Having a shower without access to your phone can be a frustrating experience, especially if you’re a tech addict. Just imagine if you could use your phone in the shower and take selfies as you wash, have a quick check on your emails or monitor the stock market. You could even watch your favorite series on Netflix or learn a new skill by watching a Youtube video in the comfort of your own shower!
But the question is, how do you use your phone in the shower without getting it wet? Keep reading as we have some great solutions for you!
Can Moisture Damage Your Phone?
As your shower heats up and steam fills the room, moisture slowly seeps into your phone. When water vapor comes into contact with the surface of the phone, it condenses, thus turning back into liquid form. This is the reason your bathroom mirror turns misty after a long hot shower. This mist on the mirror is a layer of condensed water on the surface.
Now imagine the misty layer on your phone’s surface. Those tiny droplets can penetrate into the device and over time cause damage or even surface cracks.
Is Your Phone Waterproof?
Most modern smartphones are virtually waterproof when submerged in small amounts of water. But once the water gets to a certain depth, it will begin to seep into the gaps of the phone and cause damage.
To determine whether your phone is waterproof or not, go online and check the manufacturer’s specifications for your model. Never assume that all smartphones are water-resistant. And even if the manufacturer states the phone is waterproof, it can still get damaged when exposed to steam for long periods of time.
If you want to use your phone in the shower but don’t want to damage it, then take a look at our best solutions below:
Place it in a Pocketed Shower Curtain Liner
Pocketed shower curtain liners are the least expensive and most innovative solution for using your phone in the shower. These curtain liners aren’t just used as a decorative addition to match your bathroom’s style. You can also make them functional by placing your phone directly in the pocket whenever you want it to be on hand.
There are many water-repellent shower curtain liners that feature up to 12 mesh pockets for organizing your bathroom items and your electronic devices.
For extra safety, use a shower phone holder
Why not pair your pocketed shower curtain liner with a waterproof phone holder for extra safety. Waterproof phone holders vary in sizes, shapes and styles but they all provide the same waterproof capabilities. These phone holders stick to the wall using strong glue, and you can slide them around as you wish. In addition, phone holders can hold up to 6 pounds of weight. The most innovative models come with full touch screen functionality and an adhesive strip base to ensure your phone doesn’t fall off.
These waterproof phone holders are designed to protect your device no matter how long the phone is submerged in water or exposed to steam.
When choosing the right phone holder, make sure it fully fits your device with no gaps for potential steam penetration. Just keep in mind that waterproof phone holders tend to wear out over time so always check for leaks or cracks.
Choose hard or soft waterproof cases
Hard and soft waterproof phone cases are watertight, protective pouches or dry bags for your phone. These pouches seal the phone and protect it against dirt, sand, water and steam. There are also heavy-duty cases that will seal your phone and let you use it underwater. But they’re not the most attractive looking bags on the market!
Ziploc bags work the same way as waterproof cases. These bags protect electronics and other devices from showering and daily household accidents. Ziploc bags are ideal for those on a tight budget as they are much less expensive than high-quality waterproof phone cases.
The advantage of using ziploc bags is that you can answer the phone or place it anywhere in the shower without worrying about damaging it. So what’s the downside? These bags are not as durable as hard waterproof cases. In addition, they are more difficult to use than hard cases. Having said that, if you want a short-term solution, then a ziploc bag will suffice.
Nano coating is an innovative solution to use your phone in the shower. It consists of a water-resistant liquid that’s impervious to water and often used to protect electronic devices from water penetration.
Nano coating can either be rubbed or sprayed onto your phone’s surface. The thin, transparent coating is then cured to allow water to roll off the device. You may choose to do the nano coating yourself or get a professional to do it for you.
It is worth bearing in mind that nano coating is water-resistant, not waterproof. It isn’t designed to protect your device against water penetration for long periods of time. It is best used against water spills in the shower, but not while swimming.
If you opt for professional nano coating, you should know that the process differs from DIY nano coating. The third party places the phone in a vacuum chamber and deposits the nano coating in vapor forms until a film is built up around the device. Your phone will as a result get covered immediately so you won’t have to worry about missing a spot.
Waterproof phone skin
For a more aesthetically appealing solution, opt for an attractive phone skin. This is much easier to use than waterproof cases or bags. Phone skins come in many different designs and consist of a thin film adhesive that’s applied directly to your device. Keep in mind that phone skins are only a temporary waterproofing solution but they do effectively cover all the ports so water can’t penetrate through the phone.