We live in London, it’s almost inevitable that at one point or another you’ll end up with a water damaged iPhone or Android. As a repair company we care a lot about the devices you use every waking minute. Our phones are personal. We FaceTime our best friends and family, schedule important reminders to our calendars for work, even find live updates for public transport. That being said, it’s in your best interest to know how to protect your phone from water damage. Listed below are some helpful tips we found to help you keep your phone dry.
It’s winter. Let’s face it, in the UK it’s almost always rain season. Investing in a good waterproof case now could save you money in the long run. Some of our favourites are:
Pelican Marine Case
Catalyst Waterproof Case
LifeProof Waterproof Case
An easy way for your phone to avoid getting wet on your daily commute is to simply keep it in your pocket or bag. Use a set of headphone if you need to speak with someone urgently, or pop into the nearest cafe to use citymapper. Wired headphones, even bluetooth headsets will have better water resistance than your phone.
Another way to protect your phone from water damage is to secure it in a zip pouch. You can find Vansky waterproof pouches on Amazon for a reasonable price that will fit most phones. They are a best seller and are fully submersible up to 30m, perfect for any activity involving water.
All of these options can certainly reduce your risk of water damage, but nothing is a one-hundred percent guarantee. If your phone manages to still get wet you can use the good old, tried-and-tested dry-out method by following these steps:
*Remember if your phone is fully submersed in water and unprotected, don’t turn it on.
If it is still on:
We hope this helps to keep your phone dry and connected to the world around you. Accidents happen, and water damage isn’t something that is covered under warrantee. Make sure you’re careful when it’s raining, and more importantly around water.
Remember to keep us in mind next time your phone or tablet is damaged.
At Repairly, we collect, repair and return your device in an average of 2 hours and 06 minutes. All you have to do is enter your postcode and book. You don’t even have to leave your home.
Not only do you get your phone collected and delivered for free, Repairly offers a 12-month warranty. Often, it works out cheaper than getting your phone fixed with Apple directly.
One way of getting your iPhone, iPad, Mac or MacBook fixed in London is to go to the Apple Genius Bar. There are five locations in the London area that offer Genius Bar, retail and repair services.Warning: Average waiting time for an appointment in a Genius Bar can be up to 3 weeks!
They are extremely busy due to the large amount of people that live in the Greater London area. It is highly advisable that you contact the location that you are planning to visit in order to check availability first.
In order to find the place that you want to visit, take a look below.
Here at Repairly, we collect, repair and return your device in an average of 2 hours and 06 minutes. You don’t even have to leave your desk.Visit Repairly
Not only do you get your phone collected and delivered for free, Repairly offers a 12-month warranty. Often, it works out cheaper than getting your phone fixed with Apple directly.
So I smashed my phone- and had it back and fixed for less than the cost of Apple in 3 hours.
If you’re still looking for a Genius Bar, then you can take a look at the addresses below. We’ll tell you how to find the store and how to make a reservation too.
You can contact the Apple shop in Brent Cross by calling their phone number which is 020 3126 9200. They are located within the Upper West Mall and can be easily found.
Their opening times are:
Here is what the store front looks like:
The Genius Bar in Covent Garden is based a short walk away from The Strand. This is a very central located venue and is very popular. As a result, it can often be busy and long waiting times can be expected.
You can ring ahead by calling: 0207447 1400
Their opening times are as follows:
Apple Covent Garden is a very beautiful space. As you can see from the picture below, it has a huge open roof and detailed brickwork.
The Apple Store on Regent Street is based in the Mayfair area of London. This premium location is based close to the main shopping areas of London and lots of other big retails outlets.
If you are looking to get a repair on your iPhone, iPad or MacBook then this might not be the ideal location. It is one that is naturally busy with lots of people looking to buy Apple products due to the region of London that it’s in.
Either book ahead (likely to be weeks), choose a different location or get your device picked up immediately and returned in 2 hours by Repairly.
