10 Steps to Save Your Phone When It Falls into Water

Getting your cell phone wet usually means you have to replace it, but sometimes if you are fast enough, you might be able to save the phone! Read more...

Have you ever accidentally dropped your cell phone in the sink, or even worse the toilet? Did you leave it in your pocket and run it through the washing machine and at times it’s possible that your friends dunked you in a swimming pool just for the fun of it? Did you get beaten by the rain or did you forget and go swimming with your cell phone in your pocket? Or perhaps it fell out of your pocket into the gutter?

After a moment of panic you need to save your mobile from becoming water damaged. Here are a few steps on how you can save your phone that has dropped into water.

Before you do anything else, remove the phone as quickly as possible from the water. The longer it stays there, the more water or liquid will trickle through the cracks and openings of your phone. After this point, there are certain things that you should definitely do and other things you should avoid when you have plucked it out.

What not to do

  • Do not turn it on if it was off or use it in any way.
  • Do not press on any buttons or keys.
  • Do not shake, tap or bang the phone.
  • Do not take the phone apart, this could void your warranty. Your device comes with a Liquid Damage Indicator (LDI) which when activated could void your warranty, this could be triggered when you open your phone. If you absolutely need to take it apart, do this only if you have experience.
  • Do not try to blow on it. This could send water into other internal parts of the phone which haven’t been reached yet, causing more damage in the process.

10 steps to save your phone

1. Turn it off if it isn’t already and keep it in an upright position.

Take the phone out of the water as soon as possible. Ports for hands free kit, tiny hole for microphone, charging, USB cable connectivity and the plastic covers on cell phones even though tight can freely allow water to enter the phone in a just a few seconds of time. Grab your phone quickly and turn it off immediately, as leaving it on can cause it to short circuit if it has been in water, assume it is waterlogged whether it is still working or not.

1. Turn it off if it isn’t already and keep it in an upright position.

2. Remove the protective casing if you have one around it and take out the microSD and SIM cards from their slots.

3. Open up the back and remove the battery if you are able to. This won’t be possible with certain models that have a battery that isn’t removable, like the HTC One (M8) or Blackberry Q5.
4. Take a cloth or paper towel to delicately dab it dry. You want to avoid spreading the liquid around as it could go to into the phone’s openings.

5. If the water damage is more extensive, you can use a vacuum or hand dryer to carefully suck out water stuck within the cracks that are harder to get at.

6. Bury it in a ziplock bag full of uncooked rice. This may seem odd to you, but rice is great at absorbing liquid and is actually a common practice for drying smartphones and tablets. It’s been tested and tried.

7. If you have a phone drying pouch, use it! If you know your rather clumsy, you might want to think of preemptively buying one. They are sold in most electronic or department stores.

8. Use another phone in the meantime and let it dry for a day or two. If you have a SIM card, you might want to use an old phone that lying around or as a friend or family if they have one available.

9. After one or two days, you can insert the battery and turn on. At this point you want to see if everything is working as it should be. Try playing some music to check the speakers and test out touch screen responsiveness.

10. If your phone doesn’t want to turn on at all, try charging the phone to see if this will work. If not, the battery may still be damaged. You might need to replace it or let it dry for longer. In worse case scenarios, your phone might be damaged beyond repair. You can try bringing your smartphone to a repair shop to be checked by a professional.

In the future, avoid taking the phone with you to the pool, bathroom, while doing dishes etc.