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    17 Ways To Protect Your Phone From Literally Everything

    Your phone will be safe and sound.

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    1. Shield your phone from cracks, scratches, and dust with an easy-to-install tempered-glass screen protector — which is truly a must-have for every phone owner.

    Whenever you buy a new phone, a screen protector should be one of your first purchases. It's one of the easiest ways to avoid damaging your screen. And if you do happen to crack your screen, it will help keep the pieces of glass in place until you are able to repair or replace your screen.

    Promising Review:
    “I can never apply a cell phone screen protector without getting lots of bubbles. I always have my husband do it for me. But seeing that people said that as long as you follow the instructions, you won't have bubbles, I applied this screen protector myself. I followed all of the instructions, I didn’t have any bubbles! The directions recommend applying the protector in a bathroom after running the hot water to cut down on dust particles. I did that, as well, and I am sure that really helped.” —Marylee A. Jamiolkowski

    Get the iPhone 7, 6s, and 6 protector from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. And then spend some coins on a sturdy full-body case — like an affordable Lontect case or pricier Otterbox Defender case — to protect every corner of your phone from the shock of drops.

    Promising Review: “When I upgraded to my iPhone 7 Plus, I didn't wanna spend a ton of money on a new Otterbox. So I took a chance and ordered this case. And it's probably the least amount of money I've ever spent on a quality case. It's very sturdy and made of high-quality material. If I could give it 10 stars, I would!” —Derek Preston

    Get them from Amazon: Lontect iPhone case for $8.99 (available in nine colors) and Otterbox Defender iPhone 7 case for $25.06 (available in 12 colors).

    3. Pick up a stylish phone dock that you can set on your nightstand so you’ll have a designated spot to charge your phone at night.

    Using a dock is a lot safer than charging your phone on your bed, which can lead to a cracked or damaged phone if your device tumbles off your bed while you sleep.

    Promising Review: “This is a super nice cell phone stand. This will fit anything from an iPhone 4 to a tablet just fine. And there’s plenty of room to tuck a cable through the slot. It has nice rubber on the base and where the phone sits, preventing slippage of any kind. You can use it to charge your phone, or view your phone in landscape mode for YouTube videos.” —Sanderson Tattersall

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four colors).

    4. Cover your phone or shield it in your pocket, purse, or bookbag when sitting in direct sunlight for long periods of time — like during a beach trip or day at the park.

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    Covering your phone will make sure it doesn’t overheat. Plus, a warm screen can also break more easily if you drop your phone.

    5. Clean you phone with a microfiber cloth instead of harsh chemicals or rough cloths like paper towels and napkins.

    Make sure to wipe the screen in gentle circles to avoid damaging your screen.

    Promising Review: “I absolutely love these! I'm glad I went for the larger-sized cloths because they clean screens better than the smaller ones. With cloths I’ve used before, they’d leave streaks instead of removing smudges on my phone or Microsoft Surface Pro 4. But these cloths completely remove the smudges and make my devices look brand new!” —Patrick

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    6. Keep your phone from sliding around or falling to the floor while you're driving with a universal charging dock.

    Promising Review: "I'm really happy with this product. I love the long neck feature, which extends the iPhone holder much closer to the windshield, meaning I don't have to take my eyes off the road to view my screen. The holder is really firm and doesn't jiggle around. I strapped it to my dashboard with a small copper strap and a screw which held it in even tighter." —P Man

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    7. Tuck your device inside a waterproof cell phone bag during boating trips or other water-specific excursions to guard against unexpected run-ins with water.

    Promising Review: “I snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef with this case. But be aware that in order to operate your phone underwater, you have to either start the video above water or use the physical buttons to operate the camera shutter. Either way, it worked fine.” —Chicago Pete

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. Or use a more spacious waterproof pouch to keep your phone and belongings dry during beach trips or a day poolside.

    Promising Review: “This case keeps phones and keys safe and dry. I accidentally dropped it off the dock while getting ready to paddle board and saw it floating nearby. I didn't even know it was made to do that. It’s a great price for a product that protects your necessities while on the water.” —Renae Sayers

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two colors).

    9. Lock down your data with a MEEM phone charger cable — which automatically backs up your phone every time you charge it.

    Backing up your data often will give you peace of mind if you are unable to access your info after a dramatic drop that leaves it unresponsive.

    Promising Review: “This tool is a great way to back up my phone on a regular basis. It’s very easy to use. And I don't heave to worry about the memory of this product versus the memory on my phone. I have a 64GB iPhone loaded with photos and addresses, and I’m not even close to running out of memory.” —David Higley

    Get it from MEEM for $59.99+ or Amazon for $69.99 (available for iOS or Android).

    10. Be cautious when using third-party charger cord, because they can often damage your phone’s ports or cause your device to overheat.

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    11. Attach a Tile Mate bluetooth key finder to your keyring as an extra security measure if you ever misplace your phone.

    The Tile app will automatically record the last place and time it saw the item the tile is attached to. You can also use the tile itself to locate your phone. With a simple push of the button on the tile, it will make your phone ring.

    Promising Review: “I bought this for both my brother and sister for Christmas, seeing the both of them tend to lose their keys and phone. They really love it! It plays music so you can find your phone. And you can also locate the tile from the phone if you can't find the item attached to that. They both said that it works really well!” —Joseph

    Get a four-pack from Best Buy for $69.99.

    12. Block scratches from marking up your entire device with a dope set of phone skins that you can get from Etsy or retailers like Casetify or SkinIt.

    You can apply a skins set to the front, back, and sides of your phone — depending on the style of the set. They'll add an extra layer of protection to your device while it sits inside your case. You can also use the skin without the case, though it will leave your phone at risk for more damage.

    Get the nebula iPhone 7 skin from The Skin Dudes on Etsy for $9.95+ (available for 21 phone models).

    13. Snag a phone case with an elastic finger loop — like a gorgeous Getta Grip case — so you’ll have some additional security while holding your phone.

    Promising Review: “My Getta Grip phone case has never failed me! It has an elastic piece at the back where you can slip a few fingers in so you can literally get a good grip of your phone. The front of the phone has good protection as well, so it’ll never get scratched or cracked. But the best part about this case is that I’ve never dropped my phone on my face while lying in bed since I purchased it.” —VMC

    Get it from Amazon for $26.05+ (available in five colors for iPhone 7 and iPhone 6).

    14. Or attach your own strap to the back of your phone with a super-affordable Gostrap.

    Promising Review: “I bought this band and one of the Lovehandle ones. Both are very nice. But this one has a wider elastic strap that I liked better. The back part is also thicker, so my phone doesn't lay flat any more. But I can deal with that for the security this little gem provides. It’s definitely worth the money!” —Bcgal

    Get it from Amazon for $3.42+ (available in five colors).

    15. Invest in phone insurance to make it easier to have your device repaired or replaced if any accidents happen to it.

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    Speak to your cell phone service carrier about adding insurance to your plan.

    16. Choose a bumper case — like the Case-Mate Iridescent case — instead of a simple snap-on case. Bumper cases offer more protection for your screen and reduce the shock of drops.


    Promising Review: “Casemate's Iridescent phone case is super chic, and it also protects my phone very well.” —Nicole

    Get the iPhone 7 case from Case-Mate for $35 (available in five colors).

    17. And finally, be vigilant about not placing your phone on the edge of tables and other surfaces. This is an extremely simple step that'll help you avoid costly drops.

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    Your phone will be almost UNBREAKABLE.

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