Do this if your smartphone drops in water

BY Bethwel Njore / March 9, 2017
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BY Bethwel Njore / March 9, 2017 / How To

So, you accidentally dropped your phone in water or maybe you went swimming with your device in your pocket?

Or perhaps your buddy dunked you in a swimming pool just for fun of it?

I guess you will probably begin blasting it with a hair dryer, blowing on it, or tapping all the buttons just to get rid of all that water.  But guess what? Wrong choice. The right thing to do is retrieve your device as quickly as you can and you might be able to prevent some series water damage. The longer your handset is in the water, the greater the damage will be.

Steps to save your handset after it drops in water

a)     Grab it

Get your phone out of the water immediately. Acting quickly can make all the difference in being able to rescue your handset from water damage. If it falls into a well or something like that, I suggest that you forget about it. But let’s hope that’s not the case.

If your Device is connected to charger (wall) and falls in water, don’t try to retrieve it. Instead, seek the immediate help of an electrical professional because water and electricity can result in electrical shock.

b)     Turn it off

By doing this you will be able to prevent the possibility of a short circuiting. But if your Handset’s screen was off when it hit the water, and you can’t tell whether your Device powered off or it is just blank, well! See if you can wake it by pressing the power button.

If it does wake up, then shut it down immediately. If possible, simply take out the battery, and don’t press any other buttons.

c)      Dry it off

Now that your handset is off, you can dry it by using a towel or soft rag. Make sure you don’t leave even one visible drop of water because it can damage your smartphone by way of corrosion or making the circuits short out. Or you can use a vacuum to suck out water. But before you do that, make sure you remove SIM cards, microSD card, and battery.

Do not blow-dry your handset. The heat from the blow-drier could ruin your device’s internal components for good.

d)     Turn on and test

Insert the battery and switch it on. If it doesn’t turn on then try charging it. If it doesn’t charge, well…I am sorry to inform you that you are out of luck. Get up, head to the shop and purchase new phone. On the other hand, if it does work then you are good to go.

There’s no guarantee that the following steps will certainly salvage your phone, but they represent the best possible course of action if your smartphone drops in water! Also, keep in mind that prevention is better than cure. If you aren’t reading because your phone has already dropped in water, consider waterproofing it. Here’s a nice article on how to waterproof a Google Pixel smartphone.

Image: Wired


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