What to do when your phone gets wet
0. phoneArena posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:23
Seeing your phone dunked in a pool, toilet bowl, glass of beer or even washed with your jeans - many owners have been there. Samsung Pakistan outed a pretty funny picture where to place your phone when it gets wet, and we are chiming in with some additional advice to complement it...
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1. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:29 9 0
Ok is this like the 5th time you guys here at PhoneArena.com have posted this SAME article.
Thank you, I thought I was an expert on how to treat my phone in case it ever gets wet. Now I feel I got my doctorate. lol
Thanks AGAIN. :-)
3. MeoCao (unregistered) posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:33 5 0
Microwave of course, LOL
5. andro. posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:34 4 0
Lol,you'd be surprised,some customers have actually tried this
7. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:42 4 2
This is one of those things that makes me scratch my head. I mean ever since the Microwave was invented people have always used it to dry wet things.
I have heard & read of stories of people putting dogs in the Microwave to dry them so they can comb them & get them to the dog show faster.
As you can imagine it was not a pretty sight. Anyone who has ever put a hotdog to heat up in the Microwave knows what I speak of. lol
11. bobfreking55 posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:54 3 0
microwave can induce a chemical process that makes water hotter than it's boiling point but isn't boiling really, then when you touch it, all hell breaks loose.
19. iamcc posted on 30 Jul 2012, 08:26 5 0
Yeah dude, my friend actually spilled an entire drink on his laptop the night before a huge paper was due...
It wouldn't turn on at all so he put the laptop in the oven at like 300 degrees for about 20 minutes.
The thing is warped like a mofo but it turned on and he was able to turn in the paper on time haha
22. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 30 Jul 2012, 08:52 4 0
That is the stuff of legends. Hey he did get the job done.
38. cepcamba posted on 30 Jul 2012, 10:57 1 0
have you watched the movie Last house on the left? They put a rapist's head in the microwave while he's still alive and then...... just watch it. :p
41. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 30 Jul 2012, 11:33 1 0
All I can say is ouch! lol
4. andro. posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:33 0 0
Water is the mortal enemy of phones,the amount of phones that come back from repair services beyond repair due to water damage is significant!!! The sooner all phones get treated with the new nano water proof coating as standard the better.
I've seen a pack you can buy called gadget saver which is meant to be quite effective to use immediately after water has contacted a device,anything is worth a try when smartphone etc take a swim
29. loken posted on 30 Jul 2012, 09:54 1 0
thinkin about buyin the acro s..water proof sleek , high end and stylish!
45. EvoHero posted on 30 Jul 2012, 12:19 0 0
You sure? Unlocking the bootloader on Sony phones voids the warranty.
8. wendygarett posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:47 1 6
to be honest here, i wash my phone twice a month in order to clean from dust, but not too much water, just to wet the screen and dry it by using a tissue :)
13. andro. posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:14 6 0
That's the most stupid thing you could ever do wendy! Ive has customers like that complaining their phone is water damaged and they have done something similar. The funiest ones from customers are "what to you mean I can't use my phone in the rain?!"
There are plenty of gadget wipes available which clean your devices but won't cause damage
17. wendygarett posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:36 0 1
But some dirt cannot be removed easily, and I forced to wash it in this way :(
I will never buy the gorilla glass phone again...
23. sgogeta4 posted on 30 Jul 2012, 09:00 1 0
If it's just a splash, it's fine, but washing any electronics, even if it's powered off, can damage the circuitry. Repeated splashes might cause damage though, especially if not thoroughly dried.
25. bbblader posted on 30 Jul 2012, 09:13 1 5
you dumbass girl its not the gorilla glass that when wet damages the phone its the electronics like the display ...etc. so learn something that people are told in the 4th grade max
34. OSFantasma posted on 30 Jul 2012, 10:22 1 0
I'm sure she was talking about dirt and smudges left on the glass. gorilla glass does attract dust, dirt and smudges but i would recommend a lint free microfiber cloth...
39. cepcamba posted on 30 Jul 2012, 11:05 1 0
All smartphones screens attract dust, dirt, and smudges except for the select few with oleophobic coating.
And yeah the lint free microfiber cloth is the perfect wiping tool for smartphones. +1
42. jaytai0106 posted on 30 Jul 2012, 11:34 1 0
I'm amazed... I usually use alcohol wipes that are meant for cleaning eye glasses. It works wonder for me.
