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5 Things To Do When Your Mobile Phone Gets Wet

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Have you ever accidentally dropped your mobile phone into a toilet bowl or bathtub, or been caught in an unexpected downpour that drenched it? Have you forgotten to remove your phone from a pocket before washing clothes?

A wet mobile phone can create instant panic, especially when you think about the cost of replacing it. This does not have to be the case. Here are 5 things to do if your mobile phone gets wet.

1. Take the wet mobile phone out of the water right away.

This will reduce the damage. Water can seep inside the phone through various ports designed for hands-free attachments, charging or USB cables and microphones. The plastic cover might appear to be waterproof but it will allow leakage within a short time. Retrieve your phone immediately and switch it off to avoid a short circuit.

2. Place the phone on a cloth or towel.

Once you extract your phone, place it on an absorbent cloth or paper towels. Remove the battery as quickly as possible. This is one of the most significant steps. Removing the battery will help you to protect most of the circuits inside your phone. These circuits will remain in working condition even after they are submerged in water if they are not attached to a power source.

If you are not sure, refer to a manual for the correct battery removal procedure. Examine the water damage sensor on your phone to determine the extent of damage. The sensor is a white mark placed near the battery compartment. A red discoloration indicates water damage, which your warranty and insurance may not cover. If your mobile phone uses a SIM card, remove it to save your contact information and valuable data. Wipe off any moisture on the SIM card and keep it aside.

3. Use an absorbent cloth to pat your phone dry.

Drying your phone will prevent further damage from short circuits. This should be done gently in order to prevent water from getting deeper into the phone. Wipe off as much water as you can. Use rubbing alcohol or a vacuum cleaner to remove more. Hair dryers should not be used to dry a wet mobile phone because this might force the moisture into gaps. Dryers may also melt some of the components and lead to more damage.

4. Use desiccant materials to remove any remaining moisture from inside your phone.

Silica gel is a good option. If this is not easily available, you can use raw rice instead. Place your phone in a container of uncooked rice for at least 24 hours. Keep rotating the phone periodically to ensure removal of all the moisture.

5. Check if your phone works.

Remove your phone from the desiccant and check for any signs of moisture. All the parts should be dry. Examine each port and gap on the device. Wipe off any dirt or grime and then insert the battery. Try to switch on the phone, listening carefully for any unusual sounds.

Observe the phone screen to see if it is functioning properly. If the phone does not work and there is no sign of moisture, it’s time to take your phone to your authorised dealer for repair.

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