Do’s and Don’ts When Your Smartphone Gets Wet

You may cringe, you may even cry, but, just know that you are part of a fairly large statistic that has done the same – 11% of consumers will drop their phones into liquid according to data from the IDC. That translates into more than 100,000 smartphones a day that might see the bottom of a sink, toilet, lake, etc..

So, let’s separate myth from truth. Yes, I am referring to soaking the phone in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice. Save your rice for consumption, folks. Tests have shown that putting your phone in uncooked rice will only do more harm than good.  Rice can get sticky when wet and even if dry, it can get caught into your phone’s ports, etc. and cause more damage than good. The other quick ‘go to’ thought is using a blow dryer or maybe the microwave oven. After all, desperate times call for desperate or what appears to be make-sense measures. Again, the research reflects otherwise. Any direct heat source to your mobile device will only cause further damage to the internal components and potentially the screen, as well.

We’ve touched on a couple misconceptions, so, let’s now just focus on what is the proper course of action when your phone comes in contact with liquid. Reaction time is important, so best to immediately remove the phone out of the water. Hold the phone upright gently shaking the device and then settling to allow excess water to drain. Use a clean, dry towel to further remove the excess water.  Avoid the temptation of plugging it in or charging it. Electricity and water do not make for a good combination and we do not want to fry the circuit board. Using silica gel packets (you know, the kind you find in the pocket of new clothing or a vitamin bottle) can be used in lieu of rice to absorb water.

However, these home remedies/methods do not always work, so, there are some companies that have developed machines specifically designed to dry out or vacuum dry electronics (ex. TeKDry, DryBox, Redux). The only challenge might be to locate a site near you where they have these machines.

If you find that the water has caused irreparable damage and you cannot bring it back to life, then jump onto the cellgiant.com website where a certified pre-owned replacement smartphone awaits you. At Cell Giant, they understand that your drowned phone was an expensive investment, so, head on over to the site where you will be greeted with GREAT prices, warranty and impeccable customer service.