So you are at your house, your kitchen, or in a party and your phone slips into the toilet, pool, or sink. No worries. The thought of using your hard earned money to pay for a new smartphone hits like a brick. It is true that your smartphone might be destroyed, but if you act fast enough, you can easily prevent your phone from becoming damaged even without spending a single penny. Before going to what you should do, let’s have a look at what you should not do immediately after your phone falls into water.
- Do not press any keys
- Do not turn the device on
- Do not bang, or tap the phone
- Do not blow it
- Do not take your phone apart since your device comes with a Liquid Damage Indicator which when activated, could ruin your warranty, and this could be triggered by opening your device. Only open it if you absolutely need to.
- Do not heat it (that include microwaving it or using a blow dryer). The heat from a dryer can damage your device’s internal components permanently.
- Do not blow on your phone. This tends to send water into the internal parts of your handset that it had not reached thus causing more damage.
- Do not cool it down
Things that you should do after your phones falls in water
1. Remove the phone’s battery
This is among the most vital steps to saving it. Lots of circuits inside your smartphone will survive a water damage provide they’re not connected to a power source when wet.
To check whether your phone is water damaged, look at the corner where the battery is. You should see a white circle or square, with or without red lines. If you see, a red or pink color, your smartphone is water damaged.
2. Remove the SIM card
Some of your valuable contacts and other files/data could be in your SIM. For some people, saving the SIM card could be worth of saving than the device itself. A SIM card tends to survive water damage quite well, however, it is advisable you get it out instantly and dry it.
3. Remove the SD Card, headphones, and other accessories
Remove all accessories and plugs that cover the slots, revises, and gaps in the device to expose them to drying.
4. Keep your handset with the screen pointing up.
One of the most vital things you would want to avoid is the water getting near your screen’s electronics. To prevent the risk of damaging your phone’s screen, keep it pointing upwards and gravity will do its thing to keep more moisture from getting near the screen.
5. Dry your device with soft paper towels.
Dry your smartphone with paper towels to remove moisture on the device. You can also wrap your handset in paper towels, and shake it up to get more moisture out of your handset’s core.
6. Get a drying agent
To dry your handset completely and as fast as possible, you’ll need to absorb all moisture from its core. Below are two effective drying agents that you can use to dry your handset:
- Silica Gel Pacs
You should get enough of these two to cover your handset completely. From all sides.
In case you don’t have access to these two, you can consider using a vacuum cleaner. It can as well save your device from becoming water damaged.
7. Wait for 48 hours
If you really want to recover your phone from water damage you’ll need to be patient. Do not even attempt to turn it on to avoid short circuits.
The above steps help your recover your phone from water damage. Meanwhile, you should take a preventive measure by purchasing Rice or Silica Gel Packs to make sure you are fully prepared for such incidents.
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