Here is the Regent Street phone number: 020 7153 9000
Here are the Apple Regent Street opening times:
It can be found just around the corner for the Oxford Circus tube station on Oxford Street. Look out for the big arches of the store:
The Westfield Stratford City Apple store is one of the biggest in London. The important thing to note here is that there are two Westfield malls in London, one in West London and another in East. This store is located in the latter East, not the West Shepherds Bush Westfield shopping centre.
If you want to call the Stratford Apple Centre, their number is 0208277 2200
The opening times are:
Nestled away in the large shopping centre, the shop can be found on the first floor. This is what the outside of the looks like:
This Apple Store is the opposite side of town from the Stratford location. It is located in the White City Westfield shopping centre, nearby to Shepherds Bush.
The centre is in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in West London. It is an easy centre to find and is located on the first floor of the shopping mall.
If you want to give them a call ahead of your visit, their phone number is 0208433 4600.
The opening times of this location are:
Live slightly further out? You can also find stores in; Bromley, Bentall Centre, Watford, Bluewater or Lakeside.
If you’re set on paying Apple a visit, then it is highly recommended that you book an appointment. Many of the London stores are busy due to the high demand. Here are some of the ways that you can book a reservation before you turn up. This will make sure that you get served in the quickest way.
Are you too busy to take a trip to the store? Don’t want to wait several weeks for an appointment? Repairly can help you get your phone fixed on the same day. We’ll collect from your location. Simply book a time online here.
One of the easiest ways to make your reservation for the Genius Bar is to use Apple’s online booking portal. You can navigate through their page to select a time and location that suits you.
Apple also have an app for their stores. You can download it from iTunes or your App Store on your iPhone. Using this app you can easily book an appointment.
If you don’t fancy trying to navigate through Apple’s tricky interface (hint: they don’t want you to visit their busy stores), you can give them a call directly. Find the phone numbers for the London stores here:
Brent Cross 020 3126 9200
Covent Garden 0207447 1400
Regent Street 020 7153 9000
Stratford City 0208277 2200
White City 0208433 4600
You can visit the store directly. It is advisable not to do this as stores are often busy and do not have spare capacity to take walk-in bookings. You’ll like be told to make an appointment and then visit on another day.
There is an Apple Support twitter account which you can tweet problems to.
We’re so grateful that our customers have been kind enough to let us know what they think of our service. Good or bad, we always ask our customers for feedback.
It’s extremely important to us as it allows us to improve. To understand what our customers love, or don’t like, will help us evolve the Repairly service.
If you’re a Repairly customer, then we would love for you to tell us and the world about your experience on one of the platforms below. If you’re thinking about using Repairly, welcome, please feel free to read what people think about our service 🙂
Google is our favourite place to receive reviews and it is where we have the most reviews. As of January 2017 we have 59 reviews at a 4.9 star rating!
We also love to hear from people on Facebook. We don’t have as many reviews here, we have 11 and 4.6 star rating.
We LOVE it when our customers give us a shoutout on Twitter. It’s really touching when somebody takes the time to give us a tweet. We love it so much, that you’ll see we have embedded a few on our homepage!
Here’s our Twitter profile: @repairly
can’t put into words how thankful i am to @repairly for sorting my phone out! they did a sick job for me! like brand new 🌵😍 – Andy
— RoadTrip (@RoadTrip3000) December 5, 2016
Yet again @repairly pull it out of the bag to repair my phone in record time. Cheers guys.
— Gabbi Cahane (@GabbiCahane) November 20, 2016
TrustPilot isn’t really a platform that we use, but a few of our lovely customers have left some reviews there. We currently have 4, 5 star reviews on there.
Hints about the iPhone 8 are rolling in thick and fast. Not long after the iPhone 7 was released there was plenty of hype around the new model because it will be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
Many expect it to be radically different than previous editions. There are lots of reports coming in of new features and different designs. We’ve collected the most talked about leaks and speculation.
