Each day the clouds get darker and gloomier, almost threatening in a way. And though the heaviest downpour won’t deter our spirit to step out and go on with our day, when it comes to the safety of our phone, even a light shower can put the fear of God into us. Unless your phone comes with a water-resistance feature, it will succumb to the rain, in some way or the other. We’re talking blurry display, less sensitive touch or even motherboard failure. So if you want to use up your savings on a nice holiday instead of a new phone right now, hear out what these tech experts have to say about it. We’ve summed up all their thoughts for your convenience.

Go handsfree with a Bluetooth headset

bluetooth headset If your phone is in a bag, a Bluetooth headset is an effective way to retain most of its functionality. The key in monsoon weather is making sure your wireless headset is waterproof. Sports headsets like the Plantronics BackBeat FIT give you voice and volume control, above-average protection from rainy conditions, long battery life, and a lightweight form that makes it conducive to wearing all day even if natural disaster hits. - Anthony Baldini, tech influencer and account executive at Sterling Communications, a tech PR agency in Silicon Valley. Using wireless headphones with your phone while it is still in your bag is going to get better over time. Voice assistants (like Siri) will evolve and be able to handle more complex questions and provide better feedback. As of right now, the music listening experience is as good as regular headphones without the hassle of dealing with cables. The only downside is the need to charge another device. - Aaron Ho, YouTube Reviewer, MobileReviewsEh

Protection is better than care

waterproof case Place your smartphone in a Ziploc bag. The bag will still allow you to use the touchscreen of the device while keeping it very water resistant.  Aaron Ho, YouTube Reviewer, MobileReviewsEh Buy a waterproof case online as they are relatively inexpensive but work great-. If you’re in a pinch, use a plastic ziplock bag. - Matt Ham, owner of Computer Repair Doctor Inc Like this article? Also read: 5 Water-Resistant Smartphones That Will Survive the Downpour This Monsoon The Most Beautiful Places To Explore In India During The Monsoons How to ‘Bag’ Fashion Brownie Points This Monsoon By far the best thing you can do to your phone itself is get a tempered glass screen protector. Tempered glass will not only prevent scratches and other blemishes from appearing on your screen, it will also protect against water damage. - Augustin Kennady, Media Relations Director for ShipMonk.com

Crisis management

dry phone If you do manage to get your phone wet, the first thing you do is turn off the smartphone and don’t turn it back on for a couple of days. The ultimate goal is to dry out your smartphone, so it doesn’t short-circuit when you turn it back on. - Aaron Ho, YouTube Reviewer, MobileReviewsEh If you get your phone wet, the following has worked for me before. 1) Switch it off immediately. 2) Try and drain as much water as possible from the device. 3) Put it in a bag, full of rice – the rice absorbs the water quickly. 4) Put the bag in a warm, dry place, such as the hot press. 5) Try turning it on, and if no joy, put back in the bag and leave for another couple of days. Leave it there for at least 2-3 days. - Paul O’Byrne, tech writer, JacksAdvice.com If your phone does get wet, immediately remove the battery, wipe it off, and wipe off the area of your phone that secures the battery. Some people I know recommend silica gels to absorb moisture. - Augustin Kennady, Media Relations Director for ShipMonk Try using a vacuum cleaner to suck all the moisture inside your phone. Make sure there are no loose parts on your phone before vacuuming it. - Camilo Atkinson, Columnist, DayNew.com

Backup data just in case

smartphone In the case of rain or any disaster really, preventative measures are your best bet when it comes to protecting your phone in the scenario that it gets wet. One method that will guarantee your smartphone data such as your photos, videos, calls, texts, emails, and such won’t get lost is by using a data backup and recovery software. Backing up your data using software is highly effective and will keep your data from disappearing forever if your phone was to be damaged in a monsoon." - Holly Zink, Mobile Software Project Manager, The Powerline Group


drying phone   If the phone gets wet avoid blowing air on the phone as it'll push the water to more parts of the device. The best way to dry the phone is to remove its battery and place the phone inside a bag of rice. - Michael Ajah, NaijaTechGuy.com

Or just opt for a waterproof smartphone

waterproof smartphone The latest phone models of major brands are waterproof like the Samsung S7, S7 Edge, S8 and S8 Plus, LG G6 and iPhone 7. I own the iPhone 7 and although it’s not meant to be used underwater for long periods, I feel comfortable going for a run in the rain, etc. It could withstand a monsoon rain as well. But the best waterproof phones are probably the newer Samsung flagship models. - Matt Ham, owner of Computer Repair Doctor Inc Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com

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