Accidents happen and sometimes they can be watery wet. From a heavy downpour soaking your smartphone in your pocket to tea or coffee spill. And the inevitable can happen no matter how much care you take. The first thing you should do if you find yourself in this situation is – “Don’t Panic”. Then follow these simple tips to revive your device:
1. Switch The Device Off
First, switch off your device immediately. Then, quickly place it on some paper towels or soft cloth. Remove the battery, the sim, memory card and gently dry those. Essentially, remove all add-on accessories – including headphones – that cover ports and slots to expose them to air.
2. Do Not Use Hair Dryer
Wipe your device thoroughly with a soft cloth. If possible, use a small vacuum cleaner to draw the water out of the phone. Be careful not to hold the vacuum too close to the device. Do not use a hair dryer.
3. The Rice Experiment
Place your handset in a dry plastic bag or an air-tight container with a desiccant such as silica gel (often found with new shoes and electronics). You can also purchase 5gm sachets online and from electronic stores. Keep a stash handy this monsoon. Alternatively, bury the phone in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice overnight. Rice draws out the moisture.
4. The 24 Hour Wait
Wait for at least 24 hours or longer. Check that your device – ports, compartments and crevices are clean and look dry. Power up the device. If your phone does not boot, remove the battery and head to your nearest service centre.