Some cell phone owners are thrilled when they get their new smartphone, but paying for insurance can amount to a little more than a person is willing to dish out. However, there are some cheap ideas for keeping a phone safe and functional, according to The Business Insider.
Avoid water damage
One big part of protecting a cell phone is being prepared. A good idea is to always carry a plastic bag around. This way, if it starts to rain, the owner can place their phone in the bag until the rain has stopped. In addition, there are a number of great, but affordable cases that can protect a phone from water damage, according to the news source.
Protect against cracks and scratches
A good case can save a lot of money in the long run. Not only can it avoid water damage, but it can also protect against scratches or cracks. A good case as well as a scratch protector screen for the front can save a phone from shattering, the publication reports.
Drop it in water? How to dry it out
People make mistakes and dropping a phone in water can happen. But instead of rushing to a nearby cell phone carrier, first try to dry it out. It is important to not turn the phone on, use a hair dryer, microwave, oven or put it direct sunlight. What a person should do is dry off the phone as best as they can with a towel and then put it in a bowl of uncooked rice, which absorbs the moisture.
Tips for finding a lost phone
There are a number of applications that can help a person locate their phone, including Find My iPhone and Plan B for Androids, the media outlet reports. However, if an owner thinks their phone was stolen, they should call the police.
Another way to find a missing mobile device is to set up cell phone tracking software. Not only will this tell the owner where their phone is, but it will notify them if any personal information was accessed.
This is the time of year when these tips may be the most useful. A recent report by a cell phone insurance company reported July to be the most dangerous month for cell phones, and June and August follow it.