Now that summer’s here, one of us Lovelies is bound to take a dip in the pool with her Droid in her pocket. Or she’ll accidentally drop her Blackberry in the tub when giving the dog a bath. Or her iPhone will fly out of her hands while she’s out sailing the waves of the ocean.
But have no fear, you may be able to save your waterlogged cell!
According to Becky Worley from Yahoo!, these are the steps you should attempt to take if you rescue your phone from a flood:
Step 1: Do NOT turn on the phone – Water shorts out your smartphone’s electrical circuits, so whatever you do, don’t turn it on to check to see if it still works.
Step 2: Pull out the battery and SIM card – Remove anything removeable: battery, SIM card, memory card. Some phones, like the iPhone, don’t have a removable battery. Unfortunately, you’ll just have to skip this step and hope for the best if you dunk one of them.
Step 3: Freshwater rinse – Salt water can corrode your device, so after following Step 2, immerse your phone in fresh water to rinse out the salt.
Step 4: Dry your phone using compressed air – If you have a compressed air can handy — the kind that’s used to clean computers or keyboards — run it full-blast all over your phone, with the back cover taken off if you can. Don’t stick your phone in the oven or the microwave, even on low.
Step 5: Cover your phone with uncooked rice – The idea behind rice is the dry grains absorb moisture. So get a sealable plastic container, and fill it with enough rice to cover your smartphone, then bury your phone in the rice, along with its battery and other parts. Wait at least 24 hours for the rice to do its job
Step 6: Turn your phone back on – After you’ve waited at least 24 hours, it’s time for the moment of truth. Reassemble your phone, charge it and try to power it on.
Ready for the final result of the test? The Blackberry is the only phone which was resurrected from its waterlogged death. The iPhone and the Droid were fatalities, even after two days in the rice and a full battery charge.
Have you ever soaked your phone? What did you do to get it back to life?