Close contact between your smartphone and water, whether it’s a bucket, glass, river, bath or even a toilet, is probably the most common cause of failure of your smartphone and a good reason to contact a service center. We are all human and no one is insured against accidents, so anyone can get into this situation. Usually, nobody thinks about what to do in such a situation and when it happens it’s too late. We’ve provided some tips on what to do in an emergency, how to try to save your smartphone, and most importantly, how to not damage it further.
First of all, let’s talk about what you must not do if you get water in your phone!
- Don’t switch your phone on and don’t use it at all.
- Don’t press any buttons or switches.
- Don’t shake or hit your phone.
- Don’t try to dismantle the phone yourself if you are not experienced in doing so. You will only make it worse and it will void your warranty.
- Don’t try to dry the phone with a hairdryer or compressor. It will drive water into the phone further and will cause even more damage.
- Don’t try to dry your phone with an oven, microwave or similar. Don’t put your phone in the fridge, as again this will damage the phone rather than fix it.
What you can and should do:
- Turn off your phone if you haven’t already done so.
- Place the phone in an upright position.
- Take off the phone cover if you have one.
- Take out the microSD and sim card.
- Open the back cover and take out the battery, if possible.
- Remove moisture from the case with wipes or a paper towel to prevent further moisture from entering the open parts of the case.
- You can use a vacuum cleaner if there is too much water and it has already penetrated the gaps.
- Put your smartphone in a closed bag with uncooked white rice or silica gel. This may seem strange at first, but it’s actually common practice as rice and silica gel absorb moisture well.
- There are special bags that can help rescue drowned smartphones. If you have one of these bags, use it.
- As hard as it is, try to keep the phone in the bag for a day or two. Use an old phone or buy a new one at an affordable price.
- After a two-day wait, check your device carefully for water before turning it on.
- Insert the battery and turn the phone on. Check the basic components of your smartphone, such as the display and speakers.
- If the phone does not work, try recharging it. Even if there is no change, your phone might not be lost yet. Try another battery ⎼ if the phone still doesn’t start then things are bad.
- Watch your phone for a few more days. If it shows no sign of life, you will have to contact a service center. If the phone works, but you began to notice problems take your phone to be repaired.
Waterproof devices have always been of interest to both buyers and manufacturers. Now water protection technology for smartphones is rapidly developing, but we still haven’t seen any products come to market. So far, the options you have to protect your smartphone from water damage is with special cases and bags. We hope in the future we won’t have to worry about smartphone safety without covers, and waterproof phones will become common.