Help - My iPhone Fell in Water!
It’s the stuff of nightmares for most iPhone owners. If your iPhone is the centre of your social life and your window to the world, there’s nothing worse than seeing your handset sink to the bottom of a watery grave.
But fear not. With a bit of quick thinking and a lot of patience, you may be able to resurrect your smartphone, breathing life back into its delicate components and give your phone the chance to fight another day.
Get it out
The first thing that you need to do if your iPhone fell in water is to get it out - big surprise hey!
The longer it’s in the toilet/sea/sink/pint of beer, the more damage the liquid will do to the fragile workings of your handset. So even if you’re tempted to let your friends take a pic to post on Instagram to garner some sympathy, you’re better of whipping your phone out of it’s wet spot STAT.
Turn it off
If your iPhone didn’t switch off automatically, turn it off as soon as possible and leave it off.
Powering the phone down protects it from short-circuiting and will prevent any further damage being done.
Wash it out
Unless your phone was fortunate enough to fall into a clear mountain spring, there will probably be dirt and debris floating through your device.
To remove any impurities, simply rinse your phone under the tap. This may feel counter intuitive, but as the damage has already been done, the clean water won’t do your iPhone any harm.
If your phone only took the briefest of dips, washing it out may be unnecessary so move straight to the next step.
The next step is to remove as much water as possible from the handset. Shake it, jiggle it, wrap it towels and do anything else that you can to get as much water out of the device as you can.
Hair dryers and hand dryers can be used to blow the water out of your handset and you can even use a vacuum cleaner to suck the water from your device.
Once you’ve got as much water out as possible, it’s time to play the waiting game.
Remove any case or cover and place your phone in a bowl of uncooked rice, couscous or silica gel. These absorbent substances will help to suck the water from your phone, leaving it bone dry and ready for action.
Alternatively, place your phone in a well-ventilated space in direct sunshine and wait for nature to do its work.
Don’t turn it on
Drying out a phone fully can take time, a lot of time. In some cases you’ll need to wait for as much as a week before you turn your device on, though three to four days should be enough in most cases.
Resist the temptation to turn your phone on during this period as residual water can still do it some damage.
Once you’re sure it’s completely dry, it’s time to take a deep breath, hope for the best and turn your phone on. If it comes back to life, there’s a good chance it will live to fight another day, if not, there’s always the old Nokia 3210 lying at the back of the drawer to turn to.
And last but not least, protecting your phone in the first place, with a personalised phone case, can mean you can avoid all of the above!