Smartphone obsession is at an all-time high. You are probably reading this article on your phone right now. Whether sitting at the auto repair shop, waiting in line at your favorite fast-food place, or just taking a walk down the street. Everyone loves to use their phone and stay connected. So what happens when our phones get damaged due to heat or water? 

If you started freaking out just thinking about your phone not working, don’t worry, you are not alone. I have a hard time going anywhere without my phone, and the thought of having a damaged phone due to something I could have prevented makes my heart skip a beat. Not really, but you get the point — we live our lives connected through our phones. 

So are there steps we can take to make sure we are never without our precious devices? 

Yes, but first let’s talk about things that can go wrong so we know what steps to take to prevent those unmentionable catastrophes from causing our iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8 from taking a dive in the dumpster.

How Summer Activities Can Harm Devices

Overheating: Many manufacturers recommend keeping a phone between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid temperature damage. If a device overheats, the internal components may become damaged which can cause data loss, dead batteries, and in some extreme cases, the lithium battery may leak, bubble up, expand or explode and ruin the device completely.

Water damage: This can happen frequently during the summer months. Liquid gets inside of the phone’s casing and corrodes the internal electrical components, causing the phone to short circuit and stop the phone from working.

How To Protect Your Phone In Summer

Smartphone Heat Protection Tips

1) Keep your phone out of direct sunlight or in a hot car. I learned this lesson the old-fashioned way. Instead of taking my phone with my when out kayaking on the water, I decided to “keep it safe” in the vehicle. Except that the car got so hot that my phone overheated and I needed to cool it with the air conditioning vents. 

Smartphone Water Protection Tips

1) Buy a good case. I’ve learned my lesson the hard way on this one. Not only did the case I bought previously not protect my screen from cracking, but it also made my phone more susceptible to water damage since my phone was now impaired. 

A water-resistant case is your best bet if you are going to be doing a lot of activities around water. Otterbox, DryCase, and LifeProof are great options to consider because they work well and still allow normal function of your phone. A less expensive home remedy is to utilize a plastic bag, which will keep a smartphone sealed and safe to avoid damage, including sand and dirt.

2) Be ready to dry your phone. If disaster does strike and a smartphone falls into water, turn off the phone immediately and remove the battery, if possible. you can use a fan and rice or desiccant packets to help absorb moisture. For more tips on the Best Way to Dry A Phone, see my 7 Smart Tips to Save Your Device.

Utilize Your Wireless Carrier

Many wireless carriers offer device protection that includes device replacement, tools to back up data and malware protection. As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and U.S. Cellular can help.

For all the best intentions and preventative measures, sometimes disaster still strikes no matter what we’ve done. I’ve got two cracked screens to show for it in my case. 🙂 For peace of mind, ask your wireless carrier about insurance or data backup options when you purchase your device. 

Later, if you have a problem with your phone due to heat or water damage, you can take the device into your wireless carrier, who can sometimes fix it when home remedies haven’t worked. 


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