Post link 05 May 2015, 21:56
05 May 2015

It’s happened again. You were trying to answer a call while washing dishes, and your phone takes a dive straight into the sink. Getting water inside your phone is one of the most devastating ways to watch your mobile device bite the dust, but fear not, all is not lost just yet.

Personally, I know about this subject a little too well after dropping countless phones in toilets, sending them through the wash in a pair of pants, and getting drinks spilled on them while on a night out on the town.

But, by following these steps right after the device gets dunked, you can minimize your chance of sustaining any serious damage, and have your phone back up and working again within just three days.

Step 1: Remove the Battery

The first, and most obvious step you’ll need to take within moments of your phone getting dunked is remove the battery. The whole reason a phone fries when it hits an excess patch of moisture is because the battery is sending power through the circuits, which then short out when the connections are bridged by the conductor of H2O.

This also goes for anything else that might keep the water from getting back out during the drying process. SIM card, SD card, headphones; if there’s a plugged hole, get it unplugged as soon as possible.

If your phone doesn’t have a removable battery, move onto the next step.

Step 2: Shut Down the Phone

Do not collect $200, do not pass GO. Every spare second is of the essence in this situation, because the longer your phone stays on, the greater the risk it will be damaged to the point of no return.

Shut down your immediately phone using the power button, and be sure it’s completely off before you move into the next phase of surgery.

Step 3: Take the Phone Apart

If you’re not comfortable with the idea of taking your phone apart on your own, skip to step 4.

If you’re someone like me who’s also had to replace the screen on their iPhone enough times that getting the case open is second nature by this point, start by unscrewing the backplate and getting the logic board out in open air.

Note: opening an iPhone is going to void the warranty. If you have a protection plan, you probably shouldn’t open the phone.

iPhones are particularly great in this department because the two main connectors between the logic board and the battery pop right off in a single motion.

Step 4: Blast With Compressed Air

Regardless of whether your phone is in two pieces or still stuck together as one at this point, the next part of this process involves using a can of compressed air to clean out every nook and cranny possible.

If the phone is opened, blow air into the logic board, between the screen, and around the battery. Closed phones should be blasted through any open holes in the case, including the speaker ports, microphone, charging dock and earpiece.

The charging port is where you should focus most of your attention, as it has the closest proximity to the battery compartment and will give you the most amount of space to move the nozzle around from left to right inside.

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