We will be honest with you, it’s probably one of our worst nightmares. The cell phone has been dropped down the toilet or bath (or worse yet, into the water) or you have jumped into the pool with it in your pocket or it has been soaked while you were walking in the rain. In a moment, all your photos, videos, notes, and conversations could disappear into thin air, and the warranty does not cover any damage caused by water. Some people, just by listening to this alone, are able to suffer a mini-heart attack.
But don’t panic! Bright Side has some good news for you – not all may be lost, and here are some first aid tips for rescuing your drowned phone.
1. Take it out of the water immediately
Even though it sounds obvious, you may think that it shouldn’t even be a priority at this point. However, every second counts, and you might still be able to save your phone.
2. Turn it off
Usually when your phone falls into water, it will shut off on its own, but if it doesn’t, turn it off immediately or remove the battery to shut it down instantly. As a result, it will be protected from short circuits.
3. Take out the battery (if possible)
You can skip this step if you have a cell phone that doesn’t allow you to remove the battery, such as an iPhone. Nevertheless, if getting the battery out of the phone is possible, do it as soon as possible. As a result, the phone will not be fried. The power supply will be cut off and further damage won’t occur.
4. Take out the sim and memory cards and all other peripherals.
The phone’s gaps and slots should be free of all covers and plugs. With a microfiber material or a towel, wipe your phone dry (paper should not be used as its particles can clog up the phone’s gaps).
5. Put it in a vacuum bag
The water will be able to be drained from the slots and the difficult-to-reach areas. Put the phone into a plastic bag and inhale the air, creating a vacuum. In essence, it will drain the liquid from the phone’s inner parts.
6. Put it in a bowl of rice or other absorbent
There is no myth about it. If you try to dry the phone with a handkerchief, you won’t be able to reach inside, so you’re going to need something to absorb the moisture…like uncooked rice. All the parts of the phone should go into a bowl of rice for about two days. As an alternative to cat litter, silica gel sachets (found in vitamins, dry foods, and new shoe boxes) can absorb water.
7. Turn it on…and keep your fingers crossed
Bright Side is very optimistic and never gives up hope even if technicians warn that the phone may suffer water damage if it falls in.
If you don’t let the phone dry for at least two days and you don’t resist the urge to turn it on, you will be wasting all your efforts if even one tiny water particle remains inside. Wishing you all the best!