SAN FRANCISCO – Dropped your phone in water? No need to worry! Dropping your device in water or any other liquid is not the end of the world as there is still hope for the device to work.
It’s quite natural that the thought of paying for a new phone hits you like a brick. It’s true, your phone may be destroyed, but if you want to hold onto that last glimmer of hope, here are the steps to try to save your water damaged phone.
Must take out the battery:
Don’t turn your phone off and don’t wait another second. Take off the back case and remove the battery from your phone. If you leave it in or try to turn it back on or off it may cause your phone to short circuit.
Take off removable parts:
Your phone has a SIM card or Memory card then take it out and if necessary set it aside to try as well. SIMs are replaceable if needs be and most memory cards (at least the best memory cards) are waterproof.
But take them out of the phone and leave the battery cover or back plate off to help with the drying process and allow those parts of your phone to vent.
Dry with paper towels:
You will need to remove all liquids on the surface of your phone with a couple of paper towels. Doing so will make the next steps more effective.
One thing you could also do is wrapping your device in paper towels, apply a firm grip and shake it up and down to get more liquid out of the device’s core.
Do not blow it:
Do not use blow dryer as it can cause heat damage to the phone or adversely blow water into the phone or blow the water around that’s already into the phone and cause more damage.
Dry your phone:
You dried the outside and visible moisture as best as you could with a dry towel but now we have to dry the moisture that you couldn’t get to. These two drying agents that you can use to dry your device are:
- Uncooked rice:
You can use uncooked rice for it as it is one of the most common tools for drying phones. Get an airtight container or zip lock bag and bury your phone in rice. The rice will absorb the moisture and help dry out our phone.
- Silica gels:
Using the silica gels to dry your phone as these are great at absorbing moisture because that’s what they are meant to do. Place some packets into an airtight container with your phone and wait for them to help dry it out completely. You can usually get these in shoeboxes, new handbags etc.
Once you are done with all these steps then try to turn it on. If it doesn’t work then try replacing the battery. If that doesn’t work too you may be out of luck and will have to buy a new one. I hope this isn’t the case. If it is take it to the store and see if there is anything else you can do.
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