What to do if the phone got into the water or spilled liquid on it

Protection against moisture and dust is not provided for in all phones, and even those devices that are endowed with this advantage have different degrees of protection, determined by accepted standards. So, waterproof devices are protected from minor ingress of water, but do not withstand immersion in water, waterproof devices can already endure a more serious test. Ordinary smartphones and push-button telephones, and most of them, are not adapted to life under water at all and bathing is absolutely contraindicated for them, although modern devices are notable for good tightness.

How to dry the phone from water.

If due to your activity you often have to contact with water or be near it, then you may be using a special case that does not let moisture through, or you have got a smartphone resistant to water. But such a nuisance can happen, and quite suddenly, it is unlikely to be foreseen and prepared for such a thing. Even the most accurate owner, who diligently protects the mobile phone from getting wet near a possible source, can wet the device, dropping it into water or spilling liquid on it, and if not himself, then people who are nearby can help him in this. No one is immune from this, so it is important to know how to provide first aid and what actions should be taken next to save the device. Yes, there is no absolute guarantee of the rescue of a drowned man, but the chances of bringing him back to life, provided that the right actions are taken, are quite high, especially if contact with water was short-lived.

First steps

The first step is to get the device out of the water (if it’s not about spilled liquid on the phone), but about immersion. Respond in this situation should be immediately, this is the case when the account goes on for seconds. The penetration of water into the device will lead to inevitable consequences for the "iron", since the impact on electronic elements can provoke their imminent failure. And if the components do not burn immediately as a result of the closure, then later corrosion will do its job, so the reaction rate at this stage plays a primary role. With a long stay in the water, the probability to save the device, unprotected from moisture, tends to zero, and they will not be able to help you even in service. Through the holes in the structure (connectors, speakers, etc.), the liquid seeps very quickly and your goal is to prevent prolonged stay in the water.

IMPORTANT. If a trouble occurs while charging the device, neither the phone nor the charger can be touched until the socket is de-energized. The tarnished reputation of the device is nothing compared to the consequences for its owner.

Remove battery SIM and memory card

The next thing to do if the phone fell into the water will be to remove the battery and cards, if there is a cover, remove it. The included smartphone needs to be turned off, although most often it turns itself off, but you cannot turn it on or press buttons to make sure that it is working. With the removal of the battery is also better to hurry, because it is necessary to completely de-energize the device in order to avoid short circuit. Remove the cover of the device and remove the battery (if the design provides), then a memory card and SIM. If any devices have been connected to it, they must also be disconnected immediately. If there are plugs on the connectors, it is desirable to leave them open for air circulation.

Wipe the phone

Now it is necessary to fix the device vertically and to wipe well all accessible surfaces of the housing inside and out, connectors, contacts and elements that have been removed. For this purpose, suitable dry absorbent wipes, lint-free cloths, towels. If water gets into the phone, it is necessary to get rid of every drop of water, since even the minimum amount of moisture can completely destroy the device. If salt water or other liquids of various origins, especially sticky (for example, often talking about beverages), are used, the parts must first be washed with clean water so that after the device dries, the aggressive substances contained in the liquids do not destroy the elements. It is better to use distilled water. In the case of a slight ingress of water or other spilled liquids, you should treat the surface of the smartphone with alcohol, due to the properties of which the moisture will be removed.

How to dry the phone

The next step in saving the apparatus will be its drying. This process can take several days, depending on the scale of the incident, but it is necessary to sustain the time until the device dries completely. If he spilled water on the phone or he experienced a deep dive, the main components of the success of the resurrection of the drowned man are speed at the first stage of resuscitation, as well as attentiveness and patience at the second. Often it is possible to manage to open the case and remove the battery, but sometimes you will need a more careful analysis of parts.

