Splash in the water! Except that, your cell phone has just taken the plunge. Panic onboard… Rest assured, there are first (rescue) gestures and a few tips that could take care of all this. Between grain of rice and cat litter, we explain how to try to recover your Cell phone that has fallen in the water without plunging into anxiety.
Cell Phone on the water: First reflexes depending on the model
First, if your cell phone has fallen into the sea or ocean, rinse it with clean water! Yes, another bath. However, for a good cause: to rid it of salt, which can accelerate the phenomenon of oxidation.
Then, depending on the model and age, we will act differently…
Did you buy it recently? This is why you are in all your states. Yet, you have less reason to worry! Yes, some recent phones are IP67 or IP68 certified. This means that they are water-resistant, see waterproof: they are protected if they fall into freshwater less than 1m deep for IP67, more than 1 meter (always in freshwater), and for 30 minutes for IP68. Phew! Afterward, if it is in the sea.
Is your smartphone a few years old already?
After taking it out of the water, do not check to see if it still works: you will see that later. Immediately turn it off to avoid a short circuit! Remove any protective shell or any connection (headphones, external cable, etc.).
If it comes apart (but not always for this kind of model), remove the battery, SIM card… Anything you can!
Do you have a cell phone repair Ventura (without Wi-Fi, without an app, you only need to make or receive calls and take some pictures…)? : The same thing, we turn it off without waiting and we dismantle everything possible: SIM card, micro SD card, battery…
- Once these first operations have been carried out, we will carefully dry the outside of our phone:
- Using a paper towel or a napkin, absorb the surface as much as possible, holding the device to make the water flow as much as possible by gravity. It will already be eliminated!
- We also dry the ports and open areas (such as the microphone): you can gently dab these smaller and difficult-to-access parts with a cotton swab.
- You can even suck up water through these ports with a straw. However, spit out the liquid that you could recover!
The trick in +:
We avoid shaking it, pressing the keys, or blowing on it to “evacuate” the water. You would only make her seep even deeper inside…
You dry your cell phone from the inside
With these first steps, most of the water should be gone. However, there are certainly still some left inside your phone. To overcome the last drops, and especially to limit the humidity, which could end up rusting the mechanism, we choose a tip according to what we have on hand!
Dry your cell phone with raw rice
- It will perfectly play the role of a moisture absorber.
- Pour rice grains into a jar. Avoid rice dust as much as possible, which could cause other problems!
- Completely submerge your phone.
- Close the jar for 48 hours, even 72 hours! You need what it takes to limit the damage…
- When taking out your phone, check that no grain has slipped into any of the ports. It is the case. Gently take it out with the help of a needle (without pushing it in further, just pricking to extract it) or tweezers.
Dry your cell phone with cat litter
- Another absorber that you do not necessarily think about… Yet!
- Wrap your phone in a cloth.
- Pour clean litter into a container.
- Bury your cell phone.
- Wait between 1 to 3 days
Dry your cell phone with dehumidifier bags
These are the little bags that you find in shoeboxes, at the bottom of a new handbag, a new electrical appliance… Filled with silica gel, they absorb moisture to preserve these accessories. They are therefore just as suitable!
- Collect as many as you can find.
- Put them in an airtight bag or box.
- Swipe your phone as well.
- Lock it all up for at least 48 hours… Yes, we wait! The voice mail will take the calls.
Dry your cell phone with sphagnum moss
This plant, available in garden centers, is reputed to be the absorbent vegetable moss in the world. Just that!
- Fill a box with this plant.
- Bury your phone.
Leave the foam to act for about 2 days: it can retain up to 20 times its weight in water.
When the operation is complete, reinstall the items you removed. You can finally turn your phone back on. It does not work. Before declaring forfeit, recharge it: it may be the battery that is dead.
Does it light up? Top! However, it may still end up rusting. Do not hesitate to save your data while there is still time…
What not to do when your cell phone has fallen into the water?
Take out your hair dryer or place your phone on a heat source such as a radiator: this could damage (and even melt!) Certain parts, or create a condensation effect. Flute!
Put in the freezer to try to solidify the water… By melting, it will force you to come back to square one.
Put in the microwave or traditional oven! Electrical circuits or SIM cards would not resist it. Your household appliances either!