The day that you accidentally send your phone to a watery grave is as sad as it is inevitable. Such an occurrence has been known to reduce grown men to tears, but before you fruitfully (or not) explore the options, the experts at Mobiles.co.uk have collated a few handy tips you can try, to hopefully bring your phone back to life.
1. Rescue it without delay
It may seem obvious, but the longer you leave your phone submerged, the lower your chances of reviving it. When you’ve extracted it, turn it off and remove the SIM card and battery, if you can. Wrap all the components in soft kitchen roll. Check for serious water damage by examining the corner near the battery – most phones have a white square or circle (it could be striped). If this area is pink or red, your phone is most likely water damaged.
2. Dry the insides
If there is still hope, grab a soft towel and gently sponge water from the exposed insides of the phone. Try not to move or shake the phone, because that could move water further inside it and cause more damage. The next step is to reach for the vacuum cleaner – honestly…! Hold it at a reasonable distance and suck the water out of the phone for twenty minutes, paying attention to the headphone jack etc. Never use a hairdryer as this will blow the water into any cracks.
3. Search the house for silica
Silica gel could be your saviour. Who knew? Not sure what we’re talking about? It’s in those little packets labelled ‘Silica – do not eat’ that you often get with new shoes, and it’s amazing at absorbing water! Put any packets you rustle up into a sealed sandwich bag with your phone. If you can’t find any, rice does the job too. Put your phone and its components in a bowl of rice, rotating the phone every couple of hours. Leave it for at least a day, but the longer you can do without your mobile the better.
4. Be patient
Go for a walk. Go to bed. Just don’t switch your phone back on! The most dangerous thing that can happen to a water damaged phone is that it short circuits. A phone left for 72 hours stands a much better chance than one left for 24 hours.