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How to save your mobile phone from water damage

Ever had that moment of despair when your phone hits water? If you’re lucky enough to own a fully waterproof phone like the Sony Xperia Z1 there’s no need to worry. The rest of us need to act fast...

Water and high-tech components simply don’t mix. It’s all to do with corrosion. Salt water and chlorinated pool water can be particularly damaging – as can the water in your toilet bowl (yuck)!

Here’s what to do if your phone gets an unexpected ducking...

  1. Dry it down. Get it out of the water quickly and give the outside of your phone a rubdown with a dry cloth (or whatever you can get your hands on).
     
  2. Remove the battery and sim card. Even if the phone has seen its last days, taking out the sim before it gets corrupted should at least ensure your contacts list is safe.water damage
     
  3.  Let the device dry naturally. Removing the battery provides room for the water inside your phone to evaporate. DO NOT use a blow dryer or sit your phone on a radiator. Heat can damage the components.  Put the phone, battery and sim card on a towel to dry.
     
  4.  Now use the ‘rice trick’ (that’s uncooked rice by the way). Following the steps above should take care of all the visible water that’s found its way into your phone. That’s not the end of it though.  You need to clear out all the stubborn moisture you can’t see. Fill a food bag full of rice. Bury your phone in it.
     
  5.  Leave it in there for 48 hours. Some of us get withdrawal symptoms if we haven’t looked at our phone screen for half an hour – let alone a couple of days. You might find yourself experiencing ‘cold turkey’ by day 2. It’s worth it in the long run though. You need to give it time for all the moisture to soak up. Give it a shake once in a while to ensure your phone’s fully covered in rice.
     
  6. Cross your fingers! After two days, now you can replace the battery and sim before turning it on. If you’re fortunate, you should have a fully functional device. If not, then hopefully you still have a functional sim card.

Prevention is better than cure...

Hopefully you got away with it... this time.  You don’t want to have to go through that hassle again if you can possibly help it. Give your phone a fighting chance for next time and check out this Case Mate Tough Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 or this Case Mate Tough Xtreme for the iPhone 5 for some of the hardest protection money can buy!

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Ever had that moment of despair when your phone hits water? If you’re lucky enough to own a fully waterproof phone like the Sony Xperia Z1 there’s no need to worry. The rest of us need to act fast...

Water and high-tech components simply don’t mix. It’s all to do with corros


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