Your smartphone has just fallen into the water? Please note, we are also talking about IP certified models which, contrary to popular belief, are not foolproof. And in this holiday period where you will regularly find yourself at the water’s edge, danger is everywhere. We therefore offer some tips to save your smartphone in extremis if it falls into the water.
When our smartphone takes the water, at the moment, it’s always a bit of hysteria (M ** de m ** de m ** de! What a c **! Done *** *** **** not !). We try everything and anything, in a rush, hoping to save our poor drowned smartphone. As we are nice at Phonandroid, we have prepared a kind of little rescue guide for you if your smartphone drowns .
After all, not everyone is fortunate to have a state-of-the-art, high-end IP68 certified smartphone . Moreover, the latter remain vulnerable, the pressure of the water allowing its infiltration despite the certification. To find out more, discover our file dedicated to IP 67/68 standards .
How to save your dropped smartphone?
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 simple access to the battery and circuits, so with a removable back cover. Yes, it’s rare in 2019 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, panicked, tend to do a bit of anything and do not necessarily have this first reflex.
- Remove the battery as soon as possible to avoid grilling. If possible of course, they are no longer removable on recent smartphones. Do not be afraid you have no risk of making us a “Claude François”. Do the same with the SIM card and the SD card.
- Sponge up with your emergency first aid kit, namely paper towels and cotton swabs for the smallest corners.
- Place your smartphone in a food bag with rice . You can also add sachets of Silica Gel. Remember to expel the air from the sachet. The rice and the Silica Gel will absorb all the humidity.
- 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 check that the smartphone is working properly.
This method has proven itself but does not ensure a 100% smartphone rescue . It works for water. Do not try to do the same thing if it fell in milk for example (yes yes, there are some who have already done so) or in any alcoholic or sugary drink. The rice method works just as well with your laptop as with your smartphone or any electronic device.
Finally be aware that even if the smartphone seems to work well, there will necessarily 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 most clumsy users, it will be better to invest in a waterproof smartphone in order to limit the damage anyway.
To conclude, it will be recalled that water is not the only danger for our smartphones during this summer period. When the temperatures climb a little too much, your smartphone risks overheating in the sun . To avoid permanent damage, we also have a few tips to prevent this from happening.