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How to Save Your Phone From Water Damage

How to Save Your Phone From Water Damage

One of the most common damages to a smartphone that includes your iPhone, Samsung or BlackBerry cell phone is water damage. Your water damaged smartphone can be restored or sold if it has gotten wet. When you have gotten your smartphone wet or have received a water damaged iPhone, Samsung or Blackberry you have a couple of options to save it from permanent damage. These following instructions will help you give the best chance of surviving a wet cell phone and avoiding water damage to your expensive iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, BlackBerry or any other type of smartphone and tablet.

 

Ways to save your water damage cell phone

Power Down

Turn off your smartphone or tablet device. Shutting down your phone or tablet will help protect from short circuiting in the hardware.

  • iPhone: Hold the “Home” button and “Power” together at the same time holding them for 5 seconds for a hard shutdown.
  • Android: You can instantly shutdown your Android based device by removing the battery.

 

Open it your water damaged smartphone or tablet

The best way to help fix your water damage cell phone is to open the case and get air to your smartphone or tablet. Check out iFixit.com to find instructions for opening your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad2, Samsung Galaxy, BlackBerry and other smartphone and tablets.

 

Dry it

You can also dry your cell phone or tablet to help reduce the amount of damage by speeding up the process of getting rid of the water in your water damaged device. Instead of using the rice trick to absorb the water that many attempt when their iPhone, iPad, PC, or other smartphone is water damaged, there are several better methods to absorb the water out of electronic device.

  • Open Air. We compared the water absorption of eight different materials (including silica gel and rice.) None of these materials was as effective as leaving the device in an open space (such as a counter top) with good air circulation.
  • Couscous. Instant couscous or instant rice are acceptable substitutes for silica. In our tests, these absorbed water much faster than conventional rice. Instant oatmeal works too, but makes a mess of your phone.
  • Silica Gel. The best common drying agent is silica gel, which can be found in the pet aisle of your grocery store as “crystal” style cat litter.

 

Remove Water

Try shaking, tilting or blowing air into the phone or tablet to remove as much water out it if possible. By removing the water you can prevent any more damage that can happen to your device.

 

Check to see if water damaged fix has worked

After it seems like your smartphone or tablet has become dry, attempt turning on and seeing if it functions normally. Several tests for this include charging the battery to see if it holds a normal charge. You can also sync your device to your Mac or Windows computer to see if your iPhone, iPad, Samsung, BlackBerry, HTC, Nokia or Xiaomi will respond for you to recover data from it. For Android devices, try replacing the old batter with a new one to see if the new battery will work correctly.

If all of those methods to fix your water damaged smartphone or tablet fail, you can still sell your broken water damaged cell phone. Remember to keep your SIM card and SD cards as these contain important information like contacts and other sorts of data that can be valuable and save you time when getting a new phone or tablet.

 

 

 

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