What do you do after you drop a Smartphone in water?

bcastle

First you say, "$%&**#!"  Ok, got that part taken care of.  

 

I can't believe I did it, but I just dropped my Motorola Triumph in the toilet.  Ugh, I thought things like that only happen to other people.  So after snatching it out as quickly as I could, washing my hands like a character in an OCD documentary, and removing the battery, what else should I do?  Please don't say buy a new phone, that possibility has already occurred to me.  Is there anything else I can do to make it more likely that my wet little friend survives taking a swim?

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rousseau
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You did the right thing by taking out the battery, which should be done immediately after immersion, but there are a couple of other easy steps that may help. Note the word "may", there is a good chance that a completely soaked phone is done for. Remove the SIM card if applicable. Take off all the covers that you can and pat dry the phone as much as possible with an absorbent cloth. If I know that it sounds weird, but after removing the battery, put it in a bowl of uncooked rice and leave it overnight. The rice will act as a desiccant and absorb moisture. Try to make sure before you replace the battery and try to power back up that ALL of the water is out. Hopefully your final step won't be going to the store and buying a new smartphone!

jimlynch
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I think you will just have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully it will be fine.

I have an iPhone and I think Apple has changed Apple Care recently to include damage inflicted on products. So perhaps new iPhone owners might be able to take advantage of that if they find themselves in a similar situation to yours.

Condolences if you find out that your phone is dead. At least it will give you a good excuse to buy a newer model, right? ;)

jimlynch
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I think you will just have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully it will be fine.

I have an iPhone and I think Apple has changed Apple Care recently to include damage inflicted on products. So perhaps new iPhone owners might be able to take advantage of that if they find themselves in a similar situation to yours.

Condolences if you find out that your phone is dead. At least it will give you a good excuse to buy a newer model, right? ;)

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