How To Prepare Your Mobile Phone For Extreme Weather

Preparing your cell phone for a storm makes it much easier to stay in contact if the power goes out.

Quick answer: Prep for a storm by charging your devices, using a waterproof case, and optimizing your phone use for peak battery efficiency.

Your typical storm prep process likely involves ensuring your home is fully stocked with nonperishable food and water in case the power goes out and travel is impossible. But it’s also important to take your phone into consideration, as your mobile device will likely remain the one point of contact between yourself and loved ones. Keep reading to discover how to prepare for a hurricane, thunderstorm or any other hazardous weather event.

Phone with weather image and rain in background

Charge up

In order to make the most of your device during the storm, make sure it’s fully charged. Plus, consider choosing a portable power bank – these handy devices store power that can be used to charge your device if your home loses electricity. But they need to be charged, too, so make sure your power bank spends plenty of time plugged in before the storm begins. If you’re unsure where to start searching for a portable charger, a few popular choices include the Anker PowerCore 10000, the RAVPower 10000mAh Solar Power Bank, and the Poweradd Slim2 5000mAh Portable Charger Power Bank.

Use a case

There’s a good chance that your smartphone is already outfitted in a case to protect it from damage. But if you live in an area that’s prone to stormy weather, you may benefit from a case that delivers a waterproof or water-resistant barrier. Most modern smartphones are designed with water-resistant features, but this additional measure of protection may come in handy if the storm catches you while you’re still out and about.

Turn off data

Though you may need data for key communication apps, disabling data access for all nonessential apps can work wonders in preserving your mobile device’s battery life. Apps that deliver routine notifications or updates are especially important to deactivate, as they’re the ones that take the largest toll on your battery life. Be sure to keep messaging apps enabled so you can contact friends and family, and consider downloading a weather app to keep an eye on the storm’s status.

Optimize your phone

Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and location services, which can all drain your device’s battery life.

Once you’ve cut off data to nonessential apps, there are a few other steps you can take to preserve your device’s power. Start by turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, as well as location services, which can all drain your phone’s battery life. Then, make sure to stop all active apps, so there’s nothing accessing your phone’s power in the background. After you’ve applied these settings, turn your brightness down as low as possible.

Text, don’t call

By now, your phone should last you quite a while. But if you’re keen on maximizing its lifespan, try to avoid calling friends and family, and send text messages instead. Calling uses much more power than texting. Plus, your carrier’s network may become overcrowded with calls during the storm, making it that much harder to maintain a clear call in the first place.

Be prepared

Expecting a harsh storm in the near future? Preparing for a hurricane is simple with Net10’s reliable network and affordable service plans. You can even bring your own phone, so you can stick with the device you’ve come to love.