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Wet iPhone? Cracked screen? Here's what you can do.

By , ITworld.com |  Mobile & Wireless, iPhone, slideshow

Tidy Bowl Man wants to make a call...oops.

One of the most common problems that can negatively affect a mobile device is moisture. Most likely, you're safe if you're in a light rain storm. But what happens when your phone accidentally falls into a puddle? What if your iPhone decides it wants to follow Nemo?

The first thing to do is, obviously, remove it from the water and dry it off quickly. In most cases, this will work just fine. But if you've submerged the phone, then you may have a problem. According to Popular Mechanics, there are a few immediate steps to take:

1) Resist the temptation to turn on the device. This could damage the phone beyond reasonable repair.
2) Remove the battery and SIM card
3) Use compressed air or suck the water out (use your imagination). Do NOT use a hairdryer, as heat may cause damage.
4) Stick your phone in the middle of a large bowl of white rice and wait a few days. The rice will absorb the moisture from the nooks and crannies of the phone. Seriously. No, not kidding.

See also:
Five iPhone apps for amusement and efficiency
6 Must (not) Have iPhone/iPod Accessories
The five best (and worst) iPhone games

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