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Tutorial How to save phone if it's get wet

Discussion started by La Freak, Mar 12, 2013.

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  1. La Freak

    La Freak Support Team Staff Member Support Team

    Ever dropped your cell phone in the sink, or even worse... the toilet? Did you ever leave it in your pocket and run it through the washer? Did you ever swim with your cell phone in your pocket? Ever have it fall into the pet's water bowl? Getting your cell phone wet usually means you have to replace it, but sometimes if you're fast enough, you might be able to save the phone! Follow the steps outlined in this article to try and save your wet cell phone.



    1 Take the phone out of the water as soon as possible. The plastic covers on cell phones are fairly tight, but water can enter the phone in a short period of
    time, perhaps only 20 seconds or less.

    Grab your phone quickly! Don't switch
    the phone on, as this can cause it to
    short circuit – if it has been in water,
    assume it needs drying immediately whether or not it is working. If you can't get to the phone in time,
    your best bet is to remove the battery
    while it is still under water. Water helps
    to dissipate heat from shorts that can
    damage the phone, so most damage
    occurs when the inside of the phone is wet and connected to a power source.
    This can go both ways, however. Being
    under water is more likely to short the
    battery to even more sensitive contacts,
    so be careful.

    2 Don't panic. Your phone will probably not be too damaged if you take it out of
    the water right away. A longer period of
    immersion, such as being in the washing
    machine cycle, will be cause for more
    alarm but it is still worth trying the
    following steps before giving up completely.

    3 Remove the battery. This is one of the most important steps. Don't take time
    to think about it; electricity and water do
    not mix. Cutting power to your phone is
    a crucial first step in saving it. Many
    circuits inside the phone will survive
    immersion in water provided they are not attached to a power source when


    To find out if the phone is truly water
    damaged, check the corner near where
    the battery is – there should be a white
    square or circle, with or without red
    lines. If this is pink or red, your phone
    has water damage. Quickly read the manual to your phone if
    you're not sure how to remove the

    4 Remove the SIM card if you have a GSM carrier. Some or all of your valuable contacts (along with other data) could
    be stored on your SIM. For many people,
    this could be more worth saving than
    the phone itself. SIM cards survive water
    damage well, but some of the following
    steps might damage it, so getting it out immediately makes good sense. Just pat
    it dry and leave it aside until you need to
    connect your phone to your cellular

    5 Remove all other peripherals and covers that can be removed. Remove any covers and external connectors to
    open up as many gaps, slots, and
    crevices in the phone as possible.

    6 Dry your phone. If there is even one drop of water left inside, it can ruin your
    phone by corroding it and making the
    wrong contact. Obviously you need to
    remove as much of the water as soon as
    possible, to prevent it from easing its
    way into the phone:


    Gently wipe off as much water as
    possible without dropping the phone.
    Avoid shaking or moving the phone
    excessively, so as to avoid moving water
    through it.
    Wipe down using a towel or paper
    towel. Ideally, try not to clog the wet
    paper in the gaps and grooves of the
    phone. Keep wiping, to gently remove
    as much of the remaining water as
    (Optional): If you pulled the battery out
    in time, cleaning the inside of your
    phone with cleaning ******* (*******
    will displace the water) or contact spray
    might remedy the problem. Wipe with something soft and dry
    Wipe with something soft and dry Dry any remaining excess moisture by
    moving your dry or mitten-clad hand
    across the surface.

    7 Use a vacuum cleaner if possible. If you want to try and suck the liquid out
    of the inner parts of the phone, try using
    a vacuum cleaner. Remove all residual
    moisture by drawing it away with a
    vacuum cleaner held over the affected
    areas for up to 20 minutes, in each accessible area (take it in turns with a
    friend). This is the fastest method and
    can completely dry out your phone and
    get it working in thirty minutes.
    However, unless the exposure to water
    was extremely short, it's not recommended to attempt to turn your
    phone on this soon.
    Be careful not to
    hold the vacuum too close to the phone,
    as a vacuum can create static electricity,
    which is even worse for the phone.


    Contrary to common advice, it is not recommended that you use a hair dryer (not even on the "cold" mode) to dry out the phone.
    Using a hair dryer may force moisture further into the small components, deep inside the phone, as the air blows inward. And if it is too warm, it will likely melt them. If moisture is driven deeper inside, corrosion and oxidation may result when minerals from liquids are deposited on the circuitry. Using a hairdryer might be a temporary fix, but this will eventually cause component failure inside the phone.
    8 Use a substance with a high affinity for water to help draw out moisture. Leave the phone in a bowl or bag of
    uncooked rice overnight. The rice would
    absorb any remaining moisture.
    If available, it is preferable to use
    desiccant instead. Desiccant will absorb
    moisture better than rice. If you use this
    method, slip the cell phone inside a
    plastic bag that can be sealed or a plastic
    container (airtight). Add the desiccant packet (often found with shoes, noodle
    packets, etc.) in with the cell phone.
    Leave as long as possible (overnight) to
    absorb the moisture. Rotate the phone to a different position
    every hour until you go to sleep. This
    will allow any water left inside to run
    down and hopefully find an opening to

    9 Let the phone sit on absorbent towels, napkin, or other paper. After removing the phone from the rice or
    desiccant (or if you were not able to use
    either method), place the phone on
    absorbent material. Remember that the
    goal is to evacuate all of the moisture
    and humidity, not to trap it or add even more.
    Check the absorbent material every hour
    for 4 to 6 hours. If moisture is evident,
    repeat the vacuuming step and
    desiccant steps

    10 Test your phone. After you have waited at least 24 hours, or longer if
    possible, check to see that everything on
    and in your cell phone is clean and looks
    Re-attach the battery to the phone.
    Try turning it on. If your phone still does not work, try plugging it into its charger without the battery. If this works, you need a new battery. If not, try taking your cell phone to an authorized dealer. Sometimes they can fix it. Don't try to hide the fact that it has been wet – there are internal indicators that prove moisture and they're more likely to be able to help you if you explain exactly what has happened.

    11 Take the phone apart if your phone doesn't turn on at all. If you feel comfortable doing this, try taking it
    First, make sure that you have all
    of the right parts and know exactly
    where they go. Be sure to put
    everything back in its proper place once
    finished. As you're disassembling it, pat each individual part dry with a small
    towel and use the vacuum cleaner once
    more on the crevices (but be careful not
    to accidentally suck up any loose parts –
    keep them well to one side, or stretch a
    length of old *****hose over the nozzle).
    If this doesn't work, or you're
    too unsure about undoing your phone,
    get help from cell phone professionals.

    If your phone is powering up but still acting strange after you've dried it, then it's probable that you've missed some liquid, or that the corrosion has already occurred. Dis-assembly and cleaning with a toothbrush and appropriate solvent may fix it. For the fainthearted, a skilled technician or engineer can often fix such an issue easily and quickly.

    Credits to BLACK SAMURAI :)
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  2. Tremendous post, loads of beneficial information. I am about to show my buddies and ask them what they think.
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