
2. Separate your phone from your other gadgets. Keeping your phone, tablet and computer stacked up (even worse, stacked inside a bag!) might help you keep track of your devices, but if one running electronic device is stacked on top of another running electronic device, overheating is more likely. Keep that stuff separate and you’ll keep it cool.
3. Trim unneeded apps. If your phone continues to overheat, you might want to consider the number of unnecessary items on your phone—like videos, games, backgrounds, or apps that you never ever use. Delete apps and functionality you’re not using and you’ll reduce your phone’s workload.
4. You’ve already stepped out of the sun, shut down unneeded apps or turned off your phone, right? Try this, too: Fan your phone, or blow on it. You might feel silly fanning your phone, but physics doesn’t care. Just as fanning keeps a body cool, a breeze can help cool off your device when it’s getting too toasty. Wave your hand or a sheet of paper to make a breeze, or even blow on the back of your phone to help it cool down.
5. Avoid sudden changes in temperature. If you’re really worried about the temperature of your phone, you might be tempted to place it in the refrigerator or freezer, just for a minute or two. This is what experts in the field might call, “a terrible idea.” Exposing your phone to extreme temperatures strains the components and also risks collecting moisture, a surefire way to break your device.
Sand gets into all the cracks. Try to keep your phone’s power cord port and headphone jack covered so nothing gets in there. Here are some ideas on how to protect your phone.
Get yourself a protective case to stop sand from entering your phone. If you’re in a hurry and can’t get to a protective case you can use a Ziplock bag to keep sand out. If sand gets into the ports use a compressed air can (you can buy at an electronics store) and spray lightly.
Save yourself some stress by simply having a backup strategy before heading out, you’ll feel good knowing you protected those photos, videos, and personal data.