How to fix a water damaged phone
Accidentally dropped your cell phone in the sink or in the toilet when you were in a rush?
Left your phone in the pocket and washed it with the clothes?
Got thrown in the swimming pool by your friends just for the fun of it?
Got beaten by the rain or disregarded and went swimming with your phone in your pocket?
Your phone dropped out of your pocket and dropped into the pet’s water bowl?
Do not panic and do NOT put it in rice!
Getting your phone wet as a general rule infers that you might have to get a new one, however if you act fast, you can prevent your phone from getting water damaged. Here are 10 steps on how to fix a water damaged phone – you should take immediately after your phone has been taken out of the water:
Turn your phone off immediately
Remove your phone from water as soon as possible. Once your phone is exposed to water, all areas in the phone are affected immediately, including ports for hands free unit, openings for receiver, charging, USB link network and the plastic covers on your phone. Take your telephone out of the water, and turn it off immediately.
Remove the battery
As soon as you get the cell phone out of water, rapidly assemble some paper towels or delicate fabrics to lay the telephone on while you evacuate the battery cover and the battery. This is one of the most crucial steps in saving a wet phone. Numerous circuits inside the telephone will survive inundation in water, provided that they are not connected to a power source such as a battery when wet. To see whether the phone is really water damaged, check the corner close where the battery is – there ought to be a white square or hover, with or without red lines. In the event that this is pink or red, your telephone has water harm. Rapidly read the manual to your telephone in case you’re not certain how to remove the battery.
Evacuate the SIM card
Evacuate the SIM card if your telephone has one. A significant part of your valuable contacts could be stored on your SIM. In some cases, this could be more profitable and deserving of being saved than the telephone itself.
SIM cards survive water harm well, however getting it out instantly bodes well. Pat it dry and put it aside to dry out until you reconnect your telephone again. (In case your telephone does not have a SIM card, skip this step).
Evaluate how much water has been in contact with the phone
If there is significant water damage (i.e. after dropping it in the toilet, the phone was fully submerged in water, or the phone was left in the washing machine for long), the best chance of recovering the phone is to send it to a professional like CaseMogul immediately and having them professionally disassemble and clean it out for water. The longer you wait to do this step, the chances to recover the phone become less. DO NOT ATTEMPT to turn your phone on again. There is a chance that it may work, but since it is weakened by water and it will break down shortly in a matter of days if it’s not cleaned out.
If there was only slight water contact,( i.e. you dropped it in a puddle but it was not FULLY Submerged or obviously had no liquid seeping into the phone itself, then proceed to the rest of the steps below.
DO NOT PUT IT IN RICE!
A common misconception is to place the phone in rice or any silica to absorb water. Unfortunately this is more of a myth than an actual solution. Rice does not absorb water well enough to prevent corrosion from occurring and in fact, you will likely have rice pieces stuck in critical holes in the device which you will have a hard time removing afterwards.
Dry with a towel or piece of cloth
Dry your phone with a delicate cloth or towel. On the off chance that there is even one drop of water left inside, it can destroy your phone by consuming it and making the circuits erode or short out. Clearly, you have to evacuate how ever much of the water as fast as could be expected, to keep it from steering its way into the telephone.
Tenderly wipe off as much water as could reasonably be expected without dropping the telephone. Abstain from shaking or moving the phone unreasonably, in order to abstain from moving water through it. Wipe down utilizing a towel or paper towel, making an effort not to obstruct the paper in the crevices and scores of the telephone. Continue wiping delicately to expel as much of the remaining water as possible.
Use a vacuum cleaner
Utilize a vacuum cleaner. In the event that you need to attempt to drain the fluid out of the internal parts of the telephone, take a shot at utilizing a vacuum cleaner if there is one accessible. Expel all lingering dampness by drawing it away with a vacuum cleaner held over the influenced zones for up to 20 minutes, in each open region.
This is the quickest strategy and can totally dry out your telephone and make them work in thirty minutes. Nonetheless, unless the presentation to water was to a great degree short, it’s not prescribed to endeavor to turn your telephone on this soon. Be mindful so as not to hold the vacuum excessively near the telephone, as a vacuum can make electricity produced via friction, which is surprisingly more damaging to the phone than water.
Leave the phone on retentive material
Give the telephone a chance to sit on retentive towels, napkins or other paper. Put the telephone level on a spongy material. Keep in mind that the objective is to drain away a greater part of the dampness and moistness from the phone. Leave the phone for 4 to 6 hours. On the off chance that dampness is still apparent, rehash the vacuuming step. It is important to try these steps as quickly as possible. Most repair shops are able to fix cell phones brought to them within 24 hours of water damage.
Test the phone
After you have done your best to dry your cell phone as much as possible, verify that each part of your cell phone is completely spotless and looks dry. Check every one of the ports and compartments for any dampness or earth. Wipe away any water and dirt from the cell phone. Turn it on and try to look for any odd signals and sounds. Sometimes a screen can show water marks as seen below which indicates that there is likely internal water damage. We would recommend you take it to a repair shop at this point for them to do a thorough clean of the internal components.
If the phone does not turn on, try connecting the phone to its charger without the battery if your telephone is totally dried out. If this works, you will most likely need another battery.
Take the phone a professional cellphone repair store
The longer you wait the more damage your phone incurs. If you cannot recover your cell phone despite having taken all the aforementioned steps, you should rush your cell phone to an approved repair shop to minimize chances of further damage. If your phone is not saved in time, there could be non-modular (other than screen) damages as well. Most repair shops are able to fix those as well for an additional cost.
CaseMogul is a Cellphone Repair Store in Calgary, Alberta. We have 4 retail locations across Calgary, including Market Mall, Chinook Mall, Southcenter Mall and Crossiron Mills. Our technicians have gone through extensive and continuous training to work with almost all smartphones, including iPhone, Android, Google, Sony, HTC and Tablets. We also accept mail-in repair from all of Canada. Contact us today or book your appointment online with us!