I have bad news for you: if you drop your phone or tablet into water (whether in the bathtub, sink, toilet or pool), it will cause irreparable damage. No more apps, games, Facebook, phone calls or browsing. Everybody left.
But it is not all the bad news.
If you leave your phone or tablet on, you will be in trouble. Disabling immediately may just save your device. In fact, there are several steps you can take to get water out of your tablet or phone and keep it from breaking down.
Help! My tablet is wet and won’t turn on!
It’s important to act quickly when your phone or tablet gets wet. Water and electricity just don’t get along; a wet device can short out current and even cause electric shock. Water can damage the screen and seep into the bezel, slots, under the screen, and into the battery cavity.
Basically, letting your phone or tablet get wet is a bad idea and you need to act fast.
In short, stop trying to turn it on. You need to let your phone dry if you ever want it to work again.
Dropped your phone or tablet in water? Turn it off!
If your phone has been exposed to enough water for you to be concerned, the first thing you should do is turn it off! Meanwhile, if you are using a phone with a removable battery, open the compartment and remove the battery.
Whatever you do, don’t waste time testing your wet phone or tablet. This will only make things worse!
You may be away when the phone gets wet, or you may be at home or at the office. Either way, you will need to find a flat, dry surface that you can use for the next steps. Quick action recommended — failure to quickly complete the following steps will damage your phone or tablet!
Dry everything you can immediately
Luckily, phones and tablets don’t separate too easily. If they did, they would probably fragment every time they were thrown!
However, two more items can be removed along with the battery:
- SIM card: Take this, dry it with a paper towel and keep it in a safe place.
- Removable micro SD card: Remove and dry the card. Please note that not all devices will have a removable SD card.
The reason for this is simple — water gets everywhere! After removing these two cards, you can dry the slots with a tissue to absorb any remaining water.
Drying your phone or tablet
Don’t stop with SIM and SD card slots. Any water that you can find on the turned off device should be wiped off as quickly as possible.