There’s no doubt that smartphones are powerful devices, that have changed the world. People now hold mini-computers in the palm of their hands. Once upon a time, you had to go to the library or search through encyclopedias to figure something out, but now all you need to do is carry out a simple Google search on your smartphone. Despite how powerful these devices are, it’s quite ironic that they are also quite fragile.

The biggest enemy to most, if not all smartphones, is water. If your smartphone gets wet or becomes submerged in water, it will often stop working, and all your information will be gone, in a matter of moments. While it’s true that many companies have started rolling out waterproof phones, usually these smartphones have some sort of limit as to how much water they can tolerate. Besides that, not many people can afford waterproof phones or cases. Luckily, there’s another easy way you can waterproof your phone, and no it doesn’t involve putting your phone in rice.

Contrary to popular belief, you can put your smartphone in a plastic bag and you’ll still be able to use the touchscreen. It gets even better. That’s right, you can use a Ziploc bag to act as a waterproof case for your smartphone. While this may sound a bit strange, since you likely don’t see people walking around using their smartphones in a Ziploc bag, but this is a great temporary solution, for many situations. For example, if you’re having a beach day with your friends or using your smartphone around a pool, it may be best to use a Ziploc bag as a cover for your smartphone. This will provides your phone with an added layer of protection.

It’s best to use an airtight seal when putting the phone in a Ziploc bag. Your smartphone will now be water resistant. This method is also very cheap. If you’re in a situation where you don’t have access to a waterproof case, or perhaps you can’t afford one, there’s no need to worry. Many people already have Ziploc bags at home, and if you’re one of those people, then this solution is essentially free. After you put your smartphone into the Ziploc bag, squeeze the bag, in order to check if the air is escaping or if it’s bubbling up, as it should. As previously stated, it’s best to ensure the Ziploc bag is air tight. This will prevent water from entering the Ziploc bag,

While this is a handy trick, there’s something you should keep in mind. The Ziploc bag only provides your phone with limited protection. If you, for example, drop your phone into the bathtub while it’s in the Ziploc bag, your phone will likely not suffer any damage. However, if you were to leave it in the tub for a while, the phone may incur damage. The Ziploc bag provides your phone with protection, for only a few moments. Furthermore, it goes without saying, that the deeper your phone gets submerged in water, then the greater the chances of it incurring some sort of damage. So even if you use the Ziploc method, you should still be vigilant and keep watch over your phone.

The Ziploc method is a great method to use when cooking, by the pool, or in any other situation of the like, but you should still be careful, whenever possible. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Waterproof cases and phones are expensive, but so is having to replace your phone, because you weren’t careful and allowed it to become submerged in water.