How to Fix a Water Damaged Phone
We’ve all been there or almost been in a position at some point where we’ve almost dropped our phone in a puddle, in a sink or even in the toilet. It’s always good to know what to do and what NOT to do in these situations. Nothing wrong with preparing for the worst. Most phones generally tend to be water-resistant as it is, however, there’s some tips and tricks that everyone can use to avoid damage or prevent it from getting any worse. Let’s begin by covering what you SHOULDN’T do.
What NOT to do
- Keep the phone switched off. When water comes into play with electrical components it doesn’t work out too well, so you should avoid this to begin with and not switch it on.
- Don’t plug it into any switch or connect it to any power source whatsoever. This includes plugging it into the mains charger or a USB charger. This is a big nope.
- Try not to mess around with buttons or push too hard on the phone or move it around too much. You don’t want to push the phone into deeper areas of the phone, this could worsen the condition of the phone if already damaged so avoid fidgeting with it too much.
- Blow or Hair dryers are a big no, this isn’t something you want to do as it could retain the water inside the phone or push it further.
- Do not place it on the heater or radiator either, too much excessive heat can damage the phone, and I’m sure we can agree this is the last thing we want to do.
- Use common sense, if you think it may damage the phone further or if you’re unsure of how it may affect the phone, it’s probably a good idea to not to do it.
Take apart the water damaged phone
To fix a water damaged phone, Any part that you can easily take off the phone, should be removed. This means the back cover, casing, the battery, sim card, memory card etc. Wipe everything down using a paper towel.
If you know your phones and are able to take it apart easily, then by all means go ahead and do this for all the other parts. Drying each item individually makes a difference and will help each piece dry up quicker. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing then be careful, you don’t want to void your warranty or cause more harm to your phone. So avoid doing anything you’re not comfortable doing.
Dry using a paper towel
Get rid of all the excess water on the exterior, do this by using a paper towel to dry each item individually. Don’t use too much force or try too hard because you don’t want to damage the phone further by applying too much force.
If you have a low suction vacuum cleaner, then you can use this to suction the water out of the phone. Use something small and keep it on minimal power so it doesn’t damage any of the phone’s components, and keep a fair distance depending on the suction power.
Drying it Out
A very common practice is to place your phone in a zip lock bag full of rice and leaving your mobile phone untouched for about 2-3 days. It’s the only way you’ll fully dry out the phone of any moisture and it’s the most effective.
This is inevitably the hardest step as you can’t touch or use the phone throughout this period, you could really leave it on a desktop and let it dry out its elves, however using a bag of rice will only speed the process and do no harm.
Rice is good at absorbing humidity in the air. You could use this or silica gel packs, you could easily purchase these off Amazon.
..and we’re done
Once 2-3 days have passed, it’s the moment of truth. Pull out your phone from the back and put it all back together. Plug it in, turn it on and see how that works out for you. If it works, then well done. You’ve repaired it successfully. Make sure to test all the components, such as the microphone, speaker, camera, battery etc.
If the phone doesn’t work, then feel free to hit us up and we’ll have a look at it for you or repair it at our shop in Bolton, ImFixed and Mobi 4u based on Tonge Moor Road.
Alternatively, you could visit Imfixed, a mobile repair store in Bolton to get your water damaged phone fixed quickly.