If you own a smartphone there’s a good chance you’ve had at least one heart-stopping moment when your phone’s made a dive for a puddle or been on the receiving end of an unexpected splash.
How does the water enter your phone?
Every mobile has openings and ports that water (as well as dust and sand) can sneak their way into if you’re not careful. This includes the headphone jack, speakers, microphone and charging port. Some handsets, have covers for charging docks but this doesn’t make them waterproof. If you’re walking through the rain or in a splash zone try to keep these openings and ports covered.
Where does the water go?
Once it’s infiltrated your phone, water usually causes the most damage when it reaches the internal circuitry. So it’s a good idea to turn your phone off and take out the removable battery (only if it’s removable...duh) and SIM card to cut the power off before water can make its way into your phone’s circuitry. At this stage it’s very important not to shake your phone or use a hairdryer in an attempt to get the water out – it may cause more damage by overheating it or pushing the water further inside.
Leaving your soaked phone in the sun though isn’t the best solution either. Water can cause rust on the inside of your phone. The phone-in-rice trick won’t always fix things either, and the damage won’t become visible overnight. It’s kind of like all those times you left your bike out in the rain when you were a kid – it took a while for rust to form, but when it did it wasn’t pretty. Your best bet is to get your phone repaired at a certified service centre – it might sound like your typical IT answer but it could save you a packet, especially if your own DIY attempts go wrong.