How many times have you dropped your phone in water?
Since you are likely one of many who brings an iPhone, Galaxy, or BlackBerry everywhere you go, whether it is the bathroom or swimming pool, then you have a greater chance of submerging your mobile device in water. This might have been a devastating event several years ago, but smartphone manufacturers have done an incredible job ensuring that your gadget can survive pretty much anything – some phones are even designed to snap photographs underwater.
So, what should you do if you accidentally drop your phone in a puddle of water, in the bathroom sink, or in the toilet (eek!)? Besides visiting a repair service for your mobile phone, here are eight ways on how to repair your phone from water damage:
1. Take Phone Out of Water Right Away
Unless your smartphone is plugged into the charger, you need to take the phone out of the water right away. You should never let it sit idly by in the water and hope that everything will be OK. The longer it swims in the bathroom sink, the toilet bowl, or the kitchen sink, the higher the risk of damage.
2. Shut the Device Off
Just because your phone is resting in water, it doesn’t mean that it will shut off on its own. So, once you grab it out of the water, you need to shut it off almost immediately. The longer it’s on, the greater the chance of damaging both the hardware and the software.
3. Remove All Elements Inside the Phone
In order to repair your phone from water damage, grab a few pieces of paper towels or a couple of cloths and lay them out on a flat surface. Then, open the back of your smartphone and proceed to take all the elements out and lay them out on the paper towels or cloths. You should wait a few minutes after doing this before proceeding to the next step because you want to inspect for any significant damage.
4. Uncooked Rice or Crystal Cat Litter
Did you know that uncooked instant rice or crystal cat litter is the solution to all of our problems? Well, not quite. They may make dinners faster or remove that horrific odour, but they are also great to save your device from any potential harm.
First, for the rice, here is what you do:
- Pour four cups of rice into a large bowl.
- Bury your phone and disconnected battery in the rice.
- Move the phone’s position every hour until bedtime.
- Let it sit in the bowl for a minimum of 48 hours.
Second, for the crystal litter, here are steps to take:
- Grab four cups of crystal cat litter and a container that is two litres deep.
- Pour a layer into the container.
- Place your phone and battery on top of this litter.
- Pour another layer of litter to cover the phone.
Then, play the waiting game for at least 48 hours.
5. Vacuum the Water Out of Your Phone
Do you have a vacuum cleaner or an air compressor? Either way, you should attach a hose to the machine, adjust it to its highest setting, and place the hose at every phone opening. You should spend as long as you need vacuuming the electronic device.
Once you have completed this task, you need to wait at least 30 minutes before turning it back on.
One more thing: If you have a wet/dry vac then that would be great for sucking the water out of your phone.
6. Wipe Your Phone with a Dry Drag
Get your hands on a clean and dry soft rag or towel – if not, then buy one or do laundry!
Either during the vacuuming or afterward, it is important to gently wipe as much water off its surface as possible. Remember, drying the interior is essential, but it is just as critical to keep it dry on the outside.
A common mistake that people make is that they shake the phone to get the water to seep out. Bad news! Never do this because it will only allow water to travel to every crevice of the phone.
7. Leave Your Phone in Open Air
Good news! You’re in the home stretch.
After all these steps have been completed, you only have one last step to take: Leave your phone in the open air, preferably with a fan in the background. This will do final legwork. Just sit back and relax on your … flip phone.
8. Play the Waiting Game
Although you could turn it on after all that smoke has cleared and all the dust has settled, it is better to take a more diplomatic, calm, and patient approach. Just wait one more day before you turn it on. You’ll be happy you did.
Of course, when all else fails, then you may have no other choice but to either take it to a professional repair specialist or purchase a new smartphone. But these methods should allow you to succeed in rescuing your mobile device from falling victim to water. It’s a terrible thing to happen, but that’s life. Just make sure that you back up all your files, too, as a just in case approach.