What the heck!!
Your phone has just taken a dive into water. What to do?
Smartphones and other electronic objects will end up in the water for various reasons. For those who love to spend their weekend by the pool, your telephones forgotten in bathing suits and not-so-friendly friends pushing you into the swimming pool, the likelihood of your phone taking a bath is very real.
Moreover, with the multiplicity of connected objects, one will easily forget to remove his smartwatch or a connected bracelet before diving. Unfortunately, many of these devices are not waterproof.
Note that we are primarily interested in phones, but most of these tips can apply to any electronic gadget.
Removing the phone immediately after dropping in water would certainly minimize the likelihood of damage.
Note that smartphone warranty often does not cover water damage.
Opening up the phone may require special tools. if it has a non removable battery, this is even a more dire situation . A certain level of savoir-faire may be necessary – attempting to fix things yourself could increase the likelihood of damage.
Instead, it is recommended that the following be done:
- Remove the phone from the liquid as soon as possible, the more time passes, the greater the likelihood of damage.
- Resist the temptation to press the buttons to check that everything is working. This could cause the liquid to penetrate deeper.
- Do not attempt to turn the phone back on if it has been turned off to avoid short circuits. If possible, remove the battery. If it has not been switched off, it is better to do it manually and violate the immediate rule preceding.
- Remove any peripherals that may be connected to it, do the same with the SIM card and the SD card, if applicable. Leave the ports open to facilitate ventilation.
- Dry the outside with a towel so that gravity takes the liquid out..
- Once everything is dry, you should start the convalescent period. If the exterior looks perfect, there is always water inside and so let it dry while absorbing moisture.The solution that is not necessarily available is to enclose the phone in an airtight box with anti-humidity bags. Let the phone rest for 24 hours minimum, 48 or even 72 hours at best, switched off.
One can read on the web that a quick fix would be to give the phone the hair dryer treatment – to speed up the process. This is totally false, whether it be with a hair dryer or any other forms of heating (on a radiator for example). If the heat allows faster evaporation, it may damage the components.
Worse, a smartphone does not always have a lot of vents, which means that the vapor released by the quick drying will simply condense elsewhere -a little later.
In the same way, the wacky idea to wrap the device in a towel before putting it in the freezer is a no-no …
Finally, no, the phones do not dry in a microwave, it’s even dangerous.
Congratulations if your phone boots after all these. However, you won a battle but maybe not the war. In fact, the metal parts of the phone may rust over time, so your best bet is have a professional repairman take a look as soon as possible to dry things thoroughly.
There is a practice that has become common on high end smartphones and more generally on electronic devices, we now find “immersion sensors” that go from white to red if they have been in contact with a liquid.
Contact with liquid is almost always a reason for breach of warranty and it will be very difficult to have your phone replaced in this case.
Sometimes, if a single pellet has turned red with no other trace of oxidation the replacement may be made.
If the pellets have not changed color and the phone does not work anymore, a manufacturer will probably give you a replacement.
Also be aware that a IP68 certified smartphone like the SamsungGalaxy S7 will not necessarily be covered by warranty, depending. The certification only applies to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.. it does not cover damage caused by salt water, which is more corrosive than fresh water.
Moral of the story – avoid sea water. Or, better still, get a phone that is completely water-proof
You now know the right actions to take when your phone falls into a liquid.