It does not matter what mobile phone you own or how durable the manufacturers claim it is. A vigorous swim in the ocean, or a fall at the wrong angle could destroy it. Trips to the beach can be particularly dangerous for your phone, not only due to water seeping in but sand as well, which can easily clog sockets and ports and effortlessly scrape Gorilla Glass and aluminium. After you have found your perfect spot on the beach with a chance to Snapchat the stunning sea view, just store your phone away. Leaving your phone in the sun next to you can cause it to overheat, and damage the battery and internal machinery. Instead, store your phone in a cool and dry place, out of direct sunlight, like inside the oversized tote bag you placed under the beach umbrella.
1 – Create a protection barrier for your phone
The most obvious thing you can do to protect your mobile phone is to make absolutely sure there is a protective barrier of some sort between it and the outside world. Instead of a dedicated case or pouch, a sealable bag can be the perfect solution. The container may indeed open and tear quickly, but still, consider the option if you have nothing else around to use and you need to improvise.
2 – Use a waterproof tight case
Even if you are in love with your fashionable and stylish phone cover, you should invest in a good quality waterproof casing to shield your mobile phone from contact with water. You never know when rowdy kids may rush past splashing water everywhere, so be prepared with a protective case that is designed to keep water away from your phone. A more affordable option could be a waterproof pouch, which is sort of a dry bag for your mobile phone that still permits you to operate the touch screen when it is on.
3 – Be careful of harmful sand
Tiny bits of sand continually blow around in the wind, and the grains are small enough to lodge in the tiniest crevice of your mobile phone, thereby ruining the electronics and sound quality. Slow that down by keeping a headphone jack plug. It can reduce the chances of sand creeping in.
4 – Store it in a sealable bag
For the lowest cost protection, tuck your mobile phone away in a sealable bag. Just like it prevents your sandwiches from getting soggy, a sealable plastic bag serves to guard your mobile phone against water and grains of sand getting trapped under your phone buttons. It is also more comfortable to handle anytime you need to make a call, check your Facebook, or Instagram that romantic, dreamy beach sunset.
5 – Handheld Cooling Fan
A handheld cooling fan is small and easy to travel around with, and it is the perfect solution if your phone starts to overheat. Electronic devices can quickly overheat, making the sun at the beach or the pool a danger and real threat to your phone. Keep it away from direct sunlight at all times, either by storing it safely in a closed bag or placed underneath an item of clothing. When the phone is in the shade, the temperature stays regulated, and if it does overheat, you may see a warning message on the phone screen, or it could just shut off. A handheld cooling fan can help to cool down your phone again.
6 – Dust plug for earphone socket
Whether you go for a modern and stylish option or one strictly for function, a dust plug is beneficial, especially when you are at the beach. It is used to protect the earphone jack socket from dust, dirt and sand. You can head down to the beach with peace of mind knowing your phone is not at risk of getting clogged. It is an affordable option that fits tightly inside your phone, ensuring the plug does not fall out and get lost.
7 – Protect your phone screen
You may already have a screen protector for your mobile phone, however, upgrading it to a waterproof protector for your screen is an easier way to keep your mobile phone safe when travelling to places with splashing water and sand. You will have more time to enjoy the view by spending less time fussing over water dripping onto your phone screen. Waterproof screen protectors are specifically designed to be used along with a waterproof phone case, so you are covered from all angles.
8 – Wipe your phone down
After visiting the beach, make sure to clean your mobile phone and case properly using a moist wipe. Leaving your phone covered in oily residue from sunscreen or insect spray only leaves it more sticky and slippery, making it further prone to damage. Cleaning the surface of your mobile phone before it gets too oily will prevent it from sliding out of your fingers and shattering during your adventures.
9 – Hide your phone
That does not necessarily fall under the same safety umbrella as some of the other tips and tricks, but it does not make it less critical. If you plan to leave your mobile phone alone while you go for a dip in the sea, it is better to have someone stand by. If that is not an option, it may be a good idea to find a hiding spot. Avoid leaving your phone in an open compartment in your bag and go for something more inventive. Ideas include washing out your old sunscreen bottle and hiding your phone inside that, or an empty food container. The same can be done for your money and car keys.
10 – Saving your mobile phone
Mistakes can always happen, no matter how careful you are. When they do, it is best to know your phone’s limitations. What steps can you take to get it up and running again? No mobile phone is genuinely waterproof, and they simply offer different levels of resistance, and even if water damages your water-resistant mobile phone, the manufacturer’s standard warranty will not cover the damage.