Remedies for Damp Cell Phones

Moisture is a common problem with cell phones. Here’s some common scenarios (I’m sure you can come up with even more): you forget your phone is in your pocket when you dive right into the lake, your phone slides out of your back pocket and also right into the toilet, you forget your phone is in your pocket when you put your clothing in the washing machine – anyway, you get the picture. Is that phone toast or can it be conserved? Here’s some pointers.

1. Take a non-metal stick and also disconnect the phone prior to doing anything if the phone is plugged in and also in water. You do not wish to be electrocuted.

2. Phones that have actually had prolonged time in water will probably need to be discarded. It’s worth attempting to conserve them. One of the most important initial actions with any phone is to take out the battery and also the SIM card (if your phone has one), and also completely dry all parts off thoroughly. Saving your SIM card with all your data will be worth this effort. The phone will have a little white square or circle near the battery area. Your phone has water damage if this mark is pink or red.

3. Dry off all parts with a soft fabric or paper towels, making sure not to shake or move the phone too much as that will drive the water deeper into the internal workings. Focus on the tiny openings in the phone such as the plug sockets. Remove any external covers or accessories.

4. Use a vacuum cleaner to pull out the dampness yet do not put the nozzle too near to the phone. This might create static electricity which is even much worse for the phone. Dry each area of the phone focusing again on the openings.

5. Do not make use of a hair dryer even on cool setups as this might drive the dampness deeper into the phone. Do not shake the phone or bang it against your hand as this too might drive the water deeper.

6. Place your phone in a bed of absorbent material such as raw rice or let it to rest on absorbent towels or paper towels overnight. Here is part of this pointer from the WikiHow post: “How to Save a Wet Cell Phone”

7. Add a desiccant packet, such as silica gel – often found with new shoes, purses, noodle packets, etc – in with the cell phone. The downside of this method is the packets packed with shoes has usually already reached its absorption capacity. Dessicant for flower drying can usually be purchased at most craft stores. Leave the phone with the dessicant or rice as long as possible (at least overnight) to absorb the moisture.

Rotate the phone to a different position every hour until you go to sleep. This will allow any water left inside to run down and hopefully find an opening to escape.

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8. After 24 hrs reinstall the electric battery and also test your phone. Do not plug it to power.

9. If your phone is not working, try taking out the electric battery, plugging it in and also powering it up. If it works then you have to replace the electric battery.

10. Take your phone to an accredited supplier as they might be able to fix it. Tell them it has actually been in water. Seawater is the worst, by the way. The supplier can take the phone apart to view the damages. It’s advised that you not try this as it is very easy to damage the quite tiny connections in a cellular phone.

Obtaining a safety cover or keeping it in a plastic bag might be an excellent idea if you are around water a whole lot. However, answering it will take a lot longer. My parting words: get an affordable mobile phone to take in your boat, and also store your data in more than one location as well as on the phone – perhaps “in the cloud”.

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