What to Do When You Drop Your Smartphone in Water
If your phone takes a dip in the drink, or you dropped it in water, there’s a chance you can save it, but only if you act quickly. Here’s what to do if your drop your smartphone in water.
1. Grab it!
Whether you drop your phone in a pool or it goes for a swim in the porcelain throne, the most important thing to do is grab it. The longer your precious handset takes a bath, the more likely water is to get inside of and ruin it.
Get your phone out of the water right away, and there’s a good chance it will be fine.
Of course, if your phone falls into a well or something like that, cut your losses and forget about it. I don’t need anyone blaming me for some kind of Baby Jessica situation.
2. Turn it off
If you grab your phone and it’s still turned on, turn it off as fast as you can. Keeping your handset on while its wet is a surefire way to short its circuit board and ruin it for good.
If your phone’s screen was off and when it hit the water, but 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.
3. Dry it off
Now that your phone is off and cleaned, you’ll have to dry it off. If your handset has a removable battery or removable microSD card, take it out. Similarly, if your phone has some kind of port cover or even a removable back panel, open it up to let your handset air out.
4. Don’t blow dry it
Do not try to dry your phone with a blow drier. The heat from the drier could damage your handset’s internal components permanently.
5. Use silica or rice to DRY out the inside of your phone
Your phone may be dry on the exterior, but the inside may have water in it still. To be sure the water is PULLED out of the inside of your phone use rice or a silica product. Get a large empty dry bowl and fill it with uncooked rice. Use a large amount of rice. Put your phone into the rice bowl and and cover it with rice until you cannot see your phone. Bury it deep. The uncooked rice will PULL away moisture that may be in your phone. This trick makes it so the inside of your phone is completely dry. If you do not have rice, you can use those tiny silica packs that you find in things like medicine bottles, shoe boxes, and the small packets you find in electronic items for shipping. Use a large plastic bag and put the silica packets inside with your phone. The silica packets remove water and any type of moisture and can be a perfect solution to removing water and moisture from your phone. Leave your phone either in the rice or in the bag with the silica packets for around 48 to 72 hours. This will ensure the moisture is removed from inside your phone.
6. Turn your phone ON to test it
Take the phone out of the rice or silica packets and remove any dust that may be present on your phone. Charge it if needed. If you see that the phone is charging, this is a GOOD SIGN! Let the phone charge until it has enough battery charge to turn on. Turn your phone ON. Does the phone power on and work properly? If not the phone is internally broken. If it powers ON, then the phone is clear of moisture and it is fixed.