How to protect your iPhone from damage, loss, and theft

If you're anxious about scratching up your new iPhone 5, you're not alone. Most smartphone owners with a new phone are worried about scratches, spills, cracked screens, and theft. The cost of buying or replacing a smartphone is enough to keep you up at night. But by taking a few extra steps to protect your phone, you can let yourself relax a little.
 
Here are a few tips for protecting your new iPhone:
 

1. Install a security app.

 
One of the first steps you should take when you get your new iPhone 5 is to install an app that allows you to find your phone in case you lose it, lock the device remotely, and wipe the device clean in case of theft. It only takes a few minutes, but you'll be glad you did it.
 

2. Use an iPhone case to prevent accidental damage.

 
For added protection, use a full case that protects the screen as well as the body. A well-made iPhone case will last longer than your smartphone and prevent minor damage as well as the major stuff.
 
Keep in mind that the less your case screams, "I'm an iPhone!" the better. The design for Pad & Quill's iPhone 5 cases is similar to a small leather notebook. No one would know that it holds a device worth several hundred dollars.
 
iPhone cases for prior models will not work for the iPhone 5, since the screen is longer. If you upgraded from the iPhone 4 or earlier models, you'll need a new case for the iPhone 5.
 

3. Keep track of your iPhone.

 
We know—you can drive yourself crazy trying to keep track of your smartphone all the time. One of the best ways to stop losing your phone is to get in the habit of keeping it in the same place all the time.
 
For example, when you're at home, leave it at the charging station. When you're out and about, keep it in your purse or in a pocket that's deep enough to keep the phone from falling out. If you make the effort to consciously keep track of your phone, eventually it will become a habit that you don't even need to think about.
 

4. Purchase insurance for your mobile device.

 
Accidents happen. So does theft. A mobile device insurance policy can give you peace of mind for the unexpected.
 
Compare insurance plans between AppleCare, your mobile service provider, and independent companies such as eSurranty. Check what types of damage they cover, how often you can make a claim, the cost of coverage per year, and the amount of your deductible should something happen to your iPhone.
 
Does the policy include lost and stolen iPhones? What about cracked screens or water damage? If they replace your phone, is it with a new or refurbished model? Know what's covered before you buy so that you don't end up with any surprises later on.
 

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