[Tips & Tricks] How to Save Your Water Damaged Phone

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Mar 9, 2016 3:44:44 AM via Website

If you happen to drop your phone in water, immediately get it out and
power it off, then what do you do to help save your poor phone? Put it
into a bag of rice to dry it? In fact, rice won't do too much to dry
your phone. It's better to wipe the parts with a clean cloth and lay the
parts in a drafty place; however, after the parts dry what do you do
about the water damage. Here we have submerged an iPhone 5 to show you the steps to diagnose your wet phone and how to save it.


Step 1, Disassemble your phone.

After the phone has been retrieved it should be wiped completely dry
to remove any extra liquid, and then you'll have to tear down your phone
so you can assess the damage. However, special tools and skills are
required to tear down a phone, and we always recommend a qualified
person to do this job.

Step 2, Check if there is any erosion or debris in the connectors/other metal contacts.

Generally speaking, there will probably be some erosion on the
connectors or residue stuck on the board. Submerge the logic board in isopropyl alcohol, and allow it to soak long enough to loosen any hardened residue, and to displace any remaining water or other liquid. Use a ESD-safe brush to remove visible corrosion and residue.

Step 3, Check whether the device is short circuited or not.

Even after phone parts have been wiped and dried, some liquid may
still be left in inside, which will result in a short circuit. First of
all, you can use a multimeter to test if the battery is bad. In most
cases batteries are one of the first things to go. So you may need to
replace the battery. If the battery works fine you'll have to check all
the parts 1 by 1 to find the short.

Step 4, Check whether the LCD screen is dead or not.

Before you install the new battery we recommend reconnecting the LCD
screen and plugging in the charger in to see if the LCD screen still
functions. If the LCD screen is dead, it must have been damaged by the
liquid and can't be fixed by hand. The only way to fix the phone would
be to replace the LCD assembly.
The problem could also be caused by damage on the mainboard, so we
recommend testing the new LCD with the board before reassembling

Step 5, Reassemble all the parts and power on the device for testing.

Small parts with metal contacts are easily damaged by water, i.e. the
ear speaker. Once you've reassembled everything you should carefully
test smaller parts like the ear speaker and camera.

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Jul 5, 2016 9:28:00 AM via Website

I know the first thing is to put it into rice.

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Nov 3, 2016 10:20:20 AM via Website

Dropped your phone in the water by accident? Don't panic, and please note that if your device is connected to a wall charger, do no try to remove it from the water directly. Cut off the main power first so that you won't get shocked. Read more to know how to rescue you wet Android, iPhone or other electronic devices. You can learn in case you can make use of it one day!

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Mar 14, 2017 4:06:09 AM via Website

keep it silently is very important when it get wet

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Apr 25, 2017 11:47:14 AM via Website

I want to know dose it work if I put my water damage phone in dry rice?

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May 4, 2017 10:02:17 AM via Website

How to Fix a Water Damaged Phone

Every electronic, mobile phone inclusive is known to detest water. Extreme water is known to have the capacity to render useless the inner circuit, simcard, and even the touchscreen of a cell phone. Listed below are 6 procedures you can follow step- by-step in fixing a water damaged phone. This guide is applicable to all cell phones, but mostly to android phones.

  1. Take the Phone out of the water and Switch off
    It is very important you remove the cell phone from the water source without delay; this is then followed by turning it off.

  2. Remove the Parts
    Open the phone back cover, and remove the components like micro SD card, battery, and sim card. This would allow air to reach the inner parts of the phone

  3. Avoid Blowing Your phone
    A lot of people in other to remove the water in their cell phones have made a mistake of blowing it possibly with a blower. This should be avoided. The reason for this is obvious, the heat from the blower or drier is known to be capable of further damaging the internal components.
    Also it is important to avoid the temptation of putting your phone inside an oven in an attempt to dry it.

  4. The use of Rice and Silica
    While, we still have a lot of people who are skeptical of this; the use of rice and silica are known to work well in drying the internal components of cell phones. This is done by inserting the phone in a bowl containing uncooked rice. This is left for about 72 hours. By the end of this period, all the moisture both within and outside the phone would have been absorbed by the rice.
    This method is known to work also with silica. Silica being a desiccant is capable of absorbing water moisture, when something like a phone is placed inside it.

  5. Switch On The cell
    At this point, you can insert the battery, simcard, and micro SD card back into the phone, and test whether it is working or not. If the phone on that means everything is in order, but if it doesn’t come up, try charging the battery, if after trying this, and still does not come on, you can get a new battery to replace the existing one.
    If after trying all these, and still the phone does not work, you can either take it to a professional phone repairer to help you take a closer look at it, or follow the step in six below, which might be a little complicated for some people.

  6. Rinse it Isopropyl Alcohol
    In other to do this, you might have to open the internal components of the phone, up to the circuit board with the right tools, and use a tooth brush that has been inserted inside a isoprophl alcohol, commonly known as methylated spirit to softly brush the internal circuits of the phone. This is done in order to remove any trace of moisture, and even salt that might still be affecting the functioning of the phone.
    If after rinsing it, and still does not work, you may either take it to a phone repairer to have it examine, or consider getting a new phone.

  7. Retrieve Data from a Wet Phone with Black Screen
    Cell phones are capable of storing a large volume of data. Data are the information, which could be text files, audio, images, video, etc. inside a phone. If after carrying out all the procedures in one to six above, but the phone turn on with black screen, your best bet is to consider how best you can safely remove the data within it, even at this state.
    Removing the data within a dead phone can be quite challenging, but this is achievable with the help of the computer software Android Data Extraction.

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