Have you ever accidentally poured water on your phone, dropped it into the toilet bowl, been drenched from unexpected downpour while you have it in your pocket, or better yet have someone pushed you into the pool? There are many other scenarios that will, at one point or another, have your phone waterlogged.

Getting your phone wet can cause instant panic and anxiety, especially when you think about the contacts and other data saved on your phone. Add to that the cost of having your phone repaired, or worst, replaced. However, this does not have to be the case. Here are a few tips you can try to save your phone from being waterlogged.

1. Immediately Retrieve the Phone Out of the Water

When a phone gets wet, there is a huge possibility that moisture will be trapped inside. This moisture can cause your phone to short circuit since water has the ability to have electrical current pass through it, which in effect can cause your phone to behave funny, and possibly not even power up.

So, as soon as your phone gets wet, grab your phone quickly from the water and turn it off to prevent it from short circuiting and to minimize further damage. Do this immediately, even before drying it off with your shirt.

Water can seep inside the phone through various ports designed for hands-free attachments, such as charging slot, SD and SIM card slot, and microphones. Also, even if the plastic cover appears to be waterproof, it will still allow leakage within a short time.

Always assume that if the phone has been in water, that it is waterlogged whether it is still working or not.

2. Place the Phone on a Dry Cloth or Towel and Use an Absorbent Cloth to Wipe it Dry

Immediately dry out the water from the outside of your phone using a dry, lint-free towel. Remove the battery as quickly as possible to help protect most of the circuits inside your phone. Make sure to pay close attention to the ports, speakers, and microphones. Also, remove the SIM card and SD card, and dry them too.

3. Use a Vacuum Cleaner

If you have a vacuum cleaner, you can try using it to suck the remaining liquid out from the inner parts of your phone. Hold the vacuum cleaner to the affected areas for up to 20 minutes to draw out the remaining moisture, and then leave it in warm air circulation for a few hours, if possible.

However, make sure you are not holding the vacuum too close to the phone since vacuum can create static electricity, which is even worse than being waterlogged.

NEVER use a hair dryer to remove the remaining moisture. Using a hair dryer will only push the water further towards the crevices, reaching the electrical components deep inside the phone.

4. Use Desiccant Materials to Remove Remaining Moisture from Inside Your Phone

Use a substance with a high affinity to drawing out moisture, such as silica gel and uncooked rice. Simply place your phone in a container of uncooked rice for at least 24 hours.

If a desiccant packet, such as a silica gel is available, use that instead since it absorbs moisture better than uncooked rice. You can just place your phone inside a sealed container, add a handful of silica gel packets, and leave it for at least 24 hours.

Make sure to keep rotating the phone regularly to remove all remaining moisture.

5. Wait for 72 Hours Before Testing Your Phone

Wait for 72 hours before attempting to power on your phone. This should give the desiccant enough time to absorb all remaining moisture. Make sure you check your phone for any signs of moisture and that all parts are dry. Wipe off any dirt or grime before inserting the battery. Try to power on the phone. Listen carefully for any unusual sounds.

Observe your phone if it is functioning properly. If it does not work even if there is no sign of moisture, take your phone to your authorized dealer for repair.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 9:35:27 PM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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