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Our mobile devices have become an extension of ourselves housing our contacts, memories and vital information.
However, accidents do happen especially in summer when everyone is around a pool or at the beach.
A wet phone can cause panic – but don’t you panic! Follow our quick guide and you may just improve its chances of survival:
1. Act fast
The crucial first step is to retrieve your phone from the water ASAP. The longer it stays submerged or wet, the higher the risk of irreversible damage. We don’t want that!
2. Power down immediately
To prevent a short circuit, switch off your device immediately if it hasn’t switched off by itself already. Do not try to test if it’s still working, as this might cause further damage.
3. Remove accessories and the SIM card
Take off any protective cases, covers, or attachments. Additionally, remove the SIM card and any other removable parts to avoid them getting damaged and to help the drying process.
4. Dry the exterior
Gently pat the phone dry. Avoid using a hairdryer or heat source as excessive heat can further damage the device. Do not shake the phone vigorously, as this could spread water into internal parts.
5. Absorb excess moisture
Perhaps the most important step, place your phone in a bowl or bag filled with uncooked rice or silica gel packets. Both these materials are EXCELLENT at absorbing moisture. Leave the phone submerged for at least 24-48 hours.
6. Avoid common “hacks”
While some people suggest using unconventional methods like putting the phone in the freezer or using a vacuum cleaner, these can potentially cause more harm than good. Stick to safer, tried-and-tested methods like the ones mentioned above.
7. Stay High and Dry
It's a great (and somewhat obvious) idea to invest in waterproof phone case or pouche, or start giving your phone swimming lessons—either way, keep it away from water like it's allergic to it.
While accidents are inevitable, taking preventive measures can mitigate risks.
Disclaimer: Like trying to teach a cat to fetch, remember, each situation is unique, and these steps aren't a magic wand – results may vary!
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