Dropped Your Phone In Water 8 Things To Do
Since chances are that your phone was powered on when you dropped it in water, it is advisable to switch it off immediately after taking it out. If you're not sure whether the phone powered off or the screen is just blank, see if you can wake it by quickly pressing the power button. Should your phone wake up, shut it down immediately. If it doesn't wake up, keep it off. Switching the phone off will prevent any short circuits from damaging the internals of the phone.
#7. Remove everything
After switching off the phone, start removing everything possible from the phone. Remove the battery, sim cards, memory cards as well as any accessory (stylus, case, cover, skin). You can easily wipe these off with a dry cloth so that no water remains on these items.
#6. Shake it off
Gently shake the phone to get rid of any water present in the headphone jack, charging port or under the physical buttons. After this, Use a completely dry cloth to lightly dab the wet phone and all the components you took out. Don't use a hair dryer to dry the phone. This may damage the internal components.
#5. Bury it in rice
I know it sounds crazy, but this is one of the most commonly used and known techniques. Get an airtight container or a ziplock bag and fill it with uncooked rice. Place your phone inside the rice, shut the ziplock bag/container tight and keep it in a dry place. It will absorb the liquid from the phone and will also dry it more quickly. You can also try using oatmeal or silica gel packs.
#4. Wait it out
Leave the phone in the rice for at least 24 to 48 hours. Ideally, do not even try to take the phone out to check if it has started working or not. If there wasn't too much water damage, your phone should start working. If it doesn't work then try replacing the battery. If that doesn't work you may be out of luck and will have to buy a new one. I hope this isn't the case. If it is take it to the store and see if there is anything else you can do.
#3. If it still doesn't work
Please keep in mind that there is no guarantee that your phone will survive a dunking in water. There is only a 50% chance of your phone working again. In case the phone does not work even after trying out the rice method, take it to an authorized service centre. They will be able to dismantle your phone and assess the damage better. Remember that water damage is not covered in the standard warranty of your smartphone.
#2. Be prepared
There are a couple of ways of preventing your phone from getting damaged by water in the first place. If you are travelling in the rainy season or going to a beach/swimming pool, then you can get a waterproof carry pouch. They are available for as little as $3 to $5 from e-commerce websites. These pouches have a transparent window which allow you to see incoming notifications.
#1. Get insurance
While standard warranty does not cover water damage, there are third party insurance services available now that offer such coverage. There are various options available, we recommend you try out Ingram Micro Cover Plus or Syska Gadget Secure. You can choose what all you need cover for, including liquid damage.
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