What to do when your phone gets wet

What to do when your phone gets wet
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 courtesy of wikiHow to complement it:

  1. First off, get the phone out from its baptizing ceremony as soon as possible, and immediately take out the battery to prevent short-circuiting, as well as your SIM card, if any, to avoid losing your contacts - the longer it stays, the more eventual damage it will get.

  2. Check your water damage sensor for change of color - it is a white dot or square near the battery compartment in the corner - if it has changed color towards red, then your water damage has already voided your warranty and often your insurance, so whatever you do to resuscitate the phone from there is your responsibility.

  3. Pray it is not saltwater, but the drinkable type, as salt crust can form on the delicate innards of the device. If it is saltwater, gently rinse with fresh after you've taken out the battery and SIM, and before the drying procedure has begun.

  4. Wipe the phone everywhere with a cloth or a paper towel, trying not to move or shake it too much, as water might be spreading within the innards.

  5. Try and "vacuum" around the phone all around to suck out the excessive moisture for a few minutes, then leave it in warm air circulation for a few hours, if possible.

  6. Finally, put the phone in a jar or a pouch full of raw rice for the remainder of the at least 24 hours during which the handset can't be switched on, as rice is very water-absorbent and will help save your handset.

    Turn the handset on after that twenty-four hour period, and hope it will power up and there will be no residual damage from corrosion or short-circuiting. If it works on a charger, but not on a battery, then feel free to swap the fried juicer.

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54 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

Microwave of course, LOL

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Lol,you'd be surprised,some customers have actually tried this

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

LOL That is the stuff of legends. Hey he did get the job done.

38. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

All I can say is ouch! lol

2. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

very old article ............

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

6. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

how about buy a waterproof phone lol?

21. EvoHero

Posts: 38; Member since: May 15, 2011

Hope you like using T9.

27. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

umm t9?

29. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

thinkin about buyin the acro s..water proof sleek , high end and stylish!

45. EvoHero

Posts: 38; Member since: May 15, 2011

You sure? Unlocking the bootloader on Sony phones voids the warranty.

28. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

T9 is soooo easy to text on

49. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Xperia Go?

8. wendygarett unregistered

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.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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 unregistered

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

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

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

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

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

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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 unregistered

Really? Then i'll start to use alcohol instead... Btw thanks for all advices :D

9. anjkiii

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

can we use hair dryers :P

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah just don't use them while talking a bath. Unless you like to live life on the edge. lol

10. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

LOL. non-removable battery will suffer!

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