When you drop your phone in water, the world seems to suddenly freeze for a moment. Considering how much these high-tech devices cost, a waterlogged phone can be a nightmare. Although waterproof designs are becoming increasingly popular, not everyone can afford a waterproof phone.
In case yours happens to drop into a pool of water, there are six ways on how to fix a water damaged phone:
1. Act Fast
Your efficiency may play a factor in the success of fixing a water damaged phone. When a phone gets waterlogged, the key to saving it or preventing further damage is reacting as fast as possible. The longer a phone stays submerged in water, the lower the chances of reviving it.
The moment you recover the phone, make sure it is off, and it stays that way. If it’s already off, avoid the temptation to turn it back on. If your phone happens to be on after recovering it, turn it off immediately.
Next, place it on a flat surface, out of harm’s way. You should also avoid charging your phone or attempting to press the keys on your phone until you have completely dealt with the water damage. A common mistake people make after submerging their phone in water is blowing it or moving it around.
2. Disassemble the Phone
Disassembling, in this case, does not mean taking the whole phone apart. It involves removing anything that can be easily removed by the user without professional help. If the back cover of your phone is removable, take it off. If your phone is designed to allow the user to remove the battery, take it out too. Also, make sure you remove the SD and SIM cards.
After removing all the removable parts of the phone, lay out everything on a paper towel. If you happen to have some experience in tech, and you are aware of the ins and outs of mobile phones, and you also do not mind the risk of voiding your warranty, go ahead and take the entire phone apart.
Completely disassembling the phone helps to dry each piece of the phone faster; just be careful when doing so because if you do not know what you are doing, you could end up causing more harm than good.
3. Dry the Phone’s Exterior Using Paper Towels
The next step is to try and get rid of excess water on the exterior of the phone. Use a paper towel to dry out each component completely. Try drying it as gently as you can to avoid moving the parts around.
4. Suction the Water Using a Vacuum Cleaner
There are some spaces in a phone a paper towel cannot reach. As much as it is not advisable to blow the phone in any way, suctioning the water out is quite ok. Actually, using a vacuum cleaner is an excellent way of suctioning out bits of water from your phone without exposing it to too much risk. However, ensure the suction is not too strong to cause the phone to move around excessively.
5. Give it Time to Dry Completely
This part can be hard, especially if you are the type that depends on their phone a lot. For your phone to dry completely, you will have to stay off it for quite some time. If you have another phone, remove your sim card from the water-logged phone and insert it, but make sure it’s completely dry. You can dry out the phone by simply leaving it out on top of the kitchen countertop or in a drawer, but some people prefer to give it a little help.
The idea is to have the phone in an environment that facilitates the drying process. A common practice is placing the mobile phone inside a Ziploc bag filled with rice and then let it stay in there for two to three days. The reason this practice is widespread is that rice is readily available in most households.
Rice is great at absorbing the humidity found in the air, which means that by placing the phone in a bag full of rice, you create a dry environment that helps in drying the mobile phone. Apart from rice, there are other better options such as using silica gel packs (the little packets found in electronic boxes or shoes).
6. Test It
This is the moment of truth. After doing everything you could have done and a few days have passed, it is time to see if your efforts have paid off. Take out your phone from wherever you put it and reassemble it. Next, plug it into a power socket and try switching it on. If it works, lucky for you, you have succeeded. After successfully fixing the phone, be on the lookout for any odd behaviour, at least for a few days.
If after using the tips above, your phone still does not work, go ahead and seek professional help to repair a mobile phone, or forget it and buy a replacement.