Has your cell phone just fallen into the water? Be careful, we are also talking about IP certified models which, contrary to what we think, are not infallible. And in this vacation period where you will regularly find yourself at the water’s edge, danger is everywhere. We therefore offer you some advice to save your smartphone in extremis if it falls into the water.
HOW TO SAVE YOUR PHONE THAT FELL IN THE WATER?
By following these few steps, you should be able to save the life of your smartphone. Be careful, however, the method only works for devices that offer easy access to the battery and circuits, so with a removable back cover. Yes, this is rare in 2022 but there are still some. Here is the procedure to follow:
- Take the device out of the water immediately! Yes, it seems logical, but sometimes some users, caught in a panic, tend to do a little bit of nonsense and don’t necessarily have this first reflex.
- Remove the battery as soon as possible to avoid burning out. If possible of course, they are not removable on recent smartphones. Don’t be afraid, you don’t have any risk to make us a “Claude François”. Do the same with the SIM card and the SD card.
- Sponge as much as possible with your first aid kit, i.e. paper towels and cotton swabs for the smallest corners.
- Place your smartphone in a food bag with rice. You can also add Silica Gel sachets. Remember to expel the air from the bag. The rice and Silica Gel will absorb all the moisture.
- Wait 48 to 72 hours before reopening the bag. The longer you wait the better. Open the bag and check if everything is dry. Restart the machine to make sure the smartphone is working properly.
This method has been proven but does not ensure 100% rescue of the smartphone. It works for water. Don’t try to do the same thing if it fell into milk for example (yes, there are some who have already done it) or into any alcoholic or sugary drink. The rice method works just as well with your laptop as it does with your smartphone or any other electronic device.
Finally, you should know that even if the smartphone seems to work well, there will inevitably be traces of oxidation in the device. Its lifespan will be much shorter than if nothing had ever happened to it. If you are one of the clumsiest users, it is better to invest in a waterproof smartphone in order to limit the damage.
To conclude, we remind you that water is not the only danger for our smartphones in this summer period. When temperatures rise a little too high, your smartphone may overheat in the sun.