Prolonging the life of your smartphone is essential: when we see that prices are constantly being raised, changing your phone every year is out of the question. Increasing technological sophistication comes at a price: the object of your affection is (almost) more delicate than a baby turtle when it hatches from its egg… So what can be done to protect it? Here’s a little survival guide for smartphones.
Save your smartphone from scars
If you are taking your smartphone to the Sahara (or even just to the beach), think about protecting it from the sand. Get a cover or, much more economical and crazy stylish, use a sealed and transparent freezer bag! Not the best for taking photos? No, but are you an artist or not?
If the camera falls into the sand or ends up with sand on the screen, be careful while cleaning it. Sand can damage the electronics as well as causing bad scratches on the screen. First, switch off the smartphone to avoid disastrous electrical interference. Then clear away the grains by blowing with the straw from your caipirinha or with the can of compressed air you are sure to have in your special sand castle first aid kit. Less common on the beach but perhaps present in your vehicle, a small vacuum can help remove the most stubborn grains of sand. Finally, gently tap the screen with a microfibre cloth, making absolutely sure not to rub!
How do you save your smartphone from drowning?
Unfortunately, this miracle method only applies to devices that allow access to the battery.
When in contact with water, immediately remove the battery, SIM and SD card. Soak up as much water as you can with your hand, a breeze block, a poodle or paper towel, or even cotton swabs. To soak up moisture, nothing is better than using rice and/or sachets of silica gel if you have them to hand, placing the smartphone in a freezer bag, from which you must carefully push out all of the air before closing. Two to three days later, your best friend should be saved from the water. Please note, we are talking about water and not sugary, alcoholic or dairy-based drinks…
Cold, me? Never!
Your smartphone doesn’t like it when you freeze its components, and you’d be well advised to consider this if you live in or visit an environment with temperatures below or close to 0°C. Battery life is at stake.
There are cases available that warm a phone up, and cases designed to protect against snow spray, but the least expensive solution is to keep the device close to your body, so that it can be easily kept at a working temperature. If, after long exposure to cold, the battery level drops abnormally, switch it off. In this case, or if it has switched off by itself, let it return to a warmer temperature gradually indoors (but not on a radiator!) before trying to switch it on again.
And to avoid getting the smartphone out of your pockets when it’s really freezing, choose a connected watch or smart headphones.
With this first aid kit for smartphones, you can set off on an adventure in the most extreme conditions: your phone will survive to tell the tale!