New smartphones are equipped with amazing cameras that capture high-quality photos. These cameras have become even more advanced as manufacturers continue to improve them. For example, recent phones include selfie cameras that can take high-resolution images even in low light. However, this doesn’t mean that you should take pictures with your phone every chance you get. Most of us don’t like taking selfies because it feels awkward and unnatural to strike a pose and snap a photo of yourself. However, the benefits of having a front-facing camera outweigh the cons. Selfies allow you to capture moments that you may not want to share from an outsider’s perspective, such as when you’re out for dinner or after hitting the gym. In this article, we explain how water often gets in the way of your phone’s camera and how to deal with it effectively.
How To Get Water Out Of Front Camera
- 1. Turn off your phone.
- 2. Remove the battery and back cover.
- 3. Place your phone in a container with room for water to drain but not enough space to allow water to enter the phone case or back cover.
- 4. Let the phone sit in the container overnight or as long as you have time (for 24 hours is recommended).
- 5. Reinsert the battery and back cover and turn on your phone normally by holding down Volume Down + Home + Power buttons until it boots up.
- 6. If water still gets into your camera, repeat steps 1-4 again and let it sit for another 24 hours before turning on your phone normally again (don’t try to turn on your phone while it is draining).
Tips To Prevent Water From Getting Into Your Camera
- Don’t take pictures in the rain, even if you’re wearing a waterproof case. Water can sometimes seep through the cracks and holes of your phone case and into your camera lens.
- Don’t take pictures in the shower. The hot water can damage your phone’s internal parts and cause water to enter your device from other areas—like around the ports or buttons.
- Don’t use a matte finish case, as it’s more porous than a glossy one and water can get inside if it gets on those cracks or holes that are visible on the back of the phone (the iPhone X doesn’t have a back). The iPhone 8/8 Plus don’t have this issue because they still have glass backs, so any water will get trapped inside them and not enter your camera lens.
- If you’re out for an extended period of time in wet weather, leave your phone in its protective case at all times so that no water gets into it during those times when you don’t actually need to use it (iMessage is usually fine). Then when you return home, remove the case from your phone before charging (make sure to turn off Airplane Mode first), otherwise water will still be trapped inside the protective case and won’t be able to drain out of it before you plug in your phone for charging overnight (or for 24 hours).
- Use an anti-fog screen protector to prevent condensation from forming between your screen and front camera, which can allow water to get in.
- Make sure to never use your phone while it is charging. If you plug your phone in while the battery is still drained (and the battery is drained because you haven’t used it for a while), water will still get into your phone. So make sure to unplug your phone before you charge it.
- Don’t use a car charger or any other charging device that doesn’t have an anti-fog screen protector (the Griffin Survivor Series is one of them).
- Never submerge your phone into water, even if it’s only for a few seconds (this includes taking pictures underwater). Water can seep into the ports and buttons on your smartphone and damage internal parts. If you do happen to drop your iPhone, don’t put it in a case immediately and try to dry out the outside of it with a tissue or paper towel, as this will allow water inside that case which can damage internal parts later on in the drying process. Instead, remove any case from your iPhone and let air circulate around it by leaving it exposed to air for at least 24 hours before putting on another protective case over the top of it again (don’t put another protective case on top of an already-protected iPhone as this could cause new damage).
Steps To Take When Your Phone Is Water Damaged
- Turn off your phone, remove the battery and SIM card, and take out the SD card.
- Unplug your phone from the wall charger or computer.
- Take a photo of it with a white piece of paper (this will show you exactly how much damage has been done).
- Take another photo of your phone with the same white piece of paper so that you can see how much water has entered the phone itself (this will allow you to see what parts have been damaged).
- Carefully remove the battery from your iPhone and dry it out for 24 hours in an open area with little or no humidity (iPhones don’t need to be fully dried out before putting them back together again; they just need to be dried out enough so that none of the internal parts are damaged). After this point, your iPhone should work as normal again but you may notice that there is still some water damage on your screen if you have an iPhone 6 Plus or newer model (see below for more details on this). If nothing else, all iPhones have a glass screen which can easily scratch if it is not taken care of properly (like any other glass-screened smartphone), so make sure to always take good care of your screen when taking pictures or using other apps on it.
- If possible, take photos and videos of any water damage for future reference before reassembling everything together again (see above for instructions on how to do this). This way, if you ever need to take your iPhone in to a repair shop again, they will be able to tell you what exactly happened and whether or not it can be fixed.
- Reassemble your iPhone and put it back into its original case (if you had one).
- Put the battery back into your iPhone, turn it on, and see if everything works! If it doesn’t work, take your phone back in to a repair shop so that they can check your phone over for any further water damage and see what parts have been damaged or broken. If one of the parts is broken, then they will be able to replace that part for you at no cost (if applicable).
Water and smartphones don’t mix, but there are many ways to avoid water damage to your device. By following the tips in this article, you can protect your phone from damage caused by water. If your phone sustains water damage, you must act quickly to get it cleaned before the water has a chance to damage the internal components.