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Saving a wet mobile phone

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You can often save your wet mobile phone (cell phone) if you act quickly. So after you salvage it from the sink, or from the table after a spilled drink, follow these steps immediately:

  1. Quickly wipe off the surface moisture
  2. Remove battery. (If it's an iPhone, the battery can't be removed, but at least make sure your iPhone is off and locked).
  3. Remove the SIM card if it has one, dry it carefully and put it somewhere safe (and where you'll remember it). At least the data there is safe.
  4. Dry any more excess moisture around the battery compartment, by blowing on it or using paper towels or lint-free cloth. One of those cans of compressed air used to clean keyboards is great if you have one.
  5. As soon as you can, put the phone in a bowl of uncooked rice. The rice absorbs the moisture (that's why they put rice in salt shakers in diners.) Leave it there for several hours, at least. (Note: white rice definitely works, if you have it - now's not the time to worry about healthier brown rice. The layer of bran may or may not make a difference - but please update this point if you have better info.)
  6. Remove, reinsert battery, and try turning it on.

There's a very good chance this will save your phone. If not, be sure to recycle it... and better luck next time!

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