Great advice from Consumer Reports on quick fixes for your damaged phone


-Too hot. Overheated cellphones will turn off or will shut down automatically. Once returned to a safe temperature, they should be fine. In hot temperature situations recommends removing protective cases and turning off features and apps that can generate heat by making phones work harder. In general, tech toys work safely between 50 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.


  • Too wet. If your cellphone gets wet, dismantle phone parts as much as possible. Rinse salt water-exposed areas with fresh water. Cover parts with dry uncooked rice in a sealed jar for about a week, according to Consumer Reports. Android recommends at least 24 hours of rice time. Good luck, it might not work. Water voids phone warranties.


  • Too gritty. If you get sand in your phone, remove it from crevices and ports using canned compressed air, a shaving brush or soft tooth brush. Prevent sand, water, sunscreen goop and other related issues by sealing phones in a zip lock sandwich bag.


  • Totally dead. A dead battery when you're on-the-go can be remedied by external battery pack. The battery packs come in many price ranges and power supply levels. The $39.95 JackeryBar reviewed by Mashable is said to be small, powerful and compatible with numbers of devices. Consumer Reports finds the $100 Samsung Galaxy Portable Battery Pack EEB-EI1CBA will recharge a Galaxy S 4 phone in 1 hour, 40 minutes and recharge an Apple iPhone 5s in 4 hours, 20 minutes. Some phone cases include built-in back up batteries.
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