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3 Tips To Dry Out Your Smartphone

What to do when your phone falls in the toilet. (Because it’s going to happen at some point.)

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1. Remove the Battery

Seriously, remove the battery. “I know it’s tempting, but resist the urge to power up your phone to see if it works – just turning it on can short out the circuits,” says Joel Johnson of popularmechanics.com. Take out the SIM card, too – it may retain data, such as contacts, even if the phone itself is fried.

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2. Shorten the Drying Time

If the phone stays wet for too long, it will start to corrode. Skip the hair dryer; it’s too hot for this purpose and the air could force moisture deeper into the phone. A better choice is a can of compressed air or a wet-dry vacuum, if you have one.

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3. Sop Up Remaining Moisture

Submerge the phone in uncooked white rice for at least 12 hours. If you don’t have rice handy, place the phone on paper towels, then put it in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes. Replace the battery and turn it on. If nothing happens, remove the battery and stick the mobile back in the freezer for another five to 10 minutes. There’s a good chance you’ll be back in communication after a couple of tries.

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