Of all the days of the year — all 365 of them — one day in particular is deadly for smartphones. A new study by device insurance company Asurion says there’s typically a 60% increase in damaged and lost phones on the Fourth of July.
Lots of people on the water, in the pool, the lake, the beach and most will take their phones along with them.As a result, water damaged phones skyrockets 250 percent compared to any of the other day of the year. The study also shows that phones that are lost forever triples on the Fourth of July.
Asurion blames an increase in water activities for people dropping their phones in a lake or river where they’re unrecoverable. Reports of lost or misplaced phones also increases by 75% and cracked screens bump up about 40%.
Independence Day is like a horror movie for smartphones.
If you can’t leave it behind when you’re going to the beach, pool or a boat, use a waterproof case that floats — or at the very least, put it in a plastic ziplock bag.
Keep it out of direct sunlight.
If it gets wet act fast. Turn it off. Start shaking it…try to get as much water out of the charging port and headphone jack. Try blowing the water out. If it got really wet don’t turn it back on for awhile.
Remove the back of the phone (if possible) and the battery. Then place the phone somewhere safe and let it air-dry. Do not put it anywhere in direct sunlight.
If, when you turn it on it doesn’t work, get a dry ziplock bag. Asurion suggests using the silica gel packets that come packed inside things you buy. Open the packages, pour them into the zip-lock bag and bury the phone in it for 24-48 hours. It’s far more effective than using rice.
Oh, and keep your fingers crossed.