Getting a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Note 9 wet is not good at all. But if you know how to act about it and you have the inspiration to act really fast, you will be happy to discover that it doesn’t have to be a tragedy either. Permanent damage is still an option, yet one that you could avoid by putting into practice our options listed below. More on how to handle a wet smartphone and how to avoid serious water damage on any Galaxy Note 8 or Note 9, coming up next!
When you’ve dropped into water a Samsung Note 8 or Note 9, you’ll have to:
- Turn off the device immediately;
- Shake or tilt the phone to remove as much water as you can;
- Open up the case to dry it faster, if necessary;
- And only then check to see if you have successfully avoided the water damage.
To turn off the water damaged Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Note 9…
This process is essential because the faster you act on it, the smaller will be the chances for the water to cause a short circuit on the hardware components. Because speed is of the essence, perhaps it is best if you skip any other method you know for shutting down the Android device and simply take out the battery.
To remove the water from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Note 9…
You could try, at first, as suggested above, to blow air into the phone or just tilt and shake it until as much water as possible is taken out. The more water you take out and the faster you do it, the fewer damages you will risk.
Some Samsung Note 8/Note 9 users will be happy to open up the device – its case, to be more specific – letting the air to flow without restriction and helping with the water evaporation (iFixit.com will reveal to you specific instructions in this chapter). That’s because no other option is more effective in doing so than the simple, unrestricted water circulation.
The less conventional ways of drying a wet Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Note 9…
As mentioned, open air is the most effective option you have at hand. Compared to the water absorption efficiency of any other material that you could surround the device with, this is the best. So, consider keeping it on a counter top or in any other open space, exposed to good air circulation.
Alternatively, you could try placing the smartphone in a bag with regular rice, or instant rice, or even instant couscous. As you can imagine, the instant versions will absorb more water, which is why they are best to use, provided they don’t make too much mess on your smartphone – speaking of which, stay away from the instant oatmeal!
Yet another thing you can easily try is the silica gel, a very common drying agent, one of the best you can find on the market. You can get it as the crystal-style cat litter, at any grocery store pet aisle.
To check if or how your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Note 9 was damaged by water…
Once you believe that the smartphone is completely dry, you can turn it on and test how it works. For starters, do a full battery charge, just to see if the device will be able to hold a normal charge, just like it used to, before the accident.
Alternatively, you should also synchronize the smartphone with a PC. Whether it is a Mac or a Windows computer, connect it and try to recover your data from the phone.
If you’re not happy with how the battery acts, consider replacing it with a new one and try to notice the differences. If it all fails, don’t forget that a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 damaged by water can still be sold, even if broken. As long as you keep your SIM and SD cards, you should be able to give it away.