Smartphones have become a major part of everyone’s lifestyle. During the rainy season, a lot of people damage their smartphones as the rain drops sometimes find its way into smartphones through the open ports. The rain/water can be seen as a threat towards keeping your phone in a perfect condition.
Water and moisture are the killer of electronics. So we must use our smartphone very cautiously during the rainy season. Because, if water gets inside and you continue to use your phone then it will result in a permanent damage to its internal circuitry whose repair might burn in a hole in your pocket.
If you are not using a water resistant smartphone, it is very important to know how to protect your smartphone during the rainy season. Take a look at the 10 tips that we have compiled to help you protect your smartphone from water damage.
1. Get a Waterproof Case
A waterproof cover provides the ultimate protection so you can use your phone without any worries. While looking for new covers, look for a waterproof cover that encloses the ports as well.
It can be as cheap as $3 and if you’re in Nigeria, you can get it for as low as N1,500
2. Use Zip Lock Pouches
If you haven’t purchased a waterproof case for your smartphone, and you need to save your phone from the rain, you can use a zip lock pouch or bag. This is an ideal way to save your phone from getting damaged due to water, but ensure to lock the pouch carefully.
3. A Plastic Bag is a Life Saver
If you don’t find a case or zip lock pouch, you can wrap your phone in a plastic bag that is lying around. It is better to keep a plastic bag handy in your bag all the time.
4. You Can Make a Balloon Case Too
You can buy a balloon from a nearby shop and use it a case to protect your phone from the rain water. Inflate the balloon and put your smartphone in it with the screen facing down and deflate it. That’s it!
5. Don’t Use The Phone Unnecessarily
Most smartphone users are in constant habit of checking their smartphones after every few minutes for no reason at all. This increases the risk of getting your phone wet or even dropping in the flood.
6. Use A Headset
Touching your phone with wet hands is always an issue. If you must use receive a call on your smartphone, use a Bluetooth/Wireless Headsets to keep your smartphone protected from rain drops.
7. Always Carry a Hand Towel with You
If your smartphone gets wet accidentally, you can use the hand towel to wipe the water. Alternatively, you can also wrap the phone in the hand towel and put it in your bag to reduce the risk of water damage.
8. Carry a Spare Handset to Avoid Damage
During the rainy season, you can use an old phone or a basic handset to attend calls with the call forwarding option. This will keep your precious smartphone intact without any damage.
9. Don’t Charge the Phone
When you charge a wet phone, it might result in a short-circuit. This will fry the internal circuit and the connections on the main board and it might eventually damage the phone.
10. Use a Bowl of Uncooked Rice
As soon as your phone gets wet, immediately power it off, wipe and drain excess water, remove the battery, SIM/SD card and store it in a bowl or sack of uncooked rice. Leave it in the bowl or sack of rice for a couple of days so as to draw the moisture out completely. The method has been tested several times and confirmed working for the matter of contention.
If you are unsure whether your phone has become completely dry or not, then it would be best if you take it to a qualified engineer or customer-care center for a detailed water-lodgement inspection and making necessary repairs.