I’ve dropped my iPhone in a sink full of wa­ter!

Wa­ter and iPhones don’t mix well, but there’s still hope

Mac Format - - TO THE RESCUE -

While the odd splash of wa­ter won’t do your iPhone any harm, sub­merg­ing it, even for a few seconds is ob­vi­ously likely to do some dam­age. So don’t, for ex­am­ple, put it on a bath­room shelf above a sink full of wa­ter where it might get knocked off.

If the worst does hap­pen, there are a few things you can do. The ob­ject is to dry it out with­out caus­ing more dam­age, so switch it off im­me­di­ately. Re­move it from its case and use the SIM tool to re­move the SIM card and store it some­where safe. Tip the iPhone so the SIM slot is fac­ing the floor, al­low­ing any ex­cess liq­uid to run out. Wipe the out­side with a mi­crofi­bre cloth, then start to let it dry out.

There are a num­ber of ways you can ac­cel­er­ate the dry­ing process. Some peo­ple swear by sub­merg­ing the iPhone in un­cooked rice; the logic be­ing the rice ab­sorbs the mois­ture. That can work, but could also re­sult in grains of rice or rice dust be­com­ing lodged in a port or socket. A bet­ter trick is to find a few bags of sil­ica gel. If you haven’t saved any from things you’ve bought, you can buy them in craft shops. Put the iPhone in a zi­plock bag with a few bags of the sil­ica gel, close the bag and leave it for a day or two be­fore try­ing to switch it on again. If you do de­cide to use rice, put it in an air­tight lunch­box, bury the iPhone in the rice, and put the lid on the box.

An­other op­tion is us­ing a spe­cial­ist prod­uct such as Kens­ing­ton’s EVAP Res­cue Pouch (kens­ing­ton.com). This con­tains a ‘dry­ing agent’ de­signed to ab­sorb the mois­ture from your iPhone.

When you do man­age to start it up, back it up im­me­di­ately. Plug it into a Mac with a USB ca­ble and run a man­ual back-up in iTunes. Just be­cause it’s work­ing now, doesn’t mean it hasn’t been dam­aged. Bat­tery life, for ex­am­ple, can be sig­nif­i­cantly cur­tailed by wa­ter dam­age. On the flipside, prob­lems that are still ap­par­ent af­ter you switch it on – like a flaky speaker – might dis­ap­pear in a few days once the iPhone dries out com­pletely.

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