Difficulty Level 4/5
Step 1. Firstly, don’t switch the phone on; this is an important step as the phone could easily short-circuit if water has made it’s way inside.
Step 2. Remove the battery straight away as this is where the phone gets its power from, and as we all know that electricity and water don’t make the best combination.
Step 3. A good indication of if a phone is water damaged is to check the corner where the battery is. There should be a white square (or circle in some cases) with or without the red lines. If the shape has turned red or pink the phone has water damage.
Step 4. Remove the SIM card (even more so if you have valuable data stored on it), and just dab it with a dry cloth. SIM cards are good at surviving water damage but it’s necessary to get it out as soon as possible.
Step 5. Wipe off as much water as you can, but avoid shaking or moving the phone too much so as to avoid moving water through it. Wipe down using a towel or paper towel, to try and remove as much of the remaining water as possible.
Step 6. The last thing to do is to use a vacuum cleaner (but don’t hold it too close as this can create static electricity), you can then suck out the rest of the liquid. This can help get to inaccessible areas in corners, and inner parts of the device. Do this for roughly 15 minutes to help make sure that the phone is as dry as it can be.
Step 7. Leave the phone for 5-10 minutes before turning it on.
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