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14th Jun 2018

So what can the cast of Love Island actually do on their phones?


Denise Curtin

Love Island is a mysterious beast

We have lots of questions about it. What’s the deal with Jack’s teeth? Why did Danny Dyer name his daughter Dani? Has Alex ever seen the show before? Why is Adam such a snake?

But one thing that has bugged us across the show’s entire history is that the Love Island-ers are often spotted on their phones. They can’t be allowed to look at the the world outside the villa, right? That would be breaking the unwritten rules of reality shows.

So if they are not shouting “I got a text”… what else could they be doing?

Well, it seems there is a few things the islanders can do on their phones. According to last year’s contestant Harley Judge, the phones are pre-loaded with software so that the islanders can use the camera and take pics as well as message each other in a Love Island chat. All together or separately.

The star spoke to OK! Magazine saying:

“You’ve got the camera, so there will be photos taken on the phones.

“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.

“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!”


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So when someone is on thier phone in bed, chances are they are either DMing another islander or simply looking through their pics.

The islanders also don’t have access to the internet or wifi, so they don’t see anything about the show while it’s airing. So they can’t see if people are calling them a snake on Twitter, or read the excellent Love Island coverage on