How to protect your smartphone on vacation

Whether by the sea, in the mountains or in the city, on vacation days the smartphone runs more risks than usual. Here are the 5 tips to protect it.

The smartphone is the inevitable product among the best tech gadgets to take on vacation , a device that has now become an integral part of our lives. Since there are smartphones , moving around and capturing the best moments has become much more practical. We can use GPS to avoid getting lost, keep in touch with our friends and relatives, share the best moments of our holidays on social networks and much more.

Whether at the seaside, in the mountains or in the city, on vacation days the smartphone runs more risks than usual: it can get wet, scratch, come into contact with sand and dust. In short, we must protect it so as not to risk damaging it.

Here are our 5 tips to protect your smartphone on vacation.

1. Avoid extreme temperatures

Whether you have chosen an alpine glacier or a Salento beach, avoid exposing your smartphone to too high or too low temperatures, heat is the most harmful element that can lead the device to overheat causing malfunctions.

The advice is not to leave the smartphone in direct sunlight and avoid actions that require a lot of energy . Recording videos or playing video games, for example, are activities that cause the smartphone to overheat. It would also be useful to avoid charging it under the sun , as, during charging, the smartphone already tends to increase the internal temperature, which would become even higher if the surrounding environment is too hot. You could, therefore, shelter it from the sun by putting it in the shade, or better still inside your bags or backpacks.

Of course, excessive cold can also be harmful, generally manufacturers specify that it should not be used below -20 degrees. Different speech, however, can be made for rugged smartphones that are often built so that they can be used even in the most extreme conditions.

In case the smartphone has got too hot or too cold, the advice is to turn it off and leave it in a mild environment for some time .

2. Avoid contact with water

The contact of the smartphone with water can be a big headache, not only on vacation. It is good to know the water resistance of your device to know how far you can go, it being understood that even with waterproof smartphones you should not go overboard with diving in water.

If you want to protect your smartphone from water, you can evaluate the purchase of a transparent waterproof case in which you can insert your mobile phone, close it and protect it.

If unfortunately the smartphone should fall into water, the advice is to turn it off again and not turn it back on until it has completely dried.

3. Avoid contact with sand

Another almost invisible enemy of smartphones are the grains of sand that could slip into the small cracks and cause some malfunctions. Also in this case, you can evaluate the degree of resistance to dust based on the possible IP certification of your smartphone ( here we explain how to read and interpret the abbreviations ). Tiny grains of sand could affect the functionality of the 3.5mm audio jack, microphones, charging port and speakers.

In this case, we can protect them by using protective cases that eventually cover these openings , even here transparent cases made of resistant materials can be useful.

For prevention, at the end of the day we can also gently clean the cracks such as the audio jack with a small brush with soft bristles. Avoid products and water that could damage it instead.

4. Protect the screen

The component most at risk is the display: sand can scratch it, as well as the objects in the bag (keys, wallets and more), water can damage it, a possible fall can destroy it. In addition to advising you to avoid using your smartphone with wet or sandy hands , it is useful to protect the screen with protective films in tempered glass such as those proposed by Cellular Line . If you clean the display thoroughly before applying the film and apply it correctly, the classic and annoying air bubbles will not even be visible.

Even the classic protective cases, which are often included in the sales packages, may be able to cushion the blow (and limit the damage), in case of falls. Then there are resistant covers, such as those of rugged devices . Sure, they can ruin the aesthetics of the smartphone but they will save it in many situations.

5. Protect it from bad guys

It may happen that an attacker spies on your smartphone: if the theft occurs, at least we could make unlocking the smartphone a little more complicated for the thief. The advice, therefore, is to use an unlock code (PIN, pattern or password) that is not obvious or easy to identify , in other words, avoid the classic 1-2-3-4 or your date of birth that could be recovered somehow.

As we said, the smartphone has become the memory box in which we store photos, messages, videos, documents, etc. The advice is to regularly make a cloud backup of the data on your smartphone : there are several cloud services, but you can rely on iCloud if you have an iPhone or on Google Photos or Google Drive for an Android smartphone. By activating the automatic backup of photos on Google Photos, you will not have to worry even if you delete them by mistake from your phone, they will always be stored there and accessible from any other device by accessing the service with your Google account.

by Abdullah Sam
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