How to fix a phone with water damage: HTC One and other brands


This has to be one of the most frustrating things that can happen to your phone and your social life! 

Just this week my phone decided to take a hop, skip and jump out of my back pocket and into the TOILET! I had literally only bent over to pick something up, heard a dink sound, turned around and my phone was gone for a swim in the porcelain bank! #sigh

How to fix a phone with water damage: HTC One and other brands

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I grabbed it out as quick as I could (hands covered with layers of tissue of course – hygiene first people). I tried to dry if off as fast as I could and tapped a lot of the water out by hitting the phone gently off the side of the sink.

Now, I have to mention this was right before I had to check out of a beautiful hotel I was staying in and leave for a coach to the airport therefore,  I did not have the option to tend to the matter right away. In fact it was 9 hours later before I got home!

The first thing I did was try to take the phone apart but that didn’t work because the newer phones especially the HTC One does not let you take it apart and it near impossible to get the back cover off. I nearly broke the sim card slot trying. DO NOT TRY THAT AT HOME. At this stage I left the phone off and removed my sim card.

I think we have all heard that if you put your phone into rice it soaks up the liquid and strips it from your phone within 48 hours. But if like me you could not do that right away then I had to improvise and try other options. So here is what I did:

1. Hairdryer – Does not work

I tried using a hairdryer, but then realized it seemed to be just blowing hot air into it with nowhere to go. This might not be the case for other phones but it was for the HTC as the only place I could blowdry was through the sim card slot.

2. Rice

I quickly abandoned that idea and placed the phone in rice for a few hours. After about 3 hours I did not notice any difference when I turned the phone on, I was still getting bubbles of water underneath the screen and who knows where else. I added more rice thinking that I had not put enough in.

3. Do not just leave it in Rice: Leave it in a container of Rice that is sealed with a lid

A couple of hours later I took the phone out checked it and seen a small difference so I placed the phone into a sealed container and decided to leave it there over night.

4. Heat the phone to make water evaporate

The next morning I turned on my phone and it looked as though the water moved around a bit but I was not sure whether it was just moving or evaporating out of the phone. I then thought heat might drive the water out. I wrapped the phone in tissue and placed it on a heater. I left it there for a half hour then checked it. I still was not sure whether it was just moving the water damage around or actually clearing it.

In Conclusion:

I used the heater technique throughout the day but not for long periods as I did not want to cause any damage to my phone by overheating. I also let the phone cool down for an hour before putting in back onto the heater. I noticed this was starting to work and the following day I did the same heat technique all over again and now… finally… my phone is free of water (toilet water) and works perfectly fine! It was quite a mess if I am honest, more so because I thought it might not fix it and because I had no way of knowing if it would! But it is safe to say the rigmarole was less hassle then buying a new phone.

I hope this works for you and saves you a lot of stress and hassle. The link below explains how certain brands are more was water resistant than others.



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