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It’s one of those moments where time seems to freeze: you’re looking on aghast as your mobile phone plunges towards water and there’s nothing you can do about it.
- However, all may not be lost. Follow these simple steps and you may well be able to revive your device, as long as it hasn’t been swimming around for too long of course.
First of all, resist the temptation to press loads of buttons to see if the phone works, as it’s a sure way to disperse the water into it even further, and don’t set on it with a hairdryer either as the heat can damage the electronics.
Simply give the outside a quick dry with an absorbent cloth or kitchen roll, making sure that you don’t push more water into its interior.
Then, if it has one, take the battery out to reduce the risk of short circuiting.
Remove any covers, take out the sim, and the memory card if there is one, and leave all apartments open for ventilation.
And then submerge it in a bowl of dry rice for 24 hours. The rice will absorb the dampness, even from the inside of the phone.
This method has rescued many a device and doesn’t only work on phones. It’s worth trying with cameras and all other small electronic goods.