Summer is just around the corner, and do you know what that means…Significantly more water-damaged mobile phones.
This is going to be a cliffs notes version of dealing with water damage.
First off, if you get your phone wet, the first thing you need to do is to act as quickly as possible. If you are lucky, your phone may still be salvageable. Sometimes, this may mean to literally take the back off of your phone (may not be applicable to your device) and take the battery out if it is removable as well as any other removable parts (SIM/SD). Wipe off the battery and the device, and if your liquid indicators have not been touched by the water, make sure to avoid wiping any moisture onto them, because it is quite possible that if those indicators remain unscathed, “it didn’t happen.” Just sayin’ Next, try to blow out any moisture from your ports and speakers. By this I do not mean with a blow dryer, because chances are you may not have one on you. You literally need to feverishly reenact your 6th birthday party. Those candles didn’t know what hit them did they? And remember…
DO NOT TURN YOUR DEVICE ON
NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO SEE IF IT IS WORKING.
It needs to be completely dry to prevent any electrical shorts from occurring. If people actually did the above steps correctly in addition to leaving their devices alone for a day or so (this includes charging as well), and not let their impatience get the best of them, they would not have to resort to activating their mom’s old LG Revere to use whist waiting for an insurance replacement. Disclaimer: I have nothing against the LG Revere = ) Tis’ only a comedic reference.
By the way, if you have some time to spare, then read about one of my personal experiences with water damage, I’m sure you’ll get a good laugh. I promise.
Then, there’s also putting it in rice. I have mixed feelings on this, as it does help to extract any moisture within the device a lot faster, please make sure to remove any grains before handing your precious phone over to a store rep and sticking to your story of “Oh I don’t know what happened” when they ask you if you had pilaf for dinner recently. They know. Evidence can be damning. If you must do it, this may be a better option.
Now, if you are planning on pleading the 5th and sticking to your story, you will need to know whether or not your liquid indicators will pass the test. For an android phone, you can usually find it under the battery. If your battery is not removable, all you have to do is perform a google search to find the location. There are far too many to list here in this post.
There are 2 types of indicators that are used
1. Plain white colored ones that turn red/pink
2. White ones with red patterns. (Many people see the pattern below and assume that is shows damage, but that is not true. (When these stickers are exposed to water the pattern will bleed).
FYI, Blackberry batteries also have liquid indicators on them, so if your phone indicators pass the test, one may benefit from losing your battery for the time being.
If you do a quick search for your specific device’s liquid indicator, I have heard through the grapevine that you can find replacement stickers online for very cheap.
Over the years, the iPhone’s liquid indicators have migrated. The 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S have indicators placed in both the headphone jack and on the bottom of the dock-connector housing/charging port. The iPhone 5 (and all current models) feature a single water damage indicator on the inside of the nano SIM card slot, which is located on the right side of the phone. It definitely helps to use a flashlight to see them clearly.
Remember, if any of these indicators show liquid damage, the device will NOT be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
Well, I hope that if you are reading this and have not experienced dropping your phone in the toilet quite just yet, should it occur, you now posses the knowledge to act hastily and save it from an untimely watery demise. On the contrary, if you have found yourself on the not-so-lucky flip side, there was still some pretty valuable information expressed. Do you not agree? ::wink wink::