How To Rescue A Wet Phone
- Product Reviews
- 28 Aug, 2019
Did you know that, in most cases, it’s what you do after you’ve dropped the phone in water that determines whether or not it will continue working? In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know and do in order to rescue your phone. After all, accidents like this aren’t rare. So, knowing how to deal with them would definitely come in handy.
(Do note, however, that the following method will not work will sugary drinks like sodas and lemonade.)
#1 Remove the phone’s battery
This may not be an option for everyone because some of the latest smartphones come with an in-built battery. If your phone’s battery is removable, then take it out as soon as you pick up your phone. In fact, it would be better if you did it without even switching the phone off. That way, you could prevent any possible short circuits.
Will removing the battery without switching the phone off damage the phone?
The only thing that might happen is you’ll lose current information like a half-typed text or email. That being said, re-typing a message is free of charge. But, buying a new phone requires a lot of money. So, you’d rather lose your message than the phone.
In case your phone has a non-removable battery, you have no choice but to turn it off.
#2 Wipe the water off
After you have removed the battery or switched the phone off, wipe it thoroughly using an absorbent cloth or paper towels. When doing this, make sure you gently absorb the water — don’t let it enter the phone’s open ports. In fact, make sure you wipe all the ports as well.
Once you’ve wiped the exterior of the phone, shake it gently so that any remaining water leaks out. If you think there’s more water inside, wipe what leaked and repeat the process until there’s nothing left.
#3 Put the phone in a bowl of raw rice
Using rice to absorb water is a life hack that many people aren’t aware of. After you’ve wiped the phone to the best of your ability, simply place it in a bowl of raw rice. Rice is a desiccant — it will absorb any remaining water.
Do make sure that none of the rice grains enter any of the phone’s ports. In order to avoid that, place the phone in such a way that the ports are facing downwards.
#4 Leave the phone aside for a minimum of 24 hours
This part has to be the hardest, considering how much we use our phones nowadays. But, if you really want to rescue it, then you’ll have to let it rest for at least 24 hours. It would be preferable to keep the phone (in its bowl of rice) inside an airy cupboard, so that it dries fully. Whatever happens, just make sure you don’t try to switch the phone on at any time in between.
After 24 hours, if not longer, remove the phone from the bowl of rice and check if any grains have entered its open ports. Now, you can switch the phone on and pray all the effort you put was worth it.