Cell phones are wonderful devices until they break. Not only is a banged up mobile phone inconvenient, but it can also be quite costly. Wouldnt it be great if you could do the repairs on your own?
Sometimes, you can!
While a cracked cell phone or iPhone screen may be outside of your expertise, there are a few common phone disasters that have simple DIY repairs you can do at home. So the next time you need a quick phone fix, check out our list of tips and tricks before you run to the nearest repair shop.
If Your Cell Phone is Wet
Weve all been there. Youre in a hurry, distracted, or maybe you flat out forgot you had your phone on you. Suddenly its in the toilet, the sink, or worse the pool. Yikes.
Dont panic. Instead, follow these steps ASAP.
1. Get your phone out STAT.
The longer your phone is wet, the more damage youre likely to have. If your phone is fully submerged in water, get it out as quickly as possible.
2. Remove the battery (if possible).
After you take your phone out of the water, remove the battery to keep the device from short-circuiting. Dont bother turning the device off, as you want to avoid pressing any buttons. If you have a smartphone where the battery is difficult to remove, youll have to settle for carefully powering down the device.
3. Remove the SIM (if possible).
Its always better to be safe than sorry. So, remove your SIM card to save your contacts and any other information you have on there. This way, if your device is truly broken, you can put your SIM in a new phone.
4. Remove the case & dry your phone with a towel.
If you have a phone case covering your device, be sure to take that off (if you followed steps one and two, its most likely already off!). You dont want any water getting trapped between it and the device. Then, softly wipe any remaining water from the phone, but be careful to keep it still. You want to keep the water from slipping into ports or other openings.
5. Put your phone in uncooked rice or a desiccant.
Now that youve dried off the exterior of your phone, you need something to absorb any water on the interior. This is where rice or a desiccant, like silica gel, come into play. While rice is a tried and true remedy, a desiccant usually works faster and more effectively. It also doesnt get soggy the way rice can. Whichever you use, make sure your device is completely submerged and that the container is covered so the moisture is absorbed from the phonenot the air!Keep in mind this process can take 48 hours, especially if you use rice. So be patient!
If Your Cell Phone is Scratched
Nothing looks worse on that beautiful phone than a great big scratch, especially when its on the screen. Before you replace the whole device or screen (which can be a financial doozy), power down your phone, pop out the battery (if possible), and try these quick solutions to see if they work for you!
Who knew that the cure to your scratch woes was in your bathroom? The key to using toothpaste to remove scratches on your device is to use actual paste not gel-based toothpaste. Just dab a small bit on a soft cloth or cotton swab and rub it on the scratch until it disappears. If youre removing a scratch from the screen, make sure you use gentle, circular motions so you dont remove any of the surface coating. When youre done, gently wipe off the paste with a slightly damp cloth.
2. Scratch remover
Okay, okay - this one is pretty obvious. There are scratch removers designed specifically for phones, but we hear car scratch removal products like Turtle Wax work well too! All you have to do is add the remover onto a clean, soft cloth and rub in circular motions until the scratch disappears.
3. Baby powder
When you mix baby powder with water, you get an awesome scratch-removing paste that could save your phone (and your day). Mix two parts baby powder with one part water and put the paste on a soft, clean cloth. Rub the paste gently onto the scratch, then wipe the paste off with a clean, slightly damp cloth. Dont have baby powder? You can sub in baking soda instead!
If Your Cell Phone is Overheating
Have you ever reached into your pocket only to find your phone is scalding hot? If so, your device is overheating.
Phones overheat when they work too hard specifically, when apps like your GPS or other features (such as your screen brightness) overwork the processor or battery, which both tend to heat up quickly.
If youre looking to cool down a hot phone, or want to prevent overheating in the future, try some of these quick fixes:
1. Give it space
Think of your phone as a person. Just like humans need personal space, your phone needs room to breathe. Try to refrain from stuffing your device under you pillow or keeping it in your pocket for long periods of time, especially if its already warm.
2. Power down apps
If you have an app running that relies heavily on your phones processor, or if you have several apps running at once, close them down ASAP. Give your phone some time to rest and cool down before you start using it again.
3. Keep it away from heat
It may seem like a no-brainer, but youd be surprised how easy it is to forget our phones are near heat sources. Some examples? Leaving your phone charging near the heater in the house, using your phone while youre lying in the sun, and even keeping a case on your phone when it starts to heat up. Be aware of your phones temperature, and look around for other sources that could be contributing to the heat.
A damaged phone is never fun, but with these easy, DIY cell phone repairs, we hope your phone is up and running in no time. If these repairs dont work for you, its most likely time to consult a professional. You dont want to damage your phone further by trying risky repair methods!
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