2014 Tip of the Day #20: Prep Your Phone for Comic-Con


“Kirk to Enterprise, my battery is almost dead…”

Preparing your phone for Comic-Con is not like dusting crops- you can bounce right off of a cosplayer or fly to close to a booth and that would end your trip real quick. Ok, I might be exaggerating a bit, but it is true that by not preparing your phone for Comic-Con, you can have disastrous results. Any Comic-Con vet will tell you that your phone is your lifeline and crucial to navigating the con successfully. If you are like me and have an obsessive need to tweet, blog, and take annoying selfies, then you need to make sure you adequately prepare your phone for Comic-Con. Here are a few tips to remember. *A lot of these are in context to the iPhone so Android users will have to adapt it.

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Nothing is more important than making sure you have enough juice for the day. Even if you have a extra battery source (which is a must) you still have to be conservative. With the addition of the Warner Bros TV block on Saturday, some will be in Hall H for over 12 hours! The congested network and molasses wifi means a single tweet can spool for minutes and eventually running down your battery.
Here are a few battery conservation tips to remember:

  • Turn down your brightness. I know it’s inconvenient, but your brightness drains your battery big time.
  • Turn off Wifi. The convention center wifi is too congested to be useful so it’s just better to turn off wifi so it’s not trying to search for it.
  • If it’s possible, switch to your slower network (manually). Downgrading to a 3G network will be a little less busy than a 4G- thus conserving battery life.
  • Turn off all the sounds- no ringer, tapping, or anything. Just have it in vibrate mode.
  • And of course, have an charging case or a extra battery charger.


Make sure you put a password protect your phone. I know it’s a whip if you are not used to it but you won’t want to risk your personal info getting out during a crazy week like Comic-Con. Losing your phone is one of the worst things that can happen to you at a Con (except an eye stabbing) so LOCK IT DOWN.

One of the biggest preventative measures you can take is putting your contact info on your lock screen like pictured on the right. You can list your friends phone number, your e-mail, or which hotel you are at. By putting all your info up front, it greatly increases your chances of getting your phone returned. If you say “Property of Nathan Fillion” someone will definitely try to get a hold of you asap!

Another security measure you can take is to make sure your Location Services is on and you have the Find My iPhone App on another device- like your iPad or laptop. By inputting your Apple ID, you will be able to locate your phone right away.

Here are a couple of Apps that can really enhance you Comic-Con experience:

autographthisicon150Autograph This
($1.99) Nothing is worst than running into a celebrity and having nothing for him/her to sign. With this App not only can you take their pic but you can have them sign it as well. Besides being able to change the ink color, you can also share it directly to Twitter, Facebook, or through e-mail. There are similar Apps out there but this one is my favorite.

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You might also consider the Group Me App. This is an easy to use tool and especially made for larger groups of 6 or more. It’s basically a group texting app making it easy to chat with the group without dominating your actual text app.

These days, storage for photos isn’t too much of an issue but make sure your phone has plenty of room for Comic-Con. If you plan on taking a lot of video then you will definitely want to bring an external drive to be able to dump your video daily.

I hope these phone tips were helpful and let us know of any helpful phone tricks to help with Comic-Con.
Check out my past Tip of the Day posts.

4 thoughts on “2014 Tip of the Day #20: Prep Your Phone for Comic-Con

  1. Thanks! I will definitely be using that lock screen tip.

    Also, looks like Comic Con updated their app to prep for the schedule and I think I read a tweet about Thenerdmachine will have an app for NerdHQ for Android and Apple, but I could have dreamed that.

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