Customer: Hello Gadget Clinic.
Gadget Clinic: Good morning Sir. Thanks for calling Gadget Clinic. How may we be of service?
Customer: Please help! Its my phone! I got drenched in the rain and water has entered my phone! What can I do?
This short episode is what no one prays to happen but it does.
Yesterday alone, we received about 5 calls like this from people who got drenched in rain.
Asides it happening when one gets drenched, it could happen in the kitchen, bathroom, toilet or even while listening to your favourite track doing laundry.
Hence, we decided to share “first aid” tips to follow in order to salvage the life of your phone.
Take Out the Battery – Don’t turn your phone off and don’t wait another second. Take off the back case and remove the battery from your phone. If you leave it in or try to turn it back on or off it may cause your phone to short circuit.
Remove the SD Card, SIM Card, Headphones, and Other Accessories – Remove all the accessories from your phone that you possibly can.
Lightly Dry Off Your Water Damaged Phone and Accessories – Use a completely dry cloth to lightly dab the wet phone and all the components you took out. Do not wipe. This will just cause the water to spread around. Also, don’t use a hair dryer or fan to dry the phone. This may damage the internal components as they tend to force moisture further into the components in the phone.
Absorb the Moisture – Remember that the goal is to suck all the moisture and humidity out of the phone not to blow it even further in and create even more evil humidity deep inside. However, the following methods can be used:
- Uncooked Rice – Bury the phone inside rice, you can leave it for as long as 72 hours. Rice will help absorb moisture
- Silica Gel – The best common drying agent is silica gel, which can be found commonly in new shoes.
- Open Air – leave the device in an open space (such as a counter top) with good air circulation.
Resist the Urge to Turn it On – Give your phone a few days to dry. Water may be trapped in tight spots or absorbed into your phone’s circuit boards.
Test it Out – Once your phone is dry and reassembled, it may turn right on. If not, there are a few things you can try:
- Charge it – A few hours of charging may get it going.
- Swap the Battery – Two of our drowned iPhones came back to life with a battery swap.
- Keep your Cards – Your SIM and SD cards contain your contact lists and some of your data.
However, if all these fail, contact us for professional diagnostics and final verdict.
We wish you a great week!