Dropped your phone in water? Now what?
Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:10:03 GMT —
With temperatures warming up, many of us are spending more time outdoors at the pool and lake and for the majority of us; we bring our cell phone along.
So what should you do if you accidentally drop it in the water or leave it out too long in the sun?
Well the good news is you donâ??t have to run out and by a new phone. There are some tricks you can do at home to not only save your phone, but to also save you money.
â??The first thing that you are going to want to do is take the back and the battery out of it to remove the power supply from it,â?? said U.S. Store Manager, Amanda Dunwoody. â??Next, I would definitely dab off all the extra water that you can, get that excess liquid off, and then put it on a towel to dry. That's the hardest part because at this point you're going have to be patient and your going have to let it dry.â??
One thing Dunwoody doesnâ??t recommend is adding extra heat to it to speed up the drying process.
â??A lot of people have the tendency to want to speed up the process with a blow dryer or put it in the oven or something like that, actually adding heat will make that worse,â?? Dunwoody said. â??So, put it on a towel and flip it over multiple times, like every couple hours, so that water will run out of the circuitry and be able to get to the surface and get evaporated.â??
Also, to add extra protection when out near water, thereâ??s something everyone has in there kitchen that can help protect their phone.
â??If you are going out to the pool or lake, grab a plastic bag on the way out or a plastic container and put your phone in that before you get close to the water,â?? said Dunwoody. â??That definitely will protect it from any kind of water exposure that it may come in contact with.â??
If you leave your phone out in the heat or sun too long, Dunwoody recommends you slowly introduce it to a cooler temperature.
â??If you put your phone in your car and forget it when you are out shopping or something, your phone can become extremely hot, donâ??t set it in front of your air conditioner to cool it down,â?? Dunwoody said. â??Condensation can build inside. If you can imagine a glass of tea and you set it outside and you see the liquid coming off the side of the glass, thatâ??s exactly what is going to happen inside your phone. Try to avoid extremes with your phone, try to acclimate it before you take into an air conditioned place. Make that gradual change with the temperatures.â??
Dunwoody also recommends cell phone cases.
â??There are cases out there that are water proof, so they are definitely going to be able to prevent water or any other liquid from getting into your phone,â?? Dunwoody said. â??Thatâ??s where the damage is going to happen; it gets into that internal circuitry, so I definitely do recommend cases for your phone.â??