How to fix a smartphone dropped in water

So you’ve gone and done it, you’ve dropped your smartphone into the toilet or sink or pool or whichever body of water you are near to. After a moment of panic accompanied by some very bad words, you need to try and save your mobile device from being water damaged. Here are the steps to take if you have dropped your non-watertight phone into water and a few other tips and tricks.

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Remove the phone as quickly as possible from the water!

First off, here is what NOT to do:

  • Do not turn it on and actually use it in any way. This includes navigations, apps, and more.
  • Do not press on any buttons or keys.
  • Do not shake, tap or bang the phone.
  • Do not take the phone apart, this will completely void your warranty. It may be too late already though, because your device also comes with a Liquid Damage Indicator (LDI) which when activated could void your warranty. If you do need to take it apart, do this only if you have experience or bring it to a professional.
  • Do not try to blow on it. This could send water into other internal parts of the phone that the water hasn’t reached yet, causing more damage in the process.
  • Do not apply heat of any kind, including a blow dryer or sticking it in the microwave. Also, don’t to the opposite and stick it in the freezer.

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