Smartphones have different design and built, and not all have a good rating for water and dust resistance. This prompts for carefulness among users or else you want to get your phone damaged very quickly. Dropping of phones or inside water are very common mistakes that are being experienced by users almost every day. The body parts gets damaged when it drops on the floor from a reasonable height, but what happens when it gets soaked in water? In this post I will be revealing to you some simple DIY steps you should follow when you mistakenly drop your phone in water.
These DIY simple steps should come in handy especially when there are no service center close to your home or the place where the accident occurred.
How to Get Your Phone Working Again When You Mistakenly Drop it in Water
First of all you need to remove the phone from the water as fast as possible. This is because the longer it stays in water; the more water will flow inside through cracks and openings. Once you have taken the phone out of the liquid there are certain things you need to do right away, and others you should avoid in order to prevent further water damage.
What Not To Do
- Do no turn the phone on
- Do not plug it in an electric outlet trying to charge it
- Do not press any of the phone’s buttons or keys
- Do not shake, tap, or bang the phone
- Do not blow air from your mouth to it (this could send water into other internal parts of the phone that it hasn’t already reached, thereby causing more damage).
- Do not blow with a dryer either (it can have the same effect as explained above, Heat from the dryer can also cause further damage).
What To Do
- Turn the phone off if it is not already, and hold it upright
- Remove your SIM and microSD cards from their respective slots
- Open up the back and remove the battery. However, since most current phones do come with non-removable batteries which make it difficult to disassemble. If you are not tech-savvy the best you can do is to take it to a phone repair shop for the removal, otherwise there are many YouTube tutorial videos you can easily follow to achieve you aim.
- Dab your phone dry by using a dry cloth or paper towel. While doing this, you should avoid spreading the liquid around because that could push it more into the phone openings. Just try and soak as much as possible.
- Bury your phone in a zip-lock bag full of uncooked rice. Rice is great for absorbing liquid and this is actually a common method for drying smartphones and tablets you mighy have not known yet.
- Allow your phone to dry for a day or two. Please during the period of drying, do not be tempted to switch your phone to check if it still works. You can simply put your SIM card in an old or separate phone.
- After a couple of days, you can now remove your phone from the rice, insert the battery and turn it on.
If after following these steps your phone does not turn on, then you should try charging the battery. If it still does not work, the battery maybe damaged. Simply look for a replacement battery or consider taking your phone to a repair shop to be checked by a professional.
But if your phone turns on and starts running properly after following these steps, you should still keep an eye on it for some couple of days to see if you will notice anything out of the ordinary. You should play some music files to check if the speakers is working properly, and also check the response rate of the touch screen.
These DIY steps might serve as a first aid, but it is also advisable to visit a professional phone engineer/repairer to check on the phone after it gets dropped in water.
Now you know what to do when your phone mistakenly drops in water, but as the saying goes “prevention is better than cure”. Try as much as possible to avoid water or liquid damage, handle your smartphone with care.
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