While beach season has come and gone for the year 2016, that does not mean you aren’t going to venture to the beach during the colder months, especially if you live in a place like California or Hawaii. Even if you do live in a place where snow tends to take over during the winter (and no beach is in sight), you are going to have to implement proper phone safety the next time you go to the beach, right?
In the spirit of that thinking, we have gathered some important tips so you can properly take care of your phone the next time you go to the beach. You could just leave your phone at home when you go to the beach, which would solve the problem that is getting water on your phone. One might think you could just leave your phone in the car, and you could, but you also don’t want your smartphone overheating.
It’s time to drop some phone protection knowledge on you. Just remember, your phone retails for a ton of money, so breaking it could end up costing you over $700. Don’t believe us? Take a look at how much new iPhones retail for.
How To Properly Take Care Of Your Phone At The Beach
- Keep It Out Of The Heat
- Avoid The Water
- Beware Of The Sand
Keep It Out Of The Heat
You might like to bask in the sun and work on that tan, but your phone does not. If your phone does get too hot — and it will tell you via a warning message — turn it off. Of course, you don’t want to cause damage by waiting for this message to show up, so make sure you are keeping it out of the sun.
And no, keeping it in your car is not good enough, because the inside of your car is scorching hot during the summer. While you are catching rays, make sure your phone is in the shade. How can you make shade on a beach, one might be wondering? Simple. Bring an umbrella to protect your stuff — and your phone, of course.
If all else fails, get creative. Keep your phone under your chair, in your shoe, in a towel, but just make sure it is not getting too hot. If it does get too hot, then don’t use it. Turn it off and wait for it to cool down. If your phone feels hot, then it is likely on the verge of overheating.
Avoid The Water
It’s kind of hard to avoid the water when the ocean is right there, but salt water will damage your phone like no other if you drop your smartphone in it. You might think that is a no-brainer to avoid, but there are still plenty of people who take pictures of the ocean and then end up dropping their phones in it during that process.
The easiest way to avoid the water is by buying a waterproof case. Not only will this protect your phone from the water, but it will also protect it from the sand (more from that later). If you don’t feel like making that type of an investment (waterproof cases can get pretty pricey, after all), then invest in some plastic bags, and of course, put your phone in one while you are having the time of your life at the beach.
Sure, phones are starting to become water-resistant, but that does not mean they can survive a dip in the ocean. Don’t let a water-damaged smartphone ruin your perfect day at the beach. Bring a plastic bag or buy a waterproof case, but don’t leave it out in the open where water and sand can ruin it.
Beware Of The Sand
You might think that putting your smartphone in your bag or shoe is good enough while you are at the beach, but, simply put, that is not good enough.
Sand could lead to a scratched phone screen and it could mess up your earphone jack. While a waterproof case might keep sand out, just make sure there is no way sand can get in if you decide to go that route. If you really want to take protecting your phone to the next level, then you can do this: Put your phone in a waterproof case, then put your phone in a plastic bag (such as a sandwich bag) and then finish off the process by putting it in the bag you used for your towels and other beach supplies.
There are plenty of ways to protect your phone at the beach. The key is to avoid the sand, water and heat, which might be easier said than done since those three things are lurking around at the beach.