If you ever wet your phone in the rain, drop it in water or spill liquid on it, you are not alone. A study suggests 25 percent of smartphone users They have damaged their smartphone with water or some other kind of liquid.
Liquid penetration into a smartphone can affect the device in many ways. This can lead to:
- Blurred photos, if moisture gets trapped in the camera lens
- No distorted audio, or audio
- Liquid droplets under the screen
- Inability to charge
- Rusting of internal parts, or
- Total results for all functions.
Although the new phones are advertised as “water resistant” it does not mean that they are waterproof or completely water resistant. Water resistance refers to the device’s handling Some Exposure to water before significant damage occurs.
Samsung Australia has long opposed itself Claims This misrepresents the water resistance of its smartphones.
In 2019, the Competition and Consumer Authority of Australia (ACCC) took Samsung to federal court, leading consumers to believe false and misleading advertising. Galaxy phones Suitable for:
Use or expose to all types of water (including, for example, oceans and swimming pools).
Then Samsung Australia Warranty claims were denied From customers for damage caused by use on the phone or exposure to liquid.
Similarly, last year was Apple million 10 million fine By the unreliable authority of Italy, for making false claims about the water resistance of its phones and for not covering liquid damage under warranty, despite these claims.
How Resistant Is Your Phone?
The water resistance of phones is rated by the “Ingress Security” code, commonly known as the IP rating. Ideally, the IP rating of an electrical device indicates its effectiveness against intrusion from solids and liquids.
There are two numbers in the estimate. The first demonstrates protection against solids such as dust, while the second refers to resistance to liquids, especially water.
Phone with rating IP68 Solid material protection of 6 (full protection from dust, dirt and sand) and liquid protection of 8 (protected to a depth of more than one meter from immersion in water).
For the latter, however, manufacturers will be responsible for defining the correct depth and timing.
Popular IPhone 12 And Samsung Galaxy S21 Both phones have an IP68 rating. However, in terms of water exposure, the allowable immersion depth of the iPhone 12 is 6 m for a maximum of 30 minutes, while the immersion range of the Galaxy 21 is up to 1.5 m for 30 minutes.
While IP ratings indicate the water repellency of phones, taking most phones for a swim can put you in deep trouble. The salt content in oceans and swimming pools can damage your device and cost you an alternative.
Also, phone manufacturers are doing their IP testing on fresh water and Apple Suggests Devices should not be immersed in any kind of liquids.
Fortunately, water resistant phones can usually survive small liquid volumes like a glass tip.
Checks for fluid damage
This is used to check for fluid damage that can cause the device to malfunction. An indicator piece that comes in contact with the liquid loses its usual color and becomes discolored and dull.
The discolored strip usually makes your phone ineligible for a standard manufacturer’s warranty.
If you have any of the latest smartphones Apple Or Samsung, Then your device can detect liquid or moisture on its charging port and will alert you with alarm. This notification will only be removed once the port is dry.
What would you do if this horrible pop-up presented itself?
Repairing a water logged phone
First, do not put your phone in the rice container. That’s one Myth Rice helps to dry your phone. Instead, follow these steps:
Turn off the device immediately and do not press any buttons.
Your phone is water resistant and if you have spilled or submerged it in a liquid other than water Apple And Samsung Recommend rinsing it with more tap water (but not under running tap, as this may cause damage).
Dry the phone with paper towels or a soft cloth.
Gently shake the device to remove water from the charging ports, but avoid shaking vigorously as this may spread more fluid inside.
Remove the SIM card.
If you have one, use a compressed aerosol air duster to drain the water. Avoid using a hot foot dryer as the heat will damage the rubber seals and damage the screen.
Dry the phone (especially ports) in front of the fan.
Fill an airtight container with your phone Silica gel Pockets (small pockets you get in new shoes and bags) or another drying agent. These help to absorb moisture.
You do not charge until the phone is dry. Charging a device inside it or in ports can cause further damage. Apple recommends to wait At least five hours Once a phone appears dry before charging (or until the alarm goes off).
The above steps will not help and if you are still stuck with the dead device do not try to unlock the phone. It is better that you take it to an expert.