Oh no! Youâve dropped your phone into the pool, left it in your pants and thrown it into the washing machine, or knocked over a tall glass of water. There goes your phone, your contacts, all the photos youâve taken and never got around to downloading. But wait, itâs not too late. Act fast, and you can save your phone and its contents.
Take off the battery and sim card
Donât even stop to think, just quickly dismantle these items, and dry them. Now hereâs the deal: donât turn the phone back on unless youâre completely sure that youâve removed all the moisture. Yes, youâre probably panicking and dying to know if your phone still works. But if you put the sim and battery back before they (and the phoneâs wiring) are dry, the whole thing could short circuit.
Donât use a hairdryer
You can hasten the drying process with an air compressor, put it on the lowest setting. But never, ever, ever use a hairdryer. Itâs way too hot, and will only damage the phone even further. (Remember that little item in the product manual: âDo not expose to high heatâ¦â) If you donât have an air compressor, you can use (surprise, surprise) white rice. Just submerge your phone in a bowl of uncooked rice grains, which will absorb the excess moisture. This also works with silicon gels (those little beads that come with vitamins, etc) but if youâre like most people, you probably donât have a bowlful of those sitting anywhere in your house. Rice is infinitely easier.
Your last resort: freeze it
Remove the battery. Then, wrap the phone in three to five layers of paper towels. Then, put it in the freezer and leave for around 20 minutes. Take it out. Then, put back the battery, cross your fingers, and turn it on.
Hopefully, your phone still works, and your contact list and photos are intact. Butâ¦letâs say theyâre not. You wonât be panicking that much if you had backed up your data. So donât wait till a phone emergency to take these precautions: synch your phone contact list with your computer so you always have a second copy, upload photos regularly, and have a hard copy of your very important, âI will pass out and die if I lose thisâ information. And, of course, try not to get your phone wet. Keep a small basket by the door where you can habitually empty your pockets when you come home (cell phone, wallet, car keys, etc.)
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