Just as water is life, so are our Smartphones. However, if these two important aspects of our lives interact, there is bound to be trouble. There are many ways in which these two may come together.
You may accidentally drop your phone into the toilet or in the sink while washing dishes. You may also spill a glass of wine or a playful child may knock over a cup of tea onto your phone. Additionally, you may also drop your phone in the river or into a swimming pool.
Water can damage your phone in countless ways, the main one being the havoc it rains on the internal circuit of your device. This is the first step to losing all your phone data. So how do you fix this problem? We will show you how.
Your initial reaction
How you react in the first few seconds that within the accident occurring is key in determining whether your phone will ever come out of this tragedy. The first necessary step is pulling thephone out of the liquid.
If the phone was on during the accident, ensure you turn it off first. It is common for people in their panic mode to start pressing the buttons randomly, as if searching for life. Well, avoid this act at all costs as it may only make things worse.
You may also consider taking out your SIM card as there is always the chance of it getting infected too.
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Removing the necessary components
You should start with removing any removable component of your phone. The most crucial one to begin with is the battery, since this is the ‘Engine’ of the device. Also ensure that the back cover remains off as well.
Then, proceed to other removable components such as SIM car, memory card, earphones and headphones and so on. The main aim of all this removal is to ensure that the phone gets as much air as possible for proper drainage.
If you own the newer brands of Smartphones, there is a chance that your battery is non-removable. In such a case, place the phone in a position which allows favors the drainage of water out of the system. An upright position is the preferable one.
Dry the phone with a towel
At this point, try drying your phone using a clean dry cloth, a sleeve or a paper towel. Just do not pay too much attention or waste time in finding the right material to dry your phone.
It is also important that you avoid spreading the liquid around as you could push it more into many of the phone’s openings. The easiest way that you could push it is by blowing it directly with a hair dryer or mouth. The cloth may also accidentally push water further into the device, so pay extra caution.
You may also be tempted to use a microwave to dry your phone. Do not do this as you will expose your phone to heat related damages or extra corrosion.
Avoid the numerous hacks you see online
If your phone has ever ended up in a pool of water, one of your first reactions must have been going online to try and find a solution. The most likely solution you must have come across is inserting your phone in a bag of rice. This option has been proven to be quite ineffective. In fact, the rice exposes your phone to more dust.
The rice may also absorb the water and itself adopt a sticky surface. This may end up blocking the ports and, even worse, find its way deeper into the phone and cause more internal damages.
You must have also come across suggestions that you should attempt to assemble your device back together after a few minutes. This is also a damaging option as pressing the buttons could push the water even deeper into the previously untouched areas.
If the phone had not dried out properly, the water could exert extra pressure on the screen. This could eventually lead your phone to short-circuit.
Getting more technical
What if you observe all the guidelines above and the phone still misbehaves? If this ever happens, then you will have to abandon the traditional methods and get a bit more technical. The first idea you can attempt is the use of Silica packets.
The phone developers probably favor this idea too and it may be the reason that any time you buy an electronic device, a few of these packets will come along too. So just pull out all the removable components of your phone and then place it in a ziplock bag with a couple of Silica packets.
Leave them untouched for a day or two. Although this idea may sound similar to using rice, at least you will not have to worry about gummy stuff sticking in your ports.
Find a repair shop
The main reason why all these homemade hacks exist is to help you avoid huge bills in repairing your phone. However, desperate times call for desperate measures. Besides, these shops have the necessary approved equipment to do the job.
They can disassemble your phone and work on individual components before putting everything back into place. You should also be wary about the repair shop that you use, since some developers like Apple are sensitive to having their devices handled by third party shops.
They could easily disable your TouchID feature if they suspect that your security has been compromised.The repair shop may also detect damages which cannot be observed by the ordinary eye.
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You should take a few preventative steps such that the next time your phone comes into contact with water, the damage would be minimal. You could always invest in a waterproof case which would ensure the least amount of water gets into your device.
Additionally, there are some phones which are designed such that they can withstand being underwater for some hours without any infiltration.
Another solution is backing up your data such that if bad comes to worse; you would not have lost any of your data.
Last but not least, always buy phones whose developers offer buy-back agreements. You would always be on the lower end of the agreement but it is better than nothing at all.