Liquid damage is one of the most detrimental things that can happen to your phone unfortunately. The myth is that the water is actually what harms your phone, but it is actually more attributed to the oxidation process that occurs after the water sits on the copper components for a period of time.
When water and air mix on the copper components, a process called oxidation begins. Oxidation is conductive and corrosive, and is the main reason a phone exposed to moisture will short out or the components inside will be corroded and brittle.
The best thing you can do to save your phone after it has been exposed to moisture, is to:
Immediately remove the battery (if possible). Don’t try to power it on!
This removes the source of electricity from the phone and will decrease the chances of it shorting out. There are plenty of instances where people will use their phone after it has been exposed to moisture for several days, months, or years and then one day have it short out. What it really boils down to is where the oxidation is forming inside your phone. Sometimes you get lucky…sometimes you don’t.
So, after you remove the battery the most ideal thing to do would be to bring it immediately into your local Phone Doctors. Typically, we have a much larger success with liquid damaged phones the sooner they are brought in.
If getting the phone to the store is not a readily available option, one of the most common tricks is to leave the phone in a bag of rice or silica gel packs (the little baggies that come in the box of a new pair of shoes or purses). What this does is draw the moisture out of the phone quicker than letting it air-dry. However, even though these things help, the best chance of success is getting the device to a Phone Doctors location (or our national mail in repair) as quick as possible so that the technicians can disassemble it and clean the water and oxidation out before it has a chance to permanently harm your phone.
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