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Step 5: When in Doubt, a Hair Dryer Will Do

If you don’t have a can of compressed air on hand (though we recommend you try to pick a few up just in case of such an emergency), a hair dryer will work almost just as well. Be sure NOT to turn the settings on to any kind of heat — only use cool air.

Thought it may sound counter-intuitive, the act of heating up any water trapped inside too quickly will cause the components to swell, and steam to release in some of the last places you want it to go.

Step 6: Submerge in Rice, Quinoa, or Couscous

Finally, we come to the most critical step of all. The one that no matter if you used compressed air or a hair dryer, popped the battery out or otherwise, is your best hope for rescuing your device: stick it into some rice.

Editor’s Note: this works because rice acts as a (weak) desiccant, which pulls moisture out of the air, which means it will slowly pull the moisture out of the phone. If you want a stronger solution that will pull the moisture out of the phone more quickly (and be way more reliable), look into getting an iFixit Thirsty Bag.

A common household item that most people are likely to have stored somewhere in their pantry, you’ll need about half a pound to a pound for this trick to work effectively. First, take the rice out of its packaging and put it into a tupperware container that can maintain an airtight seal.

Next, completely submerge your phone in the rice (we’ve also heard couscous and quinoa work well for this process), and stick a lid on the container after burping out any excess air. This is what helps to pull the water out of the phone and into the surrounding grains, so the more air you can get out, the better.

After that, you’re going to need to wait at least 72 hours before even thinking about trying to turn the device back on.

Some gurus will say it only needs 36 hours, but in testing it’s been proven that the longer you wait before booting anything back up, the better your chances of getting your phone back into working order without losing any of the precious data contained inside.

This is the step that takes the most patience and pure will, but if you can pull it off, the rewards are definitely worth the wait.

Step 7: Hope and Pray

Once the three day grace period has elapsed, pull the phone out of the container. Carefully check every part of the device to ensure that there’s no excess water left (this can include giving it a slight shake downward to see if anything drops out of the charging port or speaker slots), and once you’ve verified it’s dry as a bone, pop the battery back in, cross your fingers, and push the power button.

If all went according to plan the phone should boot right back up, and it’ll be like that plunge into the pool never even happened in the first place.

Bonus Tip: Buy a Water Resistant Phone

These days, waterproof smartphones aren’t just a luxury left for military personnel or professionals working out in the field. Devices like the Xperia M4 Aqua, HTC’s Desire Eye, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 all have an IPX7 rating, which means they can be completely submerged in water down to one meter for upwards of 30 minutes at a time.

Somewhat surprisingly, however, Samsung actually took a step back this year with the release of the Galaxy S6, turning what used to be a fully waterproof device back into a fragile piece of hardware that could explode at the slightest sign of rain.

Even so, the above devices are all great if you spend a lot of days outdoors and worry about plopping your phone in a puddle, or just want something that won’t need to get replaced the next time you’re trying to water the garden and talk to Grandma at the same time.
Topic edited 1 times, last edit by RouTe, 05 May 2015, 21:58  

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