Your charging port is one of the most vital parts of your phone, and it’s also one of the most vulnerable. If water gets into your charging port, it can cause all sorts of problems, including shorting out your phone or damaging the port itself.
Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to get water out of your device’s charging port, but the most crucial thing is to act fast. The more prolonged the water sits in there, the more imminent the risk of damage to your phone. Here are some of the most functional approaches you can consider trying:
Shake the Device to Remove Excess Water
One of the first things you should do is to shake the phone to get rid of the water from the port. If there’s water in your phone’s charging port, turn off the device immediately and disconnect all the cables. This will help to avert any further damage by short circuits. Also, consider removing the battery if it is removable. Once you’ve done all that, give your phone a good shake to release any excess wetness. Make sure the phone’s charging port is pointing downwards so that the water can easily fall out.
Use a Vacuum Cleaner or Hair Dryer
If shaking your phone doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, then you can consider employing a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer to remove the water. We all know that air dries things out, so this method should help to remove any remaining water from your phone’s charging port. If you are going to use the hair dryer method, make sure to use the lowest speed setting and the cool feature (if available).
Also, make sure to hold the hair dryer at least 10cm away from your phone, as you don’t want to damage any of the delicate components with the heat inadvertently! If you want to use a vacuum cleaner, use it at a low speed with a hose attachment. Also, make sure it’s unsoiled and free of any moisture itself.
Use a Cooling Fan
This is a similar method to using a hair dryer or vacuum cleaner. The goal is to use something to blow air into the charging port to remove any remaining water. The great thing about this method is that it’s less likely to damage your phone than using a hair dryer. Simply put the phone diagonally near the fan (but not too close) in a dry area and let it run until the port is dry. Like the vacuum and hair dryer, make sure to use the lowest setting on the fan.
Use Silica Gel
If you’re worried about using a vacuum or hair dryer on your phone, then you can try using silica gel. This substance is often used to absorb moisture and can be found in little packets inside new shoes and electronics. You can also purchase them from offline or online stores. You can put some silica gel packets in a Ziploc bag and then put your phone inside it for 24 hours. The silicon gel will help to absorb any moisture from your phone.
Pro Tip: Always back up your phone’s data to prevent any accidental data loss.
Sun and Air Exposure
Sun and air exposure is the most natural way to dry out your phone (and any other wet electronics). The sun will help to evaporate any water that’s left in your phone, and the wind will help to speed up the drying process.
To do this, simply put your phone in a sunny and windy spot for a few hours. Be careful of over-exposure to the sunlight, as it can damage your phone’s display and other parts.
If you don’t have a hair dryer, vacuum, or fan handy, you can try using rice. This approach has been employed for years to dry out wet phones (and other electronics). The idea is that the rice will absorb any water that’s left in your phone’s charging port, as well as any other areas that may be wet.
To do this, place your device(turned off) in a container or pot filled with dry rice. Make sure the charging port is pointing downwards so that the rice can’t easily get in there. Leave it for a minimum of 12 hours or overnight. By the morning, your phone should be dry and back to normal.
Note that although using rice is a widely popular method, it is not always a perfect solution, and it may not work for everyone. So, consider it as your last resort.
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Dropping your phone in water can be a nightmare, but hopefully, this guide has helped to ease your fears. If your phone does end up getting wet, don’t panic! As we have shown above, there are multiple methods to fix it.
The most crucial thing is to act quickly. Drying out your phone as soon as possible increases its chances of saving it. So, try the above techniques and see which one suits you the most. Note that if the device is not responding at all, it is likely beyond DIY repair, and you should take it to a professional.