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How to fix Samsung Galaxy S4 water damage

If you’ve accidentally knocked your Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S6 into a sink or bucket of water, then it’s not necessarily broken. You might still be able to save your phone from a terrible fate. These are few ways through which you can fix your water-soaked Samsung Galaxy S4/Galaxy S6.

Having knocked your Samsung Galaxy S4/Galaxy S6 into a load of water, you will, of course, need to get it dry as quickly as possible. However, there are a few things to note before you get a towel and start rubbing it down. Don’t do that! Because spreading the liquid around could push more water into the handset’s openings.

Here are a few tips to fix your Samsung Galaxy S4 water damage:

  • First, switch your Samsung Galaxy S4/Galaxy S6 off, if it was on when it fell into the water. Don’t switch it on if it’s already off.
  • Next, remove any extra casing from the Galaxy S4/Galaxy S6, if it has any.
  • If your Galaxy S4/Galaxy S6 has them, remove the SIM and Micro SD cards. In addition, you should also remove the battery and any extra accessories. Just remove the back cover to take the battery out.
  • Now, you can start to dry the phone. The best way to do that is to get an absorbent cloth, such as J Cloth and press it down over the surface of the handset without wiping it. Soak up as much water as you can with a cloth.
  • Vacuuming is an alternative to J Cloths if the phone is too wet. Use a lightweight vacuum cleaner to dry it, and make sure you’ve removed any small parts.
  • As a final drying step, place the phone in a zip lock plastic bag of uncooked rice. Rice actually absorbs liquid and is one of the best ways to dry a handset.

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  • Another alternative to dry it would be drying pouches that  include drying agents. They are available on Amazon such as the Wet Cell Phone Emergency Drying Kit – Reusable. Place the phone in one of those if you have one.
  • Leave the phone in the rice, or another pouch, for a few days. You should remove it only when you’re sure that the handset is entirely dry.
  • Now it’s time to switch your Samsung Galaxy S4/Galaxy S6 back on. Hopefully, it should be up and running again; but if not that might have something to do with the battery.
  • So if it doesn’t work, try getting a replacement battery for it. Note the battery has a water indicator sticker on it that turns pink to highlight water damage.
  • As a last option, place the phone in Isopropyl alcohol. Yes, you heard us. As that’s a non-conductive liquid, it’s a good way to clean it. Leave it in the solution for a few hours then dry it.

If it still isn’t working after that, then take the Galaxy S4/Galaxy S6 to a technician at the mobile outlet. That’s probably better than unscrewing and dissembling the handset on yourself. Hopefully, they’ll be able to tell you if the phone can still be fixed. If you have any tips on this, then do share it with us in the comment section. Also check out how to remotely wipe Android phones and tablets.