Friday, 28 July 2017

How to fix a water damaged phone

Have you ever, imagine your phone falling into water before,the world suddenly freezes when you see your phone falling straight into the water, you may possibly scream in terror and fear, “If you accidentally dropped your phone in water!” Whether it’s a pool or a toilet, you may be thinking what will happy in the next few second. After all, your device may worth multiple hundred dollars, and chances are very high that it will be deemed unusable. That is, unless you have one of those awesome waterproof smartphones, like the new LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8.

It’s true due to the scenario above that made more handset makers have moved towards waterproof designs in the last few years, and this trend seems to have no slow down in sight. However, not all of us have the luxury of a waterproof phone and that means we need to resort to other methods of saving our devices. The best method for preventing water damage is to take precautions beforehand, using something like the CaliCase waterproof pouch for situations where you know you might be making contact with water. "As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure"

What if it’s already too late, and your phone took an unexpected dive into the water? Let’s start by telling you that saving a water-damaged phone is pretty much a coin flip (head or tail.). Nothing can guarantee the device will actually be rescued. And if the gadget has already been harmed, there are high chances that damage is permanent. Regardless, often times the stars align and you end up saving that precious technology that holds all your important data and connects you to the world again.
With the help of the following tips and steps, we aim to increase the probability of your phone making it through such disaster. So let’s begin.

When your phone Drop in water? Take it out and switch it off!

I know you will react quickly when such a devastating event takes place,it will be like a reflect action! The longer your device stays underwater, the lower its chances of survival are. You must dig in there and take that phone out of the water right away.

Once the phone is out of the water, make sure it’s off and stays that way. Even if it seems fine… it is important to shut it off just in case. If the phone is still on, just shut it down or take the battery out if you can. Then put it in a safe place, preferably on a flat surface over some paper towels.
The good news is that even non-waterproof phones these days are generally at least a little more resistant to water than phones from years past, and so there are a few things you can do — as well as shouldn’t do — if you want to make it through without too much damage.

What not to do after dropping your phone in water?

The following actions can mean the difference between a totaled phone or a survival story. You better be careful what you do. Before we jump into finding a solution, let’s try to prevent major failures you could cause.
  • Do not turn on the phone, as we already mentioned. Electrical components don’t play well with water while on operations.
  • Don’t plug it in either! For the same reason above.
  • Don’t press any keys. This can push water further into the phone. It’s best to try to mess with the phone as little as possible.
  • Don’t shake or blow into the device. This could also push water into deeper areas of the phone. Especially try to avoid blow driers – not only because of the blowing part, but also because of the following point.
  • Do not apply any heat to the phone. Remember, excessive heat can also damage the phone. You don’t want to add more damage!
  • Don’t move the phone around too much. Same deal; you don’t want the water moving around inside the phone.

Disassemble the water damaged phone

Disassemble the device, don’t mistake this step with “dismantle the entire darn phone ”! What I mean is that you should remove everything that is user-removable. If you back cover is removable, take it off. Similarly, try to remove the battery (if the battery is removable), SIM card and SD card.
Now, if you are an experienced tech specialist of sorts and know the ins and outs of a phone, you may don’t mind risking voiding your warranty, you can go ahead and take the whole phone apart too. It might help with drying up every single piece faster. Just be careful, if you don’t know what you’re doing this could cause more harm than good. If you are not a tech specialist just rush the phone to a phone repair engineer and tell him/her what had just happened

Try to dry the exterior with a soft towel

Our major objective is to get rid of all the excess water found in the exterior of your phone so as to avoid water moving inside. Try to use a soft paper towel to dry out every component of the device. Just ensure you don’t mess with the phone too much. Gently dry everything out without moving things around too much.

Try a vacuum cleaner

If you are opportune to a vacuum cleaner Of course, there are areas in the phone where the paper towel can’t access. In fact, a vacuum cleaner can suck off bits of water from the phone without too much risk. Just make sure the suctioning doesn’t make the phone move around excessively.

Dry it out

You will need to dry your phone with some drying agent. This will involves leaving the phone untouched for an extended period of time. This means you can’t use the smartphone! If you have another phone you can use it for a while, just make sure the SIM card is completely dried out and stick it into the working handset. Otherwise, just resort to smoke signals.
So how do you dry your phone out? You could just leave the phone on top of the counter or in a drawer, but some people like giving it a little help. The idea is to put it in an environment that will ease its drying process. A very common practice is to put the phone in a Ziploc bag full of rice and let it rest there for about 2-3 days or buy a Silica Gel.

The moment of truth

If you did everything, follow all the steps above and could and a few days have passed by. It’s time to see if all your efforts paid off. Take the phone out of wherever you left it and put it all together. Then plug the phone in and try to turn it on. If it works, you have succeeded! Stay on the lookout for any odd behavior, though. At least for a few days, as something may still happen. Also, test all the components. Make a call to see if the microphone and earphone work, test the speaker, etc.
Now, if the phone doesn’t work, it’s time to accept defeat and take it to a professional and see if it can be salvaged. but after this point we have really done everything we could. Sometimes you just have to let the phone go. Hopefully most of you get it back up and working, though!
Hit the comments and tell us your experiences!

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