Inadvertently, a phone can easily fall into the water. Saving a smartphone from drowning is not easy and requires having the right reflexes. Here are various gestures to adopt so that they can work again.
Switch off the phone
By dint of playing with his smartphone near the pool, at the beach, in the toilet, or the bathroom, he may one day end up falling into the water. The first thing to do is to get it out of the water quickly. If it is a waterproof model, its immediate reuse is possible. Otherwise, it is recommended to turn it off. Panicked, some people tend to lose control in such a situation. Note that even if the phone remains on after its dive, it must always be turned off. If it floats lightly, it is not recommended to move it or shake it. The water could spread in the non-humidified parts making the task even more complicated. If the phone has fallen into the toilet bowl, you have to act quickly and push your hand into it to retrieve it. This solution is suitable for those who are not afraid to get dirty … Even if there is not too much choice!
Disassemble the moving parts
Some people tend to turn the phone back on directly after removing it from the water. This reflex is, however, not recommended. Once the phone is turned off, it is forbidden to try to turn it on again. This could cause a short circuit that could damage the device irreversibly. However, it is necessary to disassemble the smartphone and remove the battery, the SD card, and the SIM card. After removing these, you must dab their location with a paper towel. It is also necessary to check if there are still a few drops of water in the corners. It should be noted that the use of a screwdriver to remove these parts is not recommended. Indeed, the possible complexity of the assembly, the phone may no longer work once reassembled. In this case, the owner cannot assert his right to the guarantee.
Wipe off the components
Once the components have been removed, they should be wiped dry. To do this, use absorbent paper or cloth. The owner should remove as much liquid as possible. At the same time, the device should also be buffered as far as possible.
To get rid of as much water as possible, some people bring a hairdryer or put the phones in the sun. This practice is also discouraged. You have to get a vacuum cleaner and suck up the water for almost 30 minutes. When vacuuming, it is advisable to keep a reasonable distance between the components and the vacuum cleaner. Indeed, the vacuum cleaner’s draft helps to evacuate the water and easily dry the phone.
Finally, you have to test each component to see if it still works. To do this, you have to insert the SD card and the SIM card into another device to check if they work. The battery test will be done after the phone has dried.
Immerse the smartphone in a bag of rice
After cleaning the battery, SIM card, SD card, or other detachable components, it is necessary to remove the liquid remaining inside the phone. The use of a hairdryer, oven, or microwave is not recommended. Indeed, a high temperature could melt the components of the smartphone. Exposure to the sun is also not recommended.
To facilitate drying, it is best to use an industrial dehumidifier or small sachets of silica gel. For this last solution, it is important to place the phone in a box with these anti-humidity bags. Otherwise, the rice bag technique can replace them. It is an alternative that is both economical and efficient. Rice is known for its ability to absorb moisture. Here is how to remove the water in the smartphone using this technique:
- Take an airtight bag or a food bag ;
- Fill halfway with raw rice and place the phone in it;
- Cover the device with rice and seal the bag tightly;
- Put the bag in a dry place and wait at least 48 hours before picking up the smartphone. The longer the waiting time, the more moisture will be sucked into the rice.
Once this period has elapsed, the smartphone should be removed from the rice bag and checked for any water drops. The different components can then be reinserted, and the phone can be restarted.
Test your phone that has fallen in the water
If the device restarts, the first thing to do is to recover all the data stored. Electrical circuits can rust quickly, affecting the proper functioning of the device. Also, special attention should be paid to the telephone in case of unusual noise.
If the device does not start, the battery may be dead. In this case, the phone must be recharged. If despite this action, it still does not turn on again, the battery may be damaged. In this case, it must be replaced.
If all these techniques have not made it possible to turn the phone back on, the last solution is to call in a specialist.
False good ideas to save a wet phone
On the Internet, several sites offer a multitude of tips to save a wet mobile phone. While some tips are effective, others are dangerous and may worsen the smartphone’s condition or even damage it completely.
- The hairdryer: You should never expose a telephone to heat. In fact, the electronic components of the device may be damaged quickly. Some parts may melt in the face of a strong heat source. The air generated by this device may push the water to sink even deeper into every corner of the smartphone, which can cause damage to parts that may remain intact.
- The warranty: it should be noted that in the purchase contract for a telephone, it is often specified that the manufacturer does not provide support for devices that have fallen into the water. Besides, it is also not recommended to disassemble the smartphone alone to obtain a guarantee. You should therefore know that contacting the after-sales service is of no use. Indeed, manufacturers have small humidity sensors that change color on contact with a liquid.