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69% of festivals goers have lost their phone

With festival season upon us again, we wanted to find out a little about how UK festival goers use their phones while they are away for a weekend of music. We ran a survey of more than 2,000 people and discovered that the majority of festival goers use their phones for taking photos/videos – 41% to be exact.

A further 29% primarily use their phones for updating social media. In fact, 67% use their phones more than 10 times a day while at a festival.

Out of the 2,000 respondents, all of them stated they take their mobile to a festival, with only 19% buying a temporary cheap phone for the weekend.

However, with 69% of people saying they have lost their phone at a festival, it’s important you take all the security precautions to protect yourself, such as setting passwords and keeping your device on you at all times.

We at giffgaff have created a brand-new video, just in time for festival season, dedicated to the best mobile phones you can buy to make the most of your festival weekend.

Best phones for festivals

Keeping your phone safe

Of course, with so many of us losing our phones, not just at festivals, but anywhere, it is vital that you take advantage of all your device’s security features. This will protect the personal information stored on your phone, ensuring your contacts cannot be stolen, your photos and videos cannot be viewed and shared and your online/social accounts are secure.

Here are the key features of Apple and Android phones that make sure your phone can’t be accessed by strangers:

Android

Setting a password on your phone’s lock screen is the first step to protecting yourself. This shouldn’t be a simple “1234” or “0000” password; it should be something personal to you that isn’t easy to guess, such as your mother’s birthday.

Utilise the fingerprint recognition system to ensure that only you and you alone can access your phone. Fingerprint recognition also eliminates the need for you to put in your password, although it is still a good idea you set a password for extra protection.

Apple

While those who have an iPhone should also make use of their pin code facility, downloading an app to locate a lost or stolen phone is a must.

Find My Phone is a free app from Apple, which allows you to call your device and even show messages to tell whoever is in possession of the phone that you are looking for it. In the worst-case scenario, you can also use this app to wipe your phone of all information to ensure that nobody stand a chance of accessing your personal data.

Festival hacks from our members

We also asked our members what you can do to get the most out of your festival experience. Read their festival life hacks, below:

  • Invest in a portable charger. With 46% of our survey respondents saying the biggest problem they have with their phone at a festival is keeping it charged, a portable charger can be a real lifesaver during your weekend. Thanks to wagstaffej
  • When camping, take more water than you think you’re going to need. First thing in the morning, you are likely to need a lot of hydration. Thanks to the_islander
  • Invest in a fireproof tent. Thanks to finleyww19
  • Pack lightly so you have less to lose and don’t have to worry about unpacking and repacking it at the end of the festival. Thanks to kathleen414
  • Leave expensive items, such as jewellery and watches, at home. Thanks to ijustcantdoit
  • Bring balloons so you are easier to find in a crowd of people if you get seperated from your friends. Thanks to Jackson110
  • Prepare for any weather; take sandals and wellies, take sunscreen and a waterproof coat. Thanks to karenyates.
  • If possible, pack an air bed so you have somewhere soft to sleep and get a good night’s rest. Also, take a towel to dry yourself if you have a shower. Thanks to kennyk94
  • Take a torch – if you lose something in the dark, it could be gone forever. Thanks to dewang69

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