Oct 25 AT 6:07 PM Nick Sarafolean 33 Comments

Six ways to protect your phone

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If you’ve ever dropped you phone, or for that matter any electronic, then you know that the moment after the drop is horrendous. You’ve heard the crash, possibly even the shatter of glass, and now you have to brace yourself to pick it up and survey the damage done. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. There are ways to protect your phone and help to prevent or at least minimize damage to your phone. Want to take a look at some of them? Yeah, so do we.

Use a case

You may not like it, but using a case on your phone is the simplest way to protect it. Varying the amount of protection that you want is easy as pie with the abundance of cases available. You could go whole hog and get something that’s waterproofed and will protect your phone from a two-story drop. You could just as easily get a case that simply covers the back of your phone. Whatever you want in a case, you can get.

Get a screen protector

Nothing pairs better with a case than a screen protector. And honestly, screen protectors get a bad rep. We can all remember the days when they were terrible, smudgy pieces of plastic. But things have changed since then. These days, you can buy screen protectors that you don’t even notice. You can even buy screen protectors that are made out of tempered glass. The payoff of having a screen protector far outweighs the slight discomfort or cost of it.

Don’t take your phone to the beach

A part of us weeps that we even have to say this. As fun as it may sound to take duck face selfies by the ocean, just don’t bring your phone to the beach. Unless you’ve splurged for a Lifeproof case or something, your phone is almost certainly going to get injured. If not from the water all around, then certainly from the sand. Don’t think that your Gorilla Glass display will protect from sand because sand laughs in the face of Gorilla Glass before ripping it to shreds. So yeah, don’t take your phone to the beach.

Don’t put your phone and your keys in the same pocket

Bad idea. Really bad idea. Just like sand, keys love to destroy your phone’s screen. In this case, you should just do yourself a favor and put your phone and your keys in different pockets. Otherwise, you might get a sad when your phone’s display gets all scratched-like.

Phones and bathrooms don’t mix

Ever had that time when your friend says, “I broke my phone yesterday.” and then you ask, “How?” and they reply, “I dropped it in the toilet.” and you laugh in their face? Well, it’s pretty funny and kind of sad. Moral of the story is: phones and bathrooms simply don’t go together.

Get insurance for your phone

If none of the above work out but you have insurance on your phone, then you’re good. Whether you’re clumsy or you just happened to have an accident, phone insurance can usually keep you covered for some sort of cost. Most of the carriers offer some sort of mobile insurance plan and if your carrier doesn’t, then there are third-party options such as SquareTrade. Whatever the case, phone insurance is usually the most comprehensive option.

We’re hoping that at least some of these suggestions will be of use to you. Maybe they’ll even keep your phone from getting destroyed. At any rate, remember that it’s always smart to protect your phone!

If you have any other suggestions, feel free to list them in the comments.

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

    Good read Nick! Another thing I might add to the bathroom portion is not leaving your phone in the bathroom when you shower. The moisture from your steamy shower can cause water damage and really mess up your phone.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Nick Sarafolean

      YES. On a more serious note though, this very thing ended up happening to me one time and when I went to turn my phone in for a different defect under warranty, I ended up getting slapped with a $300 fee for corrosion in the power port. I had no clue that there was even corrosion in there. Second moral of the story: phones and bathrooms are not friends.

      • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

        My ex balanced her phone on a waist high wall in the shower every day to listen to music. One day, she dropped it from that wall, put it back, then immediately dropped it again and shattered it. When I went in to replace the front panel, I noticed all the water sensitive stickers were set off. Steam does a number on it, though I’ve never had that happen to me. Shower with my phone in the bathroom and never had any damage or water detection stickers set off.

    • Jeff Eckford

      I was just about to say that also. I can’t tell you how many customers come into my store telling me their phone stopped working. I look at the phone and the indicators show water damage. Customers really thing they have to literally drop it in water, and I ask them do they listen to music from the phone while they shower and almost always they tell me yes. And I tell them thats the reason why, condensation that’s on the bathroom mirror is the same moisture thats in the phone now.. smh

      • SGB101

        Moral of the story ‘don’t shower’ :o)

      • Guest

        Get a blue tooth speaker & put it right outside the bathroom

    • zerosix

      One more comment is necessary. If you REALLY want your phone during your bath and UNDERSTAND all the consequences, use a condom or food wrap.

  • donger

    This article is point on.

  • G-Thang

    Basically just use common sense people!

    • Guest

      Yeah, don’t throw it across the room when you’re angry or take a hammer that slams them

  • Pravas

    I don’t like using case for some reason.

    • Guest

      Depends on your phone. I’ve dropped the Galaxy Nexus multiple times & it’s still bear perfect. I don’t like cases but if you have a more fragile phone like an iPhone, it’s almost necessary

  • GordonX

    1. life is too short for screen protectors.
    2. what good is a smartphone if i can’t take it everywhere like the beach or the bathroom?
    3. Why do you care about scratches!?!?!??! It’s a damn TOOL not some kind of $10,000 Rolex watch! Are you really going to baby it for another two years? My cell phones are always beat up. If i wanted to keep them as collector’s items i’d put them in a safe and never use it!” Maybe you have new owner euphoria – it will pass don’t worry!
    4. Enjoy and use your things and realize that they will inevitably get banged up, dented, and scratched in regular daily use. This will not be the first or last time such things will happen. Your only other option would be to lock everything in a glass case at home. But then what good would it be to you? Ain’t much in this world that’s flawless. Lower your anxiety level and relax. Many times nobody notices such things but you. It will not matter to you tomorrow. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal. Shit happens. You leave marks as you go through life. It’s only fair that life leaves marks on you. That is the cost of pleasure.