Take a look at the infographic below. If you’d like to use it, feel free but make sure to credit Repairly. For original files, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sources: see infographic.
Apple officially announced that the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models are splash and water resistant. With a rating of IP67, the two phones can survive being submerged in water for 30 minutes up to a depth of 1 meter. Why is it then, that people are experiencing iPhone 7 muffled speakers?
We have had people getting in contact with us, here at Repairly, about their iPhone 7 having muffled speakers. It turns out lots of people think that putting their iPhone 7 is a great party trick!
The big caveat here is that Apple does not cover liquid damage under the warranty. Recommendations from Apple of activities to avoid include :
Now, it’s impossible to avoid liquid encounters completely and we get it, it happens. While your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus should normally be able to breeze through minor incidents and splashes, recently a Reddit user reported using the device to listen to music in the shower and found that the sound was getting muffled. This is probably due to the water getting in through the tiny cavities in the speaker and causing a blockage.
With the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple included a nifty way to make use of the speakers to push out the water and clear up the speakers. It’s baffling why they have decided against including a similar mechanism in the new iPhones.
Nevertheless, there is a super handy app called Sonic that can mimic that function of the Apple Watch by emitting a sine wave at a frequency which ejects the water droplets from the speakers.
1. Download the Sonic app from the App Store
2. Set the tone to anywhere between 160-170 Hz and click play. 165 Hz has been reported to be most effective, however, feel free to experiment and see what works best
3. Take a piece of cloth and wipe off the droplets
Ta-da, that should result in your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus no longer being muffled. We’d be happy to hear if this worked for you, please let us know our experience!
If you’re looking for other iPhone repairs, then we would be happy to help. Take a look here.
It was a quiet Sunday evening, and I had just got back from a holiday in Portugal. I was in the middle of trying to change a lightbulb (true progress on the DIY front for me), and I felt the need to tell Rich, my co-founder, about a feeling that had been consuming me for three weeks or so.
I had been filled by a pretty deep sadness. It wasn’t about any one thing in particular, but it made my tasks seem less achievable. Goals seemed further away, my connection to those around me seemed dull and dampened. Very unlike me, I was low on energy.
Rich discussed it with me whilst observing my miserable efforts with the lightbulb. We arrived at the conclusion that a faint imposter syndrome had turned into the start of a feeling that seemed much like depression. Without necessarily trying to solve the problem immediately, the simple act of telling Rich how I actually felt, made a substantial difference for me.
From my experience, mental health is a topic that gets ignored in entrepreneurship.
Whether it’s the stigma that still surrounds it, or if it’s the media glamorises working ourselves to the ground, it seems undeniable that founders aren’t paying enough attention to their own emotions yet.
It gets scarier when you look at how entrepreneurs define their identities. Typically, as James and I mention here, your identity is inextricably linked to your startup. I.e. Fraser = Repairly, James = Sanctus.
It’s an interesting paradigm. When you’re winning, you’re really winning. It means that you hustle harder: when your sense of worth is derived from your business succeeding, you have a strong imperative to push for growth.
But, you’ll also run into this:
There’s a lot of up and downs on there. The more attached your identity is to your startup’s success, the more your emotions will peak and crash. It’s pretty brutal, in my experience.
This is where techniques to manage your mental health are seriously powerful. They won’t stop your emotions from swinging. But, having your mental health in check will bring emotions to a more stable equilibrium.
In the long term, I believe this will make you a more effective entrepreneur. Your cognition will be less loaded with unhelpful emotions, giving you more optimism, greater clarity of thought, more empathy, more creativity… and the list goes on.
To get started on understanding your mental health, check out the clip below. There’s plenty of discussion on the topic, as well as suggestions for getting started with techniques such as meditation and awareness practice.
