There are some well-renowned arch nemeses throughout history – the Montagues and the Capulets, Superman and Lex Luther, Kanye West and just about everyone – well, here’s another one for the list, your mobile phone and liquid of any variety!
When it comes to the mobile repair world, there is no combination that is more dreaded than this.
Well, there are lots of different variables that can affect our success rate in being able to fix this issue. The type of liquid, the amount of time since the accident and what you’ve done to the phone before you’ve given us the call (hello, bag of rice anyone?), can all be factors that can affect whether we are able to fix a water or liquid damaged mobile phone.
One of the most frustrating things for mobile phone owners when it comes to water damage is that it can happen anywhere, anytime, and most often, when you least expect it. Whether you’ve gotten caught in an extremely heavy downpour, you’ve spilled a drink on a night out, or you’ve had an unfortunate encounter with your toilet – many of us have been there, and luckily, there is a way out.
Today, we want to tell you exactly what you should do to give your phone the best chance of survival when it is exposed to liquid. But, before we do that, let us talk about what actually happens when your phone gets water in it, and how we can tell is a phone has liquid damage.
What actually happens when water or liquid gets inside your phone?
So, as you can probably see on your mobile phone, there are lots of different ways that water can get inside it. There are ports and openings that are like invitations for water and other debris (like dust and sand) to enter your phone – you’ve got speakers, charging ports, microphones, buttons, headphone jacks, and if you’ve got a crack on the front or back of your phone, that’s another opening.
While mobile phones have been and are continuing to be developed to be able to handle some liquid exposure, this technology is still not as prevalent as you might like, nor is it advisable that just because your phone can go in water, that it should.
What makes water such a mortal enemy of a mobile phone (or any electronic device for that matter), is that if your mobile phone is on at the time of the water infiltration, this can cause your phone to short circuit, which can damage the phone’s system. The internal components of a mobile phone are very delicate, and when your phone is turned on, electricity passes through these components, which is what allows it to function. If water makes contact with these components when this electricity is passing through, this is what can lead to the phone short circuiting.
How we can tell if your phone has liquid damage
Did you know that most smartphones and mobile phones are fitted with a liquid exposure indicator? This might explain a lot, especially if you’ve ever tried to pull a swift one when trying to get your water damaged phone fixed under the manufacturer’s warranty.
Before there were other mobile phone repair options, a lot of us were at the mercy of the phone manufacturer, and unfortunately, liquid damage is usually not covered by their warranty. So, even the smoothest of operators have probably had no luck with their white lie of how their phone “just suddenly stopped working,” and have had to pay for the repair.
The liquid indicator is fitted into a mobile phone and is actually automatically activated when it’s exposed to liquid. The indicator is essentially a sticker that is white when everything is normal and there has been no liquid in the device. When it comes into contact with liquid, the indicator will turn a reddish pink colour.
Another indication that liquid damage may have occurred in your mobile phone is any signs of corrosion. Corrosion occurs as a result of electrochemical reactions between materials and substances in the environment. Even when your mobile phone is fully dry and there is no more liquid present, there can still be signs of corrosion. Corrosion, if left, can continue to build, and result in permanent damage to the electrical components of your mobile phone.
These two indicators are inside the actual mobile phone and likely will only be seen by the technician repairing the phone. However, if you think that your phone may have liquid in it or liquid damage, some of the following things might occur:
Distorted sounds, whether listening to music or on phone calls
Microphones no longer able to pick up sounds during phone calls
Distorted images on screen
So, now you know how we know when a phone has been damaged by liquids, now it’s time for you to find out exactly what you should do if you drop your phone in liquid or drop liquid on your phone!
What you need to do when you drop your phone in liquid
We know that any sort of damage to your mobile phone can be stressful, and there’s nothing like dropping your phone in a swimming pool that will make you spring into action faster.
However, this panic can cause us to make some silly choices in an effort to get the water out of your phone, so stay calm, put down the bag of rice, and follow these steps if your mobile phone gets exposed to liquid.
1. Turn off your phone and do not connect it to a charger
As we mentioned earlier, when water gets into the phone, if it finds its way into circuitry area, this can wreak havoc with your phone’s functioning capabilities. If the water meets up with the electricity this can cause a short circuit and you might end up having to say goodbye to your precious phone. So, turn it off and don’t try to charge it!