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6 Steps for Saving a Wet Cell Phone

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6 Steps for Saving a Wet Cell Phone

By Minyanville, DivineCaroline

It happens. You put your cell phone on a table and someone knocks over a drink. Or you leave it outside on the deck and it rains all night. Or you visit the bathroom, take that must-answer phone call from work and–oops!–there it is, submerged in six inches of flushable water.

Assuming you’re brave enough to retrieve your phone from wherever it lands, what do you do next?

Do you shake it out as best you can and try turning it back on? (Not recommended. The moisture might cause permanent damage). Do you look for the nearest microwave to dry it out? (NO!) Or do you take it back to the T-Mobile, Sprint, or AT&T phone shop and hope water damage is covered by the warranty? (Prepare to be disappointed!)

There is another way to go. If you act quickly, it’s possible the phone can be saved. Here’s what you should do:

1. Immediately remove the battery. (If you own an iPhone, skip this step. The battery is not removable).

2. If you have a removable SIM card, take that out as well. Even if your phone is beyond repair, you should be able to retrieve most of the information–like your phone book–that’s stored on your SIM card.

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1:05AM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

When wet cell phone condition happened so eject to battery and Sim card and wait to dry it, perfect tip to save a wet cell phone. http://www.lowermycellphoneplan.com

4:24PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Good grief! I'm an old lady. The bathroom is sacred space. It's the last place I'd want a phone.

11:06AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

I've heard of putting it in rice before.

5:37AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:00AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thank you

6:29PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thanks

5:38PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

My son used my minute rice, covered the phone in it awhile and works real well.

4:33PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Hmm; thanks.

1:18AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thank you

5:28AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

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