Smartphones, by their nature, are very prone to being damaged by liquids. People check their emails in the bathroom and drop their phones into the toilet, or they spill coffee on their smartphones while they're catching up with the morning news. Worse, even very small amounts of liquid are capable of causing catastrophic damage to phones.
Thankfully, newer iPhones are resistant to water. Since iPhone 7, iPhones have an adhesive applied in the cracks of the case that prevents water from getting inside the phone. Unfortunately, these iPhones can still suffer extreme water damage if they're submerged, and even spills can sometimes cause problems.
It's important for iPhone owners to know what to do if they ever spill liquids on their phones or accidentally drop them in water, as quick action will minimize the damage that's done to the phone. Read on for what do when your phone has suffered water damage.
1. Turn the Phone Off Immediately, and Leave It Off
Short circuits are one of the ways that iPhones can be damaged by water, and cutting the power will limit the damage. Turn your phone off (even if it was in sleep mode) and leave it off until it's completely dry. Unfortunately, you can't remove the battery from an iPhone, so you won't be able to completely prevent power from running through its circuits. Keeping the phone off is the best you can do.
2. Shake as Much Water Out of Your Phone as Possible
Remove the SIM card from your iPhone and then start shaking it, turning it around every once in a while to make sure you're removing as much water as possible. This helps your phone dry quicker during the next step.
3. Let Your Phone Dry Out
You have likely heard of the rice trick, and it does work—rice does an adequate job of removing moisture from the air. However, it comes at a cost. Rice is full of minerals that can, unfortunately, cause the metal components inside your phone to corrode.
Instead of using rice, go to a hardware store and purchase some silica gel packets—you may have seen these packets before in packaged food items. Silica gel is a desiccant that removes moisture from the surrounding air even faster than rice, and it won't contribute to corrosion. Put your iPhone in a sealed jar with three or four silica gel packets and wait—it usually takes two days for phones to completely dry out.
Once your phone is completely dry, it may begin to function again. You've eliminated the short-circuiting. However, short-circuiting isn't the only way that water will damage a phone. Water, like the rice mentioned above, also contains minerals that cause corrosion. Your iPhone may work, but it has suffered invisible damage that will continue to worsen as the corrosion spreads. Many people with water-damaged phones begin to experience numerous problems that continue to increase in frequency.
4. Take Your Phone to an iPhone Repair Shop
In order to prevent corrosion from damaging your phone, you'll need to take it to an iPhone repair shop. A technician will disassemble your iPhone and examine it for any signs of corrosion. Chemicals will be used in order to clean off the corrosion, and your iPhone will be inspected for signs of damage. Any parts that have been permanently damaged will be replaced in order to restore your iPhone to full functionality.
As you can see, water does catastrophic damage to phones by causing them to short-circuit and then later causing them to corrode. When you act quickly to dry out your iPhone, you'll limit the damage that short-circuiting can cause. However, the minerals left behind by the water will continue to slowly corrode your iPhone, causing further damage. The best way to completely restore your iPhone to full functionality and reverse the damage done by water is to take your phone to a local iPhone repair shop and have your phone cleaned and the corrosion removed.Share
22 June 2019
When cell phones became mainstream and affordable for everyday people, it changed my life! Not only do they make life more enjoyable, but now that I am used to carrying a cell phone in my car for emergencies, I feel unsafe without one. However, I want to remind everyone that landlines are still useful, and they are also important to have for emergencies. I learned that lesson the hard way when the power at my home went out in the midst of a bad snowstorm, and my cell phone was dead. There was too much snow in my driveway to get out of it, and I had no way to call a plow company to come plow my driveway so I could get to work. Thankfully, a neighbor was home and let me use her landline. Enjoy my blog and learn from my mistakes!