Tips for protecting your Android smartphone from water

Although some Android smartphones can survive a trip through a puddle of water – such as the Galaxy S7 – many brands and models of phones cannot. Keeping the smartphone dry is paramount to maintaining it in good working condition. Because troubleshooting an Android after it has been submerged in water is a difficult process, if not impossible, use the following tips to learn more about keeping your Android phone protected from water in the first place.

Use common sense. Don’t discount the power of thinking things through and using common sense to keep your phone protected. If you’re going to be in a situation around water, such as going to the beach or walking through a set of lawn sprinklers while golfing, find a way to protect your Android device by placing it inside a plastic bag that can be sealed. And before you jump into a pool or lake, take a second to think about where your smartphone is located, ensuring it’s in a safe place (that isn’t your pocket).

Keep your grip. If you’re going to be around water but dry, such as while boating or walking across a bridge, make sure you have a good grip on the smartphone while using it, perhaps by using a case that has a rubberized or rough surface, rather than a slick surface. (Or, better yet, don’t use it around water.)

Keep an eye on your surroundings. Don’t get caught staring at your smartphone screen while you’re around water, as you’ll run a greater risk of tripping and perhaps dropping the Android phone in the water. Always keep an eye out for hazards as you’re walking, especially around water, by either using your Android smartphone sparingly or by avoiding becoming fully engrossed in whatever activity is on the screen.

Water resistant cases. You can purchase a case for most models of Android smartphones that will help to protect the phone from contact with water. (Note that I didn’t say waterproof; no smartphone case can fully protect the phone from a long water submersion.) Such cases should have a series of high quality seals at the points of stress. Waterproof cases should also come with a measurement/rating that specifies how long the water resistant case will protect the Android phone at a certain water depth. Just be sure to properly secure the port coverings on the case or water will leak into the case, rendering it useless.

Dry bag. If you don’t want to spend around $100 for a high quality water resistant case, consider using a dry bag (or pouch). This is a heavy duty plastic bag that’s specifically designed for use with a smartphone and is sealable. A zippable plastic freezer storage bag could do the same job, but the plastic in such bags isn’t as resistant to tears as what you’ll find with a dry bag, which can cost $10 or $15. With a dry bag, you may be able to operate the Android smartphone’s touch screen, but you won’t be able to access ports.