While many newer smart phones are becoming more and more water resistant and even water proof, water continues to be the mortal arch enemy of most electronics. If you happen to drop your phone in water, there are a few things you can do to minimize the potential damage to your phone. Here are 5 tips for fixing a water damaged smart phone.
1. Remove from water immediately
The sooner you remove the phone from water, the higher the likelihood of being able to recover it without damage. The longer a phone sits in water, the more likely water is to seep deep into the phone’s components through the ports.
2. Turn off immediately
The most sensitive components in your phone are located deep in the phone, away from the ports. The sooner you the phone from water and power it off, the lest likely these components are to be damaged.
3. Rinse off
Depending on what kind of water or liquid you dropped it in, the liquids themselves could be more damaging to the phone than water alone. Salt water is particularly damaging to phones, since the salt will continue to eat away at components even when the phone is dry. Once the phone is powered off, it is at a much lower risk of permanent water damage, so giving it a thorough rinsing is unlikely to cause further damage.
4. Remove battery if possible or open case
This is a little tricky because iPhones do not have removeable batteries, and if you open the case, you void the warrantee. On the other hand, smart phones have sensors that show if the phone has been exposed to water and doing so voids the warrantee anyway. For smart phones that have removeable batteries, remove the batter and dry the phone out with the battery cover removed.
4. Dry out
There are a number of great ways to dry out your phone, but you want to be absolutely sure it is fully dried before attempting to power it. The best way to dry out a phone is to place it in a sealed container with a water-absorbent substance. Placing your phone in a sealed bag of rice is one great way to dry it out because the rice will absorb any moisture out of the phone itself. Another great option is the silicone gel packs that are included with many electronics. These gel packs are super-absorbent, which is why they are placed in electronics boxes. They do lose absorbency over time, so you want to use several.
Time is your friend when it comes to drying out a water damaged phone. While it may be difficult to be without a phone for 3-4 days, it’s best to wait a full 3-4 days before trying to power your phone on.
Hopefully, adhering to these steps will be all you need to recover your phone. If these steps do not work, come see us at Anavon Tech. We offer a wide variety of professional smartphone repair.
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