Every once in a while, there is a cold, splashing sound of a non-waterproof phone facing their watery death. Especially in the toilet, as your phone accidentally drops into the bowl right when we are about to set a new high score record in Candy Crush — not speaking from personal experience, okay!
There is at least one friend, or a relative, or even you, who has lost a phone due to water damage. And even though your phone goes through this impromptu water burial, there is a slight chance that you can revive it if you act real quick.
But first, there are a few things you should avoid doing at all costs.
Don’t blow on the phone – Blowing on the phone can cause the water to go further into the internal parts. It can cause more damage.
And don’t blow-dry – Again, blow-drying can do the same. Also, the heat can and will harm your device, and there could be chances of blowing it up.
Do not turn it on – By turning the phone on while it is still wet, you are making your phone even more vulnerable to short circuits in the board.
Do not plug it in or charge it – Again, this could lead to a short circuit, and you could lose your phone forever.
Don’t shake/tap/bang your phone – Shaking, tapping, or banging your phone can, again, lead the water to go further inside the internal system and cause water damage.
Well, here is what you should do in case you drop your phone into the toilet bowl or any other water source in general because everybody knows where all the high records for games are set, and where all the accidental water mishaps occur.
Grab it right away!
The first thing to do as you see your phone taking a dip is to grab it as soon as possible. The damage it undergoes is directly proportional to the time it stays in the water. And, evidently, harder to bring back to life.
Turn it Off
If your phone is still on even after the deathly water fiasco, turn it off as soon as you can. Having your phone on while it is still wet, you are making it more vulnerable to short circuits on the board. By turning it off immediately after you take out of water ensures that your phone is safe. There’s a chance you might not lose it forever.
Remove battery and cards
If your handset is an older version, the chances are that you can easily remove the battery and various other cards. Take everything out. However, if your phone is a much newer version, only the sim card slot is removable. Water can cause damage to batteries and these cards, so it is wise to remove them from the phone if you can.
But we don’t mean you should break your phone apart just to take them out. That is some Science of Stupid material right there.
Dry it with a clean cloth
After you have turned it off, take a clean piece of fabric, and wipe out any visible water. I don’t suppose anyone from CyberSquad is too stupid, but I will still put this here. DO NOT use the oven, blow dryer, or microwave to dry up your phone. That is yet another Science of Stupid material.
Rice is not the king, consider other options
When you drop your phone in water, most (if not all) people will recommend you to keep the phone is a bag of rice. But is that effective? Yes, to an extent. Can a bag of rice solve all the water damage brought onto your phone? Hardly so.
While rice may be a good option, but research suggests that it might take four years to remove all the water residue completely. Silica gel, oatmeal, or instant rice are good options to get all that residue water out.
So, the best way to go about your drowned device is simple, right? Grab it as fast as you can, turn it off, and take the removable parts out. Dry everything and place it in a bag of some drying agent. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
But wait. Who are you kidding? You know the warranty was violated the moment your phone dived into the water. And no magic in the world can bring back your phone. So, dispose of it safely (because we are all responsible people) and GET A NEW PHONE! Just invest in some waterproof phone or a waterproof next time.