Summer’s in full swing, and with it comes cellphone problems and dangers. Here are tips and tricks for annoying things your phone does during the summer.
1. Your phone overheats.
You’re not the only one who wants to soak up the sun this summer — your cellphone does, too.
But when your mobile device becomes too hot to handle, you’ll notice it tries to save itself. Your phone will alert you with a warning on your display screen and will automatically shut down.
Tip: Overheating can cause permanent damage to your phone. When your phone tells you it needs to cool down, it’s best to store the phone in an area away from direct light and extreme heat.
In addition to the sun, heat can come from your battery. Two effective ways to prevent your phone from overheating are to turn it off when it’s not in use and exit out of apps or features that could drain your battery.
If you often find your phone overheating, the battery could be weak. If this is the case, you may want to have a professional check it out.
2. Sweat gets on the screen.
Sweat from a day at the beach or a heavy workout has the potential to cause phone damage.
Tip: As soon as you notice your phone dripping with sweat, power down your phone immediately and take it out of its case. Soak up the sweat with a soft cloth or cotton swab. Take out the battery and SIM card if you can, and place your phone in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice over night or for a few days. The dry rice should absorb the leftover moisture from your phone.
Sweat isn’t not the only thing that can dirty our phone screens this summer. Smudges from melted makeup or greasy fingers can build up, too. To remove these marks, use a soft lint-free or microfiber cloth to gently wipe down your screen.
3. Your camera lens fogs up.
You pull out your camera phone to snap the moment, and realize how cloudy your lens is.
Tip: Odds are, moisture or condensation found its way into the lens. You may feel the need to wipe it with your finger, but that will only leave you with a greasy, finger-printed lens. A quick wipe down with a soft, lint-free or microfiber cloth should do the trick.
If that doesn’t work and your photos are still coming out blurry, the issue could be more serious. Turn off your phone, and place it in bowl or bag of dry rice overnight or for a few nights. This can absorb the moisture on the camera lens.
If your photos still aren’t clear, look closely at the camera lens to see if there are any noticeable scratches, dust or dirt. Carefully take a guitar pick or use your fingernail to gently scrape the lens. If any obvious debris comes off, use the cloth to keep cleaning.
If not, have a professional take a closer look at the camera lens.
Major first world problems here but all of these things bug me SO MUCH.