So, how do the Love Island phones actually work?

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As we know, a really big part of the Love Island experience is being cut off from the outside world. The show just wouldn't work if contestants could quickly flit between Twitter and Instagram and find out exactly what the public want to see from them. But, obviously they also need to get to those texts every episode. So how exactly do the Love Island phones work?

According to Liana Isadora Van Riel, who you'll remember from series 2 of the show, while they're not permitted to use their own phones they are given phones with special software downloaded so they can only perform the most basic functions.

"They give you these basic little phones where you can text each other but nobody really uses them," she told The Sun in 2019. "They're only really there for the whole 'I've got a text' aspect."

But it turns out that's not the only thing the contestants are allowed to use the phones for. According to season three contestant Harley Judge they're also allowed to use the phones to talk to each other and take pictures of things that wouldn't otherwise be caught on camera.

"We have an island chat where we can talk amongst the islanders and then Love Island can contact you so any big event in the villa you receive by text," Harley told OK! in 2017.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

"You keep the phone on you at all times except for charging it, some people are better at it than others because when you’re in there you’re not thinking about your phones. And you can put it down somewhere and forget where it is and spend all day looking for it!"

Whoever thought that Love Island could be such a detox?!

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