Water Damaged Phone

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What to do if your phone gets water damaged: iPhone-Rice-gadget-grave-no-rice It is a smartphone owner’s biggest fear – dropping the phone into water.  It happens often, especially the phone falling out of the pocket into a toilet.  What you do after your phone is water damaged, may help save the device.   First, try and get the device out as fast as possible.  The less time the phone is in the water, the higher the probability that your phone is not a total loss.   Next, take the battery and SIM card if you have one.  If the battery cannot be removed, do not panic – you could still be ok.  Do NOT turn on the device, plug device in or play with the device as this could cause further damage. iPhone-water-Sensor-dot The next piece of advice is to avoid rice.  Rice may actually increase corrosion in the device.  I know there are many website claiming rice absorbs water (and we use it in salt containers to prevent moisture causing clumps) and will suck the water out of your phone.  Also, rice gets caught in audio jacks, crevices and connectors causing more issues.  (  http://blog.jcdrepair.com/speed-is-the-key-to-saving-a-water-damaged-cell-phone).   Also, you may hear to use a hair dryer.  Do not do this either.  The hair dryer may help dry the phone out, but it will also warp sensitive parts causing further damage.  (http://www.iosdoc.com/poured-liquid-on-your-ipad-iphone-or-ipod-touch-heres-what-to-do/ ).   So, how do you fix your water damaged device?  First and foremost, after battery and SIM Card is removed, take the device to a local cellphone repair shop.  We offer a liquid damage cleaning.  With a liquid damage cleaning, your device is completely taken apart and soaked in a solution for up to 3 days.  After three days, the device is removed and any corrosion is cleaned off the device. iphone-liquid-damage-indicator Next, a technician assembles the device and tests to see if the device will turn on.  If there are any issues, the technician calls with a list of possible repairs to repair your device.   With liquid damage devices, there are some things one should know.  First, there is the possibility that the device will not ever work again, even if you bring it in functioning.  Second, the device has been water damaged and with this, it may last 1 day to 100 years.  There is no way to guarantee that the device will not have problems in the future due to the fact that water and electronics do not intermingle.  Consider whether the device is worth the money.  If the device is an iPhone 5, 5C or 5S – it is worth the risk, but a non-smartphone, iPhone 4, 3G, 3GS are not worth the risk – the cost of repairs can outweigh the cost of a replacement device.  Lastly, if your device is functioning, back it up and do it frequently to prevent loss of any important information.   There have been many phones come in working, just got wet or barely water damaged and they never work again but on the hand, there are phones that are dead and come out working. With any water damage electronic device, it is important to speak to a professional so that you can discuss your different options and make the best decision for you.

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