Dropped phone in water

Water spells doom for the phone. According to an independent study conducted, nearly 73 percent of people who dropped their phone in toilet were men. The women even though they are bigger talkers on the phone, are quite careful using the phone in the toilet or at best, they do not even take them there. The toilet bowl is the biggest reason for phone being dropped in water, the second being caught in the rain. Coming third, is people dropping their phone in a glass of drink or splashing drink on the phone. The fourth reason for water being submerged on the phone is using it in the kitchen and the phone falling in the basin. Interestingly, the incidence of people taking the phone to the bathroom and messing it up is quite less.

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The phone has a lot of tiny circuitry and electronic receptors which can be rendered useless, once they come in contact with water. So, if you have dropped your phone in water, toilet or got it all wet in the rain , and do not know what to do, here are some steps to salvage one of the most precious things in your life, the phone, back :

1. Power down the phone and remove the battery – The phone has a better chance of recovery if it has been turned off when it comes in touch with water. Dry the phone, remove the battery and dry them with a lint-free towel. Remove every trace of water possible

2. Keep the phone in a bowl of dry uncooked rice

This works because the rice can actually remove the moisture from the phone and will prevent any damage. In the morning, try again, put the battery back in and see if it works. If it does not, then replace the battery again and power it up. If there is no response, try the rice act again and see if it works.

3. Rubbing alcohol – Try keep the handset in rubbing alcohol, this can remove hidden water inside. It is better to let the phone become as much as dry as possible, you can give it sufficient time, like say, a day and then put the battery again and see if it works. In case, all of this does not work, then you may have to take the handset to a certified repairer and be prepared for the bad news.

4. Do not use a microwave or a hair-dryer – Things like a hair dryer, microwave oven may appear nice enough to dry the inside of the phone but their results are highly unreliable. This is because the circuit network in the phone is sensitive to heat so you are actually risking your phone by doing this.

We should not lie about the phone not being in water, if the opposite is true, to the warranty department. They will be able to spot the truth by certain indicators that can tell them that the phone indeed had contact with water.


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