A water damaged Smart Cell Phone would once be destined for the recycling however following these steps, and quickly, may save your Smart Cell Phone and restore it back to full working order.
Remove the Smart Cell Phone from Water
This is a fairly obvious one however it hopefully illustrates the fact that you need to move quickly to minimise the possibility of permanent damage. The quicker these steps are applied, the better.
Don’t Be Tempted to Press Buttons
Pressing buttons on a Smart Cell Phone that has been immersed in water is likely to encourage water to seep through to the inner workings of the Cell Phone, causing additional and possibly irreparable damage
Dry the Smart Cell Phone Off
Carefully and quickly use an absorbent kitchen roll or similar to dry off as much liquid as possible.
Once the external parts of the Smart Cell Phone are as well dried as possible open the back panel of your Smart Cell Phone and remove the battery, the sim card and if used your MicroSD card. Place all of these on more absorbent material. Dependent on how quickly the rescue takes place there is a chance that data on the sim and card may be saved. Give the Cell phone a shake to dislodge any water droplets caught to get as much moisture out as possible.
Use Rice to Remove Leftover Moisture
Using every day ordinary rice, fill a container and plunge the Cell Phone into the middle. The rice will slowly but surely absorb any moisture that has been left over. The longer the Cell phone is left in place the better the chances of success and 72 hours is the recommended time. Moving the Cell phone around in the rice every so often will further increase the likelihood of success.
What happens now depends on how badly the Cell phone was hit by the water. Where a cracked or smashed screen may look terminal they are usually fairly easy to repair however water damage is a different matter. Put the Cell phone together, cleaning off any residue from the rice first and attempt to power it up. If it won’t power up repeat the steps above for another couple of days before trying again.
If at this stage the Cell phone won’t reboot the three options available are to have a Cell Phone repair shop who specialize in water damage to have a look, claim on the Smart Cell Phone insurance (if it covers water damage) or recycle it and get a new handset.
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