Phone not turning on completely? Possible water damage?


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May 26, 2015
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Allview V1 Viper S
Hey there. I have this problem and could not find an answer anywhere. The phone I own is Allview V1 Viper S.

Today I have spilled some water on it by mistake - about a quarter of a glass I believe. Fresh water so no harmful chemicals (at least that). At first, there was nothing wrong with it. It worked for 15 minutes or so. But all of a sudden my volume down and power button (both on the right side) have stopped working. I was pretty sure that I have wiped all the water off so I just restarted the phone (by removing the battery since as I said, the power button was not working).

After I removed the battery and put it back in, the power button worked just fine - but the phone no longer turned on. The screen lights up but displays a black screen - as if stuck in the first phase of the turning on.

I removed the battery, SIM cards (as it is dual SIM) and battery and noticed that the camera was all fogged up. So there was water inside.

After searching online I decided to try vacuuming it for a few minutes, the camera half-drying. Then I put the battery only and turned it on as if out of curiosity. It worked. It turned on and everything worked perfectly: speakers, camera etc have been tested. I wanted to test the card and SIM slots as well though - so I had to remove the battery again.

Yet surprise. When I turned the phone on again - the same black screen was shown and it no longer worked. I can't imagine what happened. I blamed the SIMs and card so I took them out and tried again but with no results. No matter what, it just won't turn on. It remains stuck at the black screen (not even the Allview logo).

Do you have any idea as to what could be the cause? Any advice? I suspect it might still be a little wet so I am leaving it in rice overnight. But could it be caused by something else? Nothing of the sort happened before and the phone is fairly new. I do not have insurance but have had the warranty (well it might be void now that I spilled water on it, not sure)

Jonny Kansas

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Jan 21, 2010
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Pixel XL
You may have already damaged it by turning it on multiple times and I assume you were moving it around (handling it) while it was running with water in it.

The best thing you can do is leave it in the rice AT LEAST overnight, but I'd got even an extra day to be safe.

Whenever you get these devices wet, the best policy is to shut them off immediately and removed anything you can (battery cover, battery, cards, etc) and let them sit and dry.

Turning the device back on right away and handling it can cause water to get into parts that it hadn't already gotten into and can fry any number of components.

Leave it sit for at least a couple of days, then try again.


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Dec 28, 2011
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Take the battery out immediately. Any time you get water in the phone, that is the absolute first step. The damage may be done though.

Take the battery, SIM card, and memory out of the phone and let them air dry. Take the phone and put it on a bag of rice for 24 hours. By using a dryer, you may have just pushed the water deeper into the phone.

After 24 hours, reassemble and see if it works. If not, you're probably going to have to replace the phone.

Edit: I missed the part where you said it is already in rice. Leave it there overnight and try again tomorrow.