How to Save a Wet Cell Phone
Awhile back, we shared a tip on how to dry out your cell phone using uncooked rice. With Labor Day approaching, the chance of our cell phones taking a dip in the pool or ocean increases. Whether you are headed to the beach, lake, or river this weekend, the following are some additional ideas on what to do and what not to do, if your phone gets wet.
What to do when your phone gets wet:
After removing your device from the water, you will want to take out the battery as well as the SIM card and any SD cards it carries, leaving ports or covers on your handset open to aid ventilation. Also, you’ll want to dry off everything with a towel, including the exterior of your handset, being careful not to let any water drain into openings on the phone. Even when everything is dry, it's very likely moisture is still present within the device and you'll want to get out before turning it on. This is where uncooked rice comes into play or you can also use silica gel packs – the kind used in shoeboxes – to greater effect. Place your completely covered phone into an airtight container and leave the container for 24 to 48 hours for the material to draw all the moisture out of your handset. When you're confident it has dried out, replace the battery and try switching it on.
What not to do:
What you definitely do not want to do, although it may seem like a good idea at the time is use a hairdryer, or apply heat to the device in other ways. While this would successfully evaporate all the moisture still sitting within the handset, it risks becoming too hot and causing damage to the components. And while dismantling your phone completely would help it to dry out more effectively, doing so will void your warranty. It usually requires specialist tools and may jeopardize your phone if you're not careful, so it’s also not recommended.
Have any of you ever dropped your phone in water? If so, what did you do?