How to: save a drowned phone

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets -

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.


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