Disassemble the device as far as possible, of course, if you have the skills. In this case, do not forget about the subsequent assembly after drying, so remember, write down, and better take pictures of the disassembly, otherwise it is possible that in the process of assembly extra parts will be found. When disassembling a smartphone, you should be aware that the guarantee for it in this case will cease to operate. Although, if the phone is not protected from moisture, bathed, as a rule, no guarantees are out of the question. Dry the device well using the following methods:

  • Natural drying of components (moisture tends to evaporate, while it is important to provide the necessary conditions so that the process takes less time, the disassembled phone should be in a dry ventilated room, it can be in the sun).
  • The use of absorbents, such as silica gel. Silica gel balls in which the device is immersed absorb moisture very well. As an alternative, in the absence of this possibility, rice is used, which is also known for its good moisture-absorbing properties. Here there is one nuance, grains or silica gel balls that have absorbed moisture, get wet and do not allow the device to dry properly, so you need to change them. Rice can also fall into the trash, which will stick to the parts and disrupt their normal functioning.
  • Removal of moisture by treatment with alcohol.
  • An effective way is to use a vacuum cleaner, with it you can pull out moisture from the phone. Use the narrowest nozzle and, without touching the surfaces of the smartphone and components, follow the procedure.

Although good air circulation is a fundamental factor in the success of drying, you should not try to speed up the process by using hot hair dryers, batteries, ovens or microwaves. Of course, many people often resort to a hairdryer, but this is not the best solution. Instead, it is better to use a vacuum cleaner. If you still decide to dry your smartphone and its components with a hairdryer, do it, at least in the cold air mode and do not direct the dryer too close to the device.

How to remove water from the speaker

In the case when the user spilled water on the phone, if liquid enters the speaker hole, it is recommended to perform similar actions with the device. We remove the battery and dry it naturally, preferably in the sun, use wipes to blot the liquid, wipe it with alcohol, use absorbents. With a strong wetting device is better to disassemble for drying, but if you do not have these skills, contact the service. There is also a special software of smartphones that reproduces high-frequency sounds, squeezing moisture out of the speaker. For example, in the case of the iPhone, you can use the free Sonic application that generates sounds.

We collect and include

Depending on the scale of the problem, it may take different times to completely dry the structural elements from one and a half to two days to ten. Before you assemble and turn on the device, you need to check whether all the parts are well dried, whether there are no oxides. Hurry in this matter should not be. If the moisture has completely disappeared, we return the battery to its place (if disassembled in more detail, we collect in the reverse order), turn on and evaluate the operation of the device. We also insert a SIM card and check the operation. As a result of the check, it will be determined whether the normal operation of the phone has been restored, it may be necessary to replace any items (connectors, batteries, etc.). If the smartphone does not turn on or its work is broken, we go to the service, where, after diagnosing the device, I will tell you whether you can restore it or not.

Even the inclusion and operation of the device does not mean that the parts did not begin to collapse. Remains of moisture can lead to corrosion process, which sooner or later will do its dirty deed and disable the device. You can also contact the service center, where the inside of the device will be treated with an anti-corrosion compound. You should not try to hide the fact of the incident, the service technicians will still find a drowned person in the diagnosis. Better to tell about it immediately.

What not to do with a wet phone

Now let's talk about how to prevent mistakes and not harm the device even more if the smartphone got into the water or liquid is spilled on it:

  • You can not turn on the phone if it turned off when it is wet, or press the buttons.
  • In no case do not connect the device to the power supply.
  • It is extremely undesirable to feverishly shake the device or knock on it.
  • Do not blow into the holes of the phone; with this, you will only spread the moisture over the elements where it has not reached yet.
  • You should not completely disassemble the machine into parts without the certainty that you are able to correctly assemble. In addition, water can leak even deeper due to detailed disassembly, elements can be damaged. Without special skills, it is better to limit withdrawal of the battery and cards.
  • Do not heat the hair dryer, do not put the device on the battery, heaters, in the oven, microwave, etc. Strong heating can damage electronic components.
  • Do not turn on the smartphone until complete evaporation of moisture.

In a situation when the device gets wet, often the owners of smartphones panic and cause even more damage with their actions. So, the device can fail due to incorrect user actions, and not under the influence of water. There is no guarantee that the phone will be saved and fully restored, even if you did everything correctly. In addition, not every service center will undertake to solve a similar problem, while also they can not guarantee you anything. But often, as a result of the right measures, it is still possible to reanimate the bathing phone, so don’t be in a hurry to write it off and take all the necessary actions to save, because the chances of a device’s survival are still there.