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How to Keep Your Device Safe in the Summer Months

The sun, sand, and surf can cause serious damage to your electronics. Protect your device with a few easy steps.


Summertime is officially here, which means it’s time for sun, sand, and surf. These beloved summer pastimes can, unfortunately, spell disaster for your electronics. Environmental damage is a common threat to your devices but can be avoided by taking the right precautions.

Extreme Heat

Whenever your device is powered up, it will emit heat. All of the moving parts and power needed to display your word document or YouTube app results in your phone or computer becoming hot. When the already warm media is brought out into the sunshine is when a slew of issues can occur:

  • Too much heat can speed up chemical reactions, damaging the electrolytes that hold a charge, resulting in rapidly draining battery
  • Direct sunshine on a screen can damage the display and actually bleach the picture
  • Heat=expansion, which can lead to cracks and other damage on your device
  • Even if the media isn’t in use, just sitting in the sunshine or a hot environment can cause damage and slow run times

Battling these circumstances is not difficult, you just need to be more conscientious of where and when you use your device. First, do not leave your computer or phone in a hot car, even if it’s only for a moment. Take it into the store or wherever else you are running errands so your electronics can benefit from the air conditioning.

Secondly, if you are not using your device, turn it off. This is a good rule of thumb not just for when there’s a heat wave but for any time. Powering down your device will keep it cool and will keep it in an acceptable temperature zone. Finally, sometimes simply having a fan blow on your device while it is in use can keep it from overheating.

On Land and Sea

Being a beach bum is an ideal way to spend your vacation, but that also means you will get sand in places you did not ever want sand, like in your phone. Getting sand in your phone can prevent it from charging properly and can even damage your screen from the inside. Putting your phone inside of a plastic sandwich bag is the ideal way to keep out unwanted particles.

Water of any kind is detrimental to your device. There are some tricks of the trade that can help you in drying your phone like immediately turning off your phone and placing it in rice or gel packets. But ultimately, putting it in a plastic sandwich bag or other waterproof cases can be what saves it from waves and damaging saltwater.

The Ultimate Solution for Media Care

Sometimes the best solution is: if you don’t really need your device when you’re driving in the car or lounging at the beach, just leave it at home where it’s safe. If your media does sustain damage that renders it completely unusable, a data recovery professional is as close as your phone. Secure Data Recovery Services can perform recoveries on any device or operating system and has a 96% success rate with all types of data loss scenarios including environmental damage. To start your risk-free case, call 1-800-388-1266.

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