How to Fix a Water Damaged Phone? 6 Easy Tricks That You Can Try





Did you get your phone wet? Are you looking for tips to fix a water damaged phone? If your phone has started malfunctioning because you got your phone wet, then don’t worry you are alone. Though people are usually very cautious about their phones. But sometimes mishaps just happen. Although the mobile industry has started releasing waterproof phones, not every phone comes with that feature. In this article, we will guide you on how to fix a water damaged phone. However, you should keep in mind that these tips may or may not be useful to you. Its efficiency depends upon how much damage has been caused to your phone.

Emergency Response For Saving A Water Damaged Phone

Before jumping over the section “how to fix a water damaged phone”, you need to know the quick response to save your waterlogged phone. These responses, if acted on time could save your phone from getting damaged permanently.

Rescue Phase

  • Immediately take it out and turn it off
  • Wipe it with a microfiber cloth
  • Dry the phone as much as possible
  • Remove Sim Card, headphones, and other cords.
  • Remove the battery (if removable), else place the phone upright.

Things not to DO

  • Do not switch it on if your phone was off when you dropped it in the water. Switching it on while wet could cause irreparable damage to your waterlogged phone.
  • Do not press any keys on your phone unless you turn the phone off.
  • Do not use a hairdryer to dry your water damaged phone. The heat from the hairdryer can fry the circuits.
  • If your phone is connected to your charger and submerged in water. Then turn off the power to the outlet before attempting to remove it from the water.
  • Do not put your phone near a radiator.
  • Do not put your phone in a bag of rice. Even though rice can pull some water out, it usually is not fast enough to help you from saving your waterlogged phone. Moreover, there is a big chance of rice entering inside openings like charging points or any chord point. This scold causes more harm to the phone.

How To Fix A Water Damaged Phone?

Here are some of the 6 easy tricks that you can try to fix your phone from water damaged:

1. Use Silica Gel packets if you have some

Silica Gel dries out anything around them. Place the packets and your phone (if you have a removable battery then that too) into a container. Then let the phone sit for 2-3 days so that the gel can absorb any remaining moisture from your wet phone. 

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You can find these packets inside new shoes, purses, and other products. There is no need to open the packets and pour the beads into the container. Simply place the gel in the container with your phone.

2. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck out water

You can use a vacuum cleaner to suck out water from your phone. This is the fastest method to completely dry out your phone and get it working in 30 minutes. However, the exposure of your phone to water and the damage caused to it must be minimum. Do not attempt to turn on your phone soon.

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Before sucking the water out of your phone, fit a hose attachment onto the vacuum cleaner. Then, set the vacuum to its highest and vacuum around all your phone’s openings.

3. Use an air compressor 

If using a vacuum cleaner is not possible for you then you can make use of an air compressor to blow the water out of your phone. Adjust it to lower psi. Then,  blow the compressor’s air across the surface of your phone. Do not set your air compressor to higher psi as using higher psi can damage the inner components of your phone. Moreover, we recommend you not to use a hairdryer as an alternative to an air compressor, as the heat can cause severe damage to your phone.

4. Wipe your phone and battery

Wipe your phone and the battery with a soft rag or towel. Even though drying the inside of your water-damaged phone is the priority, you might also want to dry it outside as much as possible. Gently wipe the water off the phone’s surface as possible, as you are blowing or vacuuming it dry. While wiping your phone, avoid shaking or moving the phone excessively. So that water doesn’t penetrate inside causing unwanted damage.

5. Leave your phone in the open air

Leave your phone in the open air with a fan on. You can place your wet phone on top of a dry towel or another absorbent surface. Now, turn on the fan and leave it to dry. If you happen to have a table fan then you can use that as well. Just position it in such a way that it will blow wind across your phone’s surface.

6. Wait for 48-72 hours to turn on your phone

We know you are eager to check your phone. But wait for 48 to 73 hours, then turn your phone on. Before turning on your phone, check if it is clean and dry. If you see any dirt or dust on the device, wipe it off or vacuum it. Now, insert the battery (removable battery) into the phone and try to turn it on. 

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If none of these measures works for you, then we suggest you take help from the expert. Go to the professionals and give your phone for repair. These measures will be only effective if the damage happened to your phone is at a minimum level. Even the professionals might not be able to fix your phone if the damage is too much.

Measures To Take In The Future

Just being careful with your phone in the future is not enough. Sometimes, accidents can occur and it might even be too late to fix a water damaged phone. There are a few preventive steps you can take to minimize the damage next time if it falls into the water. Such as getting a waterproof case. It is a worthwhile investment to save yourself from the repair bill or from buying a new phone. You will find a ton of iPhone models as well as Android model waterproof cases. Other than that, make sure you back up all your important records and data regularly. Sometimes, it can be too late to fix a water damaged phone, then you might be left with the only option of getting a new phone.

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