So you dropped your phone in the pool, or spilled a cold drink on it, believe it or not, if you react quickly, there are ways you can save your phone and all the data on it without the headache of replacing it, but you must act fast! Below are a few tips on how to try and save your live dependent devices!
1. Remove phone from water and turn off immediately.
2. Remove the case, battery cover, battery, SIM, and any other peripherals.
3. Dry the phone with a soft rag or towel.
4. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck all liquid from the inside of the phone.
5. Let phone sit in a moisture-absorbing substance overnight (e.g. uncooked rice, silica packets).
6. Place the phone in the sun to remove moisture from crevices.
7. Wait 24 hours before turning the phone back on.
- If the phone is connected to a wall charger and is also submerged in water, do not attempt to remove it from the water. Seek a professional immediately to ask the proper steps to do this safely (as in turning off a main power switch, or similar action). Electricity and water do not mix and can result in electrical shock. However, if your phone was NOT connected to a wall charger but fell into water, remove the phone from the water as quickly as possible, and proceed with the next few steps.
- Acting quickly can make all the difference in being able to save your phone from water damage, however don’t panic. Maintaining a level head is key to working more efficiently under pressure.
- To find out if the phone is truly water damaged, check the corner near where the battery is – there should be a white square or circle, with or without red lines. If this is pink or red, your phone has water damage.
- Quickly read the manual to your phone if you’re not sure how to remove the battery.
- SIM cards survive water damage well, but getting it out immediately makes good sense. Pat it dry and set it aside to dry out until you reconnect your phone to your cell network again. (If your phone does not have a SIM card, skip this step).
- Gently wipe off as much water as possible without dropping the phone. Avoid shaking or moving the phone excessively, so as to avoid moving water through it.
- Wipe down using a towel or paper towel, trying not to clog the paper in the gaps and grooves of the phone. Keep wiping gently to remove as much of the remaining water as possible.
- If you pulled the battery out in time, cleaning the inside of your phone with rubbing alcohol will displace the water which alone could remedy the problem.
- This is the fastest method and can completely dry out your phone and get it working in thirty minutes. However, unless the exposure to water was extremelyshort, it’s not recommended to attempt to turn your phone on this soon.
- Be careful not to hold the vacuum too close to the phone, as a vacuum can create static electricity, which is even worse for the phone than water.
- If moisture is driven deeper inside, corrosion and oxidation may result when minerals from liquids are deposited on the circuitry which could eventually cause component failure inside the phone.
- While avoiding blowing air into the phone, conversely, using a heater, fan or other air-flow device to blow air ACROSS the phone’s openings will aid drying. The Bernoulli principle states that as the warm, dry air moves fast over the phone, the decreased air pressure will gently pull or suck moisture out of the phone. The best part of this option is that you can leave a phone in front of a warm, moving air for hours on end without effort.
- If available, it is preferable to use a desiccant instead. Desiccants may absorb moisture better than rice. You can also try slipping the cell phone inside a plastic bag that can be sealed or a plastic container (airtight). Add a desiccant packet, such as silica gel — often found with new shoes, purses, noodle packets, etc — in with the cell phone. The downside of this method is the packets packed with shoes has usually already reached its absorption capacity. Desiccants for flower drying can usually be purchased at most craft stores. Leave the phone with the desiccant or rice as long as possible (at least overnight) to absorb the moisture.
- Rotate the phone to a different position every hour until you go to sleep. This will allow any water left inside to run down and hopefully find an opening to escape.
- Check the absorbent material every hour for 4 to 6 hours. If moisture is evident, repeat the vacuuming step and desiccant steps.
- If your phone is powering up but doesn’t operate correctly after you’ve dried it, then it’s likely that you’ve missed some liquid, or that corrosion has already occurred. Remove all the covers, battery, cards and other extraneous attachments again, and rub it gently with a clean dry paintbrush or toothbrush. Look on YouTube for instructions.