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Galaxy S9 not turning on after being in water

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Been like a day since I got my s9, was on a heavy Gaming session that got my phone hot, so afterwards I thought that "oh yeah this phone's waterproof" so put it in a room temperature mug of water vertically with water level just covering the top of the phone. The screen was on, chroma started on its own, after being in the water for 5-8seconds I took it out and placed it on my bed. Then realized screen was off, pressed power button, realized phone itself was off. I long pressed the power button to turn it on but nothing's working. I opened the Sim tray and checked the Liquid Damage Indicator but I should be safe as thats white with red x patterns. The phones been set aside for an hour and I currently see moisture in the back camera, flash and heart rate sensor. I'm scared to try to charge it as I think it might further damage it.

 

EDIT: I riced it for 16hrs plugged it in, it was charging till 100% used it a bit, ran Antutu Benchmark was fine and everything. Then I turned off the screen and noticed the Always on display not showing, I unlocked it with the fingerprint even heard the sound but screen was blank, pressed power button heard the sound unlocked with iris scanner heard unlock sound, got messenger notification sounds aswell. After a few mins picked it up again was pressing buttons and trying the screen was on but at minimal brightness with a warm tone, I thought I set the bluelight filter so went to turn it off but it wasnt on, brightness was also at medium according to the slider, changed it but it didnt affect the screen, then the screen suddenly turned up in brightness with faded colors, then again jumped back to the lower brightness warm tone with a flicker then went blank and unresponsive again. What do I do?

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Bag of rice

Dry dessicant (silica)

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Splash resistant doesn’t mean dunk it in a mug of water...


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The fact that you see water in the camera probably means it is really quite compromised. Although @GrockleTD is correct and the phone should not be submerged, I am surprised that water was able to get to these locations after only 8 seconds. Is the phone almost as new, the screen is not cracked ,phone hasn't had any significant drops or ever been opened up for repair?


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Just because it has an IP68 rating doesnt mean you should soak it. Its probrably too late by now but if you really want to get the back glass off as soon as possible and disconnect the battery and give the internals a 99% Isopropyl alcohol bath 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 hours ago, GrockleTD said:

Splash resistant doesn’t mean dunk it in a mug of water...

The specs say IP68 certified which means there shouldnt be a problem till 1.5metres for 30mins knowing this I dunked it

 

Im freaking out over here so please Id rather prefer contributing comments

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Posted · Original PosterOP
38 minutes ago, Rupe said:

The fact that you see water in the camera probably means it is really quite compromised. Although @GrockleTD is correct and the phone should not be submerged, I am surprised that water was able to get to these locations after only 8 seconds. Is the phone almost as new, the screen is not cracked ,phone hasn't had any significant drops or ever been opened up for repair?

phone new, screen uncracked, never opened or dropped

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6 hours ago, The Illuminazi said:

The specs say IP68 certified which means there shouldnt be a problem till 1.5metres for 30mins knowing this I dunked it

 

Im freaking out over here so please Id rather prefer contributing comments

The IP68 rating is very specific and tested under laboratory conditions with very clean water. But what's done is done. Is it still under warranty? Do you have insurance on it? I'd file a claim if you do. If not, you can try doing the rice thing but when you noted that you can see water in the back camera lens, then that tells me water did find a way inside. You can try taking it to a shop to see if its salvageable, or do it yourself if you're handy, but honestly I'd say it's done for. Look at JerryRigEverything's video teardown of the S9, if water can be seen there in the camera then its already touching all your sensitive components.  

 

 


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The phone will cool off on its own fine, no need dunk it in water :PI always take these ratings, even the waterproof ones, as accident protection like dropping it in a puddle or something. As long as a device has ports and holes, I'll not take my chances with letting water near it. I'd turn it completely off and leave it in rice or something else to draw out water for a while, maybe a couple of days even.


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