How To Revive Your Wet Cell Phone
It’s a long standing rule that electronics and water really don’t get along. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, such as water – cooled computers, but generally, the rule applies everywhere.
One popular situation where liquids and electronics don’t mix is cell phones and the bathroom. Many people bring their cell phones to their bathroom. Typically, they place them beside the sink. While washing their hands, the phone could get wet from the splash, or it could just simply fall into the sink.
So what do you do? If you ever drop your cell phone in liquid, don’t panic. More often than not, they can be revived, and you don’t have to take your phone to the repair store! You just need to keep your cool.
When you find your cell phone swimming in water, don’t panic! Panic is the number one cause for a million headaches later. People overreact when their cell phone swims in the toilet bowl. Just immediately take it out of the water.
After you’ve taken it out of the water, the next thing you have to do is remove the battery. This will prevent the cell phone from taking even more damage, as the phone will obviously have been on when it fell into the water. By cutting off the power supply immediately, you prevent any shorting out in the circuitry, thus saving you from a world of pain.
After removing the battery, taking out the other parts should be next on the list. If you have a cell phone with a keyboard, it’s best to take it out. If you have a touch screen smartphone, then, well, there’s not much else you can take out.
Basically, remove anything on your cell phone that can be removed, such as panels, SIM card and other bits and pieces.
Now, you’ll want to make sure you dry any droplets of water inside the phone. Get some tissue paper and pat it lightly. If you brush the tissue paper across the phone, small bits of the paper can get stuck inside, which can be very annoying afterwards.
At this point, you might be tempted to use a hair dryer. While it looks like it may help, it will actually make things worse. You may damage sensitive components inside your phone. The only way to make your phone work again is time.
Now here comes the waiting part. You may have heard that dipping your phone in a bowl of rice helps absorb the moisture in your phone. True, that technique works and has saved plenty of electronics in the past. All you have to do is bury your phone in some uncooked rice and then wait overnight. Shift the position of the phone every once in a while to make sure water escapes from every possible location.
If you’ve left your phone overnight, then you can try turning it on again. If it doesn’t work, that means the battery probably shorted out. Try replacing the battery first. If it still doesn’t work, then it’s definitely time to go to the repair shop to have it fixed.