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Tips & Tricks: 13 simple ways to protect your smartphone this Holi


New Delhi: Holi is almost here and while all of us are busy preparing for H-day from what to wear, which colours to use and where to party, we often overlook the indispensable mobile phone, than can easily turn dispensable after a Holi mishap. If the phone you own is one of those toughphones that can withstand most things thrown at it, then you needn't worry. However, it is more likely that your prized phone doesn't come with built-in protection. With the colours and moisture (actually, buckets and buckets of water) threatening your phone during this festival of colours, we bring you some simple and handy tips that can help your phone survive this Holi.

1. Ziplock pouch: Yes, we store food, medicines and even make up, in these bags. But the good old plastic ziplock bag is possibly the most affordable way to protect your smartphone from getting coloured or drenched. Simply put your phone in the ziplock bag, seal it and your treasured device is waterproofed. If you can't find a zip lock bag, any plastic bag would work. Just bring back your childhood skills of covering your notebooks in the cellophane sheet and get cracking - this time with your smartphone! Or else, ask your mom to wrap your smartphone in a cling-film like the way she would wrap a sandwich.



2.Waterproof cases or bags: Another smart way of giving your smartphone a safe Holi is to put it inside a waterproof case which is available online and you could also find them at your neighbourhood mobile accessory stores. These cases and bags are designed especially to keep water from entering the phone's ports even if you plan to go swimming. The waterproof bags ensure that your hands are free to smear colours onto others. Simply swing it across the shoulder and you are good to go. These are available for as low as Rs 250, you can find these bags at various e-commerces sites. You can also try out shops selling sports gear and related accessories.



3. Turn a balloon into a rubber skin case for your phone: It takes only one balloon and a few minutes to make a waterproof case for your phone. All you have to do is inflate the balloon and put your phone on it with screen facing down. Now start deflating the balloon slowly and you will see your phone wrapped in a rubber skin once the air inside the ballon is fully released.

The video below demonstrates the process.



4. Change your phone for a day if you have an old spare phone: Now this option needs a lot of heart and spare mobile devices at your disposal. If you have an old phone or can afford to not flaunt that swanky new phone at the Holi bash, consider changing the device for a day. This would cut down on the after-Holi heartbreak and money loss for repairs. A mobile device could after all be a mobile device-used for making calls and wishing people a Happy Holi-sans Internet connectivity. Isn't it? 



5. Don't use multiple devices: Holi is a group celebration, which means you will have lots of people around you with the same or twice the number of gadgets as well. So if you are having fun with your friends and all of them are carrying their smartphones, it is best to pick one of the devices and leave the rest-either at home or in the car. Not using multiple devices helps cut down on the chances of gadget damage.

Bonus tip - Get all your calls diverted to that one friend's number (it will help if the chosen phone is also waterproof) so that your parents or near ones are not left anxious worrying about when you'll get home or call them back.



6. Use inexpensive earphones: The best way to protect your phone is by not touching it at all - while using it at the same time. This could be made possible by using a pair of earphones (preferably an inexpensive pair) to take calls on Holi. You are, therefore, suggested to keep your phone in pocket, plug in a handsfree with wires running underneath your shirt and eartips in your ears. By doing so, you will be able to attend every call that comes without bring your phone in contact with wet hands.

This, however, does not offer complete protection, but could reduce the chances of phone damage from water. However, this can be used in combination with any of the tips mentioned above.



7. Conceal the open areas on your phone: If you have no time even to go and buy a plastic pouch or even have a baloon handy, you are advised to conceal the open areas on your phone, including the micro USB port, headphone jack and speaker grill, with the help of a tape. This trick is not a foolproof solution but could help save your phone innards from water.



8. Cheap screenguard for a day: If you don't like to place a screenguard on your phone, it's time you changed your thought for a day. You are advised to go and get your phone's front and rear guarded for Holi. It will protect your phone from getting dirty as well as scratch threats. Some protection is always better than none.



9. Smartskin Condoms for smartphones: Yes, you read it right. This stretchy thermoplastic premium polyurethane skin protects the device from water, dust, dirt, and even snow (basically phone STD) These are available on Smartskin's websiteand you could also look for similar products at offline stores too.



10. Nano-coating spray: These do-it-yourself sprays add a waterproof layer and gives a lotus-effect to your smartphone. The method is simple and the result is long-lasting. Done the right way, one application of the Nano State Flash Flood spray can last for 6-12 months. You can also try out other options on eBay.

Watch the video below to learn this simple trick of protecting your smartphone this Holi.



11. Leave your phone behind: This is undoubtedly the best of all the tips listed here. If being away from your mobile phone doesn't trigger nomophobia (the fear of being away from your phone), it's better you leave your phone behind and enjoy Holi carefree, the way it should be.



What if your phone meets with a Holi accident?Phikar not, help's here.

12. A bowl full of uncooked rice to draw moisture: Accidents don't come with advanced warnings. In case your phone gets wet, don't panic. Also if it's wet, never try to power it on as it might short circuit. The first thing you should do is take a bowl full of uncooked rice and put the phone (with the SIM card and other removable parts out) in the bowl overnight. It's better to change the phone's position at intervals until you go to sleep. This will help any water left inside your phone to run down. The rice will absorb moisture and make your device liquid free and possibly bring it back to life.



13. Don't use a hair dryer to dry a wet phone: The most common mistake that people make to restore a wet phone is blow drying the phone. Using a blow dryer may help your dry out your phone but you are likely to burn out the phone's components in the process. Stick to rice. It works.

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