There’s one in every family: the person who drops their phone in the toilet, or sends it unwittingly through the wash in a back jeans’ pocket. The question is: Can the phone be saved?
The answer: Possibly.
Here’s what you can try, and be sure you act fast. In the case of a wet cell phone, time is of the essence.
Immediately turn off the phone’s power by ejecting the battery and SIM card. Don’t check to see if it works first—despite the temptation—because that small action could short the battery and kill the phone if it’s not dead already. Even if the phone does not revive, the information on the SIM card may still be intact.
Pat the parts dry with a cloth.
Dry out the phone using compressed air or a vacuum cleaner. A wet/dry Shop-Vac is ideal. DO NOT USE A BLOW DRYER! Any heat could fry your phone’s insides.
Stick both the phone and battery in uncooked rice—a dessicant that can wick away moisture—for 24 to 72 hours to fully dry them out.
Remove phone and battery from rice, reassemble, cross your fingers and push the ON button.
Avoid any heat. It could melt the phone’s components.
If you drop your phone in salt water, flush it with fresh water before embarking on the above steps. The dried out salt crystals can damage the phone’s components.