Remedies for Summer Phone Mishaps

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30 Jul 2014, 11:24 AM Karen Ormiston

With the summer well and truly upon us, a lot of us are jetting off to sunnier climates. Unfortunately, the sunshine and associated seasonal activities can cause havoc with our mobile phones. This article outlines ways in which you can mitigate these mobile phone related summer mishaps namely overheating, a swimming phone, poor screen visibility, a sweaty screen, and sand creeping into the crevices on your phone.

Overheating phone

We all enjoy soaking up the summer sunshine and our phones do too. Unfortunately, too much sun can cause our phones to overheat and shut down.

You will not be able to turn your phone straight back on again after it has shut down so it is advisable to place in it a shady spot for at least thirty minutes. If it is still unresponsive after thirty minutes, give it more time. Generally speaking, if your phone is too hot to handle, it is too hot to function…

To stop your phone becoming overheated, you are best to keep it out of direct sunlight and preferably, indoors and away from the heat.

In addition to soaring temperatures, your phone may also overheat due to its battery. In order to stop the battery overheating, it is advisable to turn it off when it is not in use and to close the apps and features down that could be draining the battery.

If your phone often overheats, there may be a problem with the battery in which case you should get a professional to look at your phone.

Phone goes for a swim

If you have an unfortunate incident with your phone and it ends up in the swimming pool or some other less inviting pool of water, you might be fortunate enough to save it.

Provided it is safe to do so, remove it and turn it off immediately. Leaving it on can cause the phone to short circuit – if it has been in water, assume it is waterlogged whether it is working or not. Dry it out with a soft cloth or cotton bud. Then, take it out of its case and if possible, remove the battery and SIM card, and place it in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice over night or for a few days.  The dry rice will hopefully absorb the moisture from your phone.

Poor screen visibility

For those struggling with glare from the sun on their phone screen, it is advisable to buy an anti-glare screen. Anti-glare screens are designed to cut down on the amount of light that reflects of the screen thus improving the viewing display and reducing strain on the user’s eyes.

It is also possible that a quick adjustment to your monitor’s brightness and contrast will also reduce the effects of a harsh glare from the sunlight through sharpening the display. We recommend that you set your phone to half-brightness, or lower if visibility allows.

Sweat on the screen

Clammy hands and a touchscreen can be disastrous. If you notice your phone getting damp from sweat, it is advisable to remove your cover and wipe it down using a soft cloth or cotton swab.

Smudges from sunscreen and greasy hands can also dirty your phone. To remove these marks, use a soft lint free or microfiber cloth to wipe down your phone.

Sand in phone

After a day at the beach, you may find sand and other bits of debris stuck in hard to reach areas of your phone.

It is advisable to pop your phone in to a zipped plastic sandwich bag before taking it to the beach. If sand does get stuck in your phone, switch it off before cleaning and use a small can of compressed air (which can be bought at most tech and gadget stores) or a vacuum with a small nozzle attached to remove the sand.

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