Whether you dropped it in the pool, in the bath at your off-campus digs, or you accidentally left it outside before a thunderstorm hit unexpectedly, there are few situations more stress-inducing than a drowned smartphone. After all, these smart essentials certainly aren’t cheap! The good news is that there are various courses of action that you can take to possibly salvage your favourite gadget. Here’s what you need to know.
Retrieving a drowning smartphone
Step 1: Retrieve it, QUICKLY
The longer a smart device is submerged in water, or any liquid for that matter, the more significant the damage will be. So, do your best to get it out as quickly as possible.
Step 2: Switch it off
Don’t try to play around with it to see if it still works as this could cause a short circuit. Rather switch it off immediately, remove any cases or protective covers, and take the battery out (if it’s removable).
Step 3: Dry it off
Don’t listen to any internet hacks that encourage you to stick your smartphone in the oven or blow dry it with a hairdryer. Instead, grab a dry cloth and give the device a wipe.
Inspect the charging point, MicroSD, and SIM slot for any residual moisture. Use a can of compressed air (if you happen to have one lying around) to blow it out. Or blow through your mouth at a strategic angle to remove it – just be careful not to blow it deeper inside!
Step 4: Drop it into a container with synthetic desiccants
You know that square-shaped packet that you find inside pillboxes and shoeboxes that are always labelled ‘do not eat’? They are designed to quickly absorb any moisture that could cause damage to a product – and they are a fantastic solution for sucking out all of the liquid still lingering inside your phone. So, start collecting them now and store them in an airtight container. You never know when they’ll come in handy!
If you have the cash available, it’s always worthwhile to take your phone to a professional for liquid damage repair. It might be expensive but will almost certainly be cheaper than forking out for an entirely new device. Good luck!