Are you experiencing some pain after dropping your beloved Apple iPhone into some water? Or did you drop your Samsung Galaxy into the toilet while you were on Facebook? Here are a few easy steps to bring your smartphone back to life, after dropping it into some liquid.
1. Remove Phone From Water
The longer your phone stays submerged in water, the more likely serious water damage may occur. Get your phone out of liquid as soon as possible.
2. Turn Off Phone
Turning off the phone off protects it from short circuiting. If possible, also remove the battery. The idea is to turn off the phone as quickly as possible to prevent serious damage.
iPhones: Hold the lock and home button simultaneously for 5 seconds to turn off your phone quickly.
Android: Remove the battery to shut down instantly (if possible). Otherwise hold the lock button, swipe screen when prompted with a shutdown notification.
3. Let The Water Out
Remove all removal parts and connections to allow water to drain out of your phone. Remove the battery, any earphones, SIM or memory cards if possible.
4. Wash Phone With Isopropyl Alcohol
Do NOT wash your phone with water as water contains impurities and minerals which can damage the phones sensitive components. Buy some isopropyl alcohol that is 99% or higher, pour it into a small container that fits your phone and let it sit there for half an hour. The alcohol will push out most impurities once it circulates through the inside of your phone and evaporate quickly afterwards.
5. Open Phone (Optional)
The best way to get rid of liquid and debris is by opening up your phone. You can visit iFixit.com to find instructions for opening your phone. You can also use a soft toothbrush and lightly scratch off any debris.
6. Dry Phone
If you opened your phone up, carefully pat it dry from the inside with a clean towel. To speed up the drying process, you can use an air compressor/duster to blow off any excess alcohol that has not evaporated.
If you do not feel comfortable opening your phone up, let the phone dry by leaving it in on a well circulated surface. Do not put it in rice, it’s been tried and tested and has been proven to be very ineffective.
You can simply your phone in the open but for best results, try putting your phone on some Silca Gel bags or Couscous. There have been tests to show that these are quite effective.
7. Be Patient
If you opened your phone up and manually dried the inside, leave it overnight to air dry it.
If you did not open your phone up, leave it for a few days to dry.
Water may be in tight spots and be unreachable or absorbed into your phone’s circuit boards.
8. Test Phone
After your phone is dry, reassemble it if you opened it up. Try turning it on, if it turns on then you’re in the clear. If unsuccessful, try:
- Charging it
- Syncing it
- Swapping the battery
If it still does not work after trying the above, your phone most likely died following its swim. You can take it a repair shop and try get it fixed, however this may simply not be an economical option. If this is the case, you can sell your phone and buy a pre-owned phone or tablet for a low cost replacement for your existing water damaged smartphone or tablet.
Let us know in the comments whether this helped you avoid water damage.