Waterlogged smartphone? Here are 3 ways to dry it

Waterlogged smartphone?  Here are 3 ways to dry it

Unfortunately, the price of your smartphone does not protect it from accidents. I recently upgraded to iPhone 14 Pro and immediately threw him to the ground. However, dropping your phone in the toilet seems like a much worse fate, and according to Secure data recovery, a data recovery service, happens to 23% of people. What if you don’t know how to rescue your device? That’s one way to waste your money.

While many smartphones are waterproof, that doesn’t mean they are waterproof, so it is still important to dry the phone. Here are three ways to dry your phone after dropping it in water and hopefully avoid having to buy a new one.

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Unfortunately, none of these methods are guaranteed to work, and there is a lot of anecdotal evidence with very little scientific study on the subject. The most recent study we could find was from 2014 by Gazelle, a company that buys and sells used and broken phones. According to that study, it was found that phone make and model influence whether or not a phone can work properly again, with Android phones typically performing better than iPhones.

Sources agree that getting the phone out of the water as quickly as possible helps minimize the amount of water that comes into contact with the device. If you follow these instructions and your phone won’t turn on, or turns on and has some issues, you should take it to a phone store to see if they can help you.

What Apple and Samsung recommend

Both phone manufacturers have some tips for users in case their phone falls into water.

This is what Apple says what to do:

1. Remove your iPhone from the water, turn it off, and dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth.

two. Gently tap your phone with the Lightning port facing down to remove excess water.

3. Put your iPhone in a dry area with good circulation and wait at least five hours. Pointing a fan at your iPhone’s Lightning port could help the process.

After five hours, turn your phone back on and see how it works. If you’re still having trouble, skip to the end of this article.

Samsung has similar instructions:

1. Remove your phone from the water, turn it off and dry it with a dry towel or clean cloth.

two. Place your phone in a well-ventilated area or in the shade with cool air from a fan. However, Samsung does not specify the waiting time.

Samsung says that even after you have followed these steps, there may still be water inside your phone so you should take it to a Samsung Electronics Service Center.

Both manufacturers also say that if you drop your phone in a liquid other than clean water, such as soda or pool water, you should quickly rinse your phone with tap water before towel-drying it and then air-drying it.

Apple and Samsung recommend never using a heat source, such as a hair dryer or oven, to dry your phone. The heat could damage your phone.

Silica gel beads might help

You can also try silica gel. According to Gazelle, silica gel beads are a good choice to absorb moisture from phones. Silica gel beads can be found in the white packages labeled “Do Not Eat” that come with many products. You can save these packs from the packs you have received or buy packs through online stores like Amazon or companies like dry dry.

Once you have your silica, here’s what to do after dropping your phone in water.

1. Take your phone out of the water and turn it off.

two. Dry the outside of your phone with a lint-free towel.

3. Put your phone in a large container.

Four. Fill the container with your silica gel beads and seal the container.

5. Gazelle recommends waiting 72 hours for your phone to dry.

6. Remove your phone from the container and try to turn it on again.

Other household items might help

If you don’t have silica gel beads on hand, you can try other household items. Gazelle found that couscous and instant rice work well as drying agents.

Follow the steps in the previous section, but replace the silica beads with any of these, wait the same amount of time, and then try rebooting your device.

Gazelle has also tested conventional cat litter, oatmeal, chia seeds, and raw white rice, but doesn’t recommend these products because they leave behind residue that could damage your phone.

For more tips, see how Low frequency sounds can remove water from your phone speakers, how to get two days out of a single iphone charge Y how to easily manage your android permissions.


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