Most smartphones are sensitive to water and whether you got it wet from rain, accidentally being dropped into the pool, or by simply spilling water on it, it’s going to ruin your day. Surprisingly most have also dropped their phones into the toilet. There could be plenty of reasons for your phone to get wet and we are sorry that happened, but don’t despair just yet because all might not necessarily be lost. Mentioned below are some easy tips on how to rescue a wet phone along with how you can protect it from getting wet in the first place:
Rice Bowl, Anyone?
Well, you may not have heard about this technique but for some people it has paid off. Start by drying off your phone. Take a towel to wipe the external part of your phone. Take off the back cover, extract the battery and wipe it off. Do not even consider using a blow dryer as the heat can damage the sensitive components of your phone.
The next step may sound a bit insane, but take a bowl and fill it with raw, dried rice. Take your phone the battery and the SIM card and place them inside the bowl. In fact, bury them under the rice. Keep it that way for around 12 to 24 hours. Rice works as a powerful absorbent and sucks in all the moisture and has been known as a wet gadget saver.
However, it is important to remember this might not always do the trick. While Samsung users have said that it worked, some iPhone users said that the rice did not do anything for their phones. So, it really depends on your device and how badly the water has damaged it.
Silica Gel Bags
You know those little mystery bags at the bottom of your vitamin pill bottles? Well it turns out that they have incredible drying properties. You can purchase these Silica bags from a company named Bheestie. The main purpose of the bag is to save wet gadgets. The packet consists of special bags inside. These bags are made with a molecular sieve desiccant formula effective for sucking the moisture out of the bag. All you have to do is open the bag, drop the phone inside it, seal it, and let be in there for 24 hours. The company boasts that it can absorb up to 700% water, far better than rice.
Although there is no way you can be sure whether or not your phone will survive once it has sustained water damage, there are a couple of ways you can make sure it never gets wet in the first place:
One of the coolest and most effective choices available is a waterproof case manufactured by Lifeproof. The waterproof case can protect your phone in depths of over 5 to 6 feet. It is a multi-proof case which is also dustproof and shockproof. It is easy to put on. You just have to open the case, place your phone inside and clamp it back on. It was originally designed for users who like to take picture underwater.
Liquipel is another effective waterproofing process which involves a complete waterproof coating on top of your phone. However, you will have to give your phone up for the entirety of the process. The best part is when you get the phone back you won’t see any difference as it does not add any weight to your phone.
However, while both Lifeproof and Liquipel are effective at keeping your phone safe from water damage, it is important to understand that both carry a pretty steep tag. However dust plugs are a very affordable alternative. They work by directly blocking the ports of your smartphone (such as the lightning dock, micro-usb, and 3.5mm ports) while they’re not in use. This simple countermeasure can be just enough to keep them from getting wet. In addition, the plugs block out other harmful debris, such as dust, dirt, and sand keeping your ports dry and sealed
When it comes to keeping your smartphone safe or maintaining your gadgets keep checking back to learn some effective and easy tips.