Sun, sand and sea: How to take care of your cell phone this summer?

In this beach season it is important to change our routines with the smartphone  to reduce damage

There is nothing like celebrating the new year near the beach and enjoying these days off enjoying the coast in summer, especially on this side of the world. Despite the happiness of the scene, there is a latent risk of suffering problems with our phone due to long exposure to an environment that is not conducive to its operation and that combines three elements that can be serious: the beach.

What damage does the heat do to the smartphone

An overheating of the phone is a serious condition, as it generates serious internal problems. To begin with, at certain temperatures the equipment stops working. In fact, the system warns about sudden increases in internal temperature and asks that the equipment stop being used and cool down for a while.

The problem is more frequent when we go to the beach and leave the phone on the towel without covering it or putting it in the shade. Be careful: do not cover it, because that generates serious condensation.

When the phone begins to accumulate heat internally, performance will begin to drop: crashes, app crashes, system hangs. That is already an indicator of overheating.

Another detail to take care of is the breakage of the panel. Screens work better at handling cold than heat, and long exposure causes the layers of glass to begin to sag in the high temperatures.

If you have equipment with IP protection – prevention for the entry of water and dust – avoid putting it in a cooler or fridge. This could cause sudden condensation inside the equipment and generate microdroplets of water on the board or internal components.

Avoid heavy use of the equipment: streaming, video recording, gaming. Let the equipment rest in small intervals and try to leave it in a ventilated place. By the way, remove the cover.

What harm does the sand do to the smartphone

The sand is a big concern, because it’s inevitable that something will come to the team. There are certain covers that we can place to prevent particles from entering, but this could amplify the internal temperature of the smartphone.

Sand entering the charging ports can generate a short, as these microparticles can damage the filaments that protect the system against false contact. In addition, some could slip through cracks in the equipment and mount on the photo sensor or obstruct the audio speakers.

Try to keep equipment up high, such as a chair or table. Leaving it in a bag could increase the temperature. Also, make more use of the voice command to avoid touching it. Your hands will always have sand, and it can enter through the divisions in the panel and the metal trim.

What damage does salt water do to the smartphone

Remember that an IP phone is not “waterproof”, but waterproof. Unlike a “waterproof” equipment, the resistant one allows you to have extra protection in case it falls into the water or it starts to rain. But keep in mind that any reference to water on smartphones is based on fresh water, and not sea water.

If you are going to enter the sea with your phone, use a case that protects it. When you go out, wash the case and clean every grain of sand to prevent it from entering the equipment. Once you’ve cleaned the case, remove the phone.

What to do if it has already been damaged by salt water

Take the equipment out of the water and dry it. The problem lies in the amount of salt that may have entered the device. It is recommended to use distilled water to soak the phone, although we could use some isopropyl alcohol. Soaking the phone in any of these two options, and for a few seconds, helps the excess salt to come out of the equipment.

The problem with salt water is the corrosive power it has on internal components. Even if it is IP68, the equipment can be irreversibly damaged if it lodges some salt in the integrated parts of the board.

You can apply some methods to extract the water and dry the equipment. Many mention uncooked rice for 24 hours to remove moisture, and others say that surrounding the smartphone with napkins and storing it in a ZipLock-type bag allows water condensation to dry Do this after soaking the equipment to remove the salt water.