Has Your Smartphone Fallen Into Water? Keep Calm, Follow These Dos And Don'ts

| March 2 , 2018 , 13:18 IST

The festival of colours is here and with Pichkaris and balloons being a part of the festivities, it's important to ensure that your gadgets and gizmos don't become a casualty, dampening the festive spirit. Avoid having Smartphones with you while enjoying yourself. But, if your smartphone does fall into water, here are some Dos and Don'ts to follow:

Do: Switch It Off Immediately

Don't be tempted to power it up or see if it still works. It might, and then promptly stop working forever precisely because you took a look. So, at this point, the first thing you should do is to switch it off calmly.

Do: Wipe Out The Excessive Water

After switching off, take a dry cloth and wipe out the excessive water. Then further, wrap it in paper tissues or towel to absorb as much moisture as possible. Immediately remove the SIM card and memory card from the phone to save your contacts or other relevant information. After this, just try shaking the smartphone from all the different angles so that all the extra water is drained out.

Do: Keep Your Phone In A Bag Of Rice

Now we need to take out as much interior liquid as possible. To get the moisture out of your Phone's interior, you need to leave the mobile completely submerged in a bag full of rice for a minimum of 48 hours or so.

The rice will absorb the moisture effectively, and this is one of the most cost-effective and successful ways to repair your phone.

Do: Dismantle Your Phone And Put It Under Sunlight

If you are confident enough that you can dismantle your phone, unscrew it, access the interior and put it under sunlight to dry. You can also just remove the back panel (if it is removable). This can help too.

Don't: Do Not Plug It In Charging Mode

Don’t ever try to plug a charger as it can cause a short circuit inside it and eventually can turn your phone into a dummy model. Along with this, it is also advised that you don't push any keys to any of the ports as it might push the water further into the device.

Don't: Smack Your Phone In Hopes Of Getting The Water Out

Your intention to get the water out of the phone would rather ruin the electronic components from two aspects :

  1. Blunt force of the impact causing disruption
  2. Water going into places of the phone which were dry

So, act calmly and avoid banging your phone as it can damage it further.

Don't: Dry out the phone with a hairdryer

Contrary to common advice, it is not recommended that you use a hair dryer (even on the "cold" mode) to dry your phone out. Using a hair dryer may force moisture further inward toward the crevices, and it can further damage the fragile electronic components in your device.

Most of all, remember to stay calm and not panic.