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Using Your Phone At A Festival

Photo Credit: Miles Najera

Festival purists will say you should leave your phone at your campsite so you can fully experience the festival. This sounds good on paper, but the reality is that we go to festivals to spend time with our friends, and the phone can be an excellent tool in helping you find them. Festivals present challenges to users that can become very frustrating if you’re not prepared for them. Follow these steps and you will have a stress-free festival.

Get The Most Out Of Your Battery:

  1. Keep your phone in airplane mode when you are not using it.
  2. Turn the brightness down as low as possible.
  3. Close out unnecessary apps.
  4. Turn off the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  5. Instead of using the festival app to check the schedule, simply take a picture of the lineup and make it your lock screen photo.
  6. Buy external power banks so you always have extra battery available.
  7. Have your charging cord with you at all times.
    If you often lose your phone, simply type a message instructing whoever finds it to turn it into the lost and found and save it as your lock screen photo.

Person 1: Hey, let's catch a show. Where ya at?
Person 2: Main stage.
Person 1: Thanks for that awesome description. See you never.

How To Text At A Festival

  1. Be VERY specific with your directions. Do your best to give coordinates.
    Bad: I’m at the main stage.
    Good: I’m front right at the main stage, 20 feet to the right of the front of the sound booth and in line with the right speaker.
    Being specific and giving coordinates allows your friends to know exactly where to find you without having to take extra time and waste battery with additional texts.

NOTE: The directions are always based on where you are when you are looking at the stage.

  1. If service is not reliable, Time Stamp your texts so everyone knows when you sent it. This way, they know if the information is current or not.
  2. Group chat: If you are trying to communicate with your group, you should have everyone download the FireChat mobile app.

Learn how to become a contributing member of the festival community by reading The FestivalGoer's Guide and have your best festival every time you go.