Repair a Water Damaged Cell Phone

Are you wondering how to repair a water damaged cell phone? This is an important question, as this issue happens more often than you might imagine. Since you probably carry your phone with you wherever you go, there’s ample opportunity to drop it in water or spill liquid on it. Knowing how to fix your device will help you avoid replacing your costly smartphone due to a silly accident. To that end, let’s take a look at 3 methods you can use to get your water damaged phone back up and running again.


Method 1: Use Isopropyl Alcohol.

This option likely seems counterintuitive. On the face of things, adding more liquid to the equation is a recipe for disaster. However, 99% isopropyl alcohol has almost no water content, and it can push out the remaining water Image result for isopropyl alcohol usesthat’s hiding within the tiny nooks and crevices inside your phone.

-Prevent Mineral Buildup.

It also has the added benefit of preventing mineral buildup on your phone’s sensitive electronic components. If you let the water dry naturally, mineral residue is often left on things like the battery terminals, logic board and so on. These minerals can corrode these components over time, much like rust eats away at metal (1).

-Two Approaches.

There are two approaches you can take, when using 99% isopropyl alcohol to remove the water within your phone. You can open up the back of the phone (even removing screws to get deeper inside if you feel confident in your ability to do so) and gently scrub the components with a toothbrush that’s been dipped in the alcohol (2).

Or, you can fill a small Tupperware container with the alcohol and submerge your phone in it. This is likely the more effective choice. The alcohol will push out the remaining water hiding inside the phone. Let it sit for about 30 minutes with the container covered, to give the alcohol enough time to remove any mineral residue on your phone’s components (3). Then, take your phone out and either use a vacuum or place it in rice for about a day to dry it.


Method #2: Use a Vacuum Cleaner.

Using a hairdryer to blow the water out of your phone doesn’t work well, and it can just push the water deeper. The Image result for vacuum cleaner for cell phoneheat from the unit can also cause issues. A much better tactic is to employ a vacuum cleaner to suck the water out. Use either a small hand-held vacuum or the hose attachment on your upright vacuum. Cup the vacuum nozzle with your hand, so a small circle is formed with your index finger and thumb. Place your phone’s ports (headphone jack, speaker opening, sim card slot, etc) on this opening one at a time, squeezing your fingers together to form a tight seal. Keep the phone against the vacuum for several minutes on each opening, to ensure that the phone gets completely dry. If the screen has condensation on the inside, continue vacuuming until it is gone (4).


Method #3: Use a Combination Approach.

Perhaps the best strategy is to combine both of the above methods together. As already mentioned, you can use a vacuum cleaner to dry out your phone after soaking it in 99% isopropyl alcohol for about 30 minutes. Some people use rice or silica gel packets instead to dry out the phone after cleaning it with alcohol, but many believe this isn’t as effective. Conventional wisdom says that you should let the phone sit for 1-3 days in the rice or silica gel packets, to allow it to absorb all remaining water.

Wait To Power Up Your Phone.

While you’ll be tempted to turn your phone on right after it gets wet to see if it’s still working – this is the worse thing you could do. Powering it on with water still inside it, runs a high risk of causing a short that will damage your phone beyond repair (5). Instead, have the patience to dry out your phone fully (1-3 days for the rice approach) before turning it on. While waiting this long to determine the scope of the damage is frustrating, it can prevent doing unnecessary damage to your valuable device.

The much faster drying time of the vacuuming method is what draws many people to it. You may be able to try turning on your phone after only 10 minutes of vacuuming. However, it may be wise to let your phone sit for a day or two even after vacuuming the water out of it thoroughly. Why? This is just to be cautious, and to allow for even more drying to occur.

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You now know several ways to repair a water damaged cell phone. The method that you ultimately choose is up to you, and you do so at your own risk. While you may have good luck with any one of the options covered above, it may be a gamble to use them. Smartphones are delicate and sophisticated electronic devices, and the safest route is to take your device into a qualified cell phone repair shop. They will have the experience and expertise, to ensure that more damage isn’t done during the repair process. While this won’t guarantee that your phone will be restored to working order – it is often your best chance for a positive outcome.

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