Do’s and Don’ts when you drop your phone in water

It has happened to all of us, dropping the phone in the pool of water, or in the kitchen sink, or maybe into the toilet while using the loo. Now have you fried your phone or do you have some way to salvage your expensive, beloved device? Today Wonderful Engineering will let you in to some of the basic techniques you can employ in order to save your phone, or at least have a fair shot at doing so.

Obviously you must remove your phone from the water as soon as possible. The quicker it gets out more are the chances of saving it, it’s as simple as that. After taking it out there are some Do’s and Don’t of handling your phone.
DON’Ts

  • Don’t use any buttons or keys. Only use the power key to turn your phone off if it already isn’t.
  • Don’t vigorously shake or bang your phone. It’s a phone, not a table cloth!
  • Don’t open the phone and it’s parts. Your device has an inbuilt Liquid Damage Indicator (LDI) which will be activated when you open the phone, and this will void your warranty.
  • Don’t blow air of any sort on it. This can aggravate the damage by sending additional water particles into the mobile circuitry.
  • Don’t heat it up, and yes that includes using using a microwave!
  • Don’t cool it down using freezer or ice packs.
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    Remove the microSD and SIM cards, as well as the battery. [Picture Credits: ANDROIDPIT]

DOs

  • Turn it off if immediately.
  • Remove all the protective casings. Also remove your SIM cards and microSD cards to save them from damage.
  • Open up the back cover and remove the battery and the above mentioned cards (if your phone set allows this).
  • Use a absorbent cloth or a paper towel to dab your phone.
  • For the cracks that are more difficult to reach you can use a vacuum. Just make sure that you are not spreading the water even more into the cracks.
  • Using a bag of uncooked rice and burying your phone into it is a great way to soak water out of it. Rice is known for absorbing liquid and this is actually a common method for drying smartphones and tablets.
  • You can also buy custom made phone drying pouches which are specifically designed for this purpose alone.
  • Put your phone in the rice or the pouch and don’t try to turn it on for a couple of days.
  • After a couple of days, try to turn it on. If it doesn’t try charging it. If your phone is not charging it might mean its battery is damaged.Get a replacement battery to see if that is the case.
  • If your phone has started working as it should, still you must keep a close look on it for the next week and make sure nothing funny is going on. Check its touch pad and the speakers, and every other accessory like the stylist etc.

Do you have any other tips and tricks for saving a phone from water damage ?

We would love to hear them in the comment section below!

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