Students, parents, and teachers alike typically have their phone with them at all times. That includes time spent in the bathroom. What happens if you have a slight, erm, accident with that precious phone you hold so near and dear? There is hope. In fact, there are a number of ways to quickly fix a phone dropped in the toilet (or water of any kind really). 1 out of 10 people have dropped their phone down a toilet according to a new visual guide from Better Bathrooms. That’s just crazy to me. 10% of people have dropped their phone not only in water … but in the toilet. Specifically. I think that might make me rethink how and when people are actually sending me e-mails.
In any case, let’s dive into (haha?) the deep end (hahaha?) of fixing your phone. The effect(s) of water damage may vary by the type of phone you use so bear that in mind prior to setting out on a cleanup.
An important note: you’re better off dropping your phone in a toilet rather than a pint of beer or in a swimming pool. That’s because the beer and pool are far more corrosive. So bear that in mind I guess?
Now let’s jump into the step-by-step guide and accompanying infographic that, it should be noted, has a silly set of cartoons of someone using a toilet (it’s safe for work) and also uses the term ‘poop’ which might be a first on Edudemic. Other than that, it’s pretty clean and does a good job at not being too gross considering the topic.
Honestly, I wish the issue of phone dropping wasn’t such a big issue. But as we dive into 1:1 classrooms, BYOD, and have a massive amount of devices in the classroom … this kind of problem will certainly happen to at least some Edudemic readers. I wish it didn’t but it’s better to be prepared!
Step 1: Get your phone quickly out of the toilet. Act quickly and you can prevent water from making too much progress into your phone.
Step 2: Turn your phone off. That’s right, off. Turn it off and leave it off for several hours as it starts to dry out. This will save the electronics and circuits inside.
Step 3: Take apart as much of the phone as possible. Take the battery cover off, take out the SIM card, and put them all on a paper towel or other drying tool.
Step 4: Wipe off as much of the water and, ahem, stuff as you can. Don’t move your phone too much while you do this though!
Step 5: Dry it out. A lot. You can do this by placing your phone in a back of uncooked rice or place a bunch of those silica gel packets around it.
Step 6: Now leave it alone. Let it dry in a warm location. Try putting it somewhat close to a radiator but not on it. Let it sit for about 24 hours.
Step 7: It’s okay to head back to the bathroom at this point, if you need to.
Step 8: Test it out after about 24 hours. Be sure to try a new battery before returning the phone or buying a new one. For most smartphones, though, that’s not really an option since the battery can’t be easily removed. Time to buy a new one if it doesn’t turn on!