The rains have come, bringing the usual entourage of traffic, floods and class cancellations. That also means the danger of water damage is again present for your beloved gadgets. This goes double for your smartphone, which will most probably be there through most of these experiences. Want to know what to do if it accidentally gets wet? Keep reading!
The Immediate Reaction
- Turn it off. Liquid is a great conductor, so it can help power transfer to places it isn’t supposed to go. That can fry your motherboard or cause your gadget to short-circuit. The longer you leave it on, the higher the chances for that to happen.
- Assess the situation. Was it a splash, a downpour, a flood or something in between? The amount of water that hits your device determines how bad the damage is, and how long that liquid stays on it can make things much worse.
- Wipe it down. As soon as possible, get the liquid off. Try not to shake the gadget violently, as wet hands and slippery gadgets can lead to bad endings. Wipe thoroughly and shake gently, but remember that you’re only drying the outer portion.
- Fill a resealable bag with uncooked rice or other desiccant. Put your smartphone in it, making sure it’s completely covered. Leave it alone for a couple of days, as this gives the desiccant enough time to wick away the moisture from even the interior of the device.
- Check the specs. While you’re waiting for the desiccant to work, check the specs of your device. Many current smartphones have IP ratings that show how resistant they are to liquid damage. Need to understand what these IP Ratings mean? Read our post here.
How to prepare for the future
- Check the weather. If the forecast is for a rainy day, make sure you have an umbrella with you. If you don’t normally bring a bag, consider carrying one in case of sudden downpours. Your pants pockets can be easily soaked through by a storm, so that isn’t the ideal place to carry anything sensitive to liquid.
- Buy a waterproof pouch. This works best if you have a bag for it, since pouches of this type tend to be rather bulky. Make sure to seal the pouch properly (follow the manufacturer’s instructions), and test its water resistance with a piece of paper first to make sure it works as advertised.
- Invest in a rugged case. If you’d like your smartphone protected all the time, the typical rugged cases bear some level of water resistance in addition to adding a layer of safety against accidental drops. If you’re the sort that prefers a daily routine instead of having to adapt to the weather, this is the way to go.
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