What to do after phone drop into water?

Dropped phone into water? this is very commone issue to face now. If unfortunately it happen to you, and you did not back up yet and afraid of loosing your data like contacters and pictures so you desperately want to get it fixed. the first thing and the most impoertant thing - Do Not use the phone after drop into water, and bring it to a phone service station or repair shop. The ealier you bring in the bigger chance it can be repaired. Our company i-Station Perth Mobile Phone Repair Centre can offer great service for phone water or liquid damage repair or data recovery service for water or liquid damage devices. If lucky you are close by and need help urgently, You can walk in straight away or Contact us NOW by click!  before come in.
If you do regular back up for you devices and not afraid of lossing data, here is some tips you can try if you are lucky, it may work for you!

Do you see your dropped phone in water? Take it out and make sure it’s off!

I know it’s hard to react quickly when such a devastating event takes place, but you must snap out of it! The longer your device stays underwater, the lower its chances of survival are. You must dig in there and take that phone out of the water right away. Yes… even if it’s in the toilet!


Once the phone is out of the water, make sure it’s off and stays that way. Even if it seems fine… it is important to shut it off just in case. If the phone is still on, just shut it down or take the battery out if you can. Then put it in a safe place, preferably on a flat surface over some paper towels.

The good news is that even non-waterproof phones these days are generally at least a little more resistant to water than phones from years past, and so there are a few things you can do — as well as shouldn’t do — if you want to make it through without too much damage.

What not to do after you see your dropped phone in water

The following actions can mean the difference between a totaled phone or a survival story. You better be careful what you do. Before we jump into finding a solution, let’s try to prevent major failures you could cause.

  • -Do not turn on the phone, as we already mentioned. Electrical components don’t play well with water when operating.
  • -Don’t plug it in either! For the same reason.
  • -Don’t press any keys. This can push water further into the phone. It’s best to try to mess with the phone as little as possible.
  • -Don’t shake or blow into the device. This could also push water into deeper areas of the phone. Especially try to avoid blow driers – not only because of the blowing part, but also because of the following point.
  • -Do not apply any heat to the phone. Remember excessive heat can also damage the phone. You don’t want to add more damage!
  • -Don’t move the phone around too much. Same deal; you don’t want the water moving around inside the phone.

Disassemble the water damaged phone

Don’t mistake this step with “take the whole darn phone apart”! What I mean is that you should remove everything that is user-removable. If you back cover is removable, take it off. Similarly, try to remove the battery (if you can), SIM card and SD card. Lay it all out in the paper towel.

Now, if you are an experienced tech specialist of sorts and know the ins and outs of a phone, and don’t mind risking voiding your warranty, you can go ahead and take the whole phone apart too. It might help with drying up every single piece faster. Just be careful, if you don’t know what you’re doing this could cause more harm than good.

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Try to dry the exterior with a paper towel

We first have to try to get rid of all the excess water found in the exterior of your phone. Use the paper towel to dry out every component. Just make sure you don’t mess with the phone too much. Gently dry everything out without moving things around too much.

You could try a vacuum cleaner

Of course, there are areas the paper towel can’t access. And while we told you not to blow anything into the phone, we didn’t tell you not to suction the water out. In fact, a vacuum cleaner can suck off bits of water from the phone without too much risk. Just make sure the suctioning doesn’t make the phone move around excessively. Oh, and try not to use one as big as the one in the picture!


Time to dry it out

The hardest part is coming, because it involves leaving the phone untouched for an extended period of time. This means you can’t use your smartphone! If you have another phone you can borrow, just make sure the SIM card is completely dried out and stick it into the working handset. Otherwise, just resort to smoke signals, public phones and all that archaic stuff.

So how do you dry your phone out? You could just leave the phone on top of the counter or inside a drawer, but some people like giving it a little help. The idea is to put it in an environment that will ease its drying process. A very common practice is to put the phone in a Ziploc bag full of rice and let it rest there for about 2-3 days.


But why rice? Mostly because it is something readily available at most homes. The idea is that rice is very good at absorbing humidity in the air, making the phone’s environment drier and hence helping dry out the device. But there are alternatives that could be better.

Why is Water Damage Hard to Fix

Let’s start with how liquid damages a cell phone. There are three basic things it can do (and it can do 1, 2, or all 3 of these):

  1. The biggest problem with water damage is this: It doesn’t all happen at once.Some of the non-motherboard components get damaged. This might be the battery, screen, power button, charging port, etc. These are generally pretty easy to replace and not a problem if you can identify which components are bad.
  2. Some of the components on the motherboard get shorted out and damaged beyond repair. This basically turns your phone into a paperweight (you can do some soldering tricks but they aren’t usually economically feasible).
  3. Some of the wiring on the motherboard corrodes and creates a shortage with other wiring. This is often fixable – at least in the short term.

Think about a rusting car. Your car doesn’t rust the first winter you drive it on salt-covered roads. But after 10 years of winter driving you start to see rust. Then every year a little more rust. It develops slowly over time.

The same thing happens with water damaged cell phones – only instead of years we’re talking days or weeks. You can clean everything out using a sonic cleaner and electronics safe cleaning solution. That might remove 95% of all corrosion and debris. But that other 5% doesn’t stay put. Like rust on a car, it slowly starts to grow over the course of a week, a month, or 3 months. It will begin to spread until one day your wifi won’t work, your camera goes out, your phone stops charging, the screen goes black, or some combination of all those things.

Should You Get Your Water Damaged Phone Fixed?

This really depends on your objectives. If you expect to get back a fully functioning phone that works like new and continues to work like new for the next 2 years, then no. You shouldn’t get your water damaged phone fixed because you will likely be upset at the results.

Here are the two cases where I would say water damage repair is worth pursuing:

  1. You have some valuable data on your phone (like pictures) that aren’t backed up. Our water damage repair can be successful in getting this data off your phone.
  2. You expect to upgrade your phone soon and just want to limp to the finish line. You’re okay with some of the functionality not working (or working for awhile and then going out).