So, you took your phone to the lake or beach or swimming pool and accidentally dropped it in the water. Summer’s a bummer.
About 20% of all smartphone ‘deaths’ are attributed to water damage, with most accidents happening in July.
Should your phone succumbs to the depths of a pool, here are several steps you can use to try and resuscitate it:
- Get it out of the water as fast as possible. Each second the phone is wet runs a greater risk at short circuiting it.
- Turn it off. (ditto)
- Take off the case. Your goal is to dry this phone out as quickly as you can.
- Remove headphones or charging plugs
- Shake it, blow air into the earphone and charging jacks. Get out as much water as possible this way
- Let it air dry by placing it outside, unless it is extremely humid. Do not place it in full sun as it will get too hot.
- If it fell in salty, dirty or something other than water, rinse it off under clean tap water. Be careful not to let water get inside any ports.
- If you bury the phone in a bowl of rice to help soak up water, use instant rice rather than uncooked. Soaking a phone in rice hasn’t been proven to help.
- Use couscous instead.
- Instant oatmeal also soaks up water faster than rice. Again, do not let anything like oatmeal dust get inside the ports
- Do not use instant oatmeal from envelope packages. Most of those are high in sugar or contain maple syrup flavoring.
- Plug the phone into a wall outlet and let it sit for a few days before turning it on.
- Be patient and resist the urge to turn it on. The longer you let it sit the better.
These steps won’t help in every incident. If a phone is kept underwater for very long it will never work again. Act quickly to save your phone’s life.