Get smart about waterproofing your smartphone
Phones are not meant to be dropped in the toilet, thrown into the pool or left out in the rain, they just are. These things happen to all of us. It’s a well-known fact that water and smartphones do not mix. Technology hasn’t advanced to a completely waterproof phone yet, but we’re getting close. Water-resistance in smartphones is becoming a standard feature. A Japanese company is making serious progress, and the two biggest smartphone suppliers in America have improved significantly. For phones that are not at all water resistant, cases and covers offer maximum protection. If you do expose your phone to water, rice is not the most effective way to revive it.
Kyocera’s washable phone
The cell phone that is constantly in your hands and touching your face is the same cell phone that’s covered in a lot of germs and bacteria. Most people wouldn’t even think of cleaning their phone with the traditional soap and water method, but the latest smartphone allows users to do exactly that. Kyocera, a Japanese company, launched a device that you can wash with soap and warm water without causing any damage. This phone’s touchscreen also responds when your hands are wet or when you’re wearing gloves. Kyocera hits the Japanese market in March 2017. Since most of us are not going to Japan to buy a new phone, let’s take a look at more accessible options to protect your smartphone from water damage.
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Over the years, Samsung has released a couple phone models that advertise water resistance. The latest Samsung devices are the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. These phones are certified to hold up against exposure to dust and water, but they’re not waterproof. This means that they can be submerged for up to 30 minutes in water that’s less than 1.5 meters deep, which is a huge improvement.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Apple is making a splash with the water resistant feature in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. According to Apple, the phones will last in shallow water for up to 30 minutes. This means your new iPhone will survive brief exposure to water in your sink, bathtub or pool. Water damage is not covered under warranty, however, so don’t get too wet and wild.
Protect your phone from water damage
If you’re committed to underwater selfies, or just a phone klutz, they make cases and pouches to protect your smartphone from disaster. Waterproof cases seal your phone in layers of plastic to keep it safe on your underwater adventures. Most are only reliable if the phone is submerged less than 100 feet, but they do float. Floating cases are necessary if you’re using your smartphone in open water, like an ocean or lake. Water cases that seal your phone inside are great for protection during occasional water activities. If your phone tends to slip through your fingers around water, invest in a durable cover that will secure your smartphone all day, every day.
Save your smartphone from a watery grave
If your smartphone is the victim of a giant splash or unexpected swim, there are a couple steps that might save your phone’s life, which would also save your own life. The first thing to do is remove the phone from water and turn it off as quickly as possible. Start removing the cover, battery, memory card and any other attachments that might hold water. If your device fell in salty or dirty water, rinse the phone carefully with clean water. Using a soft, clean towel, dry everything off and lay it in a secure area. This way all the parts of your phone can air dry without getting lost or damaged. Setting your phone in rice is a common remedy, but it doesn’t absorb water as effectively as the air.
People don’t mean to be hard on their smartphones, but when they’re so integrated into our everyday lives, phones are bound to be exposed to dishwater, pool water, drinking water or other liquids. Technology still hasn’t figured out how to completely waterproof our smartphones. While we wait, we’ll have to settle for water-resistant devices, protective covers and revival remedies. That being said, the most effective way to protect your phone from water damage is to avoid getting it wet in the first place.