Your phone has just dived into the toilet, sink or pool. This is the worst nightmare considering the amount of data that you have saved in it, not mentioning the cost you incurred when purchasing. This makes one to panic, wondering what to do or not to do with the phone. Well, if you act fast, you can control your fear and you can prevent your smartphone from becoming water damaged. In this article, we will focus on how you can save your phone that has just dropped in water.
How do you fix your phone if it has water damage?
Immediately remove the phone from the water.
The first you should do as quickly as possible is removing the phone from the water. Since the longer, the phone stays in the water, the more water or liquid that will seep through the cracks and openings of your phone leading to greater damage. After it is out of the water, there are several certain things you need to do right away, and certain things you should totally avoid doing to your phone in order to prevent water damage.
What not to do?
The following should be avoided:
- Do not turn the phone at all to avoid electro-circuiting the phone since water is a good conductor of electricity.
- Avoid pressing any buttons or keys. This is to prevent water from getting into the phone through the keys and button openings.
- Do not shake, tap or bang the phone. This will prevent water from spreading further.
- Do not blow on it because other internal parts could get water that it hadn’t already spread. This may cause more water damage to the phone in the process.
- Do not heat it up. This includes using a blow dryer or microwaving it since this will vaporize the water, thereby spreading it and further heating can also damage the phone.
What to do?
- Turn the phone off in case it isn’t already and hold it upright to prevent electro-circuiting.
- Ensure that you remove any protective casing from your phone since they may hold water that may damage your phone. Next, remove your SIM and micro SD cards from their slots to make sure that they don’t rust.
- Open up the back of the phone to remove any water from there and remove the battery to avoid further damage to the phone.
- Use a paper towel, sleeve, or cloth for dabbing the phone dry. Stop the water spreading around as that could cause the water to reach more of your phone’s openings. You should just soak up a large amount of water as possible.
- In case the water damage is more extensive, you should consider using a vacuum to carefully suck out as much water as possible from the cracks of the phone that are harder to get at. Remove any small parts, such as the micro SD card, SIM card, or battery, before attempting this since they may be sucked by the vacuum cleaner too.