Oh no! It happened. One minute your phone was safe in your hands or on a table, and then it’s underwater.
Our phones contain our work, entertainment, memories, and more. A wet phone can have dire consequences. Waterproof standards and waterproof cases can help, but nothing is a guarantee.
Knowing how to rescue a wet phone will give you peace of mind should an accident occur. This article shows you seven ways to fix a wet phone. Keep reading to learn more!
First Things First: Get It Out of the Water & Turn It Off
The longer your phone is in water, the less chance you’ll have to fix it. Once your phone is out of the water, you should turn it off. Afterward, remove any accessories like cases, plugs, or batteries.
iPhone and Android users can remove the SIM card or microSD to protect the chips.
Next: Dry It Out
There are plenty of options when fixing a wet phone. Below are seven ways to dry it out.
1. A Lint-Free Towel
Take a paper towel or a washcloth and begin drying off your phone and accessories. If you wear glasses, a micro-fiber will work.
2. A Wet/Dry Vacuum
You can use a wet/dry vacuum or a standard vacuum with a hose attachment to suck up the water. An easier way to achieve this suction would be to use your mouth to suck out the water.
3. Compressed Air
Another way to remove water from a wet phone is to use a can of compressed air. Its low-pressure settings are gentle enough to use across the surface of your phone.
4. Put It in Rice
The rice method for phones that fell into water is the most common. You put your phone in a bag or bowl of uncooked rice, and it will draw out the moisture.
5. Silica Gel Packets
If you don’t have rice or don’t want to deal with the mess, you can swap to use silica gel packets. These packets come in bags or shoes and have a warning label.
6. An Emergency Kit
You can buy these kits online to use on your wet phone. You put your phone inside the bag, seal it, and leave it to sit for 24 hours.
7. Air It Out
When all else fails, let your wet phone air dry. Place your phone in indirect lighting or near a fan to help dry out any moisture. Then leave it dry overnight or for a few days to ensure all the water is out.
In the End: Ask a Professional
When you try all the methods, pray to the technology gods, but the damage is too much, don’t despair. There are plenty of stores that can replace or repair your phone. There are even places that will fix an iPad or a tablet.
Save Your Wet Phone
Fixing a wet phone can be stressful, but there are plenty of ways to save your investment if it drops into the toilet.
Pass this knowledge along with friends and family, so they’ll be ready if Poseidon tries to claim their phone.
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