Your iPhone is one of your most expensive possessions, and unfortunately, it’s also one of your most delicate. While Apple claims that their screen glass is the toughest ever glass on a smart phone, it’s still going to break if you drop it on a hard surface — and since you take your phone everywhere, that’s super easy to do.
With new iPhones costing several hundred dollars or more, you need to be proactive about protecting your phone from accidents, moisture, extreme temperatures, and more. A phone case and screen protector are a good start, and you can also add a grip accessory to minimize drops. But you also need to be careful where you set your phone down, and be vigilant about protecting it from moisture, high or low temperatures, theft or loss, and more.
Protect Your Phone from Drops
Drops pose the biggest threat to your iPhone’s structural integrity, so you need to protect it from potential impacts. Most of the time, screen and back glass cracks due to impacts on the corner or edges of the phone, because these impacts focus the force on a single spot, rather than spreading it out over the entire surface of the front or back of the phone, like what happens when your phone lands face-down. A bumper case should provide protection for impacts to your phone’s corners and edges, and you don’t necessarily need to spend a ton of money to get a good one.
A tempered glass screen protector can also prevent cracks to your phone’s screen, because the screen protector will shatter before your phone screen does. If your screen does break, the protector should keep the glass pieces in place until you can arrange for iPhone screen repair. Tempered glass screen protectors are affordable, and shouldn’t impact your phone screen’s responsiveness.
You’re most likely to drop your phone because you’ve lost your grip while you’re holding it, so you should invest in a grip accessory to keep it from slipping out of your grasp. Loops, rings, straps, and pop-up grips can all make it easier to hold onto your phone, so you don’t drop it onto the concrete — or onto your face while you’re lying in bed reading it. When you’re not holding your phone, be careful where you set it down — keep it away from the edge of tables, and use a phone dock on your nightstand for night-time charging, so it doesn’t fall off your bed while you’re asleep.
Keep It Dry
While new iPhones are water-resistant, they’re not waterproof. Moisture can still get into your phone’s innards and foul them up. If you go to the beach or do any water activities, like boating, kayaking, or paddleboarding, get a dry bag to protect your phone. You should avoid taking your phone into the bathroom with you while you’re showering, too. Exposing your phone to steam repeatedly is just as bad as throwing it into a lake in terms of what it can do to your phone’s insides.
You should also be careful about getting your phone all sweaty when you exercise. Carry your phone in an arm bag or fanny pack instead of your pocket, and use bluetooth headphones to listen to your music. A smart watch is your friend here — some models offer Spotify streaming directly from the watch, so you can keep your phone safely stowed away during workouts. Of course, a smart watch will also give you text and social media notifications, and some models will let you make calls, answer texts, and will even call for help on your behalf if you get hurt.
Avoid Exposing Your Phone to Extreme Temperatures
Cell phones aren’t meant to be exposed to extreme heat or cold, so you should protect your phone from extreme temperatures. Don’t leave it in your car, and keep it in the shade or covered up if you’re spending the day outside. Same goes for extreme cold — keep your phone warm in an inner jacket pocket while you’re on the ski slopes, and don’t leave it in the car in the winter. Extreme temperatures could damage your phone’s battery or inner components, and could even make the screen or glass back more prone to shattering. If your phone does get too hot or cold, turn it off and let it cool down or warm up before turning it back on.
Have a Backup Plan to Deal with Loss or Theft
Aside from drops, loss or theft represent the biggest threats to your phone. If you frequently misplace things, a Tile Mate keyring can help you keep track of it. And phone insurance is your best protection against theft of your device — AppleCare also provides some coverage for damage, but ask your cell phone provider about insurance that covers theft or loss of the device, as well as automatic backup of videos, photos, and other data.
Your iPhone is among your most precious, and most expensive, possessions — so you need to keep it safe. With the right equipment and a little due diligence, you can protect your iPhone from most of the dangers it faces, so the two of you can stay together longer.