I’ve dropped my iPhone in a sink full of water!
Water and iPhones don’t mix well, but there’s still hope
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.