Keep Your Phone Safe In Summer with Heat And Water Protection Tips

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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9 thoughts on “Keep Your Phone Safe In Summer with Heat And Water Protection Tips

  • July 25, 2017 at 12:30 am
    I've dealt with water damage to a phone, but I honestly hadn't thought about heat damage! It makes sense though. We've had days where just touching my phone felt really hot. Thanks for these tips, so I don't end up having to go without my phone! Reply
  • July 25, 2017 at 10:14 am
    I never considered the possibility that my phone could overheat. Until I went to Greece and spent the afternoon at an outdoor cafe with my iPhone on the table in the sun. Long story short, it overheated and was never able to be revived. I'm much more careful now. Reply
  • July 25, 2017 at 10:45 am
    My phone is always in my hand (must be the millennial in me LOL) especially during the summer when I want to capture beautiful pictures outside. I currently have an OtterBox case, they are expensive, but they're worth the price because of the warranty and longevity of the product. Thanks for sharing these tips! Reply
  • July 25, 2017 at 11:43 am
    I always wonder about my phone and how to heat of summer will hurt it. I try not to let it get too warm! I have mine in an Otterbox case and I keep it in my purse when out and about. I found these tips interesting. Reply
  • July 25, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    Yes! I've actually had my phone overheat on's scary! I left it in the car while we were at the pool one took it until the next morning to recover. These tips are so smart, especially given the fact that we all rely so heavily on our phones these days. Reply
  • July 25, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    I never really stopped to think of water damage to my phone when making a trip out to the beach. I'll definitely have to be more careful now! I've been wanting to get a case for quite some time now! Reply
  • July 26, 2017 at 6:27 am
    My phone is my lifeline and I need to have it with me even during vacation especially since that's where I check all my emails in case clients and brands contact me for a collaboration. I think it's really important to have good insurance, you're absolutely right about most carriers having that. It's good to talk to them about those plans! Great tips for water damage and the rest too! Reply
  • July 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    My phone got too hot in the car yesterday. It was flashing a warning signal that it was overheated - a message I had never seen before. I didn't realize I needed to protect my phone from the heat. Reply
  • July 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm
    I think the most important is just to buy a good case. The insurance doesn't help me too much, because I still had to pay nearly $200 last time I lost my phone. That itself sounds a little ridiculous right? I cracked my phone last week and paid $100 for it. So prevention would be having a good cover. Reply

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