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My phone (Samsung S6 egde +) jumbed from my pocket into toilet chamber, light sensor dead!!

asked Oct 18, 2016 in Mobile Hardware by macdonald.chipunza Guru (88,070 points)  
How it did that is still a puzzle to me but l reacted as quickly as l could and used available resources to try and keep it alive.

This phone you cannot take battery out

Its not water proof

And very dear for me to loose!

I moved my hand straight into the chamber and picked it up, whilst running and taking the cover off at the same time. There is nothing else to take after that.
I went straight to the hands drier, luckly this dyson version is high pressured and get warm quickly. The air flow out is razor sharp.

I started by  blowing off all the usb/charger connection, followed  by ear speakers, l took as long as l could since my co-workers were waiting for me.

Maybe l should have switched it off but l was worried it might never turn back on again. After an hour or so the screen started randomly auto turning for a minute then it went dark. It took me a while to realise that l can still use the manual brightness turning.

Dial *#0*#  and it will give you a hidden menu to test almost everything about sensors on the phone and on mine it told me the sad story.

Light sensor affects a lot of small things which matters.

Now my screen cannot auto adapt to surrounding which is annoying when lm reading or doing something on the phone, l have to keep adjusting  brightness manually depending with the lightening around me.

the phone cannot auto switch off screen when lm on the call which means sometimes l cut calls un-intentionally, or switch off data connection when lm on whatsapp call

Im still learning other things it killed when it decided to bath itself!!


3 Answers

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answered Oct 19, 2016 by Scuba Phone 6  
I have nightmares about this kind of stuff! All i can say is as long as there is current flowing through the circuits and moisture inside the phone, things will keep getting shorted until you either get catastrophic damage or the moisture makes its way out (this is discounting possible chemical damage/corrosion from whatever was in the water at the time). Did you try the bag of rice thing? Short of sending it off to a repair shop or doing some DIY work, both of which will ruin any ingress protection you had left, it might be your best shot.

Someone elses disaster for reference https://youtu.be/tASvbnODtq4
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answered Oct 21, 2016 by macdonald.chipunza Guru (88,070 points)  
My phone light sensor  decided to start working....
commented Oct 21, 2016 by macdonald.chipunza Guru (88,070 points)  
....but now its using more battery than when the sensor was not working
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answered Oct 28, 2016 by anonymous  
Isn't this phone water proof?  That's the only reason you were able to'save' it
commented Oct 28, 2016 by macdonald.chipunza Guru (88,070 points)  
Samsung S6 Edge plus is NOT waterproof

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