Phones are not made for swimming – or dropping into toilets – but sometimes the unfortunate happens and we’re left with a wet dead phone and a lot of anguish!
(And it doesn’t make it any more pleasant that the most common place to drop them is in the toilet!)
Recently, a friend and colleague of mine, Jim, posted to Facebook…
“Ok, my FB friends, I need YOUR HELP! I dropped my old phone into a puddle of water. “
Sounds like game-over for the phone right? He was pretty sure he was going to need to buy a new (and expensive) replacement.
I quickly sent him a reply…
“And I assume you’re ready to switch? Because if you’re not, then you need to immediately pull the battery out of the wet phone. Towel it off. Let it air dry a little bit near a fan. Then get it into a dessicant, such as dry white rice, to let it pull the moisture out from inside, and let it stay there a minimum of 24 hrs (longer the better) before you try powering it on.”
First for a little inappropriate laugh to help break the stress…
Now, lets get into some of the actual details of what you need to do!
This video from Pablo Muñoz was a great walk-through of the steps.
A couple tips:
(1) Pull the battery out immediately. The minute you get the phone out of the water, get the battery out. That battery is the part that can ruin the board in an instant.
(2) You must use a CLOSED container for this even if that means you need to use a large ziploc-style baggie instead. You want the rice to pull the moisture from inside the circuit board rather than from the air in the room.
(3) The hard part is being patient and not opening it two dozen times and letting it stay long enough to get dry inside in the parts you can’t see. It’s a MINIMUM of 24 hour dry time and better to go longer. Each time you open the container, you add time. If you get to the time, pull the phone out, assemble it, and try to power it on. If it comes up, you’re probably good. If it doesn’t, sometimes another 24hrs can make a difference and at this point you have nothing to lose by trying it.
The goal is to get the internal board 100% dry – rather than “just dry enough to turn on”. If it’s “just dry enough to turn on” then the heat of the phone will dry it out – but at the cost of serious corrosion to the board which will eventually result in a malfunction even if it’s not today.
Yeah, but does it work?
It sure does!
Now, I suggest bookmarking this post so that you have the information handy if you ever (unfortunately need it).
(If you give the post a +1 on G+, and are logged into Google when you search, the post will come up for you as well.)
It’s a really remarkable trick that can save a LOT of devices – but it must be done soon after the “swimming lesson”!
~ Kim ~
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