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With Summer Days Around the Corner, Follow These Steps to Keep Your Phone Safe from Water Damage

The weather is starting to shift to that familiar warmth that so many of us wait for all year. Summer is almost here. Schools will soon be out, the pools will be full, and if you’re lucky, you will be packing up your car and heading to a beach to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf.

Spending time at the beach can shift moods, recharge mental batteries and get us closer to nature. But there is one thing that does not complement the natural elements found at the beach - technology.

 Capture the shot but protect your phone

For most of us, the cameras on our smartphones have replaced the need to carry a traditional camera. But taking pictures of our adventures at the pool or on the beach can put our phone at risk of water damage.

Waterproof cases and dry bags have become great options for protecting your phone without jeopardizing its ability to capture quality photos and video. There are great options that are durable and come in a wide range of colors and materials.

If you’re looking for an economical solution for keeping your phone out of harm's way, consider an empty peanut butter jar. It will even have space for your car keys and won’t attract the attention of a would-be thief.

Protect your skin and your phone from the heat           

You know how important it is to protect your skin when you’re at the beach or by the pool but did you know that your iPhone® device can also suffer from overexposure to the sun? When your iPhone device becomes overheated, it will give you a warning when it reaches 90 degrees. Overheating can cause joints to expand and break or chips to burn out. If your iPhone device overheats and shuts off, immediately place it somewhere cool before attempting to power it back on.

Don’t leave your phone behind

Does the idea of overheating or water damage lead you to believe that leaving your phone in the car is a better option? Unfortunately, your phone is at even more risk in your car than it is with you on the beach. The temperature in your car raises quickly once the doors are shut and the windows are rolled up.

Leave the sand at the beach

Sand could damage your phone by getting stuck in the crevices or even in the charging port. A cuticle pusher is a great way to get those grains out of the charging port or in between the buttons but be gentle. You can also use a piece of tape to grab sand off the screen. You do not want to wipe the sand off as it might scratch your screen.

Bring a portable charger

Finding a place to charge your phone at the beach will be challenging. Make sure you have a portable charger with you so that you can stay connected and never miss a chance to share pictures of your day. This could also fit in the peanut butter jar or in the dry bag.

Hope for the best but prepare for the unexpected

Before heading to the beach, make sure that your iPhone device has synced recently so that everything is backed up. Whether you back up to the cloud or an external hard drive, ensuring that your data is safe will give you peace of mind in the event that something goes wrong.

What if my iPhone device gets wet?

If your iPhone device gets wet despite your efforts to keep it dry, immediately power it off. Once the phone is off, dry what you can with a soft towel – be careful not to scratch the screen – and get it to your local Experimac store as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more damage could be caused. Our professional Apple® product specialists will open it up and take it from there.

Want to learn more about keeping your device safe during the summer’s many outdoor events? Visit your local Experimac to learn more about our repair services or to shop our certified pre-owned Apple products.