Installed with the right apps, iPad is one of the most productive tools for any entrepreneur. These apps will help you organise the workload while providing with motivation to ensure seamless operation of your business. Here are some of the top iPad Apps for Entrepreneurs.
In most cases, making meeting and conference calls cause a headache for many entrepreneurs. This can be worse if you are handling over ten people in a teleconference. This app is automatically integrated into the calendar of your iPad and notifies everyone prior to any conference call. With one touch, the app will connect you to all people on a teleconference. Moreover, MobileDay
With one touch, the app will connect you to all people on a teleconference. Moreover, MobileDay allow call scheduling as well as running late notifications. This useful app will help you organize your busy schedule with lots of ease.
Signing of documents on daily basis is imperative for every entrepreneur. Some of the documents should be signed in person. In this case, this app can allow you to accomplish the task even if you are a business tour. You don’t have to worry about the security of the signed documents because they are encrypted and stored in a secure server. Moreover, the recipient will get authenticity certificate to show that the document was legally signed.
Venmo is a handy app when you or your employee is in urgent need of cash. This is the perfect app for sending money to your staff members. This app is part of PayPal thus making it very dependable in terms of security. Therefore, each transaction in encrypted hence making it hard for fraudsters to steal your money. In fact, this is an essential for every entrepreneur.
This is a handy app for converting currency or calculating the bank balance. This app works as a unit converter as well as a calculator. In this case, Calcbot is useful if you are an international entrepreneur. The best thing about this app is that it supports Apple Watch so you don’t necessarily need your iPad to do calculation.
As an entrepreneur, you will receive a lot of business cards from most of the people you will meet. These business cards will fill your wallets and pockets, making things bulky. Fortunately, CardKeeper scans, digitise, and organise your business cards on your iPad. Moreover, this app allows sending of scanned app to other CardKeeper app users.
As an entrepreneur, you will receive marketing emails, promotions, and newsletters. In some cases, it can be daunting task to search for important email from the spam. In this case, this app will keep your email account organized as only shows things that are relevant. Moreover, this app will help you unsubscribe from the emails that are not important.
Your aim as an entrepreneur is to make profits out your business. In this case, Mint keeps a close watch on the cash flow of your business. Moreover, this app helps you manage your finance as well as making budget.
Being an entrepreneur is challenging task, especially if you don’t have the right tools. With these iPad Apps for Entrepreneurs, your dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur will come true. It is important to remember that these apps are free of charge.
To learn more about getting your iPad repaired by Repairly, click here!
Technology repair is a complicated and often tricky business. While a very rare occurrence, sometimes data can be lost during a technology repair. For this reason we recommend that you fully back up your Device before your repair, just in case. We also advise, for you own piece of mind, that any sensitive data or accounts be temporarily removed from the Device before handing it over to us.
1: Connect your Device to your computer with a USB sync cable.
2: Dependant on your previous setup, this may launch iTunes and begin the sync process, which includes making a backup of your Device’s software.
If your iPhone isn’t set to auto-sync, continue on to Step 3, shown below.
3: You may see a ‘Trust This Computer’ message – go ahead and agree to it (as long as you do!). Once you’re connected in iTunes, click the phone icon to bring up the summary screen for your iPhone. Head to the Backups section, and click ‘Back Up Now’.
1: Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network.
2: Head into your iPhone Settings, and tap iCloud.
3: Tap Backup, then toggle iCloud Backup on. Hit ‘Back Up Now’. This may happen quickly, or it may take hours (it depends on how much time has passed since your last backup)
4: To verify that the backup finished successfully, head to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage. Then select your iPhone. You should see details of the backup you just made, including time and size.
Please provide us with the passcode to your Device, or temporarily disable it before your repair. This is so that we can fully test your Device before and after the repair for some of its key functionalities.
If you like, we can complete the repair without the passcode, but we can only give a warranty on the part we repair, as opposed to a full warranty on the Device for our labour.
Some issues that we’ll need a passcode to test are: