Troubleshooting A Water Damaged Samsung Galaxy S5

When Samsung designed the Galaxy S5 the company made sure that it was worthy of its flagship status by making it able to withstand the elements. This is why the device has an IP67 certification which means that it is resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust. So what does it mean when a device has an IP67 certification? IP means Ingress Protection. The first digit ranges from 0 to 6 and is a measure of dust protection while the second digit ranges from 0 to 9 and is a measure of water protection. The higher the number the better protection it provides.



The Samsung Galaxy S5 with its IP67 certification means that it is able to completely resist dust and is able to withstand being immersed in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

You may be wondering how come there are reports of the S5 getting water damaged. This is due to the amount of water pressure that has been exerted on the device. If you leave your phone under a light shower then it won’t get damaged. It’s a different story when you take out your phone when there’s a strong downpour of rain or place it under a running tap water. The amount of water pressure increases thus increasing the chance of your phone getting water damaged.

In case you have a water damaged Galaxy S5 follow the steps outlined below.

Do not turn on your phone. If after your phone gets dunked in water and it powers off when you take it out don’t press the power button. What you need to do first is to wipe the exterior of any liquid until it is dry.

Take out the battery. After the exterior of your phone has dried out open the back cover and immediately take out the battery. Once the battery has been removed wipe the inside of your phone using a towel.

Place your phone in a bowl of rice. Rice is known to absorb moisture and it is very likely that water has seeped into the internal hardware of your phone. This process eliminates the water that is inside your phone. Leave your phone buried under the rice for 24-48 hours. Just to be on the safe side it’s best to leave it for two days.

After 2 days have passed by reinsert the battery and try to turn on your phone. If water has not damaged the internal components of your phone then it should work properly.


If you notice several issues that pop up when you turn on your phone or if it doesn't turn on at all then some components inside may have shorted due to the water. Your best option is to bring your phone to an authorized service center for checking.
Troubleshooting A Water Damaged Samsung Galaxy S5 Troubleshooting A Water Damaged Samsung Galaxy S5 Reviewed by Chad Buenaflor on 9/25/2014 07:04:00 PM Rating: 5

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