It would seem that dropping a smartphone in the snow is not as critical as falling into water. Take it out, wipe it with your hand and continue using it. However, not everything is so simple, and such carelessness can play an evil joke. Experts warn that water is one of the most dangerous liquids for smartphones, even in an altered aggregate state, it can seriously damage the internal components of the device. We will tell you how to save your favorite gadget and wallet from expensive repairs.
First of all, after the phone falls into the snow, it is necessary to turn off the device, remove the SIM card, memory card and, if possible, remove the battery. Then it is important to remove the snow from all possible connectors using toothpicks or toothpicks. Under no circumstances should a metal object be used for this purpose.
It is good if a vacuum cleaner is at hand. Agree, it sounds strange, but with its help it will be possible to remove moisture from hard-to-reach places. But it is better to forget about the hair dryer. Directed air flow can push the liquid further.
There is a popular version that in case of hitting water, it is necessary to immediately put the smartphone in a cup of rice. It will absorb all the moisture, and you can continue to use the gadget. However, experts have a different opinion about this. According to them, the best solution would be silica gel balls, those paper bags that are usually put in shoe boxes.
For the maximum effect, it is worth putting a smartphone and a couple of packages of balls in a bag. Rice should be used only if there is no silica gel at hand. Dry the gadget for at least a day. But even if it “came to life” and does not show any malfunctions, it is still worth taking the device to the workshop, where specialists will conduct diagnostics.
If your device is expensive, ordinary moisture will not harm it. However, it is worth remembering that the streets of our cities are actively sprinkled with various reagents, and such a substance can cause corrosion not only of the body, but also of internal elements.
If you dropped your phone in the winter with reagents under your feet, it is best to shake it off and wipe it dry with a clean paper towel. If this porridge got into the connector, you need to wipe the connectors as well.
If the phone continued to work as if nothing had happened, do not rush to rejoice in your luck. As a rule, the consequences will begin to manifest themselves after two or three months.
What not to do
In no case should you run into the heat and try to warm up the device, otherwise the snow that still gets inside will turn into a liquid aggregate state. So it will be easier for moisture to get into hard-to-reach places.
You should also not put the smartphone on the battery or any other warm place. The best solution will be to keep the smartphone at room temperature, in this case condensation will be minimal.
Do not charge the smartphone. This can cause condensation due to heating. Also, during charging, the rate of development of corrosion accelerates significantly.
What breaks most often
According to experts, the most sensitive element of a smartphone is the screen. According to research, 80% of device users have broken it at least once in their life. At the same time, smartphone owners are often sure that this breakdown is not critical, and they can safely use the device.
It is important to remember that it is much cheaper to change the glass than to change the matrix, which will definitely fail in case of repeated drops and moisture. However, about 14% of users continue to use the device for about a year. Also, according to the researchers, the most prone to damage elements of the smartphone are the charging connector and the battery.
Experts remind that even the cheapest protective bumper can protect the gadget from falling. And in more expensive cases, you can not worry at all about the safety of your device. If resuscitation still did not help, you will have to go to the service.