Dropped Your Phone in Water? Here Are 8 Things You Should Do
by Powerfx ■
Picture this — you wake up, scroll through Facebook, Instagram, and
way too long. You finally climb out of bed and get ready to take a bath because you really
need to treat yourself. As you start thinking through your to-do list for the day, you start
filling the bathtub with water.
As you queue a bath time playlist, your phone slipped out of your
and into the water-filled tub! As you pause for a second to take in what just happened, you
notice your phone’s light still on, and a bit of relief washes over you. You pull out your
phone and try to give it CPR, but it’s useless. So, what should you do to make sure your
How bad is water in and on your phone?
After overcoming the shock of seeing your phone fall into the
you might have tried
wipe off all visible water and give it a few shakes to get the water out. But unfortunately,
your phone was fully submerged in water, shaking it won’t do the trick.
You may be thinking “will my phone ever work again or will it explode in my face while I
through TikTok?” Let us answer that question for you. Yes and no.
Why? Today’s smartphones are built to withstand being dipped in water for a limited time. If
recover your phone immediately after dropping it in water, you may still be able to use it.
you should expect muffled speakers and a stuffy microphone. But if you leave it underwater
long enough, you’ll end up with a dead phone. But we also know you wouldn’t do that
About your phone exploding question, it probably won’t happen. Generally phones explode when
use faulty chargers and batteries, or buy phones that are faulty from the factory, like
Samsung’s Note 7 in 2016, which saw users posting combusted units they just bought. Although
Korean tech giant recovered from this combustion issue, it’s hard to forget an exploding
What should you do after you save your phone from drowning?
After you get out of what should
have been a relaxing bath, you’re ready
to find out how
damaged your phone is. Will it need expensive repairs? Has the liquid damage rendered your
completely useless? Don’t worry, we’re here to tell you what to do after your phone falls in
1. Switch it off
Whether you’d like to admit it or not, turning your phone off when it runs into issues is
your go to option. We’re not going to disagree with you because you’re right! Anyone who’s
around electronics knows that running currents through any wet electronic circuit will
problems that can sometimes be fatal.
Modern phones automatically shut off when submerged long enough, but that doesn’t mean you
should turn it back on after recovering your phone. In another case, if your phone remains
after you save it, we highly recommend that you switch it off to avoid further damage or
harm to yourself.
2. Use a damp cloth
If your phone fell into a tub that’s filled with liquid other than water, we suggest you
down with a damp cloth. Moisten a lint-free, soft cloth and wipe it all over your smartphone
until you’re sure no liquid remains.
After clearing all the liquid, wipe it again with a dry cloth.
3. Take out removable components
The first thing you should remove is your phone’s case! Obviously, you won’t be able to wipe
unit off properly with it on. After getting rid of your already-soaked case, take out your
card and tray, memory card, and, if possible remove your phone’s battery/
Basically, take any part that’s removable out and let it dry.
4. Pick the right towel
What towel or cloth should you use to wipe your phone off with? You’ll want to look for the
softest cloth you can find. If you don’t, you may end up with a scratched and liquid-damaged
To make sure you’re not ruining your phone by using the wrong towel, get a lint-free and
cloth, similar to one you would use to clean glasses. When in doubt, look for the softest
to avoid scratches.
With your soft cloth, wipe the phone, along with the removable parts you took out.
5. Let it dry
If your phone turned off by itself after being submerged, you’re probably itching to turn it
to check if it still works. We have to stop you right there — your phone’s components are
probably wet and any current will damage it further.
After you wipe off the liquid residue that’s visible to you, put your phone and its parts in
absorbent towel and leave it in a cool, dry place. This is a painful part because you’re
wait until everything has dried to know if your next stop will be to a phone repair store
6. Switch it on
It’s time! This is the day you’ll find out if you need to run to your trusted smartphone
store, get a new phone, or revive one that survived a swim in the bathtub. After you’re sure
your phone’s dry — which is probably one to two days after the incident — switch it on.
If it turns on and works normally, lucky for you! But if it doesn’t, we don’t recommend
it in to charge because it may still have water inside.
7. Monitor for issues
If your luck continues, you’re probably elated that your phone’s still working after that
fiasco. Now, it’s time to monitor your phone for issues that follow liquid damage. You might
notice issues while blasting your music, using your camera, or just by looking at your
for weird colors and lines.
8. Reach out to a phone repair shop
Even if you don’t notice any issue and your phone is working normally, it won’t hurt to
smartphone repair shop and get your cell phone checked. Some problems might not appear
and you might deal with them much later after the problems have worsened.
That’s why we recommend you reach out to a reputable cell phone repair store near you to get
liquid damage diagnostic check. Some shops offer them without a fee, and it’ll benefit you
your phone if you grab these offers!
Phones falling in liquid is a relatively common occurrence. That’s why professionals are
to fix these problems! There are thousands of reputable repair stores out there that will be
more than happy to help you with your liquid-damaged phone. But if you can’t go to them as
as you get your phone out of the water, follow our recommendations above for the best chance
saving your phone from irreversible damage.
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