Summer is here and that means beaches, pools and all sorts of cool activities! However these can all be kind of dangerous for your phone with risk of overheating and water damage we have some great tips on how to keep your phone safe throughout the summer.
A smartphones greatest foe is the heat. For a device with the power of a computer it’s 10x more delicate due to its size and lack of cooling options. While the summer is great time for photos and fun it could be hazardous for your smartphone if you’re not careful. Newer phones sometimes show prompts for when it starts to become too hot and notifies you to let it to cool down. However most phones do not offer warning and it is your responsibility to make sure that it’s not at risk.
Overheating can damage your battery, the phone’s functions and, in some cases, kill the phone completely. The battery, when overheated, can weaken and hold less of charge, cause it to drain quicker and cause difficulty charging. Other times overheating interferes with functions like the flash, causing it the LED to burn out. The worst scenario is your phone’s internal components frying making the phone unable to function.
Easy steps to prevent overheating are ones like keeping it out of direct sunlight, keeping it in a cool place and do not leave it inside of a locked car. While the car seems a safe place it can be a danger to your phone (even while locked in a compartment). In hot weather cars can heat up to nearly twice the temperatures outside of it, therefore it is not recommended to leave it inside a car.
While battery was covered a bit in overheating we cannot stress enough how important it is to keep it safe. For those like iPhone users it is imperative to keep your battery safe since it is not interchangeable. Even for those who can swap out batteries you want to get the most out of each one. Batteries are usually the main source of heat in a phone which makes it vulnerable in hot temperatures.
In hot weather it can be affected the most with causing issues later like shorter battery life and difficulty charging. The best way to save your battery is by turning your phone off when you are not using it and keeping it in a cool place.
3 Power Saver
Another issue many face is a quickly draining battery. These days we use our phones a lot during the summer for things such as streaming music, photos, web browsing and more. By the end of the day your phone battery is either dying or dead so here’s some power saving tips.
Try not to use the highest brightness settings on your phone, while it’s hard to compete with the sun brightness try not to compete with brightness, it drains your battery very quickly. Keep from using battery draining apps, for example ones that use GPS (like Google Maps) or Location Services.
Beach pics are the best but it’s a big risk when you take your phone out on the sand. It’s best to avoid sand due to the fact that it can cause major damage and get in any and everywhere. Many times people bring their phone on to the beach and come home to find their lock button no longer works because a piece of sand got lodged in between.
Ways to keep sand out is to know and block the areas it can go into. This means headphone jacks, charging ports, the speakers and receiver. The best solution would be a cover-all case like the OtterBox brand cases or hidden away in a ziplock bag. Another big thing to watch out for is your screen. Sand can easily scratch up a screen so be safe and use a screen protector and avoid touching your phone with sandy hands.
Unless you have a one of those new waterproof phones (like Samsung Active) chances are you’re dreading getting water damage on your phone this summer. Water damage is a killer but we have some great fixes for that.
When your phones is around water take care by using either a water proof case or a ziplock bag (yes it really works!). Many waterproof cases advertise that they can be submerged underwater but it’s never recommended to do so. We suggest testing it by putting a sponge or paper towel inside the case first and letting it sit underwater for about 30 seconds. If the sponge or paper towel is wet do not risk submerging your phone.