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How to keep your phone safe at the beach

By Ashley Burnett

Originally published May 16, 2024


Last Updated May 16, 2024

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Nothing beats a good day at the beach: the sand, the surf… the snacks. But while a day spent in the sun can be good for the soul (and your tan), it can be not-so-good for your phone. Whether it’s the threat of water, that pesky sand or the danger of overheating, there are a few precautions you might want to take if you bring your phone to the beach, especially if you’re planning on taking pics and videos. Read on to learn how to keep your phone safe at the beach.

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What can damage my phone at the beach?

There are four main sources of damage and/or danger to your phone at the beach.

  1. Water damage: Even the smallest amounts of liquid can hurt your phone’s internal components. And the beach has a not-so-small amount of liquid.
  2. Sand intrusion: As Anakin Skywalker once said of sand: “It’s coarse and rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere.” Including your charging ports, buttons and even your bluetooth.
  3. Heat damage: The sun’s rays might feel good to you, but not your phone. Direct sunlight can cause your phone to overheat.
  4. Theft: Unfortunately, many of us leave our phones laying about while we, well, lay about. Making them prime targets for thieves to grab and go.
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6 ways to keep your phone safe at the beach

Now that you know what can damage or endanger your phone, here’s how to keep your phone safe at the beach.

  1. Place it in a waterproof case or a plastic bag
    • Investing in a waterproof case is a great way to protect your phone from the elements (including the criminal element). A waterproof case allows you to bring your phone everywhere with you, even when you go for a swim. Not willing to invest in a nice case? A plastic bag works just as well for keeping out water and sand.
  2. Keep it in a safe area
    • Many of us just leave our phones lying around on our beach towel (guilty as charged). But to prevent it from getting damaged, lost or stolen, consider buying something like a hidden compartment item, like sunscreen that’s actually a container for your phone. It’ll keep your phone safe and also make you feel like you’re in Get Smart.
  3. Don’t leave it in your car
    • While it may seem as if your car is the safest spot, it isn’t. Cars can get up to 43 percent hotter than the outside*. Plus, there’s a risk someone may break into your car just to get your phone.
  4. Keep it away from direct sunlight
    • As we mentioned, overheating is a serious problem for your phone. Throw up an umbrella or a pop-up tent and keep it out of direct sunlight to prevent damaging its battery and internal components.
  5. Dry your hands before you take any pics
    • Don’t make the mistake of grabbing your phone right after you come out of the water. This can water and damage your phone right away.
  6. Make sure your phone is insured
    • And, if all else fails, cell phone insurance can help if your phone ends up getting damaged after all of those precautions. 

Now you know how to keep your phone secured at the beach

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