Acting very fast can save your phone and prevent it from damaging if you drop your phone inside the water. Here are steps on how to save your phone from water damage.
Apparently, the first thing you need to do is to remove the phone from the water as fast as you can. The more it stays inside the water, the more it’s becoming more dangerous. If you are fast about removing the phone inside the water, there are certain things you need to do immediately you remove the phone from the water, and there are some steps you shouldn’t take to finally damage the phone.
What Not To Do
- Do not Switch On the phone
- Do not try to charge the phone or plug it into electricity
- Do not Press any keypad or button
- Do not shake the phone trying to pull out some water
- Do not blow on it.
By doing what I said you don’t have to do, the water could go into the internal part of the phone which the water hasn’t reached before, and this can cause more problems.
You Can Save Your Phone If You Try Following These Steps Given Below:
10 steps to saving your water damaged phone
1. Turn your phone OFF immediately you remove it from the water
2. Remove your SIM card and microSD cards from their slots.
3. If you are using an old phone, probably you will be able to open the back case and remove the battery. Though, the latest smartphones batteries are unremovable and are hard to pieces. One of the best options is to take the Smartphone to Phone-Engineer before you attempt to take it apart yourself (you may damage the case if care is not taking).
4. Use a cloth or paper towel to blob your phone dry. Avoid spreading the liquid around, because that could push it into more of the phone’s openings. Just soak up as much as possible.
5. If the phone stays long inside the water, you can use a vacuum to carefully suck out water stuck in the cracks that are harder to get to. Make sure any small parts, such as the microSD card, SIM card, and the battery has been removed before doing this.
6. Put your phone in a Ziplock bag full of uncooked Rice, like bag/sack of Rice. Rice is great for absorbing liquid and this is a common method for drying smartphones and tablets. You can also buy dedicated phone drying pouches, which are worth having at home if you’re the clumsy type. If you don’t have them already, don’t bother going out to buy one. Time is of the essence, so get your phone into rice as soon as possible.
7. Let your phone dry for a day or two. Never think about switching it on to see if it still works. Put your SIM card in an old phone or ask a friend or relative if they have a spare device you can borrow so you can use it for a while till your phone comes up.
8. After a couple of days, you can remove the phone from the rice, insert the battery and switch it on.
9. If your phone doesn’t turn on, try charging it. If that doesn’t work, the battery may be damaged. You could try a replacement battery or consider taking your smartphone to a repair shop to be checked by a professional.
10. If your smartphone has turned on and it is running as it should, you should keep a close eye on it for the next few days, to see if you notice anything out of the ordinary. Play some music to check the speakers and ensure the touch screen still responds as it should.
Hopefully, It Will Start Up As Normal Again.
In the future, don’t take the phone with you when you go to the swimming pool, use the bathroom or do the dishes to avoid your phone dropping inside the water.
Water resistant cases
Hopefully, these steps have helped you rescue your phone from death by drowning. If you want to protect your phone from water damage in the future, you can also purchase a waterproof phone case. There are some good options available from brands such as Otterbox, Griffin Survivor and Catalyst.
Water-resistant and waterproof phones
Several phones are advertised as water-resistant or waterproof. Be aware that when phone manufacturers say this, it only applies under a special set of circumstances. A phone’s resistance to water often depends on the clarity of the water, the depth of submersion, and the length of time for which it is submerged. We wouldn’t advise testing your smartphones’ water resistance capabilities by putting it in the washing machine or throwing them in the pool.
Pay specific attention if your phone has an IP53 rating – that means it is only partially water-resistant and will not withstand water sprays. Although manufacturers might claim otherwise, smartphones with this rating can even get damaged if used in the rain.
It’s also important to remember that no smartphone is fully waterproof. However, devices with an IP 68 and IP68 rating are as close as you can get now. Phones with these ratings are also becoming more and more common, especially among flagships compared to a few years ago. That’s not always the case with mid-range devices.
Do you have any other tips on how to save a smartphone from water damage? Did our advice help you? Let us know in the comments.