The phone fell into the water

We will tell you what to do if the phone fell into the water, got caught in the rain, what actions should be tak­en first of all to keep it work­ing
The phone fell into the water
The phone fell into the water

Res­cu­ing drowned phones, accord­ing to sta­tis­tics, is one of the most com­mon prob­lems with which users and own­ers of var­i­ous devices turn to ser­vice cen­ters. From expe­ri­ence, I can say that for some rea­son this trou­ble most often hap­pens to iPhone own­ers. In any case, acquain­tance with a large amount of liq­uid does not pass with­out a trace for any phone (now, of course, we are not talk­ing about mod­els with super pro­tec­tion), and if your phone fell into the water, the first ques­tion that aris­es in you is what to do, to save a valu­able gad­get and how to make the “drowned” work if the phone fell into the water and does not turn on?

I must say right away: they will not give you any guar­an­tees even in the ser­vice cen­ter. Experts will dry the “drowned man”, patch them up, but they will nev­er promise any­thing. My friend lost two phones in the toi­let in six months. One dis­ap­peared almost with­out a trace (it works, but con­fus­es all the keys), the sec­ond lay down for 2 months, turned on and has been work­ing fine for six months now. By the way, not only falling into a con­tain­er with water, but also a heavy down­pour, splash­ing waves can harm the phone. There­fore, you should not take risks and talk on the phone, even if you are walk­ing in the rain under an umbrel­la.

What should I do first if my phone falls into water?

So, you laughed for a long time at songs like “the phone in the toi­let is the sixth iPhone”, but at some point you just for­got about the gad­get in your back pock­et and — oops! — awk­ward sit­u­a­tion. Get your gad­get out as soon as pos­si­ble.



1. The first thing to do when you have removed the phone is to turn it off and try to get the bat­tery out. Today, in most phones, this is not easy to do, you need a spe­cial screw­driv­er. But you def­i­nite­ly can’t leave the bat­tery — if the cur­rent con­tin­ues to flow through the micro­cir­cuits, the con­tacts will imme­di­ate­ly oxi­dize and then it will be almost impos­si­ble to restore the phone. You can not insert the bat­tery into the phone for at least a day. And it’s bet­ter not to insert it at all until either you or the ser­vice spe­cial­ists dis­as­sem­ble it and make sure that all con­tacts are in order. Even if the phone has been in the water for a cou­ple of sec­onds, believe me, the irrepara­ble has already hap­pened. No mat­ter how durable and water­proof the case may seem, most mod­ern phones are not. Unless you own the lat­est iPhone with a high degree of water pro­tec­tion IP67 or IP68.

2. Most impor­tant­ly, do not ran­dom­ly start press­ing but­tons on the phone, try­ing to check its per­for­mance. Turn off the device, remove the SIM card and mem­o­ry card, you will deal with the rest lat­er. If there is a lot of water in the phone, try to shake it from the bot­tom up, hold­ing it away from you with a hole through which water can pass.

How to remove moisture from the phone if it has been dropped in water?

This is the first thing to take care of if your phone gets wet or dropped into a con­tain­er of water. If there are no impro­vised means at hand, put the phone in rice or salt. These bulk mate­ri­als help absorb excess mois­ture. Of course, it is best to put the device in them already dis­as­sem­bled, with­out a bat­tery.

Anoth­er tip is to put your phone in a bowl of alco­hol liq­uid for 20–30 min­utes. Then leave it off for a day. Alco­holic liq­uid pre­vents cor­ro­sion and removes mois­ture.

Also, to solve this prob­lem, there are spe­cial com­pounds, chem­i­cals that push out mois­ture — for exam­ple, FLUID 101/200. They are sold in radio equip­ment stores. This com­po­si­tion must be care­ful­ly sprin­kled on the board and left for a while. Also, this com­po­si­tion removes all oxi­da­tion. But it has a large cap­il­lary effect, it can­not be allowed to fall on the touch­screen or screen, as it will pen­e­trate into the gap between them.

