If you act quick in the wake of dropping your phone in water, you may probably be able to prevent damage. Follow our tips underneath to try and save your device!
Clearly, you should first remove the phone from the water as fast as possible. The longer it remains there, the more water or liquid will seep through the cracks and openings. Once it’s out, there are sure things you need to do immediately, and others you should completely avoid doing, in order to prevent water damage.
What not to do
- Do not turn it on
- Do not plug it in/try to charge it
- Do not press any buttons or keys
- Do not shake, tap or bang the phone
- Do not blow on it. By doing this it may send water into other internal parts of the phone that it hadn’t already reached, causing more damage in the process
- Do not use a blow dryer also- it can have the same effect as described above. Heat could also cause further damage.
10 Steps to Saving Your Water Damaged Phone
- Turn it off if, it isn’t as of now, and hold it upright.
- Remove your SIM and microSD cards from your phone.
- If you have an older phone, you may probably be able to open up the back and evacuate the battery. However, since most current smartphones do not have removable batteries and are difficult to disassemble, the best step would be to take it to a phone repair shop before attempting to take it apart yourself. There are DIY repair kits and YouTube tutorials you could follow, be that as it may, if you are not technically knowledgeable, taking it to a professional is always better.
- Use a cloth, sleeve or paper towel to spot your phone dry. Avoid spreading the liquid around, on the grounds that could push it into a greater amount of the phone’s openings. Simply soak up as much as possible.
- If the water damage is progressively extensive, you can use a vacuum to carefully suck out water stuck in the breaks that are harder to get to. Ensure any small parts, for example, the microSD card, SIM card, and battery, are out of the way before attempting this.
- Cover the phone in a ziplock bag full of uncooked rice. Rice is extraordinary for absorbing liquid and this is actually a typical strategy for drying smartphones and tablets. You can likewise buy dedicated phone drying pouches, which merit having at home if you’re the clumsy type. If you don’t have them as of now, don’t bother going out to buy one. Time is of the essence, so get your phone into rice as quickly as possible.
- Leave your phone to dry for a day or two. Do not be tempted to switch it on to see whether despite everything it works. Put your SIM card in an old phone, or ask a friend or relative if they have a spare device you can obtain.
- After few days, you can remove the phone from the rice, insert the battery and switch it on.
- If your phone doesn’t respond then try to charge it. If this doesn’t work also then it is possible that battery may be damaged. You could attempt a replacement battery, or consider taking your smartphone to a repair shop to be checked by a professional.
- If your smartphone has turned on and it is running as it should, you should still keep a close eye on it for the next couple of days, to check whether you notice anything out of the ordinary. Play some music on your phone to check the speakers and ensure the touch screen still responds as it should.
Later on, avoid taking the phone with you when you go to the pool, use the bathroom or do the dishes to avoid the possibility of accidents.
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