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So you've dropped your smartphone into

the toilet, sink or pool. Don't panic! If

you act fast you can prevent your

smartphone from becoming water


In today's article, we'll show

you how you can save (or try at least) a

water that has just dropped in water.

First of all, remove the phone from the

water as quickly as possible. The longer it stays

there, the more water or liquid will seep

through the cracks and openings of your


Once it's out of the water, there are

certain things you need to do right away, and

certain things you should absolutely avoid

doing in order to prevent water damage.

|What not to do|

•Do not turn it on

•Do not press any buttons or keys

•Do not shake, tap or bang the phone

•Do not take the phone apart. Your device

comes with a Liquid Damage Indicator (LDI)

which, when activated, could void your

warranty, and this could be triggered when

you open your phone. Only take it apart if

you absolutely need to and you have


Do not blow on it. This could send water

into other internal parts of the phone that it

hadn't already reached, causing more

damage in the process

Do not heat it up (that includes using a blow

dryer or microwaving it)

|11 steps to saving your water damaged phone|

1. Turn it off if, it isn't already and hold it


2. Remove any protective casing and, if your

phone has them, remove your SIM

and microSD cards from their slots.

3. Open up the back and remove the battery,

SIM card(s) and microSD card if you are able

to (note that this won't be possible with all

phone models).

Take out all that you can: battery, SD and SIM


4. Use a cloth, sleeve or paper towel to dab

your phone dry. Avoid spreading the

liquid around, because that could push it into

more of the phone's openings. Just soak up as

much as possible.

5. If the water damage is more extensive, you

can use a vacuum to carefully suck out water

stuck from the cracks that are harder to get at.

Make sure any small parts, such as the

microSD card, SIM card, or battery, are out of

the way before attempting this.

6. Bury the phone in a ziplock bag full of

uncooked rice. Rice is great for absorbing

liquid and this is actually a common method

for drying smartphones and tablets. You can

also buy dedicated phone drying pouches,

which are worth having at home if you're

the clumsy type. If you don't have one at

home, don't bother going out to buy one.

Indeed, time is of essence, so get your phone

into rice as soon as possible.

You can buy phone drying pouches anywhere.

This one is from a company called Save A

Phone. / © Save A Phone

7. Let your phone dry for a day or two. Do not

be tempted to switch it on see if it still

works. Put your SIM card in an old phone, or

ask a friend or family if they have a spare that

you can borrow.

8. After a couple of days, you can remove the

phone from the rice back, insert the battery

into the phone and switch the phone on.

9. If your phone doesn't turn on, try charging

it. If it doesn't charge, the battery may be

damaged. You could try a replacement

battery, or consider taking your smartphone to

a repair shop to be checked by a professional.

10. If your phone has turned on and it is

running as it should, you should still keep a

close eye on it for the next few days, to see if

you notice anything out of the ordinary.

Play some music to check the speakers and

ensure the touch screen still responds as it


In the future, avoid taking the phone with you

when you go to the pool, use the bathroom or

do the dishes.

Water resistant cases

Hopefully these steps have helped you rescue

your phone from death by drowning. If you

want to protect your phone from water in

future, you can also purchase a waterproof

phone case. There are some good options

available from brands such as Otterbox, Griffin

Survivor and Catalyst.

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