Cell phones falling into water are comically common and disturbing at the same time. It needs some quick action as well as damage control. In order to salvage the situation, there are a few things that you can do. Get it out of water quickly and dismantle all parts. The Memory card should be saved first as it contains all data. The device should be put into absorbing towels and dried off.
Water and Phones – The Do’s and Don’ts
What to do when your phone takes a spill? It’s the absolute worst. We’ve all heard of the horrors of liquid damage. We’ve got do’s and don’ts when your phone gets wet.
1. Turn off your phone!
I know it is tempting to leave it on and try to use it, but don’t. Any electrical charge from the battery can instantly fry your phone, resulting in lots of 🙁 emojis.
2. DO NOT PLUG IT IN!!!
It doesn’t turn on right away? Oh, well lets try to plug it in and see if that works. DON’T DO IT! Just like rule 1, it can and most likely will fry your phone.
3. Putting it in rice or using a hair dryer is a myth.
Rice absorbs water. Water = bad. Rice taking all water out of your phone = good right? Sadly no. While this does absorb a lot of the moisture from the enclosure, what it does not do is remove the conductive mineral residue that the water/liquid leaves behind. So while your phone may be dry, using it can result in the phone shorting itself out. The hair dryer is exactly the same result.
4. Do not bake your phone in the oven.
While this may seem to help, exposing your device to excessive heat can cause irreparable damage to the phone’s logic board, meaning you’ll be replacing your phone altogether.
5. Bring your phone into a local repair shop.
We service all types of phones, whether it is an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or LG and many others. The diagnostics fee is from €20-€35 for a liquid residue cleaning service . If there are any other parts required to fix the device , the cost will be given in advance with no-obligation to proceed with repair . If we cannot fix your phone, or if it costs more than you are comfortable with, we can give you back the phone just pay the diagnostics fee and collect it back from us.