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What to do if I drop my phone in water?

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

This happens every time! According to conventional wisdom, if you drop your smartphone in the toilet or another liquid, all you need to do is put it in a bowl of rice, and everything will be alright by morning. Sadly, this is more of an urban legend than sound counsel. However, that doesn't imply you should abandon your wet phone. There are several DIY fixes you may try out before you try visiting a repair business and possibly spending hundreds of dollars.

Most of us carry our smartphones with us everywhere we go, which makes it all too easy to drop them in the washing up, the bath or even down the toilet.

While it’s not ideal for your phone to take a dip, it might not spell the end if you follow these top tips.

  1. As soon as possible, remove your smartphone from the water, and carefully dry it with a clean cloth.

  2. If the phone is on, immediately turn it off. Avoid the impulse to unlock it and test its functionality because doing so could prevent it from functioning in the future. Leave it off if it's already switched off.

  3. if at all feasible, remove the back and the battery (you can't do this with an iPhone or other high-end cellphones, though). If you have a memory card, remove it together with the SIM card.

  4. Shake your smartphone gently to get any water out of the charging port, headphone jack, and other ports.

You still have options if your phone short-circuited or was submerged for a considerable amount of time. Apple will accept water-damaged phones as part of its trade-in program, but you should be realistic about how much money you'll receive in the form of a gift card. However, if they don't accept your phone because of a different reason you can search a local phone repair shop to have a diagnostic to see what really is the issue.

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