Experts explain what to do when your smartphone is submerged, and even if you plunge into a rice box, there is no effect
For iPhone, waterproof performance has been added from 'iPhone 7/7 Plus ' that appeared in 2016, and high waterproof performance is appealing to many models of other smartphones. However, even smartphones that boast high waterproof performance may become unusable due to damage caused by submersion in some situations. Ritesh Chugh, who studies information systems at Central Queensland University , explains the waterproof performance of such smartphones and how to deal with them when they are submerged.
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◆ Waterproof performance of smartphone
The waterproof performance of smartphones is indicated by an IP code that represents the protection performance against solids in 6 levels and the protection performance against liquids in 9 levels. According to Apple's support information , the iPhone 12 series that appeared in 2020 has IP68 grade waterproof performance that can withstand water 'up to a depth of 6 m for up to 30 minutes'. In addition, Samsung's ' Galaxy S21 ' announced in 2021 also emphasizes that it has IP68-grade waterproof performance of 'up to a depth of 1.5 m for up to 30 minutes.'
support information recommends rinsing your iPhone immediately with non-water liquids such as inks, cosmetics, soaps, detergents, acids and acidic foods, and lotions. 'Since the tests by smartphone makers are done in fresh water, salt can corrode the device if it gets wet with sea or pool water,' said Chug.
In addition, iPhone and Galaxy are equipped with a flood indicator that turns pink when water adheres, and if discoloration of the flood indicator is confirmed, it will be out of warranty.
◆ What to do when your smartphone is flooded
According to Mr. Chug, when liquid adheres to the charging port on iPhones and Galaxy that have appeared in recent years, 'Moisture is attached to the charging connector. Please dry the charging connector to start charging.' Warning is displayed.
The know-how that 'when a smartphone is flooded, it is effective to put it in a closed container filled with rice' is known, but Mr. Chug said, 'The theory that rice helps dry the smartphone is only a myth. ', And explains what to do if your smartphone is flooded as follows.
1: Turn off the smartphone.
2: If liquid other than water adheres, rinse the part with tap water. At this time, be careful not to hit the water coming out of the faucet directly.
3: Wipe off the water with a paper towel or a soft cloth and let it dry.
4: Gently shake the device to remove water from the charging connector. Be aware that heavy rains can spread the water inside the device.
5: Remove the SIM card.
6: If you have an air duster, use it to blow off the water. Be aware that heat can damage your device if you use a hair dryer.
7: Place your smartphone in front of the fan and let it dry. In particular, make sure that the charging connector is exposed to the wind.
8: Put the smartphone in a closed container filled with a desiccant such as silica gel instead of rice to absorb moisture.
9: Wait until it is completely dry. Apple's support says to wait 'at least 5 hours.'
'If you've tried the above solutions and it still doesn't work, you shouldn't try to disassemble and repair your smartphone yourself, but ask the support center for repairs,' he concludes.