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Dropped Your Phone In Water? Things To Do.

Dropped Your Phone In Water?  Things To Do.
April 27
10:05 2015

It has happened to the best of us: accidentally dropping a smartphone in water and then frantically trying anything and everything to recover it.

But worry not, help is here. We tell you how best you can save your smartphone if it has taken a dip in water.

Please keep in mind that there is no guarantee that your phone will survive a dunking in water.

There is only a 50 per cent chance of your phone working again.

In case the phone does not work even after trying out the rice method, take it to an authorised service centre.

They will be able to dismantle your phone and assess the damage better.

Remember that water damage is not covered in the standard warranty of your smartphone.

Switch it Off

Since chances are that your phone was powered on when you dropped it in water, it is advisable to switch it off immediately after taking it out.

Switching the phone off will prevent any short circuits from damaging the internals of the phone.

Remove Everything

After switching off the phone, start removing everything possible from the phone.

Remove the battery, sim cards, memory cards as well as any accessory (stylus, case, cover, skin).

You can easily wipe these off with a dry cloth so that no water remains on these items.

Shake it off

Gently shake the phone to get rid of any water present in the headphone jack, charging port or under the physical buttons.

After this, wipe the phone with a dry cloth, toilet paper or paper napkins thoroughly to remove any water present on the exterior.

Bury it in Rice

This is one of the most commonly used and known techniques. Get an airtight container or a ziplock bag and fill it with uncooked rice. Place your phone inside the rice, shut the ziplock bag/container tight and keep it in a dry place.

You can also try using oatmeal or silica gel packs.

Wait it Out

Leave the phone in the rice for at least 24 to 48 hours. Ideally, do not even try to take the phone out to check if it has started working or not. If there wasn’t too much water damage, your phone should start working.

 Tip to Protect Your Phone

There are a couple of ways of preventing your phone from getting damaged by water in the first place.

If you are travelling in the rainy season or going to a beach/swimming pool, then you can get a waterproof carry pouch.


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