What Happens to a Phone When it Falls in Water

Water turns into a phone’s kryptonite when it works its way into the ports, jacks and speakers. Once inside, it flows into the circuits. The result? The water, which acts as a conductor, carries a current which then overloads the phone with energy, frying the circuit board.

Certain practices make this worse, such as allowing the phone to dry on its own. Letting water sit in the phone leads to corrosion of its circuits, coils and resistors due to minerals in the water.

This one throws people off too because the damage isn’t immediately apparent in all cases. Sometimes, the water might take a little longer to reach vulnerable components. That’s why someone can drop their phone in water without any noticeable effects. But the following day, those poor souls won’t be able to turn on their phones.

The other thing to keep in mind is the source of water. Dropping your phone in a puddle or the toilet is bad, but dropping it in the ocean, and you can kiss that phone goodbye. Salt water is highly corrosive and will damage a phone’s components much quicker than freshwater. So be careful when taking selfies on your yacht.

Emergency Response – Saving a Water Damaged Phone Quickly

Now explanations are great but solutions matter way more. Water doesn’t waste its time in circulating through your phone, and the damage it causes is never far away. So if your phone fell in water, you need to act fast.

Rescue Phase

Immediately take it out (you knew this) and turn it off

Wipe it clean (using gloves if necessary) with sanitizer and microfiber cloth

Dry the phone as dry as possible

Remove battery (if it’s removable), SIM card and headphones/cordsSit the phone upright if you can’t remove the battery

At this stage, you can use our Screen Shine and along with a microfiber cloth to dry and disinfect your device.

DON’T DO THESE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES (People actually do these things)

Dry your phone in the microwave – Very dangerous and can start a fire.

Don’t put your phone in the freezer – Once you remove it and the ice melts, you’re back to square one.

Use a hair dryer to dry your water damaged phone – The heat can fry already blown-out circuits.

Put your phone near a radiator – See above.

Put it in a bag of rice (because it doesn’t help much) – Studies and experiments have shown that rice treatment doesn’t work too great. They can pull some water out, but usually not fast enough to counteract the corrosion that comes with water damage.

Take Your Water Damaged Phone to a Trusted Repair Shop

Here’s the truth – simply allowing your phone to dry off completely on its own isn’t a good idea. Remember, water does its damage under the surface where your hands can’t reach. Power to you if you’re mechanically-inclined and repair your own devices, but if you can’t, let the experts do the dirty work.

iPhone Doctor Repair Co Vancouver Canada


Waterdamaged Phone Repair $80 CAD up.

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