Stuff happens –protect your tech
Every once in a while things just happen. You drop your phone, it takes a swim or someone spills their iced, venti, three-pump vanilla, extra chilled, light ice, skinny, caramel macchiato all over it and you don’t quite know what to do. Here are some handy tips for you to keep your phone or tablet safe while away at college.
I am a klutz…
Everyone has a klutzy moment. You are running late and your iPhone is hanging halfway out of your pocket and it takes a spill. You accidentally knock your iPad off of your desk during a late night cram session. Your buddy decides that your Nook makes a great Frisbee. This one is obvious, but the simplest thing you can do to protect your device from every day bumps, bruises, scratches and drops is to cover it in an OtterBox case. We have solutions for the latest and greatest smartphones and tablets to keep them safe and sound.
I dropped my phone in the toilet…
My phone went swimming with me…
It happens. There is an almost infinite list of ways your device can get wet. You’re relaxing by the pool when your best friend decides that it would be hilarious to throw you in. You realize it’s not that funny when you find your new Android phone in your pocket. Or how about this — you’re listening to your favorite Spotify playlist in the bathroom while you’re getting ready and you accidentally knock it into the toilet. First, gross! Second, there’s a fix. After you get rid of that knot in your stomach from the realization that all of your pictures from your summer in Spain are on your phone, follow these instructions to breathe life into your waterlogged phone.
1. Turn the phone off
2. Dry it off the best that you can
3. Fill a bowl with rice (do we really need to tell you that the rice should be dry and uncooked?)
4. Throw your phone in the bowl and cover it with the rice
5. Let your phone dry out for at least 24 hours
6. Stop crying and find something to do while your phone is drying out
I swear I had my phone in my pocket…
You head back to your dorm after a late night “study session” and it hits you — your phone isn’t with you. You’ve searched your pockets, your purse, your backpack and your entire room and it’s nowhere to be found. Luckily you installed an app on your phone to help you locate that lost, stolen or misplaced phone. Android users have a few options when searching for a lost phone, including Where’s my Droid, and PhoneLocator Pro. Apple users can find solace in the Find My iPhone app. With these apps you can send yourself a text message from a friend’s phone or hit the cloud to zero in on your abandoned phone’s location.
Life on campus can be rough, but employing these little tips will help ensure your phone or tablet makes it with you to graduation. Do you have any mishaps to share? Tell us about them in the comments.