What to do if your phone or tablet is exposed to water

11 07 2013

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If you’ve ever damaged your phone or tablet, you’ll know just how frustrating it can be. You might, if you’re lucky, be able to get it up and running again – but you may find that your device is beyond repair. Of course, there are accessories you can buy to help provide your phone or tablet with robust protection from the elements. That’s why so many phone and tablet users choose to buy cases from theSnugg, for instance. However, if you drop your device in water, you need to move quickly to ensure that any damage is minimised. There are some steps you should take if your phone or tablet is exposed to water.

According to an article from WikiHow.com, the first – and perhaps the most obvious – thing you need to remember is to remove your phone from the water or other liquid as quickly as possible. Even a few seconds’ exposure to water damage can leave your phone or tablet irreparable, so you really can’t afford to wait around. Water can seep into the insides of your device through the various ports, however small they are. Make sure you switch your phone or tablet off as quickly as you can after it’s come into contact with water.

Once you’ve removed the phone or tablet from the liquid, place it down on some soft cloths or a towel and then remove the battery. The longer a device’s internal circuits are connected to a power source when wet, the more likely they are to succumb to water damage. However, if you remove the battery quickly then you may yet be able to save your phone or tablet. You should also make sure you remove the SIM card from your phone, seeing as this is where your contacts are likely to be stored. The chances are your SIM will survive water damage unscathed in any event, but it makes good sense to be quick about removing it from a phone that’s been exposed to water.

Then, take a soft rag or towel and make sure you dry your phone or tablet thoroughly. You really do need to be thorough about this – make sure there isn’t even a single drop of water left inside your device, as this can start to corrode or short out internal circuits. However, when you dry your phone or tablet off, be careful not to treat it too roughly. If you use a paper towel, make sure you don’t inadvertently leave bits of paper stuck in the gaps of your device.

Another article from Makeuseof.com also suggests that you could use a hairdryer to dry your phone or tablet after it’s been exposed to water. Make sure you keep the hairdryer on a low setting if you choose to do this – you don’t need to blast your phone with heat – and focus on your phone’s ports as this is where water is most likely to gather. Alternatively, you could simply disassemble your phone and leave it in an airing cupboard for a few hours to dry off thoroughly.

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