It’s a bad idea to put your phone in the refrig­er­a­tor. This advice implies that the liq­uid will freeze in the freez­er, the threat to con­tacts will dis­ap­pear, and imme­di­ate­ly after remov­ing the phone, it is advised to turn it on. That’s just warm ice will melt again. In gen­er­al, it’s bet­ter not to exper­i­ment with the unfor­tu­nate “drowned man”.

You also do not need to dry the phone with a hairdry­er: if you do not take it apart, then the water will sim­ply heat up and accu­mu­late in hard-to-reach places. There is also a risk of over­heat­ing the bat­tery.

Why the phone is not charg­ing

What to do if you can’t “refu­el” your smart­phone?

Why did the phone fall into the water, work, and then stop?

Your gad­get is a thin and capri­cious device. There­fore, if you took out the phone and were hap­py about it. that it works, do not hope: it may not last long. There are very thin con­tacts on the gadget’s board, when water gets on them, the elec­tric cur­rent still pass­es, but under the influ­ence of elec­tric cur­rent and water, the oxi­da­tion process takes place, a chem­i­cal reac­tion destroys the con­tacts, and since the con­tact bridges are very thin, they are quick­ly cov­ered with the reac­tion prod­uct and con­duc­tiv­i­ty dis­ap­pears or the con­tact sim­ply cor­rodes. And since there are a lot of con­tacts, a cap­il­lary effect is obtained, water lingers well on the board and it is dif­fi­cult to remove it, for exam­ple, with a sim­ple cot­ton swab.

Also, mod­ern phones use micro­cir­cuits with ball leads, they are very tight­ly locat­ed, water can also get into the open­ing and it is very dif­fi­cult to expel it from there, it can lead to a seri­ous short cir­cuit.

iPhones are best pro­tect­ed from such prob­lems — in them all the micro­cir­cuits are filled with a spe­cial com­po­si­tion, but this is not the case in all phones.



What to do if the phone does not turn on?

If after all the manip­u­la­tions the phone does not turn on, it will have to be shown to spe­cial­ists. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the ser­vice cen­ter does not pro­vide a guar­an­tee for the repair of recessed phones, and it is also not known how much the repair will cost. In any case, if you have not tried all the meth­ods yet, we strong­ly rec­om­mend that you dis­as­sem­ble the phone to see for your­self what the water has done inside. It is not the elec­tron­ics that can be dam­aged by water. For exam­ple, in a Meizu phone, the dou­ble-sided adhe­sive tape that held the bat­tery just peeled off from mois­ture, after which it tore out oth­er con­tacts from the board. So in any case, in order to assess the harm to the phone from drown­ing, it needs to be dis­as­sem­bled. You can do it your­self, using the guides on YouTube. Tip for the future: get a screw­driv­er that match­es your phone mod­el, keep it with you just in case.

What should I do if my phone starts to work slowly?

This means that you were able to elim­i­nate the con­se­quences of the phone get­ting into the water, but you didn’t do it com­plete­ly. Or some con­tacts had time to oxi­dize, some schemes were vio­lat­ed. Often the con­se­quence can also be poor phone charg­ing or poor touch screen per­for­mance. The sen­sors are capac­i­tive, they work on the prin­ci­ple of chang­ing the capac­i­tance between the elec­trodes. When you touch the dis­play with your fin­ger, the elec­tro­chem­i­cal capac­i­tance between the elec­trodes changes and dam­age to the elec­trodes dis­rupts these rela­tion­ships. In this case, it is also nec­es­sary to con­tact the ser­vice cen­ter or sol­der the nec­es­sary con­tacts on the board your­self, com­plete­ly ring­ing the entire cir­cuit. In this case, the chances of the sur­vival of the phone are quite high. Prob­lems may remain with the sen­sor. Often some of the let­ters or cer­tain places on the screen stop work­ing com­plete­ly.

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