Having your smartphone getting soaked in water is a nightmare. Interestingly, a number of us have gone through this situation where either the iPhone got dropped in the bathtub, or kids randomly washed it while playing.
After looking at the iPhone drenched in water most of us get a mini-heart attack and consider their beloved iPhone or iPod gone. However, do not think that way. The good news is that your iPhone can be restored by following some tips and tricks.
Buy an iPhone and save yourself from any disaster
Prevention is always better than cure. The best preventive way is to buy a water resistant iPhone which is the iPhone. However, the iPhone isn’t a smartphone that everyone can afford. It is a phone with IP67 rating, which means that if you drop your iPhone in 3.3 feet of water for thirty long minutes it will survive. So, an accidental spill of coffee or dropping it while doing dishes in the sink is fine.
How to dry your iPhone – Step by step guide
In the following paragraphs, we shall be discussing different methods to dry your wet iPhone.
Do not turn on your device immediately
After seeing your iPhone dropped in water, it is very common for you to simply pick it up in an emergency and make an attempt to turn the device on. This is a big NO. Do not do that, we’ll explain the reason why. After the device has come into contact with water, it is highly likely that turning it on will result in the components inside to short out. What you should immediately do is turn the device off. This way your iPhone will not light up from notifications or any messages.
Remove device case
We usually have a casing on as a protector for our iPhones. In such a situation, you should take it off to let the iPhone dry more quickly.
Try and shake the water out
This step is useful if your iPhone got dropped in a swimming pool or a bathtub as the water will have entered into the headphone jack and the charging port. Shake your device to take the water droplets out.
Wipe your iPhone
Once you have shaken the device and the excess water is out, wipe your iPhone with a piece of cloth. This is soaked any leftover water from the device.
Remove sim and Place the iPhone in a warm and airy place
As in the case of an iPhone, you cannot take the battery out, all you can do is take the sim card out and let the iPhone dry under a fan. The warmer and airer the place, the sooner the device will get dried.
What to do in extreme circumstances?
Silica gel packets might save the day
Ever wondered what those little packets with your shoe packaging are? The ones that say “Do not swallow!” These are silica gel packets, they are designed to soak up any moisture around. If you place them on your iPhone they will soak the water up and help your device in getting dried.
Try placing the device in a bag of Rice
A great trick used by many is getting a bag full of uncooked rice and placing the iPhone right inside the bag. You will have to leave the device for days but it might help the iPhone getting rid of water. Some people have stated that their devices got rid of the water and started working fine after they tried this trick.
Use your good old hair dryer
We won’t be recommending this to everyone out there but it is a trick when your iPhone probably has water in every single component of its body. But be very careful with this one. Make sure that the drier is set to the lowest power option available. Otherwise, this will harm your device instead of fixing it. Hair driers are to be used with extreme care so its better if you ask your sister or wife to help you out.
Consult the Experts
Sometimes it is better not to try anything at home and consult the experts for the wet iPhone situation. What you can do is consult a repair company. Some repair people are experts at handling such situations and might help you out.
Another thing which you can do is contact Apple directly, it might get you a refurbished model for $199 in exchange for your soaked iPhone.
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