How to: save a drowned phone
IT’S a common gadget tragedy: mobile phones dunked in water, never to recover. Whether they have dived into a pool, jumped into a cool drink of water or suddenly found themselves flushed, there is still a chance they can survive the experience. Below are five steps to help your phone live through a sudden dip.
Take it out of the water immediately and dry the outside, being careful not to press any buttons.
If your phone has a removable battery, take it out. It could prevent a short circuit. If its battery is locked in place, turn the phone off.
Remove any phone case or cover as well as your SIM and a memory card, if installed. You can extract information stored on these while you wait for your phone to dry.
Water can collect inside the phone and will take up to 48 hours to dry. To aid this process, place your phone in a container and surround it with uncooked rice or silica gel crystals — the kind you find in tiny sachets inside new shoes and handbags. Both materials are desiccants that absorb liquid.
After 48 hours, turn your phone on again. If it works, immediately back it up to a computer to protect your information. Dropping phones in water often voids their warranty (an indicator is hidden under its exterior) so users should be honest when getting once-damp phones repaired.