10 Steps To Save Your Phone When It Falls Into Water


So you've dropped your smartphone into the toilet, sink, or pool. Don't panic! If you act fast you can prevent your smartphone from becoming water damaged without spending a penny. Here are 10 simple steps to fix a phone dropped in water.

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1. Take the phone out of the water and turn it off as soon as possible.

Ports for the hands-free kit, the tiny hole for the microphone, charging, USB cable connectivity, and the plastic covers on cell phones even though tight can freely allow water to enter the phone in a just a few seconds of time. Grab your phone quickly, and turn it off immediately, as leaving it on can cause it to short circuit – if it has been in water, assume it is waterlogged whether it is still working or not.

2. After removing the phone from water, quickly gather some paper towels or soft cloths to lay the phone on while you remove the battery cover and battery.

This is one of the most important steps to saving it. Many circuits inside the phone will survive immersion in water provided they are not attached to a power source (battery) when wet. (If your phone  battery is not removable, skip this step).

3. Remove the SIM card if your phone has one.

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.

4. Remove all other peripherals such as ear buds, memory cards, as well as any phone cases or protective covers.

Remove all plugs that cover the gaps, slots, and crevices in the phone to expose them to air for drying.

5. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck the liquid out of the inner parts of the phone.

Remove all residual moisture by drawing it away with a vacuum cleaner held over the affected areas for up to 20 minutes, in each accessible area (take turns with a friend).

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.

6. Do not use a hair dryer to dry out a phone!

Contrary to common advice, it is not recommended that you use a hair dryer (even on the "cold" mode). Using a hair dryer may force moisture further inward toward the crevices, reaching the electrical components deep inside the phone. And if the hair dryer air is too warm, it could.

7. Use a substance with a high affinity for drawing out moisture.

An inexpensive option is to place the phone in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice overnight, Rice Krispie cereal, or just cover the phone with paper towels. The rice might absorb some remaining moisture.

Leave the phone with the 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.

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.

8. Put your phone on a sunny spot to help the phone get rid of any water in very small places.

While doing that, you can also let the phone sit on absorbent towels, napkins or other paper. Remember that the goal is to evacuate all of the moisture and humidity from the device.

9. Test your phone after you have waited at least 24 hours.

Check all the ports, compartments, and in between crevices for any moisture or dirt. Wipe away any dust and dirt from the device and covers and insert the battery into the phone. Attempt to power on the device, listening for odd noises and observing to see if the phone appears to function correctly.

10. Plug it into its charger without the battery if your phone is completely dried out, but still does not work.

If this works, you will probably need a new battery.

If it still doesn't work after charging with the new battery, it's bad news!

You need to take your cell phone to an authorized dealer. Sometimes they can fix it. Don't try to hide the fact that it has been wet - there are internal indicators that prove moisture - and the repair people are more likely to be able to help you if you explain exactly what has happened to the phone.

Unless you are trained and skilled to do so, never take a phone apart.

Leave that to the professionals, since doing so could potentially cause shock or exposure to harmful chemicals or components.

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 on how to properly go about this process.

Good luck!

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