16 do's and don’ts for your smartphone during monsoon

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Published Jun 21, 2016, 11:07 am IST
Updated Jun 21, 2016, 11:31 am IST
Prevent your smartphones from being damage this monsoon.
A plastic bag could also be used in emergency.
 A plastic bag could also be used in emergency.

Monsoon has made landfall in India, and we know how much you love your smartphones. We have compiled few tips for the smartphones users that can be followed during this monsoon.

Buy a waterproof case:  First off, you can go with a basic waterproof case to prevent your phone from being drenched. These waterproof cases are designed to especially to keep water from entering the phone’s port. They are cheap and easily available in the market.

 

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Use ziplock pouches: Another smart way is to use a ziplock: put your smartphone in the ziplock bag, seal it and lock it. It is the most affordable way to protect your smartphone from being drenched.

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Carry a small plastic bag: If you cannot find a ziplock bag or a waterproof case, a plastic bag could be used for emergencies. Always keep one of these handy in your bag.

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Use a balloon or a condom: In case you forgot to carry any of the things mentioned earlier, you can buy a balloon or a condom from any nearby store. Amazingly, it works, all you need to do is inflate the balloon and put your phone on it with the screen facing down and then deflate it. A condom can do the same trick, and you can also wipe dry a condom inside out and simply insert the phone inside it and tie a knot.

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Buy an expensive waterproof skin: If you can afford it, it’s the best choice you would make. However, it can cost up to Rs 1,000. These cases can be used for the entire season, is dustproof too and also allows you to use the phone while in it.

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Use a Bluetooth headset: The best way to prevent your smartphone is by not touching it all, still in case it is necessary for you to take a call, we suggest you to keep your phone in your bag and use a Bluetooth headset to take calls.

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Use a cheap headphone: If a Bluetooth headset feels expensive, go for any cheap headphone. This, however, do not offer complete protection, but it will reduce the chances of phone damage.

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Temporarily use an old smartphone: Well, if you have an old phone or can afford a cheaper second phone, consider using it during the rains.

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Opt for waterproof phones if you can afford it: You can also opt for completely waterproof phones from brands like Samsung or Sony, or water-resistant phones from brands like Motorola or HYVE. Though an expensive affair, these are better alternatives too.

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Carry a hand towel: In case, your smartphone does get wet, immediately wipe the water using a hand towel. You could also wrap the phone in the towel before putting it in your bag. The risk of water reaching the phone is minimal.Tips

Use a bowl of uncooked rice:  Another method is to immediately power it off, wipe and drain excess water, dismantle the battery, SIM and SD card and store it in a bowl of uncooked rice to draw the moisture out completely. Leave it in the rice for a couple of days.

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Avoid taking calls when outside: During monsoon, prefer to avoid taking calls outside, or else use of headphones if absolutely necessary. Prevention is better than a sad face later.

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Never touch the phone with wet hands: As we suggested earlier, you to carry a hand towel, this could reduce the chances of your phone damage with water. Wipe your hands completely dry before touching the phone.

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Avoid moving out of an air conditioned room immediately: We suggest you not to move immediately from an air conditioned room to a humid place, in fact, look for a normal temperature place, as change in temperature may again let the moisture in and damage the phone.

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If your phone gets wet, don’t blow dry it: Using a blow dryer may help you dry out the external parts of your phone, but in reality you are likely to burn your phone’s component in the process or push the water further inside the phone.

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If your phone is wet, don’t charge it: Never try to power it on, as it might short circuit. Don't insert your charger as this could damage your phone permanently.

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