You might drop your cell phone in water or you might forget it in your pocket and let it get washed with the laundry. Sudden rain can wet your phone or you might accidentally spill water on it. In such situations you are left with the option to replace your gadget. For your convenience, following are the steps to try to save your wet cell phone.
- Quickly Take the phone out of the water.
Different ports can allow the water to run into the phone and can reach the inner machinery such as the hands free port, the charging port and holes for microphone. All you have to do is to quickly take your phone out of water and switch it off so that it may not short circuit.
- Don’t Panic Be Wise.
If the phone is dropped in water or enough of the water is dropped on phone and it is also connected to the charger then do not attempt to touch the phone. Water is the conductor of electricity hence there is a chance for you to get an electric shock. Do not panic and switch off the power button where the charger is connected, it is then safe to touch the phone and follow the next few steps (given below) to dry your phone.
- Once you remove water from the phone, gather Tissue papers or soft cloths and lay your phone on it. Remove the battery.
This step is very important in order to save your phone. To ensure if the phone is affected by the water or not, check the corner of the area battery is placed, there has to be a white circle or square. It can be with or without red lines. If that shape has turned pink or red, this shows that the phone is damaged by the water.
- Remove the SIM card if your phone has one.
SIM cards survive water damage well, but it is better to take it out immediately. Dry it out and put it somewhere safe unless you get your phone ready to be used again.
(If your phone does not have a SIM card, skip this step).
- Remove all other memory cards and any phone cases or protective covers.
Remove all plugs that cover the gaps, slots, and crevices in the phone to expose them to air drying.
- Dry your phone with a soft cloth or towel.
Dry your phone with a towel or soft cloth without shaking and dropping the phone in order to avoid the water to make its way into the phone.
- Use a vacuum cleaner.
This can be the best method to remove all the moisture. Hold the vacuum cleaner over the affected area for up to 20 minutes. This method can completely dry your phone. DO NOT hold the vacuum cleaner so close to your phone as it can create static electricity which can turn out to be worse for your phone even more than the water.
- Never use a hair dryer to dry out your phone.
The hair dryer may force the moisture or any water droplet deep into your phone and may reach the electrical components.
- Use a substance with a high tendency for drawing out moisture.
- Put your phone at any point where the sunlight reaches well to evaporate any moisture that is left.
- Test your phone.
Now try to power on your phone and observe if there are some odd noises and observe if the phone functions correctly or not.
- Take your cell phone to an authorized dealer.
If the phone still not works then you must take the phone to the dealer. You must tell them about your phone getting wet so that they can figure things out properly.