Move over rice…this is now the way to save a wet smartphone.
I was reading an article on Cnet that talks about a new method that uses silica gel packs instead of sealing your wet smartphone in a bag of rice. The only thing is, you need to carry these packets around with you at all times just in case.
Here’s the excerpt from the article.
Step 1. Without wasting time, turn off your phone. Do this within seconds of the accident — even before you dry it off with your t-shirt. The goal is to cut the power before any water has a chance to hit the circuitry and short circuit it.
Step 2. Dry the outside of the phone with a lint-free towel, paying close attention to any ports, speakers, and microphones. Disassemble any parts — like the SIM card and battery (if you can) — and dry them, too.
Step 3. Place the device and parts in a zip-top storage bag, along with a handful of silica gel packets. These are desiccants often found in new products (like shoes and bags), along with some grocery items (like beef jerky). They’re designed to be very efficient at absorbing moisture.
Collect them as you find them for emergencies like these.
Step 4. Wait 72 hours. This is probably the hardest part.
Step 5. Power your phone on. Three days have passed, giving the desiccants ample time to absorb the moisture. If you did everything right, your phone should be back in business.
A few important notes
Here’s the deal: Much of this method relies on chance and a little luck. The most important part is that you rescued your phone quickly, and that it was powered off before any liquid hit the circuit boards.
Know that even if you were able to revive your phone, there’s a chance that any water contact (or worse, chemical- or salt-laden water contact) will corrode the parts over time. So if a year later, your phone begins to die a slow and painful death, you’ll know why.
Finally, your warranty is void. All phones have a water indicator that tells the manufacturer it went for a swim. The iPhone 5S‘s water indicator, for example, can be found inside the SIM card slot. When it gets wet, it changes color from white to red.