    • SGB101

      I agree, I very not had a screen protector since the g1,that was a scratch magnet, and touch wood I do ok for scratches.

      In the last 5 years I’ve broke one screen, my note2,ant it was from the weakest fall it’s ever had!

      Luckily it was a £7 2hour fix, which included me attacking my phone with a hot air gun, which didn’t feel right at all.

    • Tom

      Well said GordonX !!!
      Those things were made to help and “take care” of us, not we on them!
      If you living in fear all the time, you just cant enjoy.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

      If you take good care of your you can sell in on Craigslist or swappa to put towards your next phone!

    • Ezra A.

      I really wish it were that easy. Though I develop a sense of carelessness for most of my possessions with time, of course I love them when they are new. I recently got a Nexus 4 and I am trying to protect it as much as I can. (There’s a very small scratch on the screen protector, I have no idea how it got there but I remember spending two hours rubbing it, thinking–and hoping–that it was only a smudge or a strand of fibre or something.)

      But I know what you are talking about. I also cared about my Dell N5010 back in the days when it was brand new, but one and a half year later, I have dropped it twice (yes, believe me), changed two batteries that gave up due to keeping them plugged in for charging all the time and the third one is also giving way, and I carry it in my bag all the time even when it is on (I read that could be dangerous for hard-drive but I don’t even care about that any more).

      So, yeah, I know what you’re talking about. (I guess I said that already.)

    • Guest

      You won’t feel that way when the phone no longer works cut of water damage or your screen is so scratched or cracked that it’s unusable. Not everyone has the cash to keep replacing phones.. Others dont have spare change to add monthly insurance cards. Others, especially iPhone users care about top resale value

  • Arjun

    exellent tips your tips are exellent but very few people are get insuarance of there phone because some peoples use low price phones.The case use the best for phone it’s not stylish but protect the phone or if it fall down it protect the screen also.In my way I use case for my phone

  • TruFactz

    The insurance I get now is square trade. Its waaay better than asurion

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  • klcow92

    Get an otterbox!!!! haha, bulky but phone stays protected.

  • mattcoz

    I bring my phone to the beach but always put it in a plastic bag.

  • Guest

    Would’ve been nice to recommend some cases & screen protectors if you’re suggesting them

    • http://www.androidandme.com Nick Sarafolean

      There are so many out there that it would have been a bit hard to cover them well. Personally, I’d recommend Spigen ‘cuz they’re just my personal favorite. If you’re looking for really serious protection, give Otterbox or LifeProof a look.

  • Simo

    You can Also buy a solid smartphone, like Sony Xperia LT26W ;)

  • Albin

    While I’ve dropped my LG onto a hard floor twice with no harm, I do use a cheap case that has a clip – not only protects but adds another way to carry either on a belt or pack and no worries about coins or keys. Seems to me an either/or screen protector versus case, but not both.

  • Raymond

    Screen protectors like the sapphire ones are a must for any smartphone, tablet, etc! ZAGG, Stealth Lite, Rhino and 3M screen protectors are awesome. If you can’t get your hands on one, get a GEARMAXX screen protector. They sell on ebay for cheap and are as high quality and durable!

  • Tabrez Alam

    Even with Gorilla Glass 3, there are certain parts of a phone that gets scratches when left unattended.

    We are trying to make an app that can help people save their phones from the tiny scratches that make the look of the phone bad.

    Register with us at pluggdd.com to get a free invite of the app.

    • Tabrez Alam

      Our app has gone Live recently. You can download the App on Google Play by searching for ‘Scratch Protector’ or Pluggdd.

  • Tabrez Alam

    One of the ways in which my phone constantly was exposed to small scratches was when I used to charge my phone. Like a general user, I used to have my phone on normal mode with vibrations on. During the evening when I got back home, I used to put my phone of charging and leave it.

    However, I observed after some time that my phone’s back was getting small scratches. Also, there was once that I found my phone lying on the ground and not on the table (it had fallen off table during the night). This all was happening as my phone used to vibrate with all calls and alerts while I kept it on charging.

    I realized that the phone’s vibration was just a nuisance when the phone was charging (as the only use of the vibrations is when the phone actually is in physical contact with any part of your body). Therefore, I started to look out for an App that could just suppress the vibrations whenever I put my phone on charging. I know I could have done it manually each day before charging, but it is difficult to remember to change profiles each time and then put them back to normal.

    What I believed was that this was a simple idea and there should be a lot of App already available that could do this for me. To my surprise, there was none!

    It was then, that I decided that I shall make the App myself and came up with the Scratch Protector App.

    You can download the App from Google Play by simply searching ‘Scratch Protector’ or search Pluggdd.

    Another benefit of the App is that when you leave your phone away from you on charging, while it was on the silent mode, it automatically puts it on a ringer mode. As a result of which, you would never have missed calls!

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  • AZAM

    Hi Everyone, I lost my HTC phone yesterday here is my IMEI number : 357953049870834

    If I wont get my cell phone I will kill myself and blame the HTC mobile company and the insurance team who makes false promises to search the lost phone and secure it..