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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How to Protect Your Smartphone From Physical Damage

A few weeks ago when I was on a return trip from Philadelphia and New York, I accidentally dropped my smartphone when I was exiting the rental bus shuttle. There were several minutes of pure panic of not locating it because it was discovered by my wife, but by that time it was run over at least a couple of times by airport traffic. Your smartphone is built to hold up against some physical threats, but few can handle being dropped, submerged in water, and being handled by your kids or grandkids. The internet is filled with stories of ways people who have found new ways to inadvertently scratch, crack, drown, melt or otherwise damage their phones. If you are worried about how you need to protect your smartphone, check out these tips that are designed to help you avoid accidents, and give you useful common-sense protective information that can help you minimize harm when they do occur.

1. Don't take any risky chances. You'll do anything to capture that awesome photo, right? Remember there is a zoom feature on your smartphone to get those shots in hard places. Also, make sure your smartphone is making it into your pocket or purse when you're putting it away. My phone missed my pocket and landed on the pavement. Remember those water hazards. Most smartphones are supposed to be waterproof, but do you really want to take your smartphone with you when you're swimming in 30ft of murky water?

2. Make sure to avoid avoidable hazards.