If that's you in the profile pic, then you are hot!!
48. wendygarett posted on 30 Jul 2012, 17:45 0 0
Really? Then i'll start to use alcohol instead...
Btw thanks for all advices :D
12. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:02 2 1
Yeah just don't use them while talking a bath. Unless you like to live life on the edge. lol
14. BigmikeMeMe posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:26 0 0
I know right! no love for water proof-ness!! :P
40. cepcamba posted on 30 Jul 2012, 11:07 0 0
(son of Xperia Acro S)= Xperia Go = me too dad. :p
18. chack_fu posted on 30 Jul 2012, 08:02 1 0
Who's crappy insurance doesn't cover water damage? I've heard this said many times. What good is insurance if it doesn't cover water? Sounds more like an extended warranty.
24. EvoHero posted on 30 Jul 2012, 09:01 0 0
Radio Shack's "insurance" doesn't cover water damage. Yet another way that you can end up paying more for a phone there when you think you're paying $50 less up front.
20. hchristy2013 posted on 30 Jul 2012, 08:45 0 1
Also, drop your phone in grain alcohol. It displaces the water, and what does alcohol do? It evaporates.
35. OSFantasma posted on 30 Jul 2012, 10:24 1 0
but it will burn certain plastics and materials inside.
26. Hammerfest posted on 30 Jul 2012, 09:43 0 0
If your more technically inclined, you can always take the back of the unit off and hit it with an air-compressor before you rice-jar it...
If your phone as an actual back that is...
30. tgom222 posted on 30 Jul 2012, 09:57 0 0
Rice is the key. The stuff speeds evaporation of the places you can't reach to dry.
I got into a pool 5 days ago with my GS3 in my pocket. It was completely submerged for at least 2-3 minutes. Pulled the battery and put in rice and the next day it was working perfectly.
I got lucky that I didn't pay for being retarded.
36. OSFantasma posted on 30 Jul 2012, 10:25 0 0
yeah man that sucks...samsung should have added that nano coating water proof tech..
32. Edmund posted on 30 Jul 2012, 10:13 0 0
Take it apart and get the hair dryer onto it because that's all a technician would do
37. OSFantasma posted on 30 Jul 2012, 10:29 1 0
maybe some techs will do that, I however would take it apart clean certain electronics part with highest purity Isopropyl Alcohol and use either the tech saver bags or rice for a minimum of 24 hours with my customers phones.. and gadgets
47. Ohrules posted on 30 Jul 2012, 14:47 0 0
well yeah, pakistan has a huge number of subscribers. Actually, at almost 118 million.
also, Nokia has cited Pakistan to be producing the third highest SMS traffic in the world in 2010.
43. Ubi2447 posted on 30 Jul 2012, 12:09 0 0
remove battery, submerge in rubbing alcohol, disassemble, let the hair drying begin.
46. ibap posted on 30 Jul 2012, 14:46 1 0
Some years ago (actually many years ago) computer/sci fi author Jerry Pournelle published a piece in Byte magazine, where he took a computer keyboard that had sticking keys and hosed it out in the shower. Ants came floating out - seems someone must have dumped a can of soda into it. He let it dry, and it worked fine.
My husband once had a TI thermal printer (Silent 700 terminal type - now how old was THAT) that was flooded when a pipe burst. Poured the water out and let it dry, and it was also fine.
I know someone with an iPhone that was in a tote bag at the beach and a bottle of sunscreen leaked. I'm not sure what he did, but it was fine except for a kind of miasma behind the screen.
I've laundered one of our daughter's flash drives several times. She leaves them in her pockets, and it is her job, not mine, to check them before she puts them into the laundry basket. Most of those were fine as well. Most of the time they were discovered in the washer and not put through the dryer.
For phones - I would be inclined to get as much water as possible out of the thing. If it is freshwater, shake out as much as possible, maybe use a low-temp hair dryer then the rice trick. For saltwater - your chances are slim, so what have you got to lose? Hose it out with fresh water, distilled if you've got it around, and then dry as for fresh water. Alcohol as above might be a better choice, but I'm not sure. You stand a better chance rinsing it out with something, if you've got one at all.
And if you keep dropping your iPhone in the toilet (our nephew has done that TWICE) - put it on a leash.
50. lucypepper08 posted on 23 Sep 2012, 07:14 0 0
What if your phone got wet and you didn't notice right away, leaving it on for a couple of hours, and when you turn on it has light but no image? what to to then ?